Who is ready for a break?
I know I am! I want to feel the sun shining on my face while I dig my toes into damp cool sand and sip on a frosty drink. Seriously, I am ready!
I love Cabo Pulmo. I first went there in the 90's on a dive trip. The diving was great, and this was before Cabo Pulmo became a National Marine Park.
'We are a Padi 5 Star Resort located in Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, directly in front of the national Marine Park. We have Baja's best diving and snorkeling with exceptional service to the customers."
If you like to visit 'less traveled' places, then Cabo Pulmo is for you. It is definetly off the beaten path. I prefer to be able to rest peacefully on the beach, with the sun on my face, my feet in the sand and hand around a frosty drink! And having a place right on the beach, well that is just icing on the cake.
"Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is a small rustic romantic getaway village of Palm-thatched bungalows that are located right in front of the National Marine Park of Cabo Pulmo just 60 miles up the Sea of Cortez on the gulf side. Most of the bungalows host a simple open floor plan modern in style but rustic in nature. Most casitas and bungalows offer a nice functional kitchen for cooking and some offer BBQ's and are Solar powered."
A hike, a bike ride, oh to have the time to do the things I love! Time to indulge myself is a vacation perk! Cabo Pulm has some impressive hiking and biking trails. You don't have to worry about bringing a bike, the Resort rents them. Perfect way to spend a morning. Or a sunset hike. In my mind I am already doing it. Then I am going to the beach to feel the sun on my face, put my feet in the sand and sip a frosty drink. (It's a constant theme in my vacation dreams)
"If you want to get your heart pumping quickly, try the Cabo Pulmo mountain hike; it goes all the way to the top of the tallest mountain behind Cabo Pulmo. The views are incredible and in winter months when humpback whales are around, you can see them breaching off shore. To get to the mountain hike, walk the new road that's been built part way up the mountain. At the end of the road, climb the ridge to the top. There's really no "trail" but you can see where others have preceded. This hike is not for the out-of-shape or the faint-of-heart as parts of the upper reaches are steep."
If you are ready for a break, give Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort a call! We would love to see you.
Cabo Pulmo wins over big development company.
This is an article from Amanda Maxwell's Blog.
We have included the article in full here and also, at the end of the article, a link to the blog.
“Victory” is a word I don’t use lightly or often.
But there are few situations I can think of for which “victory” would be more appropriate than yesterday’s landmark announcement by Mexican President Felipe Calderon to cancel the ill-conceived massive tourism project, Cabo Cortes. The project’s proponents wanted to build the equivalent of a new city next to Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, a reserve of immeasurable importance for Mexico and for the world. Cabo Pulmo contains the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortés, and for years local, national and international voices have been campaigning to protect the vulnerable marine life there from the threat of Cabo Cortés. Yesterday, just as the Rio+20 Earth Summit got underway, President Calderón demonstrated vision and leadership by cancelling the entire project.
Cabo Pulmo is a conservation success story of local, national, and international significance. In the 1970s-80s, rampant overfishing severely degraded the reef. Local communities recognized that fact, and petitioned the government to make the area a national park, which it did in 1995. In 2005, UNESCO named Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park a World Heritage Site, and in 2008 it became a Ramsar Wetlands Site of International Importance.
Due to these efforts, the coral reef has bounced back beyond belief. A 2011 study from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography found that the biomass of the park increased 463 percent in the decade from 1999 and 2009, and called it “most robust marine reserve in the world.” It is now home to the highest concentration of marine life in the entire Gulf of California, including more than 200 species of reef fish, many of which are found nowhere else in the world, as well as migratory species like whale sharks, Pacific manta rays, humpback whales, and dolphins. Five of the world’s seven endangered species of sea turtle use the reef as a refuge. This incredible recovery is largely due to the efforts of the local communities, who took stewardship of the park and reoriented their economies away from destructive fishing practices and towards ecotourism activities.
photo courtesy of Octavio Aburto / iLCP
However, several years ago, the Spanish real estate developer Hansa Urbana laid out plans for the Cabo Cortés real estate and tourism complex. The company planned to construct 13,000 housing units, 3,655 hotel rooms (together this is equivalent to about 30,000 rooms), some 2 million square feet of office and commercial space as well as a 490-slip marina, a “private” jet port, schools, and at least two golf courses. For all practical purposes the project would have created a brand new city the size of Cancun. If it had been allowed to proceed, the project would have irreversibly damaged the reef ecosystem and wiped out local livelihoods that depend on ecotourism.
photo courtesy of Ralph Lee Hopkins / iLCP
In response to Cabo Cortés threat, local groups organized and took action. Regional and national groups joined the fight, and created a vibrant coalition called Cabo Pulmo Vivo. When Hansa Urbana stepped up its pressure on the government to approve the project, this coalition did not back down. Instead, they reached out to international groups, such as NRDC, to help protect Cabo Pulmo. Together, we made the legal, scientific, environmental, social and financial cases against the project:
- the project’s plans and the environmental permitting process it underwent both broke municipal and national laws;
- the construction and operation of Cabo Cortés would devastate the thriving marine life of the coral reef;
- it would affect the fish populations that local commercial and sport fishermen depend on;
- a resort of that size would require an incredible amount of fresh water that arid Baja California just doesn’t have;
- and it would have been a very risky investment for anyone interested in financing the progect due to all of the above reasons and the shaky financial situations of the developer.
By all accounts and measures, Cabo Cortés was undoubtedly a problematic project that should have been rejected by the government from Day One. Yet its environmental review process, which began in 2008, went on for four years. After some legal back-and-forths between proponents and opponents of Cabo Cortés, major pieces of the overall project received their approvals in January 2011. However, a few crucial parts, such as the water treatment and desalination plants, were conditioned: the company had to provide ample additional information about them within a certain timeframe (most of the 20 conditions allowed for six months). Last week, our Mexican partners made public a memo from the Sectary of Environment and Natural Resources stating that Cabo Cortés was out of compliance with many of those conditions, providing the government with the perfect opportunity to cancel the irresponsible project altogether. President Calderón’s declaration cancelling the project is an acknowledgement of the fact that big business isn’t always the best business.
photo courtesy of Ralph Lee Hopkins / iLCP
Cabo Pulmo truly is a treasure worth preserving, and a model of environmental stewardship and local economic growth worth replicating. After years of effort from many parties, yesterday’s victory –and certainly it is a victory— is remarkable news for the people of Cabo Pulmo and Mexico, and for other countries, too. It is proof that these battles can be won, and that when they are won, they have impacts far beyond the immediate area. Of course, there is still work to do to ensure that new projects similar to Cabo Cortés do not threaten Cabo Pulmo again, as surely they will, and that the region is able to grow economically and sustainably. But now is a time for celebrating – and to say “Gracias” to President Calderón for making the right decision.
To read the blog on Ms. Maxwell's site, click here.
What a great day off we had! Well, not really. Work never really stops when you're working and living at a remote resort like ours. We decided to take some time off to check out the surf conditions. As we drove the coastal road we were elated to see that we still have waves! They looked great. We unstrapped our boards, suited up, and headed out! Isaac, being the experienced surfer that he is, paddled his 6' 7" board past the breakers making it look easy. I struggled with my 10' 6" paddle board. The wind was coming off-shore and I was having difficulty paddle thru the surf and wind. Needless to say after 25mins I was done. I rode some whitewater back to shore, cracked an ice-cold Corona beer and watched as Isaac got barreled. He came out with his hands raised high!!! After a few more attempts to get barreled he threw in the towel, rode a wave to shore and we toasted our beers. Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort isn't just a place for diving and snorkeling. We have miles of hiking & biking trails, hidden surf spots (sssshhhhhh), rock climbing, bird-watching, or just plain relaxation - Not forgetting the delicious food at the Coral Reef Restaurant. If you're interested in knowing more about us feel free to contact us!
Do you plan a vacation months in advance? The kind of vacation where you spend days trying to figure out what art gallery you will be visiting on Monday, what museum you will go to on Tuesday, who you have to meet up with on Wednesday, how many dresses do you need to bring, how many pairs of slacks, is it going to be cold, is it going to be hot, do you need casual clothes, how much money should you bring, did you save enough, should you bring the babysitter? etc...etc...etc...
I want to go on a vacation that is truly a vacation, one where I get to relax, watch the kids play in the sand, read a book, have a beer, snorkel if I feel like it, hike if I feel like it, maybe even throw in a dive or a surf trip. I certainly don't want to feel like I HAVE to do anything I don't want to do. I mean really, it's a vacation right?
Picture this; you start your vacation out by sitting on your bed wondering which backpack to bring, you know you don't actually need luggage, you only need to pack a couple of bikini's, some trunks, flip flops, t-shirts, and maybe a sarong or two. in fact, thats all the kids need as well, so they can easily pack and carry their own backpacks (thats enough to make me relax already). You know when you arrive there will be nice beds to sleep in, good food and cold beers at the restaurant, and plenty of relax time. Ok, so what more will you need..... Oh, a plane ticket and your off!
Visiting Cabo Pulmo is like visiting a slow miracle. Everyone there is relaxed, they smell of sunscreen, salt and hot sun, they walk slow and smile big. The air is warm and
clean, the palm fronds knock together softly in the wind and the sweet little tropical birds are singing a happy song. Your heart immediately relaxes, your shoulders drop away from your ears, you smile, you are in Cabo Pulmo.
Marine life at Cabo Pulmo National Park near the southern tip of Baja California increased by 463 percent between 1999 and 2009
Diving in Cabo Pulmo is of the best in the world! Many professional dive travelers have witnessed this. Cabo Pulmo Dive Center is a Five Star PADI RESORT that offers all of the professional diving and snorkeling services. We have full time PADI Instructors that lead the dives and snorkel excursions each day as well as guide you toward further certifications.
Cabo Pulmo National Park was protected in 1995 to safeguard the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California. The area is home to an amazing reef system and is crucial to the feeding and breeding of an estimated 6000 species. The reef is the northern-most coral reef in the eastern Pacific and is one of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America.
After Mexican President Zedillo declared the National Marine Park, the people of Cabo Pulmo organized a conservation group to promote the conservation of the natural resources of the park.
Cabo Pulmo's reef is now the only healthy reef left in the Gulf of California. It continues to attract divers from around the world. And fishermen, too, as the waters surrounding the park are filled with spillover fish from the marine reserve.
Cabo Pulmo is a quiet village that has no salesmen or trinket sales on the beaches to bother you, no TV (except in the bar if requested), no daily maid service (unless requested), no paragliders or noisy jet-skis either; it's against Park Rules. You can walk for miles on the beach and not see anyone at times. We generally have an unspoken curfew of 10:00pm when the Restaurant and the Bar closes.
Wishing all of our friends a bright and merry Christmas!
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort and Staff
Making David and Goliath from Octavio Aburto on Vimeo.
This image was taken in Cabo Pulmo National Park in Baja Mexico. The image was entered in the National Geographic photo contest 2012. This is a short film of the photographer, Octavio Aburto, shooting the underwater photos.
Best of luck to photographer Octavio Aburto. We think his work is beautiful!
All I want for Christmas is a two tank dive!
Are you ready for scuba diving in Cabo Pulmo?
We could tell you of the wonders of the underwater world. We could tell you of the brilliant colored fish we have encountered or the enormous prehistoric mammals we have swam with. We could try to explain the amazing formations and hue of the coral. We could go on and on about the serenity and peace one encounters while scuba diving. But, truly, we could not convey the beauty of the world beneath the ocean waves.
We strongly recommend experiencing scuba diving for yourself. It transports you to another world. A world that many people have never imagined, let alone witnessed.
At Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort we have a Padi 5 Star Dive Shop. State of the art equipment and Nitrox will elevate your diving experience. Our exceptional customer service and excellent dive instructors will turn your dreams of a diving vacation into a diving vacation reality.
Our dive shop not only knows all about scuba diving, but they can also set you up to go snorkeling. If you decide you want to go further than just snorkeling, the dive shop can certify you as a Padi Open Water Diver. We even offer an online course can complete at home so that when you visit us you can become certified in as little as two days.
We love introducing new and seasoned divers to the magnificence of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Cabo Pulmo boasts the best diving and snorkeling in Baja Mexico. The Marine Park is a protected coral reef where sea life is abundant and thriving. It is home to an estimated 6000 species. Warm waters, sunny skies and sandy beaches simply add to the adventure.
At Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, we love scuba diving. We love snorkeling. We love sitting in the sun watching the ocean. We love sand between our toes. We love a no-hassle, stress free vacation. We love a good adventure. We love meeting new people. We love seeing old friends. If any of these sound appealing to you, then we are just what you have been looking for.
We would love you to visit our resort!
Please take a look at our website for more diving, lodging and reservation information.
Or, call us!
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort
Last Minute Deals
Now is a great time to visit Baja Mexico's Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort!
We are offering Low Season Rates on our Baja Bungalows and Beach House.
These rates will be in effect from December 1st thru the 15th.
Our Bungalows Offer-
- charming studio style accommodations
- breathtaking ocean views
- cozy kitchens and dining areas
- comfortable full bathrooms
- spacious and open living room area
- relaxing patio/decks with BBQ's
- enticing gardens.
Our Beach House Offers-
- spacious and open kitchen and dining room
- inviting sleeping areas
- serene outdoor shower
- expansive deck and patio areas
- breathtaking views of the 'Aquarium of the World' (How Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez)
- front row seats on the sandy beach
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is located right on the Cabo Pulmo National Park. The marine park has been protected since 1995 and is the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California. The sea life is so abundant, it is extradordinary.
The village of Cabo Pulmo is a rustic and romantic place that is perfect for a quick get-away.
We think everyone deserves a break before the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season! We invite you to visit us in beautiful, warm and sunny Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico!
Contact us today, we would love to have you visit.
We are truly thankful for all of our visitors and our staff!
The people that visit Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort are some of the coolest, greatest, most fun people on earth! We have made so many new friends this year. We want to thank you for the conversations, the laughter and the stories. You have taught us new ways of thinking and expanded our horizons. You have brought us a piece of your world and it has helped our resort to become a better place for all travelers. We thank you and we hope you visit us again!
Our staff is an international A-Team! We are so fortunate to work with some of the most talented people in the world. They give their heart and soul each and every day. Their passion in what they do is obvious in the way they interact with clients, tourist and one another. We are so proud of and thankful for the staff here at Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort!
We hope you come visit us soon and see for yourself how fantastic Cabo Pulmo, Baja Mexico is!