Aquarium of the World
Mexico’s shores along the Baja Peninsula are an epicenter for marine splendor. Jacques Cousteau once termed the Sea of Cortez “the world's aquarium.” Specifically, he was referring to Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, as no doubt Cousteau was mesmerized by the variety of diverse ecosystems he encountered. Cabo Pulmo is both a small village as well as a 7,751-acre Marine Protected Area housing hundreds of different vibrant tropical fish species including Sergeant Majors, pufferfish and angelic butterflyfish as well as sea creatures such as gigantic manta rays, sword-nosed marlin, toothy sharks, groupers and even sea turtles.
Diving and kayaking excursions are must-do activities, giving you a chance to spot breaching Gray or Bryde’s whales during the winter season as they make their migratory push northward. Snorkeling spots outside of Cabo Pulmo include friendly and safe coves at Chileno Bay, Santa Maria Bay and Pelican Rock at Land’s End. Warm water temperatures in the 70s and 80s year-round invite visitors to sample the ecosystems – all that matters is how deep you want to go. Add to that a phenomenal fishing opportunity to enjoy the experience and you’ll be wondering where else in the world offers so much diversity of marine life.