East Cape Gem: Jewel of Cabo Pulmo Offers Comfortable Accommodations, Incredible Natural Beauty
The East Cape vacation rental known as the Jewel of Cabo Pulmo truly is a gem – it’s been described by reviewers as charming, romantic, beautiful, unique, cozy, amazing, heavenly, peaceful…the list goes on. This hand-crafted home lies tucked inside a private enclave at the heart of this special little village nestled on the edge of a gorgeous azure-colored bay. The gardens here need to be seen to be believed – native mesquite and palo verde trees provide dappled shade under which an incredible variety of succulents and cacti are arranged in an explosion of color, textures, and, at certain times of year, a floral spectacle. Native birds and butterflies flit in and out, while lizards and iguanas bask on the sunny pathways. Hummingbirds swoop in for another drink at one of the feeders, and the water fountain gurgles soothingly. It’s a sensual feast.
There are two separate buildings that house two well-appointed kitchens, two full baths and two bedrooms. Additional sleeping arrangements are provided as convertible beds (futons and luxury cots), comfortably sleeping five to seven people. The beds are made up with high quality 100% cotton linens to add to the feel of luxuriousness that the location already exudes. The main house has a welcoming shaded veranda where you can sit and sip tea or margaritas and watch the wildlife come and go. The Garden Casita is just steps away from the main house. There are plenty of outdoor sitting areas – sunny or shaded, take your pick, and a couple of hammocks that are perfect for afternoon dozing.
The home’s design combines bright Mexican tile mosaics and American folk art with the kind of attention to detail that reflects the artistic background of the original owners. Brightly-colored window and door frames are bordered with hand-painted stencils and the walls are hung with fun folk art. The lovely arched windows open wide to let the sweet-scented breezes waft through the house. A creative spiral-shaped outdoor shower is a fun way to rinse off the day’s accumulation of sea and salt and there is something inherently special about showering with stars twinkling overhead. And speaking of stars! The rooftop patio is the perfect place to view millions of stars that appear in a display many city dwellers never see. You can also watch the sun set behind the ochre tinged mountains from here.
The activities you can engage in while staying in Cabo Pulmo are almost too many to name, and I’m bound to miss one. Cabo Pulmo boasts tennis courts, a community swimming pool at the Cabo Pulmo Dive Center, rentals of all sorts, including mountain bikes, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Several restaurants offer excellent Mexican food – it’s hard to recommend one over the other, so you’ll have to try them all!
The waters here form part of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the site of the most significant hard coral reef system in the eastern North Pacific. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s most successful marine protected area. There are several businesses in the village operating diving and snorkeling tours so you can see the incredible abundance of marine life for yourself! If breathing under water isn’t your thing, rent a kayak and paddle out to the sea lion colony or just relax on the beautiful beach called Los Arbolitos and catch up on your reading.
I’ll close by letting the owners express what they love about this place in their own words:
“We both love Mexico, especially the Baja, for its wonderful people, warm oceans and beautiful landscapes. When we crest the hill overlooking Cabo Pulmo. we are looking down on our dream home. As we enter the property, we let go of pressures and stress, take a deep breath, and just relax. It is the perfect home: beautiful, but unpretentious, warm, unique, and inviting…We think you’ll find it one of your favorite places on earth, and want to return again and again, just like we do.”
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