Isla Espiritu Port is a simply marvelous region with a wonderful desert landscape and clear blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Isla Espiritu Santo is an island situated in the Gulf of California just off the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Linked to Isla Partida by a narrow neck of land, it has 31.183 square miles land area, making it Mexico’s twelfth largest island.
The island is protected by UNESCO as a biosphere; Isla Espiritu Santo’s significance is as an eco-tourism destination. It remains an uninhabited island.
Isla Espiritu Santo is a full nature reserve. Visitors can reach the island via a 2-hour boat ride from La Paz. The Sea of Cortez is renowned for its many fish and shellfish. Visitors are sure to have a great fresh seafood meal nightly.
Varied groups of seals can be found on the island. Isla Espiritu Santo has trails across the whole island which trekkers and hikers will surely enjoy. During the summer months, scuba divers will enjoy the groups of hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and manta rays that pass through the region.
For shopping activities, you will enjoy visiting the small shops and boutiques in La Paz near the “Malecon”. You can also go to several shops in the center of La Paz shopping at “El Centro”. There are numerous department stores in La Paz offering the latest fashion and branded items, supermarkets where you can purchase your grocery needs and also shops with locally made Mexican items.
Antigua California offers a great selection of folk art from all over Mexico. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8:30pm and on Sunday from 10:30a to 2:30pm.
Artesanías Cuauhtémoc is where you can find hand-woven tablecloths, rugs, placemats and more. This extraordinary shop is worth the long trip. The textiles are sold at very reasonable prices. It’s open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 7pm.
Dorian’s is a major department in La Paz. The prices are great since La Paz is a duty-free port city. Dorian’s has a wide range of stylish clothes, lingerie, shoes, accessories and jewelry. The store is open every day from 10am to 9pm.
Things to See
Isla Espiritu Santo or Holy Spirit Island has a number of rare species which can be found nowhere else in the world. Some species are the ground squirrel, black-tailed jack rabbit and two snake species. The island is also home to 43 regional plant species. Its surrounding waters sustain groups of sea lions, coral reefs and 500 species of fish. This is a very famous region with kayakers, anglers and divers.
Playa Pichilingue, located near Isla Espiritu Santo, is a famous destination for swimming and sunbathing. Tourists can also watch sport fishing boats bring in their catch.
Restaurants and Bars
Las Tres Virgenes is the best restaurant in L Paz. The food served is amazing and the restaurant has a Baja-Mediterranean inspired courtyard where you can enjoy it. Their Roasted Lamb Burritos is a must-try.
Hermanos Gonzales is renowned for its fish tacos. At this restaurant you drink agua fresco straight out of huge mason jars.
Bocaisapo is a famous wine bar which artists and writers in La Paz frequent. They offer traditional Bolivian music.