We spent one week exploring the beautiful Island of Espíritu Santo by kayak in the Sea of Cortez, about 20 km from La Paz, Baja California. We thought one week would be enough but in the end it was too short. FREE BONUS! Click here to download our Adventure Guide of Baja California in PDF Where is Espiritu Santo Island? May is the off season for kayaking which allowed us to have the island to ourselves. The wind was not strong but the mosquitoes were in full force. The Sea of Cortez is one of the bodies of water with the most variety of wildlife, 31 different species of marine mammals make this sea their home. We spent the week paddling amongst pods of dolphins, sea turtles, jumping manta rays and sea lions. Camping in the islands many bays where the clear, warm turquoise water meets secluded fine white sand beaches. What We Liked The Most Camping in caves Swimming in pristine clear waters Plenty of wildlife: dolphins, turtles, mobula rays, sea lions… What We Didn’t Like That Much Mosquitoes at night Heat during the day Equipment Check List Outdoor Gear 2-Seater Sea Kayak Spray Skirts (x2) Kayak Paddle (x3) MRS Mutha Hubba Tent Thermarest Z Lite Matress (x2) Exped 500 Sleeping Bags (x2) Sea To Summit Silk Sleeping Liner (x2) PRIMUS OmniLite Camping Stove PRIMUS Gourmet Cooking Set Cutlery Petzl Head Torch (x2) Exped Dry Bag MSR 10L Water Sack (x4) Camera Gear GoPro Hero3 Canon 1000D Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II Lens Sony NEX6 Manfrotto Full-size Tripod Clothing (per person) Arc’teryx Rain Jacket Arc’teryx Epsilon Soft Shell Fleece Icebreaker Base Layer T-shirts (x3) Shorts Swimming Suit Salomon Waterproof Hiking Pants Icebreaker Socks (x3) Icebreaker Undies (x3) Teva Sandals Icebreaker Beanie Buff Hat Costa del Mar Sunglasses Others Food & Water (1gallon per person/day) Sunblock Mosquito Repellent Toiletries Towel Duration of the TripWhen To GoLogisticsTravel Tips You can paddle around the 2 islands, Espíritu Santo and Partida, in 3-4 days. But we would recommend to give yourself a week and you will enjoy it much more. There are plenty of isolated bays to explore and many sandy beaches to camp. The overnight trips run from October to May. This is when the weather is best for kayaking. However, kayak rentals to experienced paddlers are available all year round. You can start paddling from La Paz or take a ride to Tecolote beach and start from there. Shuttle service is also provided if needed. You can check their rates here. Go around May, when the crowds are gone and it’s still not too hot to enjoy the paddling. Try to make the crossing at around noon. The wind dies almost every day between 12pm and 2pm. Watch Video: Kayaking in Espiritu Santo Island Final Thoughts If you like enjoying the nature in solitude, exploring areas where there is no civilization and feeling conected to the surroundings, then Espiritu Santo Island is for you. We absolutely loved the week we spent there. It was one of the highlights of Baja California. Pack your tent, bring plenty of food and water and get ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful and incredible places in the Sea of Cortez. MORE INFORMATION Location: La Paz, Baja California Sur. Mexico Price: 200 USD (double sea kayak weekly rental fee) Useful Notes: Although the conditions for sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez are exceptional, you need to be experienced to perform this adventure independently. Tours are available for less experienced travelers. *** And you? Have You Ever Been To Espiritu Santo Island? Share Your Experience Below. 25 Responses Marina from MadeinMoments.com November 10, 2014 Whoa! Looks so amazing. We are definitely keeping this in the book for when we go down there… and when we are finally ready for an offline adventure. So intensely beautiful! Reply Antonio Cala November 10, 2014 Yes, It’s a very special place. We can’t wait to return. Are you guys heading to Mexico soon? Reply Lindsay Nieminen May 30, 2015 looks like such a beautiful place! What an experience! Lindsay Nieminen recently posted…Toy Traders Langley Reply Antonio Cala May 31, 2015 It was truly special Molly @Green Global Travel November 11, 2014 The color of that water – so vibrant and turquoise! Looks like an unforgettable adventure Molly @Green Global Travel recently posted…GREECE: Ancestors & Expectations at the Acropolis of Athens Reply Antonio Cala November 11, 2014 Absolutely. The morning swim in that water was the best part of the trip Reply Christa May 30, 2015 Wow, look at that water! And it doesn’t look crowded at all. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Christa recently posted…Disney World with Babies and Toddlers Reply Antonio Cala May 30, 2015 We were the only ones during the week we were there Reply Jennifer @ Made all the Difference Travel Blog May 30, 2015 This look amazing. I bet the snorkeling is amazing. Jennifer @ Made all the Difference Travel Blog recently posted…8 Great Reason to Work in Mount Rainier National Park Reply Antonio Cala May 30, 2015 It was pretty good, specially with at the sea lion colony Reply noel May 30, 2015 Looks like a wonderful place to just tune out and enjoy the water and nature, did you see some whales? noel recently posted…Traveling with Eurail and Win a Eurail pass to Europe Reply Antonio Cala May 31, 2015 We didn’t, but we were a bit after the whale season which ends in April. We saw lots of dolphins, mobula rays, turtles and sea lions though. Reply Will May 31, 2015 Brilliant! Looks like an awesome time! Love kayaking! Will recently posted…TOP 5 FLASHPACKER HOSTELS EUROPE 2015 Reply Antonio Cala May 31, 2015 With a kayak is by far the best way to explore an island Reply Vicky and Buddy May 31, 2015 You have some beautiful pictures! I’d love to try kayaking again, but I’d like to do it with a guide since I’ve only done it once. Vicky and Buddy recently posted…An Interview With The Hungry Partier Reply Antonio Cala May 31, 2015 Is there any place in particular you would like to go kayaking? Reply Christy @ Ordinary Traveler May 31, 2015 I have always wanted to do this. I didn’t know you could camp in caves though! Christy @ Ordinary Traveler recently posted…Your Guide to the Perfect Afternoon in Santa Barbara Reply Antonio Cala June 1, 2015 It’s very sunny on the island, so camping in a cave is your best option Reply Uncover Your Caribbean June 1, 2015 There is so much energy in your photos! Sounds exciting too! Uncover Your Caribbean recently posted…Dominican Republic: Regata Las Terrenas Reply Antonio Cala June 1, 2015 Thanks! Reply Alli June 1, 2015 Wow, what an experience that must have been to enjoy the island relatively free of any one else present. Stunning images! Alli recently posted…8 Tips for the Wandering Yogi Reply Antonio Cala July 20, 2015 It was a very special experience, indeed. One of those you remember for years Reply Dave from Daves Travel Pages June 1, 2015 Looks like you enjoyed your time there… although the mossies can be a real pain… quite literally 😀 Dave from Daves Travel Pages recently posted…2 Day Peloponnese Tour : Greece Travel Guide Reply Antonio Cala July 20, 2015 We only had very bad mosquitoes the first 2 nights. On the other side of the island they were not too bad which was a relief! Reply Mary Harter June 5, 2015 Thanks for this comprehensive account of your trip around Espiritu Santo Island in Baja California Sur, Mexico. We were privileged to have been able to provide you with the equipment rental necessary to realize your adventure! As an outfitter in Baja for 22 years and having guided there for 10 years prior to opening our business in La Paz in 1993 I’m surprised to hear the mosquitoes were plentiful during your trip in May!? May is one of the driest months in Southern Baja and therefore usually provides bug free camping on the island. That said there are beaches (those with mangroves) that do have bugs year around while there are many other beaches that provide bug free camping that time of year! In my 32 years paddling on the island I’ve never experienced mosquitoes in May because I know what beaches to avoid. I’m sorry our office did not pass this information onto you!! In general December through July are the bug free months on the island (if you know what beaches to avoid) while August and September are the rainy season and October through November tend to be buggy everywhere as they follow the rainy season. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Sign Up To Our Newsletter.