Camp Cecil de la Isla

Award-winning Camp Cecil de la Isla is located on the pristine and wildly beautiful Isla Espiritu Santo, part of a National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. A one-hour drive and short boat ride from Todos Santos connects to this unique glamping camp that creates a new meaning of beachfront, as the 8 tents sit right in the sand. Guests awaken to the glowing ocean right from their tent. The widely acclaimed Camp Cecil de la Isla has been featured in National Geographic, the London Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Coastal Living, Outside Magazine, Everett Potter’s Travel Report and Sunset Magazine. The Espiritu Santo Island is located off the southern Baja port town of La Paz.

Camp Cecil de la Isla Review

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Choose Camp Cecil de la Isla for a unique adventure lodge with high-end Baja camping accommodations for a fun, nature-immersed and relaxing vacation. Camp Cecil de la Isla is great for couples, groups of friends and multi-generational families, as well as those who normally don’t like camping as the tents are furnished with comfortable beds and are beautifully decorated. With a range of activities to appeal to varied interests, everyone is happy, even those who just want to spend the day in a comfortable chair with a good book.

Camp Cecil de la Isla is located on the amazing Isla Espiritu Santo, one of the 900 islands in the Espiritu Santo Archipelago that are part of the Gulf of California Islands. These islands are part of the Flora and Fauna Protected Area established in 1978. In 2005, Espiritu Santo and 244 other islands in the Sea of Cortez were named a UNESCO World Heritage site. This protected area provides vast exploration opportunities right from Camp Cecil de la Isla.

The Sea of Cortez is home to 39% of the world’s total marine mammal species, a third of the world’s marine cetacean species and 891 fish species. This abundance of fish life draws many species of birds. Near Camp Cecil de la Isla there are rookeries for blue-footed boobies and there is also a magnificent frigatebird colony just a couple of bays down from the camp. Watching the males with their large red throat pouches and the family groups living in the mangroves is quite incredible.

Sustainability at Camp Cecil de la Isla

Due to the nature of this remote seasonal camp that’s broken down and packed up each year, electricity is provided entirely by solar power. Even showers offer water warmed by the sun. Enjoy the serenity provided by silent solar panels rather than generators—punctuated daily by blenders preparing the evening’s cocktail of the day. Clean composting toilets add to the efforts to keep the island and beach pristine.

Dining at Camp Cecil de la Isla

Espiritu Xantus Cafe is where the onsite chef makes wonderful meals every day—and offers daily happy hour. Meals start with lunch on the first day at Camp Cecil de la Isla and go through lunch on the final day before the return to La Paz. Meals are all prepared fresh on the island and include delicious, fresh and healthy choices starting with cold breakfast and coffee, followed by hot breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Daily selections often feature freshly caught fish from longtime local fishermen. The comfortable Espiritu Xantus Cafe is located in a large dining tent with tables, chairs and lounging sofas where each night guests can enjoy watching brown pelicans, yellow-footed gulls, caspian terns, Franklin’s gulls, Bonaparte’s Gulls, least terns, herring gulls and snowy plovers score their own suppers.

Accommodations at Camp Cecil de la Isla

The camp includes 8 walk-in tents that have real beds, comfortable linens, chairs inside and out, bedside tables with lamps, mirrors, storage areas and towels for beach and bath. Each tent can have either one king bed or two twin beds, and there are room for cots as well. The housekeeping staff cleans the tents and makes the beds each day. Two sun showers and two compost toilet cabañas complete the camp.