Isla Del Carmen (Carmen Island) is just 18 kilometers from Loreto and 8 km from Puerto Escondido.
Loreto is one of the beautiful five municipalities of Baja California Sur. In front of the coasts of this municipality exist five wonderful Islands that are a tourist attraction, these are Carmen, Monserrat, Danzante, Catalina and Coronado, with beautiful landscape of the blue green of the sea that surrounds them, in which is one of the most practiced activities in diving. Since it is a protected area since 2005, these islands are considered as the National Park of the Bay of Loreto. There are countless birds and marine species worth knowing on the spot, such as the Tijereta, brown pelican, sea lions, Silly Bird, Blue Footed Boobie and the yellow-legged gull among others. Carmen Island is also a reserve area for bighorn sheep and every year receives the gray whale, one of the attractions for sea lovers.
Isla Del Carmen as well as other attractions, has a rocky surface of multiple colors that attract the attention of anyone who visits the place. Also, tourist being attracted by the historic activity of its salt plant, Bahia Salinas, where the facilities of the saline are located including the homes where the workers used to live.
A little bit of the background for the salt plant. It was in 1984 that the salt plant closed, but the ruins of the buildings, give the idea of what was the original town of the Island. There is an area that was built for the salt plant staff to live: houses, a school, cemetery, sports courts, workshops, warehouses, fuel and oil depots, bank, where archives, typewriters and a safe are kept inside the ruins, which are said that "the contents is ignored", there is also the chapel of Our Lady of the Carmen that, which is kept in perfect condition, with a beautiful image of the virgin in the altar. According to Andrés Davis, the dealers' wives are very much concerned about the conservation of the chapel. There are also four modern houses, well maintained and comfortable, two of which are used by the current holders of the concession when they come to the Island, and also to host their visitors. The other two are for the guardians, who in return take care of the houses and the chapel, making sure they are kept in good conditions.
There is the version that Isla Del Carmen was abandoned after the Salinas de Guerrero Negro opened, whose production was much greater, especially because of its location in the Pacific area which represented a great saving in distance and transportation costs for the customers, since sailing to the Carmen Island involves surrounding the entire state of Baja California Sur from sea, and the main customer of the Mexican salt is Japan and their own ships had to come for it. It was more convenient to buy the salt in Guerrero Negro, where even in the 70's of last century, they became shareholders of the Company. Currently Mitsubishi Corp. has 49% of the shares of the salt plant, and 51% belong to the Federal government.
Add this island to your bucket list, there are many activities you can do, such as kayaking, snorkeling, mountain biking, diving, tours to protected areas and of course a delicious and varied gastronomy at usual temperature 25 degrees centigrade and a little more in summer.
Article by: Sudcaliforniano and Estela Davis