Sand Dollar Beach, Isla Magdalena

Mar 29, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Through the night, National Geographic Venture made her way southward, along the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. At midday, she shifted east to enter “La Entrada,” the opening between the barrier islands of Santa Margarita and Magdalena. Here we would have the opportunity to visit Sand Dollar Beach—one of the very best on the western hemisphere!

What qualities makes this area so charming? The answer comes in the form of big, beautiful barchan sand dunes! Piled at great heights these dunes, the seemingly endless expanse of this shifting, rippled sandscape is absolutely mesmerizing, and even better for those who came out with cameras. Perhaps better still is the sensation of bringing one’s feet through the warm fine-grain sand. It is a feeling in which people somehow feel ageless. The inner-child is brought out while we skip, dance, and relish the magic of this moment.

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About the Author

Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

About the Videographer

James Napoli

Video Chronicler

Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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