Best Affordable Fall Adventures
Navigating the Waters off the Baja Peninsula
Southern Baja’s Espiritu Santo Island, in the Sea of Cortez, is known as the Mexican
Galápagos for its abundance of marine life, from dolphins to manta rays. And the Espiritu
Santo Island Circumnavigation trip offers a chance to sea kayak, snorkel, and camp on the
island’s sparkling beaches. Go in fall and you’ll avoid summer’s heat and
winter’s strong winds; it’s also a time when the Baja desert is blooming and the water
is warm and clear—just right for snorkeling. Between excursions you’ll hike through
canyons and boulder up arroyos, surrounded by cacti, hanging fig trees, and Baja
“lace”—where pink volcanic ash drips from the cliffs. At Los Islotes, a sea lion
rookery, travelers get to swim alongside the local inhabitants.
Cost: $1,150 double occupancy, eight days.