FAQ

The Village of Cabo Pulmo

What is check-in time:

4:00 PM.. Most of the time it is earlier.

What is check-out time:

12:00 PM. On occasion there will be nobody staying in your house immediately following your check out. If you wish to have an extended check out you must first check with the rental office to see if it is okay.

What are the rental office hours?

The rental office usually opens at 9:00 AM and closes around 6:00 PM. If you are a arriving after 6:00 PM please contact the office ahead of time and they will leave a map to your house with a key in the office. You will then need to check in with the office the following morning. The staff in the office is typically bilingual so you should not have any problems if you cannot speak Spanish.

Is there general store in Cabo Pulmo?

There is a small store that stocks basic fruits and vegetables and meat, fish, and chicken and some dairy products but it is a bit limited. If you want a larger selection of food you will need to go shopping in La Rivera or San Jose Del Cabo. The vegetable truck visits Cabo Pulmo once-or-twice-a-week depending upon season, usually Sunday and Wednesday. The bakery truck from La Paz comes once-a-week on Wednesday afternoons about 3PM. The fish truck comes on Tuesdays

Are there medical services in Cabo Pulmo?

No. The nearest medical services are in La Rivera which is 20 miles north of Cabo Pulmo. For more serious injuries a hospital in San Jose would be contacted to pick up the injured person in La Ribera. Always check with your doctor if there is any doubt in your mind about traveling to Los Cabos. Medical service in Los Cabos is not as sophisticated as in the U.S. or Canada, and the hospital is not equipped for severe trauma cases.

What phone number should I leave for emergencies?

USA IP (562) 366-0722 or 0398 .  Direct # inside mexico 011-52 (624) 141-0726.  9-5pm only

Do we have to bring pesos to Cabo Pulmo?

American dollars are accepted everywhere in Cabo Pulmo. Credit cards are only accepted in the dive center and for your accommodations. It is best to exchange only what you plan to spend. It’s a good idea to bring along plenty of $1’s, $5’s, and $10’s.

Is it safe to walk around the Cabo Pulmo at night?

Yes. There is very virtually no crime in Cabo Pulmo, and what little there is, is usually very petty. Use your common sense with your valuables. Out of site- out of mind!

Are there bugs, dangerous animals, or water hazards in Cabo Pulmo?

The bugs are more prevalent in Cabo Pulmo following rains. The most annoying are mosquitoes and they grow out of standing water. During the late summer months we recommend you bringing bug repellent. If you will be hiking in the hills be careful where you walk because snakes do live in the desert. Although the Cabo Pulmo bay is a very safe and protected from any large waves we ask everybody entering the water to use extra caution with the little blue bubbles on the surface. These are small stinging jellyfish in the water that have long tentacles that are hard to see underwater. These can cause a burning rash that lasts for a few hours or so.

Will my cellular phone work in Cabo Pulmo?

Yes.

Can I fish in Cabo Pulmo?

No fishing is allowed.

New rules indicate that fishing shall not be permitted inside the park and embarkment shall take place outside the park.

Why do we need to conserve water in Cabo Pulmo?

The well water and federal permit to distribute the water to the houses is private. The permit is expensive and has a limit so the owners of the houses ask you to be very conscientious of your water use. Do not let the hose run excessively and keep your showers short. When doing dishes, try not to keep the water running. Every gallon is precious!

What type of housekeeping services do you offer?

Your house will be cleaned upon your arrival. We offer additional daily housekeeping services for $10 per day. Let us know when you check in if you would like that service. Upon your check out we will clean the house for you for no charge. We also have personal laundry service available for your clothes at a rate of $10 per load. This includes wash, dry and folding.

Do you recommend bringing children to the resort?

We love children here. This is what makes Cabo Pulmo so different than many other vacation spots in the world. However, strollers and cradles are not available in Cabo Pulmo so bring your own for the infants if you like. There are lots of kids in the area that are bilingual and play together.

Do you allow pets in the rental houses?

Absolutely not.

Transportation

Where is Los Cabos and Cabo Pulmo?

Cabo Pulmo is located on the Sea of Cortez at the south eastern tip of the Baja Peninsula in the State of Baja California Sur. Cabo Pulmo is approximately 1,000 miles south of San Diego, California, On the Tropic of Cancer at a latitude of 23.5 degrees. Cabo Pulmo is approximately 60 miles northeast of the Los Cabos International Airport.

What airport do I fly into?

San Jose Del Cabo, airport code is SJD.

How do we get to Los Cabos?

Los Cabos is accessible by air from most major cities in the United States and Mexico. The flying time from Los Angeles and San Diego is approximately 2 hours. By land, Cabo is accessible via Highway 1, which runs the entire length of Baja California from the US border.

Do you offer transportation to get to Cabo Pulmo?

The two most popular ways to get to Cabo Pulmo are with a rental car or with a private transportation service. Rental cars will run about $40 per day and give you greater flexibility to see the surrounding areas. A transportation van will cost about $200 each way and that doesn’t matter if there is one person or 10 people in the van, it is a flat fee. Rates can change according with the transportation company.

Can we hire a private transportation van?

Private transportation is available through reservations@Transcabo.com . Rates for an entire van costs about $200 each way. For four people that translates to about $50 per person each way.

What if we want to rent a car?

From the airport, rental cars are readily available at the airport and rates begin at about $20 per day. Insurance is highly recommended. Rental cars provide the greatest flexibility if you are planning on exploring areas outside of Cabo Pulmo. But they may be more expensive after insurance and gas at $2.50 per gallon. 

What are the directions to Cabo Pulmo?

There are two ways to get to Cabo Pulmo. From the airport (SJD) we recommend that you follow Highway 1 North, that way you will only encounter about 6 miles of dirt road. From Los Cabos Airport (SJD) travel North on Highway 1 past Caduano, Mira Flores, and Santiago turnoffs. Once you approach a small village called Las Cuevas you will find a right turn to La Ribera / Cabo Pulmo (if you cross a long bridge you went too far). Follow the road to La Ribera and turn right just prior to entering La Ribera. You will see the Cabo Pulmo turnoff. Follow the Cabo Pulmo road south until the pavement ends. Continue another 6 miles on the dirt road until you reach the village of Cabo Pulmo. Prior to Cabo Pulmo you will see some signs promoting Cabo Pulmo information, continue past this village, Cabo Pulmo is the next bay. You will know you are in Cabo Pulmo when you see Tito’s restaurant, El Caballero restaurant, and the Cabo Pulmo Dive Center which is a two-story blue building.

Do we need a four-wheel drive to get to Cabo Pulmo?

No. Occasionally, following torrential rains and hurricanes the roads can get washed out and a truck or four-wheel drive would be helpful. This typically happens during the months of August and September, but can happen as early as July or as late as October.

Making Reservations

How can I make a reservation for Cabo Pulmo?

For easy online reservations click Cabopulmo reservation form. You can call us on the telephone or fax us.

Do I need to pay in full when I make my reservation?

We require a 20% deposit to hold your reservation. The balance is due 60 days prior to your arrival date. We accept VISA and MasterCard only!!!!.

When will my credit card be charged?

Depending on when you make the booking and when you are traveling. Normally we will charge your credit card with a deposit seven days from the date of making the reservation. The final charge will be made 60 days prior to your departure.

Will you call when my second payment is due?

Normally we will not call before charging your final payment unless we have specific questions. What is the cancellation policy? The initial 20% deposit with your confirmed reservations is non-refundable. If you cancel your reservation more than 30-days before your arrival you will receive a full refund minus the 20% deposit. If you cancel less than 30- days before your arrival, no refunds will be given; rain checks will be honored for 1 year.

Can I receive a brochure about Cabo Pulmo?

Not yet. Sorry. Mail goes by burro and sometimes it does not make it.

Rental Houses in Cabo Pulmo

Be careful that you don’t over pack as dress is very casual in Cabo Pulmo. In addition to your personal clothing and toiletries bring:

  • Beach towels
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock or sunscreen
  • Sandals or water shoes
  • Walking or hiking shoes
  • Flashlight and batteries (important)
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Insect repellent (important)
  • Don’t forget your camera.
  • Coffee beans if you like gourmet coffee.
  • Extra cash (don’t be shy here, many people run out) 10% fee for cash advances.

Although the following items are not necessary, they can make your stay more enjoyable and are not readily available for rent in Cabo Pulmo.

  • Life jackets for small children. We have them now. Beach chairs. We have them now.
  • Beach umbrellas (we have rentals)
  • Sand toys. Inflatable rafts and toys.
  • Beach bags
  • Ice coolers (personal igloos are great)

Do we need to bring our own food?

There are several restaurants in Cabo Pulmo, but if you wish to cook for yourself, each house has a well equipped kitchen with all of the supplies needed to cook. Each house has a mid- sized propane refrigerator that will keep your food cool. If you like cold drinks bring ice and maybe a good cooler for the beer. The propane refrigerators are not like your electric one at home! Otherwise, you can purchase beer and sodas at the local restaurants.

Are there restaurants in Cabo Pulmo?

Yes, there are four restaurants in Cabo Pulmo. The new restaurant is called “The Coral Reef” it has great food and a great chef upstairs from the reception/dive center. Tito’s serves excellent seafood but has inconsistent operating hours. El Caballero serves good Mexican food and has very consistent operating hours, usually opening around 8 AM and closing at 10 PM. Nancy’s restaurant is pricey but serves more gourmet type meals. La Palapa is a beach front taco stand that serves tacos and beer. All of the restaurants serve beer and a few serve alcoholic beverages.

Is there electricity in Cabo Pulmo?

Yes, each house is equipped with a solar system that charges its batteries. You must be very conscientious of your electrical usage especially on cloudy days. Once the batteries are emptied there is no way to recharge them except waiting for the solar power to charge the batteries the next day. So be careful in the day that there is no power turned on. Do not bringing any electrical appliances with you. However, some customers have large battery chargers for their underwater photo equipment, we like to ask them to charge them in the dive center where we have more power.

Is the water safe to drink?

The water supply for all of Los Cabos is spring fed ground water. The water here is very pure, but be careful. The pipes used for distribution of the water supply and other factors can lead to contamination. The well servicing this small community in Cabo Pulmo supplies reliably good, sweet water, piped underground to each house. A lot of people drink it right from the tap. Although many people drink the water directly from the tap, it is not recommended. Anywhere in the world a change in drinking water can cause stomach distress. We recommend that you drink only bottled or purified water. It is sold here at the Coral Reef restaurant bar upstairs. Or you can get a whole 5 gallon bottle at the caballero restaurant.

Are there telephones in the rental houses?

No. This is why you are coming to Cabo Pulmo. To get away from that phone! We do have a Radio-telephone available for $5 dollars per call and 1 dollar a minute for long distance. Email is not available.

Are there televisions, VCRs, or stereos in the houses?

No. You are forced to communicate with your companion. Yikes!

Is there air-conditioning in the houses?

Yes. We do have A/C in 3 units only for the hottest months of the year. Normally you will be fine with just the fans. Fans are included in each rental house. In cases of extreme heat we have places in Cabo Pulmo with air-conditioning and cooler areas.

How far from the beach are your rentals?

It just depends on what house you are staying at. We have beach front where you walk out of your room and be on miles of sandy beaches. Ocean view is having a view of the ocean from your room, not beach front. Walking distance to the beach is always 2 minutes or less. If you need more privacy and open space, we will put you farther from the water.

 

    Weather

What are the AVERAGE TEMPERATURES throughout the year?

Month High Low

January 72 – 79 60 – 65

February 72 – 75 60 – 65

March 74 – 77 60 – 65

April 79 – 84 63 – 67

May 80 – 85 65 – 70

June 80 – 85 67 – 72

July 87 – 92 73 – 79

August 90 – 95 74 – 80

September 90 – 95 76 – 80

October 85 – 91 74 – 79

What is the weather like in Cabo Pulmo?

Cabo Pulmo is located on the Tropic of Cancer, in the tropics. The landscape is desert-like, relatively dry similar to Southern California during most of the year. The climate is sunny and it’s never cold. The area is arid with over 300 days of sunshine. Average annual rainfall is 5-10 inches (12.7-25.4cm), mostly occurring during the months of September and October.

The average year-round temperature is 78F.

Cabo Pulmo is blessed with some of the best weather on earth. Nov through June the air temps stay in the 80’s and 90’s F during the day and rain is scarce. Jan-Mar is especially popular with the evenings cooling down enough to use a long sleeved shirt or light sweater. July to October heats up a bit with the warmest months being August and September with temps in the high 90’sF. Water temps are warmest in July through December reaching the mid 80’sF during this time.

What are the normal weather conditions throughout the year?

December – February

Weather systems in the USA create north winds in Cabo Pulmo favored by wind surfers and it gets the coldest during these months. Daytime winter temps are usually in the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s, night time temps usually in the mid 60’s, ocean temps usually in the mid to low 70’s, but never below 70.

March – May

Spring is peak season in Southern Baja, with everyone wanting relief from the winter. Fishing and diving are excellent! The weather is temperate and perhaps the best we see all year, not too hot and not too cool, and usually calm. Daytime air temps average between mid 70’s and mid 80’s, nighttime temps in the high 60’s and low 70’s, water temps average from low to high 70’s. Sometimes the Sea temperature can get a bit chilly, so if you are coming to dive then bring a good wetsuit. June is one of the best months of the year, with warm air, warm ocean, great fishing and diving.

June – September

Fishing and diving are superb in summer! Cabo Pulmo’s daytime temps at the beach are in the mid to high 80’s, occasionally climbing into the low 90’s. Nighttime temps are near 80. Water temps are in the mid to high 80’s and you can stay in the water for hours on end! Humidity does climb in summer, however Cabo Pulmo is blessed with ocean breezes which usually keeps air temps 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Los Cabos and La Paz.

October – November

The Fall months of October and November run a close second to Spring for peak season, the fishing and diving are great! The ocean temps are still in the mid 80’s in October, humidity’s returning to normal levels, air temps are mid to high 80’s in October, high 70’s to mid 80’s in November. Evenings are warm and pleasant. September is often the warmest month of the year and if humidity is going to be high, it will probably be September.

Do I have to worry about hurricanes?

Most tropical storms you hear about from the Weather Channel in the East Pacific never reach landfall on the Baja Peninsula. The season for the possibility of hurricanes that might affect Cabo Pulmo is the six-week time-frame from the last week of August through the first-week of October. If you are staying with us and a government Hurricane Watch or Warning is posted, and you decide to return to the USA, you may come back and use the un-used portion of your pre-paid stay at a later date, within one year of your hurricane-caused departure. What type of clothing should I pack? Packing for Cabo San Lucas should be light. It is usually nice, sunny and humid all year round. A jacket or sweater for those early mornings and cool nights is recommended.

 

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