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Isla San Francisquito is a small island located in the lower inside Sea of Cortez. This idyllic island is within the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Despite its size, the island is a bucket list destination for adventure tourists in the know, and for those who want to experience the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of the Sea of Cortez.
The main attractions of Isla San Francisquito are its stunning remote location and beautiful beaches, which are known for their perfectly transparent waters. Visitors can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the surrounding waters to explore the abundant marine life that includes colorful fish, sea turtles, and even whales and dolphins. The island lends itself to quiet kayaking and exploring. Apart from the beaches, Isla San Francisquito is also home to a unique ecosystem that includes cacti, shrubs, and various species of birds and reptiles. The island is a protected area, and visitors are required to follow responsible tourism practices to minimize their impact on the environment. At the time of this writing Baja Charters has the only federally approved glamping program on the island. Accommodations are limited to camping or anchored yachts that have received the appropriate permits to visit this incredible location.
The best departure place in order to reach this postcard perfect islet, is to board a well-provisioned and equipped yacht in La Paz. Be careful to make certain that your private charter yacht has the required licenses and permits, then lay back and enjoy the six-hour cruise to its protected anchorage. Close by this beautiful island, on an even smaller island, is a subsistence family fishing village where you may barter for the catch of the day. This experience alone, is worth the time and investment to explore these magnificent islands on the inland sea.