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: Drive and town
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.”
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.
But between December and March, heavy winds can restrict water activities for days at a time.
You could end up being buffeted by wind 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.
Pre-book your Cabo Pulmo tours here:
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.
Photo Credits: 1 and 2 High Tide Los Cabos | 6 Cabo Outfitters | 5, 7 and 8 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase