Tuesday, January 19, 2010


It was a perfect day for snorkeling. The temp topped out at 77, and there was no wind, which is fairly rare this time of year. It’s a 40-minute drive from our campground to Cabo Pulmo, so we arrived about 11 o’clock. We stopped at a dive store and rented wetsuits for the day for $5. The woman working in the shop asked where we planned to snorkel and said that would be a good place, but there was a better place two miles further down the road at Los Arbolitos. So off we went down the wash-board road and came to a beautiful beach with a series of rock outcroppings just off shore. A couple of guys up from Cabo for the day had already been in the water, and having explored the area, gave us a detailed orientation to find the best coral and fish.

We geared up and hit the water which was about 74 degrees, so we were glad for the wetsuits by the time we got out an hour later. We were never in more than about 15 feet of water even when several hundred feet off shore. Perfect for snorkeling. We’d rate the reef as “Best of the Pacific” at least in our experience. We’ve snorkeled and scuba dived in Hawaii and Costa Rica, and this was better. There are lots of scuba diving shops here, but unless you just have a major urge to blow bubbles, there’s no need for the additional gear or expense of renting tanks and weight belts.

After snorkeling we spent a couple hours sitting on the beach reading, having a picnic, and yes, drinking a cerveza before heading home around 4. It was a great day at the beach.

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