One of the planet’s most thrilling snorkel destinations is a shallow reef off the tiny Baja California community of Cabo Pulmo. Here, an extraordinary diversity of species range from purple snails to humpback whales, and walls of fish can obscure the sun. Just 60 miles from the tourism center of Los Cabos but a world away, Cabo Pulmo is a blink-and-you-miss-it town of dirt roads and 100 residents who played an integral part in protecting the neighboring waters they regularly relied on. Here are five things to know about this extraordinary reef whose colors John Steinbeck described as “electric” in his book, The Log of the Sea of Cortez.
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