Coronado Island, a treasure of Baja California Sur

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Isla Coronado is one of the most spectacular places in Baja. If you are a lover of adventure and the unknown, this is your place.

One of the most spectacular islands in the  Sea of ​​Cortez is Isla Coronado. Here you will find fantastic landscapes, endemic fauna, and beautiful white-sand beaches. It is one of the five islands that make up the Bahía de Loreto National Park in Baja California Sur.

This natural wonder was declared a National Park on July 19, 1966, and in 2005 it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The other islands that make it up in addition to Isla Coronado are Isla del Carmen, Danzante, Monserrat, and Santa Catalina.

Isla Coronado Features

The climate is dry semi-arid with little rainfall in summer and average temperatures of 23 ° C. The flora is very abundant, mainly composed of copal, biznagas, red and white mangrove, palo verde, mesquite, sour pitaya, and sweet mangrove.


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The diversity of its fauna is immense. There are many types of mice, including the endemic Coronado Island canyon mouse  ( Peromyscus pseudocrinitus ). Among the birds, you will find hawks, pigeons, Mexican finches, woodpeckers, bats, buzzards, blue-footed boobies, frigates, and many more.

Its marine fauna is dominated by several species of sharks and turtles, sea lions, killer whales, dolphins, gray whales, humpbacks and the surprising blue whale, which is the largest in the world. The best time of sighting for the latter is during its migration time, that is, from February to March.

Activities you can do

It is essential that your visit be guided. We recommend you hire one of the tours offered by certified guides. Since only authorized and trained by CONANP tourism service providers can enter. When disembarking in Isla Coronado, you will find many interesting activities:

  • Trekking
  • Snorkel
  • Diving
  • Whale watching
  • Kayak
  • Camp
  • Sport fishing
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Keep in mind that for the camps, as well as for the rest of the activities, you must comply with the payment of rights to enter the Protected Natural Area (ANP) and ask about the permitted activities.
You cannot bring pets to the island or make bonfires.

The use of harpoons and jet skis is prohibited. To camp, you must notify the address of the area using ANP formats and reserve before your visit. You can hire a tour that includes lunch, drinks, park fees, and snorkeling gear (including wetsuits for the colder months). The boats have shade and dry storage for your personal belongings.

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How to get to Isla Coronado?

From La Paz, take the Transpeninsular highway north for approximately 360 km to reach the municipality of Loreto. Arriving at the town to enter the ANP, it must be done via watercraft: boat or boat.

Services

In Loreto you will find all the services: ATMs, parking lots, passenger land transportation, mobile network coverage, medical and hospital services, access to drinking water, piers and airport. Enjoy your stay and be a responsible traveler! Take care of yourself and protect the environment.

Source: mexicodesconocido.com.mx

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