1 / 32 Moonrise at Baja Magic Lodge, Cedros Island, Baja California, MX



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TripAdvisor Property ID: 6969293

About the area

How would you like to go back in time to visit southern California as it was 100 years ago? Imagine unspoiled desert, soaring mountains, and the Pacific teeming with fish, lobster, abalone, elephant seals, sea lions, whales, and sea birds. Those days may be gone in California, USA, but not in Baja California, Mexico. All of this, plus a slice of friendly Mexican culture can still be found on the remote and vibrant islands of Cedros and San Benitos. Located in the Pacific Ocean, 310 miles from the Mexico-US border, off the western coast of Baja California, Cedros Island stretches twenty-four miles along its north to south axis. Characterized by rugged terrain with steep slopes, the island's vegetation includes coastal scrub, chaparral, pine forest, juniper scrub, and sand dune scrub. Cedros Island eco tour plants dudlea desert The two towns, Cedros Town and El Morro, are home to most of the island's 4,500 inhabitants. Fishing for lobster and abalone in Cedros Town, and salt transportation in El Morro comprise the only industries. Tourism, still in its infancy here, brings a much-needed addition to the local economy. With the newly constructed Baja Magic Lodge, we are bringing together the best of both cultures to create a rustic yet comfortable space with great food, great views and a hard working crew of friendly locals. Creature comforts aside, the real reason to visit Cedros is simple: its spectacular and unspoiled natural environment. Many people know the fishing here (especially yellowtail and calico bass) is world class. But there are also desert plants, including some endemic cactus and dudleya, found only on this island. In the mountains (highest point 3,950 ft), aggregations of endemic Cedros' pine and oak trees make up small forests that survive mostly from the regular fog-borne moisture. Endemic species of animals include Cedros' mule deer, Cedros' brush rabbit, Cedros' horned lizards and Cedros' Pack rat, among others. The surrounding waters teem with Pacific marine species that have been reduced or eliminated near more populated areas off the coast of California. For this reason, the waters off this island are a preferred destination for most of the San Diego fleet for long-range fishing trips. Of course, the Cedros locals know this better than anyone: the co-op Pescadores Nationales de Abulon takes an impressive quantity of abalone, lobster and fish each year, in accordance with quotas set by the Mexican government. The source this area's abundant fish and marine mammal populations is the combination of intensive upwellings that emerge at Punta Eugenia and Punta Baja and feed Bahia Vizcaino. An upwelling is cold water brought from the depth of the ocean. This water, particularly rich in the nutrients, creates a ripple effect all the way up the food chain to the big predators, including game fish. During summer, water temperatures are warmer and even more tropical species move into the area to seek prey. Sixteen miles west of Cedros, lie the San Benito Islands (a group of three islands) which together make up 847 hectares. Nobody lives on San Benito Islands full time, though up to seventy people live in the small fishing camp on the west island during abalone season. A lighthouse, dating back to 1934, overlooks western San Benito Island. This island, the most diverse in species and topography, also has one of the most interesting routes for hiking. The trail circumnavigates the island, from the fishing village to the lighthouse on the western side, returning to the east. During their respective breeding seasons, big colonies of elephant seals and sea lions fill almost every inch of beach on the San Benito Islands. The east island is the only breeding colony of the rare Guadalupe fur seal outside of Guadalupe Island. On the soft terrain, there are thousands of holes where species like storm petrels, shearwaters, auklets and murrelets nest. The total nesting population of this group of birds is estimated to be over 2.5 million. In 1999, Sanchez and the non-profit Island Conservation were successful in eliminating the European rabbits that had been introduced to these islands. Because of this effort, many species of plants, including endemics, are returning from the seed bank or surviving roots. Auklet chick San Benito Cedros Island eco tours This remote but outstanding fishing and eco-tour adventure destination is now accessible year-round. Cedros Outdoor Adventures can fly you there for same-day fishing, exploring or just to get away from it all. Options include ground transportation from California to Ensenada with a commercial flight from there to Cedros, or private flights leaving from Brown Field Airport near San Diego, California. Contact us for more information about traveling to Cedros Island or the San Benitos Islands. We can arrange everything for you!

Owner profile

Melanie Lamaga & J.
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Languages spoken: English



  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Housekeeping Included
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Sea view
  • Waterfront


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Boat available
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Review from a client on Trip Advisor: "Cedros Island rocks! Fascinating plant and animal life for our botanists and biologists, beautiful seashore, great sea life, and incredible geology for rockhounds. Our hosts at Cedros Outdoor Adventure accommodated our every desire--they made this remote island easy to get to, provided great food and lodging, and provided transportation to the places we wanted to go. Ours was not the usual fishing trip; we focused on the terrestrial island delights. The rooms were large and clean and beautifully situated, but we also camped out under the stars in different parts of the island and enjoyed seeing more of what this island has to offer. Ecologically this island is in pretty good shape, and I hope ecotourism will not strain the delicate water supply. Jose reminds all visitors that a single spring provides the fresh water for the town.
Meals are served family style on the patio, which is located on a cliff overlooking the sea. The meals were ample and tasty, including of course, very fresh seafood. I liked the fact that the fish were not cleaned at the lodge, which meant that there was not a noisy collection of gulls hanging around; instead pelicans and gulls would just glide by at eye level. The lodge is outside the town, which means it is quiet at night, with the sea in front and the desert behind--beautiful and relaxing views. All rooms have shaded porches with wonderful views of the sea."

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