Cabo Pulmo Vivo Coalition – Protecting Natural Beauty! (International Community Foundation); Yucatan Times

Mexico – Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

When visiting Cabo Pulmo, one is amazed by swimming in crystal clear waters, snorkeling in the breathtaking coral reefs and diving next to endless populations of friendly massive rays, whale sharks, and sea turtles. The beauty of Cabo Pulmo is thanks to over 22 years of collaborative efforts to protect and conserve this region.

Cabo Pulmo was decreed as a National Park in 1995, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 2005 and finally a Ramsar International Wetlands site in 2008. Because of these efforts Cabo Pulmo has the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California, estimated to be 20,000 years old, and tourists come from all over the world to dive in the reef and take amazement in the flourishing marine population.

The protected status of this region has empowered the community to protect and take pride in the beauty of their home. However, this precious space faces threats due to rapid developments in the surrounding region. Since the late 20th century, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo became booming tourism destinations and today attract well over 2 million visitors annually.

Source: Cabo Pulmo Vivo Coalition – Protecting Natural Beauty! (International Community Foundation)

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