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“Great shore snorkeling” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve

Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve
Hwy 1 Km 31, Cabo Pulmo 23400, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Cabo Pulmo
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
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Owner description: A sanctuary to the only living coral reef on the western side of the continent.
Oregon
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great shore snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

National parks in Baja are not like those in the US. Little infrastructure exists in the park, rather it is a way to protect and conserve the reef and its sea life.

Many fingers of the reef can be reached from shore beaches, allowing easy snorkeling and fish viewing. While a fee is not required to walk the beaches, snorkelers are expected (and required) to purchase a permit, in the form of a bracelet (like you wear at a concert or event) for about $5 USD. While enforcement is spotty, the park police will require you to get out of the water if you are spotted with out the permit.

Visiting in the winter months, usually finds high wind and reduced visibility. Even so, in sheltered bays you can still see 30 feet or so.

Visited January 2014
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“Amazing on top of the water and below”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We signed on with Cabo Outfitters and were lucky to get the owner, Casey, as our guide for a day of Kayaking and Snorkeling. We arrived, unloaded the boats and were off. It was the first day of low wind and we were lucky to hit two beaches were we jumped out of the boats and snorkels with sooooo many fish only a few feet below the water! The coral is healthy and so colorful. This is a trip worth taking. It is about 2 hours out of Cabo, but Casey made the drive amazing as he to,d us about the flora and fawna and the history of the area.

A must do with Cabo Outfitters! Thanks Casey

Visited December 2013
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“Second Time in Cabo Pulmo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This was my second time at Cabo Pulmo.

The long drive is definitely worth it.

We were not so lucky this time because we were tgere right when the hurricane Raymond hit. The water was very rough and windy and we werent able to see many fish as on my first time.

Tips:
Coming from Cabo San Lucas take hwy 1 the unpaved road is not as bad, and there are not very many signs. Just keep on going.

Diving trips leave at 10am o 3 pm

Visited November 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Better than Bonaire, Thailand, Kona, Roatan, Curacao, etc.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Wow. We found the best dive spot ever and its a shot hop from San Francisco.
Only thing is it is really hard to get to. Really hard. Like stuck in the mud hard.

See my scubaboard review to see why

http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/mexico/468354-cabo-pulmo-trip-report-video-10-14-13-10-18-13-mar-y-sierra.html#post6926783

Better to just show on video why this was great:

https://vimeo.com/77362824

Visited October 2013
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“Worth the drive from Los Cabos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Since our first trip to Baja we heard about Cabo Pulmo and the fantastic diving. On our second trip to San Jose del Cabo, we decided to take a day to explore and research another visit for diving there.

From San Jose del Cabo it takes about two hours for the drive. The drive north to La Ribera is paved and is a relaxed ride. The road from La Ribera to Cabo Pulmo is roughly paved (potholes) for the first half and graded dirt for the second half. Understand that once you leave the pavement you have likely violated your rental car agreement. Services are available in La Ribera and cellphone coverage isn't likely. Drive slow on the dirt and you'll be okay...provided there hasn't been any recent rain. We were told it usually takes a couple of days to reopen the road if there is any substantial rain. Allow 30 minutes for the 6 km of dirt road.

Once you reach Cabo Pulmo you will see an incredible beach. The town is small with limited options, and very laid-back. There are multiple choices for diving, snorkeling, and tours. Do your homework to pick the best for you and make arrangements in advance.

There are fewer options for restaurants. We had a very good lunch at the Palapa restaurant right next to the Cabo Pulmo National Park office. If the cervezas were any colder, they would be frozen-perfect with the fish tacos.

If you are in Los Cabos and enjoy a nice drive and an adventure, put Cabo Pulmo on your list. You might want to stay.

Visited November 2013
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