Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home, while a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores. Camp Cecil features large dome tents with real beds, lovely linens, towels for beach and bath, and chairs for sitting outside. Espiritu Xantus Café is where our on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day – and daily happy hour of course - and there are sun showers and compost toilet cabañas.
Award-winning Camp Cecil de la Isla has large dome tents with real beds, lovely linens, towels for beach and bath and chairs for sitting outside. Each tent can have either one king bed or two twin beds. (Added joy: the housekeeping staff cleans the tents and makes the beds each day!)
Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Restaurant
Airport Shuttle (Available)
The Sea of Cortez is widely known as one of the best sea kayaking destinations in the world, and Camp Cecil de la Isla is a great place from which to explore the bays, inlets, lava cliffs and wildlife of Isla Espiritu Santo. Kayaking is included in the Camp Cecil experience.
Swimming with sea lion puppies at the permanent sea lion colony of Los Islotes is truly one of life's great joys. These fun-loving marine mammals love playing and interacting with humans, and are always disappointed that we can never keep up a game of tag as long as they can. Getting to the sea lion colony is half the fun, as we regularly see dolphins, whales, mantas, sea turtles, coastal birds and more on the way there and back. Swimming with sea lions is included in the Camp Cecil experience.
Stand up paddle boarding at Camp Cecil de la Isla is a great way to explore the shoreline and sea around the camp. Sea turtles love the algae that grows on the ocean floor in front of the camp, and often when we're out paddle boarding the turtles pop up around the boards when they come up to take a breath! Stand up paddle boarding is included in the Camp Cecil experience.
The Sea of Cortez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to 39% of the world's total number of marine mammal species, accounts for a third of the world´s marine cetacean species, and also has 891 fish species. In other words, it is truly amazing place that is widely recognized as one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. While at Camp Cecil you will have your snorkeling gear and wet suit with you at all times. There is great snorkeling right in front of the camp as well as other spots that we visit around the island. Snorkeling is included in the Camp Cecil experience.
Over 430 bird species have been spotted in Baja California Sur and it is home to six endemic species as well. During our stay at Camp Cecil de la Isla we can visit rookeries for Blue-footed Boobies, Magnificent Frigatebirds, and Great Blue Herons, explore the wondrous array of birdlife found in local mangroves, and at sunset watch the Brown Pelicans, Yellow-footed Gulls, Caspian Terns, Franklin’s Gulls, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Least Terns, Herring Gulls, Snowy Plovers and more score their suppers. It is a wonderful place to observe our feathered friends. Birding is included in the Camp Cecil experience.
There are several short to medium-length hikes at different spots around the island through which you can explore fantastic lava cliffs, check out the wide variety of flora and fauna, and get some truly astounding views. Hiking is included in the Camp Cecil experience.
Beach combing and enjoying Isla Espiritu Santo
Espiritu Xantus Cafe is widely considered one of the best restaurants in the vicinity of La Paz, a feat made all the more remarkable when you consider that they are creating all that magic in a 10x12 tent with a 3 burner stove! Our chefs buy fish right at the island from the Puppos, 81 and 91 year old brothers who have a fishing camp one bay over from Camp Cecil. Meals include cold breakfast, hot breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily happy hour as well.