A Spirited Valentine’s Day


Five String and Five Spice are romantics at heart, and for Valentine’s Day we wanted to do something special. Although the thought of a candlelight dinner with the kids asleep in the other room was quite tempting, we decided to take a more, shall we say, adventurous approach to celebrate Cupid’s arrow. What could be more romantic than riding an hour and a half out to an uninhabited island with 3 kids on a 12-person boat ? 


Love is in the air (and the sea).

For our trip out to the UNESCO-protected Isla Espíritu Santo, we decided to use Marlin Adventures. They offered a full day tour of the island, including snorkeling at the sea lion colony and relaxing on the beach, and we found their price to be one of the best in La Paz. Having spent a day out on the water with them, we could not have been more impressed. The ride itself gave us a chance to get a different view of La Paz than we ever could have gotten from land, and it certainly didn’t hurt for the kids to have a little down time before and after such an exciting day.


Our two crew members really went above and beyond to meet both our needs and that of the surrounding wildlife. Our guide Arturo was very knowledgeable and passionate about the island’s wildlife and history, and he pointed out many interesting features in both English and Spanish. In addition, our captain maintained a great balance between being respectful of nature and getting us close enough to feel like we were a part of things. On our way back to La Paz a plastic bag flew out of the boat, and our guide and captain circled the water for 5 minutes, scanning for the litter, until they finally found it and brought it back aboard. This commitment to protecting the natural beauty of Isla Espíritu Santo really speaks volumes about the great service that Marlin Adventures provides.

Exploring the Sea of Cortez by boat has definitely been one of the highlights of our time in La Paz. It is fitting that here in Mexico, Valentine’s Day is known as  El Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship). We could think of no better way to celebrate our bond with one another and with the larger planet than by dwelling in the stunning natural beauty of Isla Espíritu Santo.


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