Playa Punta Cocos (INCREDIBLE secluded beach in Holbox)

Hammocks in the water at Punta Cocos, Isla Holbox, Mexico
Hammocks in the water at Punta Cocos, Isla Holbox, Mexico

Playa Punta Cocos is one of the most incredible beaches in Holbox. Located on the western point of the island, the beach is more secluded, less crowded, and very quiet.

This beach is large and not yet filled with hotels and resorts.

Playa Punta Cocos Quick Tips

  • Best for: Swimming, snorkeling, photos and relaxing
  • Known for: Bioluminescence, secluded beach, calm waters
  • Facilities: Beach chair rentals available, small bar.
  • Lifeguard: None
  • Cost: Free

Best place in Holbox to see the sunset!

Where is Playa Punta Cocos located?

Located on the western point of the island.

How to get to Playa Punta Cocos

From the city center you can get there by walking, taking a taxi, renting bikes, or renting a golf cart.

It will take you 15 minutes by taxi from the center or a 30 min walk along the shore.

There are usually plenty of taxis waiting to bring people back.

Aerial view of Punta Cocos on the island of Isla Holbox, Mexico
Aerial view of Punta Cocos.

What to Expect at Playa Punta Cocos

There’s not much to do besides lounge on a beach chair or in a hammock on the water, but that’s what made this one of my favorite days on Holbox.

Relax in the Hammocks

Hammocks in the water at Punta Cocos, Isla Holbox, Mexico
Hammocks in the water at Punta Cocos, Isla Holbox, Mexico

Bioluminescence Lagoon

Since there are no hotels or bars around it gets very dark in the area at night. As long as it is not a full moon you should be able to see the Bioluminescent Plankton there! It was quite the sight to see. Highly recommend.

Bioluminescence in Holbox
Bioluminescence in Holbox


Find shade under the mangroves.

Mangrove on Playa Punta Cocos
Mangrove on Playa Punta Cocos

Incredible Sunsets

The sunsets from here are the best on the whole island.

What to bring

  • Reef safe sunscreen – This Raw Elements sunscreen is my absolute favorite. It also stays on really well in the water which you will need in Holbox.
  • Bug Spray – Mosquitos will eat you alive without it.
  • Snacks – I like to bring “That’s It” bars with me basically everywhere. Ha. They are called “That’s It” because the ingredients are only fruit. No added crap.
  • Towel – I always travel with this compact towel. It takes up hardly any room in my suitcase or beach bag.
  • Sandals – I LOVE my Teva sandals. They especially came in handy in Holbox when it was muddy and rainy and my flip flops kept getting stuck in the mud. I have the platform version as well but obviously those weren’t the best for this trip.
  • Backpack or Dry Bag – I never travel without my Beis Backpack. It is small enough to carry around easily and easy to lay flat and pack in my suitcase. But big enough to be super useful. One of my best purchases of 2022. I have had this dry bag for years and love it. It’s perfect if you are kayaking, paddle boarding or really doing anything in the water.

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