Punta Mosquito is a huge sandbank right off the coast of Holbox island. Depending on the tides you can walk on the sandbank and spot all sorts of wildlife. The waters around are crystal clear and shallow, perfect for any age to take a dip in. Visiting Punta Mosquito Holbox is definitely one of the best things to do on Holbox island, so here you’ll find all the information you need.
About Punta Mosquito Holbox island
The beautiful sandbank is home to all sorts of wild- and marine life like flamingos, pelicans, other birdlife, tropical fishes and some of the oldest creatures on earth; the horseshoe crab. With low tide you can easily access the sandbank and walk all the way to the end where you might have the chance of spotting flamingos. The water will never get too high to cross back to the mainland of Holbox, but always make sure to keep an eye on the circumstances.
Exploring Punta Mosquito is a fun morning adventure. In the middle of the day it is almost too hot to walk on the sandbank as there is no shadow around. So depending on the tide, the best time to explore Punta Mosquito Holbox is early in the morning as the tide goes up in the early afternoon. Early morning is also the best time for pictures if you want to have soft light. The sea water will never get too high that you can’t make it back. But especially if you have cameras and a drone like us, you just wan’t to be sure you will make it back in time with your backpack.
How to get to Punta Mosquito Holbox
Punta Mosquito is located on the northern tip of the island. Getting around on Isla Holbox is only possible by foot, bicycle or golf cart. If you stay in the main hotel zone of Holbox, it takes about 1,5 hour walk to Punta Mosquito. So if you’re planning a day of exploring around on Holbox, the best and most fun way to do is with a golf cart.
Close to Punta Mosquito at Las Nubes de Holbox hotel you will see a sign that it’s forbidden to drive any further with the golf cart. Make sure to respect the local rules and this protected nature area and walk the last bit to the sandbank. The first part to the sandbank you have to cross ankle or knee deep water with a bit sandy and muddy ground. Check where you set your feet so you won’t step on a sea creature.
What to bring to Punta Mosquito
Be well prepared before you make your way to this beautiful sandbank. Because there are no shops around, you have to bring enough water to stay hydrated. If you walk all the way to the end of the sandbank, you’ll be around 30 minutes on your way.
Put on sunscreen and take a hat with you if you can’t stand the bright sunshine and of course some sunglasses. Bring a towel if you want to sit down and enjoy the surroundings for a moment. But keep in mind that the water comes and goes, so the sand might still be a bit wet. Especially if you have valuable stuff, bring a waterproof bag so you’re sure it’s safe.
If you have a drone you can make some epic footage here, as well with a GoPro and camera of course!
Punta Mosquito Holbox flamingos
Besides exploring the vast sandbank and some wading through the water, you can also spot wild flamingos! Officially the Holbox flamingo season is between April and October, but it is still possible to see them in the other months as well if you’re lucky. The flamingos are wild animals, so they won’t let you get close to them. Respect the nature and take a zoom lens with you if you want to capture them. It takes about 30 to 50 minutes to get to the part where the flamingos are. They are located all the way at the end of the sandbank on the tip.