Isla Espiritu Santo

Four miles across the sea from Playa el Tecolote is a photogenic island. While La Paz is drivable this beach is off the map as a touristy location. Locals show up on the beach in the afternoons and on the weekends; The beach has enough visitors to support two local restaurants, which also rent pangas, beach chairs, umbrellas, fishing gear and plastic canoes. Free municipal palapas, barbecue grills, and trash barrels dot the beach north and south of the restaurants.

Playa el Tecolote points out into the Sea of Cortez with a wide and long beach. Fishing is excellent; Shares the same climate as La Paz and is situated on the calm Sea of Cortez, overnight camping is insect-free, as there is a normal cool sea breeze. Many people with motor-homes have discovered it and park alone the beach  through the summer season. It is a paradise of its own.

Many kayaks show up and take off in the morning. Their motivation for leaving a perfect beach is one of the island jewels of the Sea of Cortez. The 20 mile long 6 mile wide uninhabited island across the turquoise sea; However, Isla Espiritu Santo is not so visited that it is safe to take the trip alone. It is visited by groups of kayakers who begin the voyage before winds begin that could make the trip dangerous. Eco-tourist companies also provide luxury camping excursions to the Island, with skiffs that can take you to diving locations. Tours of the Island from boats are available from La Paz.

Perhaps it is the lack of services that keep the Island from becoming a major destination? The island is a protected natural resource, which only has tent camping. The west coast of Isla Espiritu Santo is made up of a series of east-west ridges that create many coves and white sand beaches all alone its 20 mile western coast. It rises to the East and has cliffs overlooking the sea on its eastern coast. Everything taken to the Island must be taken back off – A port-a-potty is required for overnight camping, rent-able. Permits for camping are $4 US.

As a natural resource the Island has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO for its great biodiversity, abundant marine life; Whales, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, sharks, whale sharks, sea lions and coral, tropical fish. On land ringtail cats, wild goats, endangered black-tailed jack rabbits, bats, lizards, tiny ground squirrels, and numerous seabirds. There are rumors of rattleless rattesnakes; But rattleless rattlesnakes are an endangered species that only exist on Catalina Island. These snakes lost their rattles because of the lack of predictors, and rattles don't help in catching birds; However, feral cats eat these small snakes. Feral cats now on Catalina Island may cause these snakes to go extinct. 

Pirates, La Paz has a history which includes pirates but there is no evidence that pirates buried treasure on the Island. However, the gentle
Sea of Cortez and natural coves bring many fragile shells onto the beach without breaking them, and a bounty of shells, which would be broken on any beach facing the pacific ocean, can be picked up on many of the island's beaches.

There are marked travels to hike into the inner parts of the Island – Esplorepangea has several routes described.

New providers of eco-tourism to the Island show up every season and many companies are middlemen it is wise advice to shop in the La Paz area if interested in guided tours and talk directly with those who have the boats to get the best pricing.