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“Camping at Los Arbolites Beach a Pleasant Surprise”

Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve
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Cabo Pulmo National Park Snorkeling Tour
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Cabo Pulmo
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Owner description: A sanctuary to the only living coral reef on the western side of the continent.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visiting the Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve and camping overnight at the Los Arbolites Campground was a very pleasant surprise. The campground, located about 8 km south of Cabo Pulmo, offers safe vehicle parking, flush toilets, fresh water showers, and a beautiful beach for camping overnight or for just spending the day. $30 pesos per person fee was very reasonable. The campground is located on a well protected bay that offered perfect stand up paddle boarding water in the morning and evenings. Snorkeling along the nearby reefs allowed us to see lots of beautiful fish and sea life. Kayaks are also available for rent at the campground. The sunrise was beautiful as we sat on the beach and enjoyed the quiet tranquility. We will definitely come back again and again.

15  Thank David L
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

This is a must see underwater park for people of all ages. Come for a snorkel or dive. Coral reef fish size is larger than on Hawaii and Florida. Depending on the season you can see whales, hammerhead & tiger sharks, sea lions, Bigeye trevally schools, turtles, mating rays and othermany more.

6  Thank George C
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

I really loved the diving and snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo. Awesome amount of fish on a very healthy reef. This isn't Cozumel level of visibility and colorful coral but the marine life is the best I have seen anywhere.

The dirt road wasn't that bad (May 2013) and we really loved hanging out at Playa Arbolitos (shown in my photo). Cabo Pulmo isn't for everyone but if you're looking for a place to get off the grid and unwind this just might be it.

4  Thank sskeeter
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

talk about fish. saw lot's of fish, eel, turtles it was incredible. there is so much to see when diving and snorkeling. never saw so many fish and different kinds.

1  Thank softailcowboy
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

If you are staying in Los Cabos and want to get away from the incessant sales pitches in town, the crowds, the loud music and see beautiful, unspoiled scenery, this is your place. If you take Hway 1 to the north to Las Cuevas and then the paved road to La Ribera, there is only about 12 km of dirt but graded road. If you are adventurous, you can take the dirt Camino Rural costera from San Jose on the coast but it's a bumpy, sometimes scary ride through tiny gringo seaside enclaves. We had a jeep and got stuck in deep sand once. Either way, the drive will take 1 1/2-2 hours to get there from CSL.

Cabo Pulmo itself is a protected marine park. You will be admonished by signs to treat the flora and fauna with respect. Recycling receptacles sorted by paper, glass, metal and organic material are located in the parking lot. Very quiet and quite deserted with the only living coral reef in the Gulf of California. The day we were there (Friday) there were probably no more than 20 people there while we were there, and not all at the same time. The snorkeling was not as great as on Mexico's east coast but the best we found in Baja California thus far. Huge variety of fish in large schools. Easy approach from shore. There are palapas along the beach and a parking area. The attendant there charges a park fee of 30 pesos per person and will watch your car (tip him when you leave). You also have use of a rudimentary outdoor shower, clean bathrooms in a trailer and changing area. You can also rent kayaks and snorkeling gear at the entrance, though I don't know if this is available all year (I've read that it's recommended you rent in town before coming here or bring your own equipment). Bring your own food. and drinks. No restaurants or food stands, trinket hawkers or time share pitchmen. Absolute heaven.

8  Thank squirrelmama
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