There’s a place in Mexico where the desert meets the ocean, and the landscape that they create leaves the curious travelers wondering if they are dreaming. This place is Isla Espiritu Santo, an island in South Baja you wouldn’t mind getting stranded on.
Find out more about Isla Espiritu Santo, how to get there and what to do once you’re there. Buckle up, you’re in for an adventure.
About the island
Espiritu Santo (Spanish for ‘Holy Spirit’) is in the state of Baja California Sur, only 22 miles off the coast from state capital La Paz, from where you can get by boat in 45 minutes. It is both a Natural Protected Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due do its extraordinary biodiversity.
It has a land area of 31.183 square miles, which makes it the 12th largest island in Mexico. Only a narrow canal separates it from Isla Partida, which is just as beautiful –you can explore both in the same expedition.
How to get to Isla Espiritu Santo
There’s only one way, and that’s by boat. The best way to go about it is to go on a tour with an authorized operator, who will take you from La Paz to the island and back. You can fly to La Paz, drive there from Los Cabos via the number 1 federal highway or catch a bus from either Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo.
What to do in Isla Espiritu Santo
The surrounding reefs are home to numerous fish species such as parrotfish, angelfish, trumpetfish or rainbow wrasse, and also sharks, dolphins, turtles, rays and even whales, during some seasons. This is why snorkeling and scuba diving are very popular activities here, and you can hire a tour that is specifically oriented to them.
Also, watch out for the wild sea lions that roam around –but don’t get too close if you don’t wish to scare them away. The archipelago these islands are a part of is also home to a lot of bird species, which you can easily spot during the trip.
However, you won’t get to fully experience the beauty of Espiritu Santo unless you jump off that boat and walk into its heart. There are several trails for the trekkers and walkers to explore around for a while and admire the otherworldly desert, mountain and ocean landscapes.
How about camping a night under the stars? With no artificial lighting anywhere near, this experience turns into a magical moment as the entire sky explodes with the light of every star in the Milky Way.
If the next morning you wake up on time to do some sea kayaking as the sun rises, you will begin to fully understand why this paradise is so valued, protected, and talked about. Isla Espiritu Santo is one of those rare spots where nature seems to thrive, unhindered and untouched.
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