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Espiritu Santo Island (officially Isla Espiritu Santo) is located in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), off Mexico's Baja California Sur state. The island is connected with Isla Partida via a narrow isthmus (strip of land). Espiritu Santo has a total land area of approx 81 km2 (31 ml2), ranking it Mexico's 12th-largest island. The island is part of Mexico's Baja California Sur state.
Partida has a land area of 15.5 km2 (6 ml2). Both islands are uninhabited, part of La Paz Municipality and accessible via boat trips from La Paz. Ensenada Grande beach, located on Isla Partida, was voted Mexico's most beautiful beach by The Travel Magazine, as well as one of the world's top 12 beaches. A popular activity around the isle is sea kayaking.
Isla Espiritu Santo's area is protected as part of Area de Proteccion de Flora y Fauna - Islas del Golfo de California, and is a major eco-tourism destination. In 1995 it was declared part of Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Espiritu Santo is the sole known habitat of black jackrabbit.
The surrounding reefs are home to angelfish, trumpetfish, parrotfish, rainbow wrasse and Moorish idols, while many other species pass close by including dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles, and even whales. Birds found here include hummingbirds, great blue herons, brown pelicans, snowy egrets and turkey vultures. A sea lion colony is residing on Los Islotes, off the islands'north tip. Snorkeling with the young and females is the highlight of tours.
Los Isoletes (aka Los Islotes) are two islets (20 m / 66 ft high cliffs) located in the Gulf of California, a short way off the Espiritu Santo Island. Between the islets there is is a rock shelf inhabited by a sea lion colony.
Isla Espiritu Santo cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Isla Espiritu Santo dock (anchor) at La Paz (Baja California Mexico) and their passengers are transported to the island via the ship's tender boats.