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Discover Isla Espiritu Santo: A Biodiversity Hotspot in Los Cabos

Located off the coast of La Paz in the Gulf of California, Isla Espiritu Santo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot that draws visitors from all over the world.

Its stunning beaches, abundant wildlife, and unspoiled landscapes make it one of the most popular attractions in Los Cabos.

Here we’ll describe the ways to access the island from La Paz and the adventures that await, from snorkeling with sea lions to camping under the stars. Join us as we discover the rugged beauty of Isla Espiritu Santo, a true gem of the Baja peninsula.

The rugged beauty of Los Cabos has been drawing visitors for years, and Isla Espiritu Santo is one of the most popular attractions in the area.

This long, narrow island off the coast of La Paz in the Gulf of California is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot.

Visitors to Los Cabos can experience some of the best of Mexico’s outdoors on this island, which is abundant in wildlife both above and below the ocean’s surface.

Lizard on the island
Local native animals

Proximity to La Paz and Ways to Access Isla Espiritu Santo

La Paz is the capital city of the state of Baja California Sur. It is located on the eastern coast of the Baja California Peninsula, overlooking the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

La Paz is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, tranquil atmosphere, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural landscapes.

The island is located just off the coast of La Paz and north of another beach attraction called Balandra Beach (Playa Balandra).

Visitors can easily access the island from La Paz, which is just a short boat ride away.

Zoom out to see the Proximity to La Paz
Map of Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja Califormai Sur, Mexico.

 

Getting to La Paz

To get to La Paz, visitors can fly into the Manuel Márquez de León International Airport, which is located just 15 minutes from downtown La Paz.

Alternatively, travelers can drive or take a bus from Los Cabos’ southern area, which is around two hours away.

Once in La Paz, you can choose from a range of tour operators offering day trips and camping excursions to the island.

With so many convenient options, experiencing the natural beauty of this stunning island has never been easier.

A Day of Adventure on Isla Espiritu Santo

Appropriately, to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the island is reachable only by boat.

Isla Espiritu Santo features unspoiled beaches and dozens of bays teeming with tropical fish and marine life.

A day trip from La Paz is the most popular way to experience the island, with daily departures from various locations.

Visitors can snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes, spot sea turtles, dolphins, and Mobula Rays, and see over 100 bird species.

Bird specie in Isla Espiritu Santo image

Cooling off from the Hot Sun

The Mexican sun at Los Cabos can be intense, so it’s important to come prepared as there’s no place to hide. Sunscreen or sunblock, bottled water, and a hat are must-haves for a day on the island.

Don’t forget your swimsuit, as there are plenty of swimmable beaches to explore.

Options for Exploring the Island

While a day trip is a great way to experience Isla Espiritu Santo, multi-day camping trips offer the freedom to explore the island’s hiking paths and terrain.

Visitors can also opt for a glamping tour and spend the night in comfort on the island.

Diving Tours, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and Other Aquatic Activities

Isla Espiritu Sano Rock Formation image
Isla Espiritu Sano Rock Formations

Scuba diving is another popular activity on the island, and diving tours can be arranged through local tour operators.

Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and sport fishing are also options for those who want to explore the island’s surroundings.

The Beauty of the Sea of Cortez

The Sea Lions colony at the island basking under the sun

The Sea of Cortez is known for its variety of aquatic life, and Isla Espiritu Santo is no exception.

The sea lions colony is one of the highlights of a visit to Los Islotes.

Visitors can also spot sea turtles, dolphins, and rays, among other species. It is quite promising.

Lunch on a Remote Beach

No trip to Isla Espiritu Santo is complete without a delicious lunch on a remote beach.

Visitors can enjoy local specialties like ceviche while taking in the island’s stunning scenery.

The island is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the Baja peninsula. From day sails to snorkeling tours, there’s no shortage of adventure to be had on this beautiful island.

Whether you’re looking to explore the island’s hiking paths or simply relax on its pristine beaches, Isla Espiritu Santo is a true gem of Los Cabos.

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