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Cabo Pulmo, Mexico: Where it’s wonderfully wild!

Please only travel when it’s safe to do so.

Drive about two hours northeast of Cabo San Lucas, and you come to wild, wonderful Cabo Pulmo on the unspoilt eastern cape of the Mexican Baja Peninsula.

Visiting Cabo Pulmo is one of the best Cabo day trips!

No crowds…

Just the desert, sea and nature.

Cabo Pulmo in Mexico

Cabo Pulmo: Getting there

The drive to Cabo Pulmo itself is very scenic – past giant cacti, hundreds of years old, growing out of the red-brown earth, their thorny fingers reaching for the vivid blue sky.

When the paved road gives way to dirt – beyond which there’s a sandy cluster of campers, makeshift houses and cool off-the-grid, solar-powered houses – you know you’ve reached Cabo Pulmo town (population just over 100).

You might want to stop at a store to fill up on warm, freshly-baked empanadas (like a meat pie) before continuing on to the secluded five-mile bay of Cabo Pulmo.

Cabo Pulmo National Park

A living coral reef, Cabo Pulmo is a national marine park.

Jacques Cousteau described the Cabo Pulmo marine park as “the aquarium of the world.”

A sea turtle at Cabo Pulmo National Park

More than 200 marine species live in and around the reef, including leatherback sea turtles, moray eels, tiger and bull sharks, unique orange grouper, bat rays and galaxies of colorful fish.

A colony of California sea lions also resides by a jumble of huge boulders, and you can swim, snorkel and dive with them.

Best time to visit Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

Be forewarned, however, that Cabo Pulmo is wild in more ways than one.

In summer and fall, the waters are glassy-calm and ideal for kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.

The beaches are beautiful for relaxing on too.

But between December and March, heavy winds can restrict water activities for days at a time.

Buffeted by wind, you could end up looking out at frothy whitecaps – and realizing that no one is heading out into the water that day.

Cabo Pulmo snorkeling and other tours

If you’re staying in Los Cabos, a guided Cabo Pulmo tour – snorkeling, sea kayaking or scuba diving – is the best way to experience this natural wonderland.

Day trips from Cabo often combine more than one activity, like kayaking plus snorkeling with the sea lions.

Recommended Cabo Pulmo tours

Check out these good tour operators (we’ve taken tours with all of them):

Baja Wild – snorkeling Cabo Pulmo and kayaking (website)

Cabo Outfitters – kayaking and snorkeling (website)

High Tide Sea Expeditions – jeep tour (website)

Manta Scuba Divers – Cabo Pulmo diving (website)

Book your Cabo Pulmo tours:

Here’s the best-selling tour by Cabo Outfitters – a 9-hour day trip to Cabo Pulmo, with transportation from your hotel, kayaking, snorkeling and lunch.

And here’s the fun jeep tour to Cabo Pulmo with High Tide.

Cabo Pulmo lodging

Where to stay in Cabo Pulmo? There are no hotels in Cabo Pulmo.

A good option is to book a house through Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner) – which is like AirBnb. It lists some charming homes in Cabo Pulmo, with Mexican art and hand-crafted furniture.

Also check out the Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort (low- to mid-range) or the new Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos (deluxe), two of the closest hotels.

Experience more of Los Cabos!

Read our posts on:

Whale watching | Between December and April, there’s awesome whale watching in Cabo! Check out the best tours here.

Where to stay | From One & Only Palmilla to Hotel El Ganzo, there are lots of beautiful boutique and 5-star luxury hotels in Los Cabos.

Recommended restaurant experience | In Cabo, do yourself a favor and eat at the beautiful farm-to-table Flora Farms restaurant.

Ready to book your trip?

See the following helpful services:

Our Travel Resources Guide | Get airline booking tips. Discover great travel, tour and car rental companies. And read useful trip planning info!

Booking.com | Score a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one.

Vrbo | Get your own apartment or villa, instead of a hotel.

GetYourGuide | Check out local tours and book tickets to attractions.

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Photo Credits: 7 to 9 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 4 Cabo Outfitters | 6 High Tide Los Cabos


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Lori Henry

Monday 11th of September 2017

Were there outfitters in Cabo Pulmo? I'm thinking of staying there instead of Cabo San Lucas so I can kayak.

Janice and George

Monday 11th of September 2017

Cabo Pulmo is pretty teeny. You could check this site for outfitters. You could stay in Cabo San Lucas and still kayak in Cabo Pulmo, as outfitters offer day tours from there... Have fun!

Leigh

Wednesday 2nd of October 2013

Looks like a fantastic area for kayaking and one I'd definitely visit when I finally make it down to Cabo. I have been caught with the winds in the winter - making for some very hard kayaking days.

Charu

Monday 22nd of July 2013

Would love to visit this part of the world! The water looks magnificent!

Irene S. Levine

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

Haven't made it to the East Cape yet, but you sure make it sound intriguing!

Janice and George

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

Maybe one day you'll get there :-).

Kathryn

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

This does sound great and definitely one to add to the list... so many places...

Janice and George

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

If you visit Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo) in the warmer months, it's definitely worth making a day trip to Cabo Pulmo for some snorkeling and kayaking.