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July 03, 2013

Cabo Pulmo: The Jewel of Los Cabos

For Southern Californians, It Doesn’t Get Any Easier Than This
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Cabo Pulmo does get windy in which case head just a couple miles south to Playa los Arbolitos. The idyllic beach and headland provides tranquil waters and often thirty-plus feet of visibility.

An hour and a half into the flight out of San Diego or Tijuana and you are already descending into Baja’s Cape Region. Affordable rental cars aplenty (just don’t by your insurance beforehand since you’ll have to purchase it on-site) and an array of accommodations you’ll be moved in and submerged in the tepid Sea of Cortez water in less than an hour of landing.

While many visitors to Los Cabos spend their day poolside, daiquiri in hand, there are incredible opportunities to enjoy the region’s perfect climate and globally unique ecology. The coral reef at Cabo Pulmo is one of those places.

Located about an hour’s drive from the airport, Cabo Pulmo is a sleepy coastal hamlet on the East Cape. Once a village dominated by fishing, it now hosts some of the most successful ecotourism in Mexico. Local residents and conservationists saw their local fisheries in perilous decline in the early 1990’s and consequentially established a Marine Protected Area (MPA) surrounding the offshore coral reef, one of the largest in the northeastern Pacific. The reef is an ecological cornerstone for the Sea of Cortez and beyond and without its protection, fisheries and ecosystems throughout Northwest Mexico would be impacted. Since the implementation of the MPA, fishery biomass in the reserve has increased over 460% and the local economy has effectively transitioned from marine consumption to conservation.

At the beach you can rent snorkel gear, charter a tour or scuba dive. The reef sits just offshore if boats and scuba aren’t your thing. Cabo Pulmo does get windy in which case head just a couple miles south to Playa los Arbolitos. The idyllic beach and headland provides tranquil waters and often thirty-plus feet of visibility. A 50 peso fee is paid to the local surveillance team for entry.

Los Cabos has allured party goers and big-fish hunters for decades but there is so much natural beauty to experience. Few places like Cabo Pulmo remain and even it is at risk of permanent destruction if mega-development visionaries get their way. So, enjoy it while it is still there and help WILDCOAST keep it pristine for generations to come.

To make a donation and protect Cabo Pulmo click here.

 

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