Cabo Pulmo is tiny, remote village about 60 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas, with a population of about 100 full time residents. It was once a fishing village but in 1995, the waters offshore from Cabo Pulmo were designated a National Marine Park by the Mexican government. The Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve is one of the healthiest marine areas in the world, attracting snorkelers, scuba divers, scientists and conservationists from around the world. It is a great place to visit, and highly recommended if you are into snorkeling or diving.
To get to Cabo Pulmo, north and east on highway 1 for about 2 hours. You will find yourself in a remote area, surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range.
Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park stretches five miles from the northernmost tip, Pulmo Point to the southernmost tip, Los Frailes, with the village of Cabo Pulmo in between.
There isn’t much in the village except beaches, scuba divers and a few local businesses, but that’s what makes the village itself such an appealing place to visit. The unpaved roads and colorful buildings are charming. There are pristine, white sand beaches as far as the eye can see. It’s a great place to enjoy a day off the grid, hang out in a hammock, go for a hike, or just chill.
There are many watersport guides, and tours are available. This is a good place for whale watching in the winter/spring months, especially January through March.
There is a colony of sea lions that hang out on rocks above the water. You might be able to catch a glimpse, especially if you rent a kayak.
While you’re at it, check out the rocks themselves throughout the area for a geology lesson. The fossil bearing sandstone, lutite and limolite rocks vary in age from the Mesozoic to the Recent Era, and bear the history of ancient lagoons that were once in this area.
But the main draw of Cabo Pulmo is the scuba diving. The shallow water bay of Cabo Pulmo Marine Park cradles the only hard coral reef in North America. The reef is approximately 20,000 years old, one of the oldest in the American Pacific, and is home to massive schools of fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks. The water is clear, and the dive sites are close to the shore, and suitable for beginners. Some dive sites are close enough to the surface that they can be seen when snorkeling, while others are at greater depth.
So if snorkeling or diving is your bliss, head to one of the local dive shops and book a trip, and venture out to see all of the incredible underwater wildlife this spectacular marine reserve has to offer!