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How to Visit Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico's Island of Flying Devil Rays

by Matador Creators Feb 1, 2023

Isla Espiritu Santo, or Holy Spirit Island, is a stunning Mexican island located in the Sea of Cortez. It’s is home to some of the most pristine beaches and fascinating wildlife in the area, making it an ideal destination for travelers looking to experience the serenity of Mexico’s coast. From snorkeling with sea lions to whale watching, there are plenty of activities to enjoy on the island.

Isla Espiritu Santo is a nature-lovers paradise. The island is part of the Sea of Cortez Marine Park and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its extraordinary range of species. Visitors can explore vibrant coral reefs and swim with sea lions, dolphins, and manta rays. There are also plenty of trails for hikers and cyclists alike as well as opportunities for kayaking and snorkeling. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the leaping (or “flying”) devil rays soaring out of the water.

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The island’s tranquil beaches offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation while soaking up some sun. Visitors can lounge on powdery white sand or take a dip in crystal clear blue waters while admiring the views of nearby islands like San Jose Island or Coronado Island. For visitors who want more adventure than just lounging on the beach, there are plenty of water sports available such as jet skiing or stand-up paddle boarding. There are also restaurants and bars located near the beach for visitors wanting a bite to eat after a long day exploring the island’s beauty.

A variety of accommodation options are available on the island, from camping sites on the beach to luxury resorts overlooking the gorgeous ocean. Visitors who wish to stay overnight can choose from luxurious hotels like Hotel Viva La Paz or Hotel Los Cabos, which provide stunning ocean views from their balconies alongside luxurious amenities like swimming pools and spa services. When it comes time to explore the island, there are several transportation options ranging from taxis to car rentals that make it easy for visitors to wander the island conveniently and at their own leisure.

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