Isla Espiritu Santo, La Paz

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#2 of 16 in Nature in Baja California Sur
Snorkel with a colony of sea lions within a protected habitat at Isla Espiritu Santo. The reefs and waters lapping this island shelter an incredible diversity of marine life, including vibrant coral, parrotfish, rainbow wrasse, dolphins, and whale sharks. The fun doesn't end there, as you'll be able to relish in the picture-perfect beaches, bird-watch as you move farther inland, and kayak as you spot dolphins leaping out of the ocean. Amenities on most beaches include restaurants, restrooms, and change rooms. Make Isla Espiritu Santo part of your personalized La Paz itinerary using our La Paz vacation route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    On the way to the island you're seeing the beaches of La Paz and if you're lucky you'll see dolphins and turtles near the boat. The tour offering is admire the scenery and go swimming with the sea lions in the lobera (a small island). Espiritu Santo island boasts wonderful views on every beach you are going through, our boat ventured to observe the ensenada san gabriel and that beach leaves you surprised with pale blue water and the mountains in the background. The view of the desert mountains and water is very great. All the way to the island is ideal for taking pictures of everything you're seeing. At the end of the island lies the lobera where to swim with sea lions (optional) activity takes place when I went it seems that they had days of having closed the activity by incidents with sea lions, since they are in breeding and swim with them may not be very safe, but anyway, the boats come to where you are allowed to make you take some photos even the Lions approached the boat and you see them next to you. It is very nice! Then take you to eat at a beach called ensenada grande (something I remember) and get off on the beach to swim, is a safe and without waves and clear water beach. To us, we were offered a small snack (this goes by the company of travel that I hired). And after that back to the boardwalk in peace. It is a long tour but it is worthwhile since the very first moment. We rented a car in Cape and left at 7:00 toward La Paz, arrived about 9:30 almost 10:00 where is the sculpture of the Oyster with Pearl, got on a boat with Alonso Tours and undertook the journey. Highly recommended.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is true that as a couple, we visited the island of the Holy Spirit, rented a car and made the tour from Cabo San Lucas to the Tecolote Beach to take a tour to the island. In the journey that is long, we saw several super beaches and they invited to stay, but because we instinctively knew that we didn't have much time if we wanted to go to the island, I instinctively say there is not much information, all agencies harass you every day to sell you something and one by not asking and fend for their own ends. We arrived about 12: 30 and all the boats had already left only and thanks to the efficiency and tenacity of a lady in blue Tours go out together with other clueless. So what to make sure before, because the ride is also very expensive and very long. People with good will but the truth the offering of food and drink leaves to be desired. I remember when I was a child and they made you those walks and captains put fish on sticks and served you all sorts of seafood and drinks natural and refreshing, now if you go well ceviche and tostadas. I had no intention of swimming with seals and lions, but although I would already prohibited by some accident with the animals. We returned to the sunset, I think it was better to spend all day between the grueling Sun and salt water but I 1-10 still believe that the ride is 7. Stay on the beaches of the road would be excellent choice, turquoise water and talcum powder sand beaches.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Not in vain Jacques Cousteau called the sea of Cortez "The Aquarium of the world" and thanks to the efforts mainly private generous and responsible initiative entrepreneurs was that this beautiful place has been named a protected nature reserve. The place has a natural beauty that is comparable to a few places in the world. A richness in this sea that exudes a pungent energy that you recharge. It is admirable and very rewarding to take account all La Paz visit it that work and live on it take care of it with great responsibility. There are many options to visit it. If you have chance to go with a more loose budget to have your own boat and export beaches and reefs will be wonderful. Also tours that have an already established program and take you snorkeling with sea lions and small beaches filled with marine life that will leave you amazed. There are wrecks that visit with snorkeling and simple Viewer. Depending on the time of year you can see whale sharks, meet with giant mantas, see turtles of different types, some whale watching (from sperm whales or pilots) and of course you can find some incredible dolphin (like us on this last visit) or the most fortunate to have an approach of any orca. If you have the possibility of diving you will be fascinated. It is a marine paradise. Care and affordable. Something that deserves much worth visiting, especially if you appreciate the diversity that this wonderful underwater world offers.
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  • March 9, 2017
    This place is heritage within the section Islands and protected areas of the Gulf of california, there are rides for $1000 pesos that lead you to this island on tours of up to 6 hours, the part of the lobera is impressive you swim with sea lions, also get to see dolphins and the large Cove Beach is beautiful
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  • June 26, 2017
    Great place!, Super recommended!
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  • November 25, 2016
    This great. Visit balandra is one of those that you can not miss
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  • September 19, 2016
    An amazing island that is worth discovering and enjoying. Extraordinary experience swimming with sea lions.
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  • July 7, 2016
    I was there in 2012, lovely place with a wide variety of marine animals, we also saw a whale. To visit for those who go to Baja California.
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