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“Nice place but cold at night in January”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Baja Bungalows

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Baja Bungalows
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cabo Pulmo
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Merrick, New York
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“Nice place but cold at night in January”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

Our room was in the main guesthouse, upper level. It was an extremely large and beautiful room with almost a 360 degree panoramic view of the Sea of Cortez and surrounding area. This room, actually more the size of a suite, could easily hold four people. We were looking forward to meeting owner Kent but unfortunately, he was away. His substitute was nice enough but she looked a little overwhelmed running this small set of bungalows.
If you stay at Baja Bungalows, make sure to bring your own shampoo and soap. This type of lodging is very basic, as are all of the other accommodations available at Cabo Pulmo. This time of year (January), the days were pleasantly warm but it was cold and windy on some nights. You'll probably need to wear a sweatshirt over your pajamas at night.
Snorkeling: It's a short walk to the main Cabo Pulmo reef but in the winter, the best snorkeling is located about seven miles south at Los Frailes Beach, which is protected from the winds that are common this time of year. Once at the beach, walk to the extreme northern end of the beach where you will see a hill that will protect you from the wind, and where the water is calm.
Another good snorkeling spot in winter is Los Arbolitos which includes Mermaid Beach, located about five miles south of Cabo Pulmo.
We also snorkeled at the main reef at Cabo Pulmo. All in all, you'll see some nice schools of fish. The coral reef is relatively small and not all that impressive compared to reefs in other parts of the world.
One word of advice: Bring or rent a 5 mil wetsuit and hood if you plan to snorkel this time of year. This is not a tropical environment. The water temperatures are between 62-68 degrees in January.

Room Tip: The best rooms are in the main guesthouse. The upper level has one huge room. The lower level has tw...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2012

We found Baja Bungalows with an internet search and took a chance because we wanted to get away from the buzz. We hit the jackpot! Comfortable, clean, and quiet with everything we needed or wanted. We knew we weren't going to a typical tourist location so we were fairly prepared for the remote environment, Get ready to be off the grid - no cell phone coverage and no internet (at least while we were there). Although we thought we would have internet access, not having it ended up perfect for us (me). We stayed in the top floor of the (original) main house where you literally are level with the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez - it doesn't get any better than that. We'll be back in Cabo Pulmo and at Baja Bungalows.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

We booked one of the bungalows for our first visit to Cabo Pulmo. It was exactly what we were looking for: quiet, rustic, and clean. It would get five stars if it weren't for three problems.

1) They say they have "limited internet" in their ads. Since my boyfriend and I both own our own businesses, we knew we would have to check in occasionally so this amenity was an important consideration with where we stayed. But, at the same time, we didn't want to be tempted to work all day, so this was a perfect arrangement for us. However, the internet didn't work for us once. So first off, if I were them, I would be specific about HOW limited the internet is in their advertising. Secondly, when I spoke with the office about the internet, the manager on duty seemed extremely annoyed that I would even ask to use some of their precious bandwidth when she had reservations to confirm over email...Again, it wouldn't have been a problem if they hadn't advertised internet in the first place. A couple days into our trip, we did learn that the dive shop across the street offers Internet access for a price.

2) When we arrived the manager on duty showed us around the house. Upon showing us the very impressive Mexican titled shower, she said "It's big and beautiful, but a pain to clean. I hate cleaning it." I could only take this to mean it wasn't cleaned very well, and sure enough when I checked when she left, it wasn't. Our first trip to the store, I bought a bottle of bleach. Not expecting it to get very clean, since the manager made it sound like she labored over it for hours, I poured the bleach on the tiles just to reassure myself that it was sanitary. The shower was spotless after letting the bleach sit for a couple minutes and then spraying it down--no scrubbing necessary!

3) When I visit a place that I'm unfamiliar with, especially a foreign country, I expect the hotel staff to at least have a basic familiarity with the surrounding area to give me suggestions for daily activities and restaurants. They are a tourist service and I consider that part of customer service. Their knowledge was very limited and I would say after just a week in Cabo Plumo, I'm more familiar with the activities and restaurants than they seemed to be.

All in all, it was a very clean, charming place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone. The service was just a little disappointing.

Room Tip: Try to get the upstairs unit if you can. It has an amazing view of the ocean.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

We came here with plans to stay 2 nights and ended up staying 6 nights. Baja Bungalows is a great setting and the owner, Kent, is a wonderful host. We were very excited to snorkel and it was great that he had the gear and good info about where to go. It was a bonus to come back to a very relaxing comfortable place and also be able to soak in a hot tub in the evening.

Room Tip: We highly recommend the Palapa Suite but really don't feel there is a bad room in the place!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nelson, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

We were touring around Southern Baja on our first visit to the area and someone recommended we check out Cabo Pulmo. Looking around for a place to stay we came across Baja Bungalows and Kent. The bungalow we stayed in was well appointed and had amenities that we really appreciated i.e. individual reading lights, beautiful weavings and artwork and plenty of hot water.
Most of the places we stayed in were designed by Mexicans and in many cases it was obvious that they don't get what it is that gringo's prefer in their accommodations. Plumbing and electrical particularly.
Kent's hospitality, generosity and gregarious personality made our visit a really lovely experience.
We highly recommend staying at Baja Bungalows if you go to Cabo Pulmo. We checked out many of the other options and none held a candle to Kent's place.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2011

The bungalows are set in a private area not far from the sea and from the top of the main house, where we stayed, you got the most beautiful view and awoke each morning to an amazing sunrise.

Our bungalow was nicely decorated with a well stocked kitchen and plenty of living space. The windows were covered in mozzy screens and everything was so tidy we didn't see any bugs in our six night stay. All guests are also able to help themselves to free snorkels, fins and surf boards which is a great addition.

I would definitely recommend Baja Bungalows. As we were staying for six nights we were able to negotiate a helpful discount which made the experience all the more pleasurable. Just be sure to stock up on food and drink before you arrive as Cabo Pulmo doesn't have many amenities

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

we stayed for 4 nights in november and didn't want to leave. it feels like the edge of the world in the best way. we had the upper house and the views are amazing--as is the breeze that keeps the place cool (although it was really windy the whole time we were there--apparently early in the season for those kind of winds, but the weather otherwise was a balmy 75-80 the whole time). be advised that the sun rises directly into your eyes--but the view is spectacular. kent met us as we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed but otherwise was gone the rest of the time--we were aided by the lovely veronica. we came prepared--stopped at the supermarket in cabo and got a bunch of groceries, beer, etc. the kitchen was well equipped with the essentials and we ate like kings. highly recommend driving over to the beach where the pescadores come in and buying a few fish from them. we got red snapper that lasted us 3 days! the restaurants in pulmo leave something to be desired--if you're looking for authentic mexican this isn't the place to come--but it's so lovely to cook for yourself it didn't bother us at all. be forewarned there isn't much in pulmo grocery/drugstore-wise--we made an ill-fated trip to la ribera for contact lens solution, an utter failure--so bring everything you need with you. the drive from cabo is beautiful, and the dirt road the last stretch not too bad as dirt roads go. snorkeling is pretty decent--saw tons of fish and a few sea turtles. kent has everything you need--snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, coolers, umbrellas etc. beautiful beaches and no one to bother you. if you're looking to get away from it all, this is the place to come!

Room Tip: the upper level of the house/palapa is dreamy--loft-like layout with living, dining, kitchen, and be...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Baja Bungalows
Address: Cabo Pulmo, Cabo Pulmo, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo Pulmo
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cabo Pulmo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Baja Bungalows Hotel Cabo Pulmo
Baja Hotel Cabo Pulmo

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