The island of Holbox, Mexico, has reopened following a one-day closure due to environmental issues.
According to the Holbox Hotel Association’s official Facebook page, the island was forced to close to all visitors on Sunday, July 30, due to a lack of water, draining issues and electrical supply issues.
“We lament the inconvenience that this causes; because to this day there is no guarantee of the basic services for you that visit the island and for those who inhabit it,” the Holbox Hotel Association wrote.
According to Riviera Maya News, the island has since reopened as municipal officials have begun to take steps to ensure regular water and electricity supply. The island has experienced nearly 20 electrical blackouts over the course of the last week, and leaking water lines and problems with the drainage system have also plagued the destination.
“The governor’s instructions were to immediately address the problem of Holbox,” Alejandro Ramos Hernandez, director of the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra), told Riviera Maya News. “We have projected that by the end of the day they will have regularized electricity and drinking water service. In the meantime, we are continuing to supply water in pipes of 10,000 and 20,000 liter capacities.” Officials have also reported allocating 44 million pesos for a hydraulic drainage system, 30 million pesos for sanitary drainage and 14 million pesos for storm drainage.
Holbox has been on the radar of Mexico specialists lately as a “hammock-on-the-beach” summer haven that’s popular with romance travelers and clients looking for an off-the-beaten path destination. The entire island is car-free, and it is also known for its boutique hotels.
The destination is also a jumping-off point for whale shark tours, which run in late summer.