I like to snorkel and scuba dive. Is the diving good at Cabo Pulmo?
FABULOUS! Cabo Pulmo is famous for scuba diving and snorkeling! Because of Cabo Pulmo’s living coral reefs, an abundance of sea life is just waiting for you to come take a look. The reef system is now protected by Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park so the sealife continues to prosper and multiply. Baja Paradise provides, free of charge, a fleet of sit-on-top ocean kayaks that you can paddle out to the reefs yourself for easy snorkeling. Baja Paradise also provides a selection of snorkeling equipment for guests who don’t bring their own. There are four scuba/snorkel outfitters in Cabo Pulmo:
ABSOLUTELY! The only living coral reefs in Baja can be found at Cabo Pulmo. The eight fingers of Cabo Pulmo’s living coral reefs begin at shoreline, arching out at a 45 degree angle from the beach, with each reef finger successively deeper than the last. The reef system protects the shoreline from the type of waves and surf associated with Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, where many beaches are unsafe for swimming, plus Cabo Pulmo is influenced by the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez, not the active waters of the Pacific Ocean. Rip tides and undertows are unknown in Cabo Pulmo. Occasionally the beaches at Cabo Pulmo will experience small waves, mostly during winter north wind conditions. Even so, swimming is still safe and then the windsurfing is great! There are also wonderful beaches at Los Arbolitos and Frailes Bay. The beaches below the casa can also be good depending on how the waves are breaking.
I’m an avid fisherman! How is fishing in Cabo Pulmo?
GREAT! Anglers at Cabo Pulmo catch most pelagic species common to Baja California Sur waters. We regularly see (depending upon the season, of course) dorado, also known in Hawaii as mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, snapper, grouper, sailfish, and marlin. The Castro family operates a fleet of panga fishing boats. The rates are excellent, about $195.00 for a 4-hour excursion with up to 3-guests per boat; Fishing licenses are $15.00 per person; live bait is $25.00; plus tips (we always tip at least 20%; if you have a large catch, do consider more). Rods, reels, and lures are available for fishermen who don’t bring their own. These local captains are excellent fishermen and know the area well. Fishing within Cabo Pulmo National Park is prohibited in order to protect the reefs, however it’s only a short boat ride to deep waters outside the Park boundaries. Reef species like grouper and cabrilla can be fished for outside the Park as well, also a short boat ride away, just south of Bahia Los Frailes. You can make a reservation at their website: www.cabopulmosportcenter.com. If you know you will plan to fish, we highly recommend that you book your fishing trip in advance to be assured of a boat and favorite guide. There is also surf fishing on the beaches below the casa.
Are there restaurants in Cabo Pulmo?
EL CABELLERO RESTAURANT – Our second most favorite restaurant in Cabo Pulmo, it’s located on the main north-south road you came in on at the turn-in to our villas. EL CABELLERO offers strictly Mexican fare and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We really enjoy having breakfast here and they pour a delicious cup of coffee. Mid-range pricing. Cash only.
CORAL REEF RESTAURANT – Without a doubt, this is our very favorite restaurant in Cabo Pulmo. It’s in the 2-story turquoise building on the second floor of the Cabo Pulmo Dive Center building with beautiful mountain and ocean views. Open for lunch and dinner, a meal at Coral Reef offers both American and Mexican fare, with soups and salads, pasta dishes, meats and fish from the grill, along with Mexican favorites and dessert. Prices range from $6.00 to $18.00. Coral Reef Bar is a great place for Happy Hour and for watching favorite sports events on large, flat-screen satellite TV. Is open for lunch and dinner and has a bar. Credit cards are accepted.
LA PALAPA RESTAURANT –A great place for fish tacos and a cold Corona, it’s located right on the beach at the south end of Cabo Pulmo village. A trip to Cabo Pulmo isn’t complete without having lunch here. Open for lunch, sometimes for dinner. Mid-range pricing. Cash only. (OWNER'S FAVORITE)
TITO’S BAR–Located on the north-south road you came in on, Tito’s Bar is an institution with their killer Margarita. Their weekly Saturday night buffet is a “don’t-miss” event if you’re in Cabo Pulmo on a Saturday. We recommend that you let Tito’s know ahead of time that you’re coming to the Saturday night buffet so they save you a table. Midrange pricing. Cash only. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
ALICIA’S TAKE-OUT & CATERING –Offering home-style Mexican fare Alicia is a superb cook and prepare you favorite Mexican dishes for pre-ordered TAKE-OUT (order by noon for 5:00 PM pickup). With advance planning, Alicia can deliver to your villa for self-service or she can provide in-villa catering and table service. Alicia is located at the very south end of Cabo Pulmo inland from La Palapa Restaurant. Food is reliably good. Mid-range pricing. Rates are based on quantity ordered and service desired. Cash only.
NANCY’S RESTAURANT – Nancy’s was the first restaurant in Cabo Pulmo, opened to service the divers who came to dive with Cabo Pulmo’s first commercial dive operation, Pepe’s Dive Center (long closed). The menu can be eclectic. Occasionally there’s a baker in residence and you can get morning cinnamon rolls. Pricing is mid-range and up. Cash only.
There is also a dining at Vidasoul in Vinorama (about 15 minute drive south).