Cabo Pulmo Marine Park – the ultimate Baja getaway

Cabo Pulmo Marine ParkCabo Pulmo National Park, tucked away on the coast between Los Cabos and La Paz, is one of the Baja California peninsula’s true natural gems. What was once a fishing village is now a marine park, and recognized around the world as a success story and a model for marine species and habitat conservation.

The story of how this small fishing village became an epicenter for marine conservation has become legend, and is part of what makes visiting Cabo Pulmo a unique experience. In a word, it’s all about the people. In the early 1980s, academics began working with fishermen from Cabo Pulmo to study the reef’s health. Listening to the stories going back four generations of how vibrant the reef system and surrounding biomass were, researchers and local community members together pushed for Cabo Pulmo to become a protected area and in 1995 it was decreed a National Park.

Fast forward to 2017 and Cabo Pulmo has become one of the most treasured spots in Mexico. Families that once depended on fishing have become stewards of the park, now offering eco-tourism services and in their spare time working to ensure the long term conservation of the park’s resources.

Today, Cabo Pulmo is known for its diving and snorkeling; you never know what you will encounter on any given day on the water. The sea lions rarely stray far from their turf at the south end of the park. Just around the corner, if you are lucky, you might spot one of the hawksbill turtles that feed off the reef, a mammoth goliath grouper, or silky sharks that pass through these waters. The list goes on, including schools of jacks so thick that from below they blot out the sun, mantas that shoot out of the water like popping corn, or humpback whales that between December and April can be seen from the beach breaching inside the park.

Much more than a marine park, Cabo Pulmo offers the perfect getaway for a relaxing retreat away from the city. Along the coast and up through the hills you’ll find a few great hiking trails. If you’re looking for the perfect place to settle into a good book, Cabo Pulmo is the spot for you. Join RED for a private-guided or self-drive overnight excursion to Cabo Pulmo, or a longer stay to visit surrounding ranchos and the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve home to towering peaks, natural springs and lush vegetation.