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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Isla Espíritu Santo, Baja, Mexico
Glenn Oakley

Isla Espíritu Santo, Baja, Mexico

Arriving on Isla Espíritu Santo feels like sailing into a Maxfield Parrish painting—burnt sienna cliffs jutting out of cerulean waves. This desert isle’s population is big—if you count pelicans, parrot fish, and dolphins. If you count people? It’s uninhabited.

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