Although there are many popular island getaways near Los Cabos, this underrated gem of an isle is by far one of the top tourist attractions in Baja Californian Sur.
Isla Espíritu Santo is one of the 17 islands in the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California).
The name, meaning “Holy Spirit” island, hints at its magical qualities, both physically and essence-wise.
Found north of La Paz, this tiny uninhabited island was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and later recognized as a National Park in 2007.
Known for its unparalleled terrain, various water-based activities, and rich biodiversity, Isla Espíritu Santo is filled with opportunities for adventure and discovery.
A remote treasure to be found, here’s why you should visit this sunny island oasis.
Isla Espíritu Santo’s volcanic landscape, filled with jagged cliffs, white sand beaches, and turquoise waters, draws visitors from far and wide.
The island’s terrain lends itself to various activities and is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors, as well as the water.
The tropical paradise has waters perfect for everyone regardless of swimming level.
The coves, bay area, and deeper sparkling ocean waters abundant with animals and plants beckon visitors from all over the world.
You can observe cacti, rock formations, and more wonderful plant life while hiking on the island.
While Isla Espíritu Santo is mainly known for its diversity, the activities you can do on the island are another reason why it’s so famous.
The crystal clear waters, unique plants, and incredible sea life allow for endless ocean-based activities to pursue when visiting Isla Espíritu Santo.
With tour group companies or on your own, you can paddle board, bird watch, fish, hike, kayak, swim with sea lions, snorkel, dive, horseback ride, and more while exploring the island and getting to see its wildlife.
You can also see beautiful coral reefs and find sunken ships while scouting the waters surrounding the island.
You can even camp out on the island in one of the designated camping areas (a secluded beach) and spend the night stargazing in a luxury tent. Otherwise known as glamping, you can enjoy the natural wonders of the island in style.
Sites to see include the Nanda Blue Hole, the Millennium Cave, the Mount Hope Waterfall, Tesoro Beach, and so much more.
Primarily known for its spectacular biodiversity, Isla Espíritu Santo has the best of Mother Nature’s gifts for you to observe both underwater and on land.
There are over 100 different species of birds to be seen, including the rare Blue-Footed Booby.
Of the 8 species of turtles in the world, the Pacific waters are home to 5 endangered species, including leatherback, olive ridley, green, loggerhead, yellow or cabezona, and hawksbill.
Depending on the season, you can even spot whales, dolphins, and sharks.
How to Get There
Isla Espíritu Santo is easily accessible for visitors to Los Cabos, if a bit expensive.
As you can only get there via boat, you can choose your own adventure when it comes to picking the right boat tour for you.
Boats depart from marinas in La Paz and Malecon daily, and you can arrange transport to these locations from Los Cabos.
Ranging from snorkel boat tours to chartering a private yacht, there are plenty of ways to get to the island that are suitable for different budgets.
The tours range from average to luxury in terms of price and amenities and often take up most of the day.
Something to keep in mind is that in order to access Isla Espíritu Santo, you need to hire an authorized operator because the island’s visitor count is capped at 40% capacity in order to protect the wildlife.
For $130 or more, you can spend a day in this sun-lit paradise and experience the best that nature has to offer.
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