Hotels and Camping
As new owners build and acquire properties in Cabo Pulmo, the number of rental options has increased—although the location remains off the grid, so don’t expect air-conditioning, TV, Internet, and the works in the places you find here. Most high-season rates climb even higher during the peak season around Christmas and New Year.
For many years, Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort (El Camino Rural Costero, tel./fax 612/141-0244, -0884, or -0885, U.S. tel. 562/366-0398, U.S. tel./fax 208/726-1306, toll-free U.S. tel. 888/997-8566, www.cabopulmo.com, US$70–200) was the only option for short-term visitor accommodations in the area. The village has grown, bringing more properties and management services onto the market, but this beach resort is still a good option for beachside bungalows within steps of the water. All of its palapa-roofed units feature kitchenettes or full kitchens, and some have barbeque grills. Many have second-story roof decks for catching a breeze in the afternoon or watching activity on the bay. Sheets and towels are provided. Like all accommodations in the village, power here is solar, with generators for backup only.
Marly Rickers also manages a handful of rentals in the same group of casitas for US$75–150 per night. Contact Cabo Pulmo Casas (tel. 877/754-5251, www.cabopulmocasas.com).
Across the dirt road from the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, Kent Ryan rents Baja Bungalows (www.bajabungalows.com, US$75–85), with a main house that has spectacular views from the upstairs master suite, plus a two-bedroom unit on the lower level and an additional bungalow and palapa suite with shared bath and full outdoor kitchen. Kent recently added another house to his list of rental properties: Located on an adjacent lot, the house features two separate units (upstairs and down) and has spectacular sea and mountain views from the upstairs unit. The house once belonged to musician (and former local character) Jimmy Ibbotsen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The house has been adapted to rental standards but holds many a good story from the musician’s stay in Pulmo. The beach is a three-minute walk away.
For upscale accommodations, check out Villa and Casa del Mar (U.S. tel. 208/726-4455 or 888/225-2786, www.bajaparadise.com, US$210–450). This property includes a main house (US$450 per night for two guests) and attached studio (US$210 per night). Air-conditioning is available, although as with any Cabo Pulmo rental, it can only be used as long as there is enough power to run it. A few steps farther from the beach and centrally located in the village, the El Nido cottage (US$255 per night) has a full kitchen.
El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo (U.S. tel. 619/618-1248, www.encantopulmo.com, US$90–170) brings a new standard of luxury to Cabo Pulmo. Think air-conditioning (extra cost), an espresso machine, and surround-sound entertainment with satellite TV. Designed by an artist and her husband, the home is indeed beautiful; the only caveat is that in Pulmo, there’s always a chance that the power-intensive amenities won’t be working when you visit. This town is an off-the-grid location that runs on solar and generator power, and when those sources of electricity run out, the air-conditioning unfortunately turns off. (Most guests find the ceiling fans adequate for cooling the home on all but the hottest of nights.) The house has three suites—two in a two-story main house and a third in a separate casita. Its garden setting is lovely (though not really private if both suites and the main house are in use). This property would work best for a group of six or more that rents out the whole property together. Wireless Internet is included. Individual suites rent for US$90–170 per night, and the whole house rents for US$325 per night.
Another vacation rental, The Jewel of Cabo Pulmo (Cabo Pulmo village, U.S. tel. 831/440-8811), has a master bedroom in the main house and a separate garden casita (US$160 for the for the house alone, and US$250 for both house and casita). This property is pet friendly. No smoking.
Reinhard’s Rentals (www.reinhardsrentals.com), across the street from Baja Bungalows at the metal palm-and-dolphin sculpted gate, offers two houses each for US$80 a night and an additional house, called Paradise with an Ocean View, for US$90 a night. These rentals are popular with the fishing crowd and owned and operated by one of the town’s true characters, Reinhard and his dog, Max. Another plus for pet owners: These rentals are dog friendly.
At the other extreme, you can camp for free on the beach at the south end of Bahía Pulmo or for US$5 per night at the north end.
© Nikki Goth Itoi from Moon Baja, 9th Edition