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San Jorge Island

Puerto Peñasco

Between Puerto Peñasco and Caborca, small boats dock in front of an island inhabited by birds and sea lions—San Jorge Island, declared a Área de Reserva Natural (Natural Reserve Area) because of its rich biodiversity.

The rock formations of Isla San Jorge, also known as “bird island”, serve as a nesting area for booby birds (blue-footed), terns and various species of herons. This is the reason why the boats don’t dock in the area, but are kept a few meters away, so travelers can jump into the water and observe the birds.

The best natural show is made by California sea lions, throwing themselves into the water to play with the swimmers, mainly in the season when the pups are young, since in mating season the males are usually hostile to mark their territory. Before hiring a ride, ask if it's possible to swim with these mammals.

Kayaking, snorkeling or paddle surf are allowed. The waters are calm and the different rock formations can be surrounded. The reserve is suitable for diving, you must bring your own equipment for doing the activity. The time allowed to be on the island is two hours and access isn’t allowed in own boats.
Between Puerto Peñasco and Caborca, small boats dock in front of an island inhabited by birds and sea lions—San Jorge Island, declared a Área de Reserva Natural (Natural Reserve Area) because of its rich biodiversity.

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The rock formations of Isla San Jorge, also known as “bird island”, serve as a nesting area for booby birds (blue-footed), terns and various species of herons. This is the reason why the boats don’t dock in the area, but are kept a few meters away, so travelers can jump into the water and observe the birds.

The best natural show is made by California sea lions, throwing themselves into the water to play with the swimmers, mainly in the season when the pups are young, since in mating season the males are usually hostile to mark their territory. Before hiring a ride, ask if it's possible to swim with these mammals.

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