Our Trip to Isla Coronado in Baja California Sur

While writing my recent article about our trip to Queretaro, I realized that I probably should have broken our trip up into a few smaller articles that were easier to read and followed my well-established pattern of being short and concise.

Well, I’ve learned my lesson, and to prove it, I’m dedicating an entire post to our recent trip to Isla Coronado (Coronado Island) located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

First things first. This is the part of the post where I stick in an interactive map so that the geographically-challenged readers can see where Isla Coronado is located.

Just to be clear, I’m not making fun of anyone. Linda will tell you that I’m one of the most geographically-challenged people she’s ever met. I often get lost making my way back to the table at a restaurant after going to the bathroom.

Quick tip: Just keep zooming out until something looks familiar:

Booking the Tour in Loreto

We’re currently staying in Loreto and we booked a four hour tour around Isla Coronado for about $45 USD a person. That included drinks and a box lunch. There were only two other guests on the small boat, so it felt like a private tour.

We booked it at a tour office a few blocks from the Malecón, but you can easily find a tour just by walking down to the marina and asking around.

Dolphins, Turtles and Sea Lions…Oh My!

Our boat tour took us around the island where we were greeted by a pod of dolphins that seemed to enjoy swimming around the boat and jumping through our wake.

We saw sea turtles swimming by and large numbers of blue footed boobies gathered on the tops of the tall rocks and cliffs. We were hoping to see a whale but we were told that although there are a few out there, the best time to see them is in March.

As we made our way around the island, the sound of sea lions grew louder until we were able to see a large group of them sunning themselves on some volcanic rocks. It was an impressive sight and not something that we ever see where we live in the Riviera Maya.

After a couple of hours on the boat, the captain stopped on a small sandy beach on the island and we ate our ham and cheese sandwiches. The water was beautiful but a little too cold for our liking so we only put our feet in.

We really enjoyed the four hour excursion and we highly recommend it.

Here are some pics we took along the way:

Let’s Wrap This Up

We realize that a large number of our readers only follow our blog for our more technical and informative articles about moving to Mexico. If you’re one of those folks, don’t worry. We’ll be back to writing those types of articles in a couple of weeks when we wrap up our one-month trip to explore new areas of Mexico.

Thanks for your patience, and until then, we hope you enjoy our brief attempt at being travel bloggers.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

24 Comments on "Our Trip to Isla Coronado in Baja California Sur"

  1. Alfredo Hernandez | February 8, 2020 at 9:46 pm |

    I I love you your blog, I’m a Mexican national living in the states, I’m dreaming about going back to Mexico one day. I came to the states when I was 14 now I’m 45. Looking to retire in my old Mexico somewhere in the Rivera maya or any other tropical weather zone.

  2. Brian Walker | February 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm |

    We love the Loreto area! And we’ve been to the same beach on Coronado!

  3. housesitmexico | February 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm |

    Thanks, Paul. Loreto has been on my bucket list, and now I know to see Isla Coronado there! Next time you explore other parts of Mexico, I hope you might try it as a house sitter!

  4. Ross Guerrero | February 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm |

    Fantastic pics! What a wonder place to visit!

  5. Thomas Britton Chism | February 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm |

    Baja looks beautiful and fascinating. I thought boobies were only on Galapagos and coastal Ecuador. I like these travel stories like the wineries and this one of Baja.

    • I was surprised to see blue footed boobies too. It made me wish we had a more professional camera to take better pics.

      I’m glad to hear that you like the travel stories. They are certainly more fun to research than Mexican immigration and import laws…lol.

  6. Larry lloyd Wall | February 8, 2020 at 10:25 pm |

    I hope you were aable to have lunch or dinner @ Orlando’s close to the town square.. Best food in Baja Sur.

  7. I always enjoy yours Travels. ☀️ Visiting Puerto Vallarta with the many other birds needing some sunshine. ☀️ Loreto next trip!! Thank you

  8. Great article and loved the photos. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope on your trip you might be headed our way to San Carlos outside of Guaymas. I’ll give you our list of favorite restaurants, the best beaches, and boat trips. Hikes too if you like that. So many things to do here, we’ve just scratching the surface after living here for three years.
    PS – love your Spanish tutorials – I just need to practice more!

  9. Wondering how you got to Loreto from Queretaro?

    • We flew from Queretaro to Tijuana to enjoy a week in Valle de Guadalupe and then flew from Tijuana to Loreto.

  10. Based on this article, I say that _The Log from the Sea of Cortez_, by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, is must-reading for you.

  11. Funny, I just happen to be reading that book now..

  12. Great informative blog you have here. I too, have a law enforcement background who is planning to retire in a few years and move down to my beloved Valle de Guadalupe (Baja Norte). Thanks for taking the time to show folks the wonders of Baja and Mexico. Keep up the good work!

  13. Janet Rivera | February 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm |

    Love your travel stories and laughed at you getting lost coming back from the bathroom. I thought only I did that!

  14. Living vicariously through your trips. Hoping that we will be able to travel once we get a handle on what our real retirement budget is.. wondering if you could list which cities you traveled to that would be good for non fluent spanish speaking expats.

  15. jennylim@bellsouth.net | February 15, 2020 at 8:30 am |

    Thanks for sharing. I am undecided between flying into Loreto on Feb 25th or March 24th. I have 9 days and my main goal is to see whales in Baja California. Any tips as to the better time? Thanks.

  16. Always a little leary about west coast of Mexico. Most say that beaches are not worth it. I must say after this blog I have a different position on the west coast. Thanks for all you do.

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