Isla Holbox is a fisherman’s island. Every day, late in the afternoon, the boats come cruising into shore full of fish. You’ll see the men in their golf carts waiting for news of what today’s catch is and where to get it. At the restaurants you’ll get the notice from your server that they also have a fresh catch of the day.
“Oh, y tambien tenemos pulpo,” our server said, informing us of the octopus they had bought that day and were anxious to sell.
We could have had it in ceviche, grilled, spicy, or however we preferred. But it was a bit out of our price range. Luckily on Isla Holbox, it’s easy to have a fresh fish dinner and keep your budget.
At around 3:30 pm, Xavi headed down to the beach to see what was coming in. His amigo Chico, who had been a bit of a guide for him the day before, told him there was fresh liza coming in. For $50 pesos we bought two fish, weighing about a kilo each. You could tell they were fresh from the clarity of their eyes and firmness of their flesh.
We got a knife and cutting board from the hostel kitchen and headed to the beach to fillet the fish. After Xavi had carved out four meaty fillets, all it took was a frying pan, some butter, vegetables and rice before we had an exquisite dinner and enough food leftover for a delicious breakfast the following morning. All for just over $2usd a piece. Take me back to ISLA HOLBOX