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As an alternativ­e: Isla Holbox, Mexico


This car-free island 40 miles northwest of Cancún offers 26 miles of mangroves and beaches in the vast Yum Balam biosphere reserve. It’s separated from Mexico’s mainland by a shallow lagoon where flamingos and pelicans converge. Get there by flying into Cancún, driving two hours to Chiquila, then taking a 30-minute ferry ride. You’ll find a range of accommodat­ions, from cabanas at Hostel Ida y Vuelta (holboxhost­; from $26 ) to four-star hotels such as the Villas HM Paraiso del Mar (; from $92). Beach bums can sunbathe; adventurer­s can snorkel with gentle whale sharks, the world’s largest fish at about 41,000 pounds, from May to September.

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Pelicans gather by Yalahau lagoon on Isla Holbox

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