Isla San José, is an undeveloped island located in the Sea of Cortez, off the southeastern coast of the Baja California Peninsula just north of Isla San Francisquito. San Jose island is privately owned, but no one lives on the island. Conanp, the national park service of Mexico, controls the beaches and water ways approaching the island. Visitors are allowed to land and enjoy the water, beach, bays, and views, with a permit from Conanp, and provided one stays within a 100’ of the water line, unless you’ve received special permission to go further inland. The island is part of the Espiritu Santo National Park, which includes several other islands, such as Espiritu Santo Island and Partida Island, etc.
One of the most notable features of Isla San Jose is its rugged landscape. The island is characterized by rocky cliffs and hills, as well as a variety of coves and beaches. The island's interior is home to several natural springs, which provide fresh water to the diverse flora and fauna. The waters surrounding the island are teeming with a wide variety of marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, rays, and several species of sharks, including the giant whale shark.
San Jose Island is home to several important bird species. The bird population is diverse, with over 50 species of migratory birds passing through each year.
The island's human history is also rich and varied. The island was originally inhabited by the Pericú, an indigenous people who lived on the Baja California Peninsula for thousands of years before the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century. Today, visitors to San Jose Island can still see several ancient rock art sites left behind by the Pericú.
Snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and fishing are the primary activities in the island's waters, while hiking and camping are available on the rugged terrain assuming you are granted permission to go further inland than the first one hundred feet.
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