Fish, Dive, Snorkel, Hike
Adventures at Villa Los Frailes
Villa Los Frailes is located adjacent to the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. People come from all over the world to enjoy the diving where you can explore the only living coral reef in Western North America, home to over 800 species of marine animals.
There are three dive shops to choose from in Cabo Pulmo. Diving can be arranged by contacting Salomon.
Snorkeling with the resident sea lion colony is a 40-minute kayak paddle away in good conditions. Snorkeling along the rocks at the north end of the beach can be quite good as well. There is a small reef to the South that is best reached by kayak as well.
The best snorkeling in the area is at Playa Sirenas (Mermaid Beach), just north of the Sea Lion Colony. The easiest way to get there is to drive north, just past the hill, half way to Cabo Pulmo. Take the turnoff to Playa Los Arbolitos. A small fee will allow you to park at the beach and use their facilities. They have restrooms, and some basic food and beverages for sale. From there, take the easy trail south until you reach the well protected beach of Playa Sirenas.
The snorkeling is good along the shallow coral reef in nearby Cabo Pulmo and in the very protected cove of beautiful Bahia Los Frailes. This area offers perfect spots for beginners, children and experienced snorkelers alike. Snorkel gear and snorkel tours are available in Cabo Pulmo.
When snorkeling inside the marine park, it is required that you do not touch anything, do not dive underneath the water, wear eco-friendly sunscreen, and you are supposed to wear a life jacket.
World Class Fishing
The area boasts world class fishing with guests reeling in dorado, tuna, sailfish, wahoo, grouper, rooster fish, cabrilla and marlin. Baja’s East Cape region is famous for its excellent fishing.
Salomon, can arrange fishing trips through local fishermen for around $60 USD per person for 4 hours and they provide all the rods, reels, and lures. These fishermen are excellent and have a lifetime of experience. Many of our guests have returned with too many fish to eat and take home.
Kayaks and Paddleboards
Available to guests are 6 single kayaks, 4 double kayaks, and 2 paddle boards, with assorted life vests. You are welcome to take them out whenever you would like. You’ll find kayaking easy going and fun in the gentle protected waters right in front of the house.
More adventurous paddlers can take the kayaks to the Sea Lion Colony (45 min) or even Mermaid Bay for a long paddle on a very calm day.
Surfing – Windsurfing – Kite Surfing
The summer months are the best time for surfing. Some of the best surfing on the East Cape is a short drive away at 9 Palms. Any summer morning you may see a caravan of resident Cabo Pulmo surfers heading down the coast to their favorite spots. If you surf, just hang out in Cabo Pulmo and you’ll surely find someone who can point you in the right direction.
Cabo Pulmo also is home to many seasonal wind surfers. Their high season is the winter months. Wind surfing is good in this area and north of here is Los Barrilles, a wind surfer and kite surfer Mecca.
Hiking in Los Frailes
Hiking the hill you see in all of the photos is very nice. The trail head is just to the left of the end of the beach. You will see a sandy area between the rocks. Go up around 50 ft, and look for the trail path to your right. It takes about an hour to reach to top, so bring your water and watch your step on the way down. The views are spectacular.
There is also a hiking trail in nearby Cabo Pulmo. Its a two-hour trail that loops around Pulmo Mountain called the “Vista Trail”. After the hike, treat yourself to something to eat at one of Cabo Pulmo’s restaurants.
The scenic waterfront trail from Playa Los Arbolitos to Playa Sirenas (Mermaid Beach) that is discussed in the snorkeling section is also a great hike.
The beach at Los Frailes is a long, wide, white sand beach where you can walk for hours without seeing a soul. For the avid shell collector, Salomon can direct to you a beach known for its abundance of beautiful shells. Or take the kids and a picnic and enjoy exploring the remains of an old shipwreck at another nearby beach.