I just returned from a month at Tribu Hostel. Yes, a month in one place. I'm a traveler, but I've already seen most of what I want to see in my previous eight trips to the Yucatan. Now, I just want a quiet, easy place near the beach, with a little bit of social contact. I have no interest in fast-moving tourists or all-inclusive-resort experiences. I like simple and easy, barefoot and lazy. And I like to take time off and not have it cost me an arm and a leg.
Tribu is perfect for me. Isla Holbox is enough off the path that only dedicated travelers make it there, and the hostel is just a couple of blocks from the small town square with restaurants, mini supers and shopping (what there is, which isn't much.) The buildings are new, and maintained and updated with a sense of real pride. (I had a problem with my ceiling fan, and it was fixed the next day.) There are dorms (women's, men and mixed) as well as private rooms (which is always my option; I'm too old to share a room ;^) There is no air-con (except in the cinema), but you don't need it when you have an overhead fan.
You can rent bikes (which are serviced every week) and check out the whole island, or you can just walk around the corner to the beach, where the water is shallow and you might find you have it to yourself. The island has no cars and no paved roads, and I didn't wear shoes for a month.
Painted colorfully and whimsically (my room had waves and a sunrise on the wall), everything has been thought through. A big kitchen with three stoves, three sinks and two fridges means several people can be working in there without a problem. And cooking your own meals saves a lot of money. The porch outside the kitchen is where everyone gathers to use the wifi (fast when it's working, though I will say that the three days it was out all over the island were pretty nice).
The bar has events most every night, from trivia quiz night (hilarious!) to salsa lessons, and they did a blind dinner for us on my last night. So cool. Movie night in the cinema is Monday, but if you ask, they'll set up movies for you other times, too.
The best part is the people. Davide and Mia have created a welcoming space, where you are greeted like an old friend. They know how to hire good people too -- Robin and Roni took care of everything anyone needed with a smile. And yes, watch out for Mango the dog stealing your stuff, which seems to happen away from the hostel so he can get you to follow him back home.
This is not a party hostel, though it is social. There were guests with pre-teen kids, older people (ahem, I guess that's me), singles, couples, people there for a few weeks for kite surfing, and travelers from all over the world on long journeys who came for a few days and stayed for a few weeks.
I'll be back, probably again and again, so if you make it to Tribu, and see a woman with red dreads, make sure to say hi.
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