CABO PULMO & SURROUNDINGS

The Baja California Peninsula, located in northwestern Mexico, is the perfect winter and spring getaway if you are looking for a quiet destination to enjoy water sports, whale watching, organic food and interpretive and cultural hikes. A high rib of mountains forms the central spine of the peninsula, with agriculture inland and fishing and tourism on both coasts. With a long, cooler Pacific Coast and much warmer and arid Gulf of California, Baja offers a unique playground, rich in history and natural beauty. 
Mild weather, warm waters and plenty of sunshine allow for year round beach fun. It is a sea kayaking and SUP paradise of translucent waters, uninhabited islands and a plethora of wildlife that seems to be omnipresent, from whales that migrate into its warm waters to sea lions and many species of sea birds. With UNESCO status and boasting several Marine Parks, the Sea of Cortez is truly the ” Aquarium of the World” as Cousteau so eloquently coined the expression.
With cave paintings dating back 7,000 years, Baja California was not ‘discovered’ by the Spanish in the 16th Century, nor was culture brought to Baja by the Jesuit Missionaries a few decades later. It is a harsh land inhabited by rugged but friendly and generous folks, far from the violence one hears about in the news.

Baja as we know it today, has a very complex and diverse ecosystem, with a rich culture dating back many thousands of years and has remained vibrant and dynamic. From the busy border crossing in Tijuana and its southern capital and university city of La Paz to sleepy towns such as Cabo Pulmo and Los Barriles on the East Cape, Baja is truly a gem with amazing aquatic sports, endless white sand beaches, ancient cave painting, 300 year old Jesuit Missions and incredible hiking potential in several of its ranges. Rich deserts with rare endemic plants and turquoise waters teeming with fish and frequented by large mammals such as Blue Whales and Orcas make for unforgettable memories.

CABO PULMO

Being biased as our “home away from home” is located in Cabo Pulmo, we use it as one of our bases for many of our kayaking and SUP expeditions and hiking trips. 

Located about 1.5 hours north of Los Cabos and the international airport, Cabo Pulmo is an off-the-grid community of fishermen, divers, hoteliers and expatriates looking nostalgically for the “old Baja”. With a full-time population of less than 100 persons, Cabo Pulmo is as quiet as it gets, yet boasts the northern most coral reef in the eastern Pacific, resident bull sharks, and safe snorkelling beaches. The reef, a mere 100 metres from shore can be easily reached from Pulmo’s main beach and is an excellent introduction to SCUBA. The town hosts several PADI dive centres, one even has a pool deep enough for beginner divers to experience the joys of SCUBA.

In 1995, Cabo Pulmo was designated a National Marine Park and now is a World Heritage Site Biosphere Reserve and is considered to have the largest biomass increase of any marine protected area in the world. The village has transformed from full-time fishing to eco-tourism and provides professionally led tours to discover the riches of the Gulf of California. With just a few shops and restaurants, it’s best to plan ahead and rent a vehicle as there is no public transportation to Cabo Pulmo at present. Numerous short and long stay rentals are available with a variety of comfort levels and amenities but all within walking distance of the beach. 

LA PAZ

The capital of Baja Sur, La Paz, is our staging area for our Espiritu Santo Island Kayak and SUP trips. A mere 2.5 hours from the Los Cabos Airport, La Paz, a city of 250,000, is home to our base-camp hotel, Posada Luna Sol. Located just off the waterfront, this is a perfect spot for meeting the team, taking a dip in their pool and enjoying drinks on the terrace overlooking the harbour. The Malecon, or boardwalk is the hub of activity once the temperatures drop. Runners, cyclists and families stroll along the shore enjoying the breeze, ice cream and other small shops. La Paz is the administrative hub of southern Baja and boasts several universities, hospitals and a large variety of shops, malls, retail outlets and an international airport. A diverse music scene sees live, outdoor concerts from Jazz to Rock and art festivals throughout the year with public art on display. This city os one of the most economically dynamic of all of Mexico.

 Step back from the boardwalk and you will find a thriving street scene, with artisans selling everything from jewelry to paintings. Banks, coffee shops and the best gelato in Baja can be found at Giulietta and Romeo, a small pasteleria serving homemade ice cream, pastries and excellent speciality coffees. The International Airport of La Paz is also a convenient option for reaching the start of our kayaking and SUP adventures but sees fewer direct flight from Canada and the USA than Los Cabos and Loreto.

LOS CABOS

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, known as Los Cabos, are two cities at the very southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, also called the East Cape.

Cabo San Lucas, has unfortunately become “party central’ for many sun seekers and has somewhat ruined what many have yearned for; quiet beaches, secluded coves for fishing and snorkelling, taco stands and cold beer. That said, it’s sister city San Jose, is host to a modern international airport which is adding a new international terminal, great shopping and a vibrant arts scene. Flying into Los Cabos is easy, renting a car and heading north even easier.
Well-maintained highways and frequent highway signage make travelling by rental car easy and safe. Westjet and other major carriers offer many direct flights to Los Cabos from both the US and Canada. There is no visa requirement either, just a tourist card to be filled out before clearing Immigration Services. Friendly, English-speaking staff at the airport make getting through to the start of your holiday very easy. 

LORETO

Loreto is the oldest human settlement in Baja post-conquest and is situated on the eastern side of the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez, with a population of just under 5000, an oasis with a laidback feel to it. Founded by a Jesuit missionary in the 17th Century, Loreto developed into the capital of Baja before a hurricane completely destroyed it.
With a mild climate and sleepy feel to it, this is one of the many reasons we offer kayaking journeys to the islands just off of Loreto. The 5 uninhabited islands were designated a National Maritime Park in 2000 and have since seen the waters become a refuge for Orca and the spectacularly rare Blue whale, along with species of dolphin and sea lions and over 800 species of fish, many unique to the waters off of Baja. Why not stay in Loreta after one of our trips and take in what the city has to offer?

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