Cabo Pulmo is a must-see for any vanlifer traveling to southern Baja. Cabo Pulmo, one of the crown jewels of the East Cape of Baja, can be reached from San Jose del Cabo in about two hours. As the sole hard coral reef in the Gulf of California, this National Marine Park is unique and deserves protection as a World Heritage Site. There adventures here include snorkeling, scuba diving, dinner and watching the wildlife.
In terms of eco-tourism, it doesn’t get much better than Cabo Pulmo. Those looking for a less crowded, more natural experience in Los Cabos should head to this area. This location is a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers who want to get a close look at the diverse marine life beneath the waves. Within the Sea of Cortez, this area is home to one of the largest and most diversified coral reef systems in North America, providing a habitat for over 800 different types of marine life.
Cabo Pulmo has the largest collections of sharks, including bull sharks, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, blacktip sharks, and white tip sharks, and is home to five of the seven threatened species of sea turtles found worldwide.
If you’re looking for a “off the beaten path” adventure, go no further than this eco-destination. While enjoying and learning about Cabo Pulmo, visitors are urged to do so in an environmentally responsible manner.
Scuba Diving / Snorkeling
As far as snorkeling and scuba diving go, Cabo Pulmo is up there with the top spots in the Americas. Certified divers can see the spectacular underwater world of the coral reefs that live there.
Around Cabo Pulmo, there are a number of great spots to camp without hookups. There are two main ones, one being a boondocking spot on the beach just before you reach town. And then there’s Los Friales, which can be found about 7 kilometers south of Cabo Pulmo.
It’s a privilege to have Cabo Pulmo for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.
There are two ways to get to Cabo Pulmo. From the airport (SJD) we recommend that you follow Highway 1 North, that way you will only encounter about 6 miles of dirt road. From Los Cabos Airport (SJD) travel North on Highway 1 past Caduano, Mira Flores, and Santiago turnoffs. Once you approach a small village called Las Cuevas you will find a right turn to La Ribera / Cabo Pulmo (if you cross a long bridge you went too far). Follow the road to La Ribera and turn right just prior to entering La Ribera. You will see the Cabo Pulmo turnoff. Follow the Cabo Pulmo road south until the pavement ends. Continue another 6 miles on the dirt road until you reach the village of Cabo Pulmo. Prior to Cabo Pulmo you will see some signs promoting Cabo Pulmo information, continue past this village, Cabo Pulmo is the next bay. You will know you are in Cabo Pulmo when you see Tito’s restaurant, El Caballero restaurant, and the Cabo Pulmo Dive Center which is a two-story blue building.
References and Links:
- Website: Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort