Cabo Pulmo National Park is one of the many fantastic destinations in Baja California Sur that are considered a must-visit. Situated about 60 miles north of Cabo, the “jewel of the East Cape region” as it’s often referred to, spans five miles from Pulmo Point to Los Frailes and is surrounded by undeveloped desert and soaring mountains.
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To get there, you’ll travel down a dirt road, surrounded by the striking desert landscape and mountains before the brilliant azure waters of Cabo Pulmo come into view, providing a breathtaking contrast. The unspoiled beaches give way to a calm, shallow bay that houses one of just three living reefs on the entire continent, located with a 10-mile-long by three-mile-wide underwater park.
Diving and Snorkeling
The astonishing biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez is magnified by the presence of one of the few remaining living coral reefs in North America, estimated to be 20,000 years old.This incredible habitat offers divers and snorkelers the unique opportunity to experience an impressive diversity of species. There are countless colorful tropical fish, and hundreds of other creatures to glimpse, from manta rays and sea turtles to bull sharks, sea lions and moray eels.
Strolling Empty Beaches
Even if you don’t get into the water, simply being here and walking the nearly empty beaches makes it well-worth the visit.
One of the best ways to experience it is to book a place right on the beach. Can you imagine waking up to sunrises like this?
The Eagle's Nest
There are few better places to do so than from the Eagle’s Nest, an Eco Palapa casita available via Airbnb which offers 130 degrees of mountain, lagoon and estuary views along with 230 degrees of the Sea of Cortez, wrapping around an oceanfront point.
With large windows on all sides, the views just don’t get better than this. Your only neighbors are the birds – you’ll feel as if you’re playing Robinson Crusoe in this secluded location where the loudest sounds are the songs of your feathered friends and the waves that gently lap the shore.
If you didn’t bring your snorkeling gear, snorkel equipment and kayaks can be borrowed as well. There are many other fun activities available too, including hiking, mountain biking, four-wheeling, fishing and some of the best stargazing around.
While you may want to just stay here and cook your own meals, a few miles away you’ll find several shops and eateries, like Titos, located on the same north-south road you came in on. Famous for its killer margaritas, it offers an excellent Saturday night buffet and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.