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Cabo Pulmo, the little secret that’s getting out!

The first snow has already dusted the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, with larch and poplars in their full autumn regalia.
We know all too well what that means.
Winter is fast-approaching and for those of you who would prefer 9 months of summer instead of the 2 we get here on the eastern slope of the Rockies, should start planning your mid-winter getaway. Westjet.com flies to several Mexican destinations and flies year-round to San Jose del Cabo, on the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico.
For those of you flying from either Vancouver or Calgary, SJDC is a very easy flight.

Direct flights from Calgary occur nearly every day of the week, allowing for a pain free escape from the low winter temperatures.

Cabo is great if you want to party, but if all night discos and loud music are not your thing, then think Cabo Pulmo. Off-the-grid, not that easy to find, this little gem nestled between two low peaks and the magnificent Sea of Cortez 1.5 hours north of Cabo San Lucas is an ideal destination for those looking for an active holiday or just a week in the beach reading .

Once a sleepy fishing village, Cabo Pulmo was put on the map by Dick Barrymore, the legendary filmmaker of ‘hot dogging’ ski movies, who purchased a large section of land not far from the beach leading several kilometres inland.
Development of Cabo Pulmo coincided with the Mexican government’s decree making the waters and reef near Cabo Pulmo a marine reserve, protecting the unique coral reef and it marine life.

 

The town itself dates back to the 18th century when it was a small centre for mother of pearl extraction and pearl farming. As the market tanked, the fisherman began to exploit the plentiful fishing in the waters close to shore. But years of overfishing led to the all-too-common near extinction of many of the valuable fish species.
The town remained  until 1995 when the Mexican Government and the people of Cabo Pulmo  made the waters and the reef near Cabo Pulmo a marine park.

The fisherman realized that fishing was no longer a viable source of income and many became entrepreneurs, becoming Dive Masters, restaurant owners and boat captains, taking people out snorkelling and fishing.

Cabo Pulmo is home for us during the winter months and our sea-kayaking season, running our kayaking trips to Espiritu Santo Island, Loreto and La Paz. 

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