Mulegé is a beautiful oasis town located along the tranquil shores of the Sea of Cortez. This small town enjoys a typical mild Baja climate that many travelers find to be exactly what they are seeking. Mulegé also has some incredible petroglyphs and cave paintings nearby, that can be explored by way of an easy half-day excursion. A guide is necessary and also required by law. This area is extremely popular with fishing, snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Sea kayaking in the peaceful waters of Bahía Concepción, to the south, is another increasingly popular activity. Fishing boats, tackle, sea kayaks as well as diving and snorkeling equipment can all be rented in Mulegé and all kinds of tours can be arranged. Mulegé is one of the magic places to explore on any Baja vacation. It is a favorite of many frequent Baja travelers for good reason. If you want to get a glimpse of “The Real Baja”, make a point to stop in Mulegé and spend a little time. The town is known for its friendly locals and sincere hospitality.
Mulegé is the gateway to Bahía Concepción, a large bay within the Sea of Cortez. This area, without a doubt, is one of Baja’s most beautiful areas. Countless beautiful coves and inlets, most with exquisite white sandy beaches are seemingly around every corner. The 20 miles of highway that hug the coast below Mulegé give access to what are considered by many to be the nicest beaches in all of Baja. This special area of Baja offers endless swimming, snorkeling and camping opportunities along with virtually endless photo opportunities. To view the best beaches in Mulegé and the Sea of Cortez, click here.
In Mulegé, the summers are long, hot, humid, and partly cloudy; the winters are comfortable and mostly clear; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 57°F to 96°F and is rarely below 53°F or above 99°F. The hot season lasts for 4.4 months, from May 26 to October 8, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is July 2, with an average high of 96°F and low of 80°F. The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 29 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 77°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 57°F and high of 73°F.
Loreto International Airport is the closest airport to Mulege. It is about 87 miles from Mulege to the Loreto airport. Americans traveling to Mexico must present a valid U.S. passport. Those traveling by sea can present a passport card and valid driver’s license to gain entrance back into the U.S. Permanent legal U.S. residents who hold a I-551 Permanent Resident card are allowed to board flights from Mexico to the U.S. American tourists entering Mexico by plane or traveling farther than the border zone must buy a tourist card. These are also know as an FM-T, and for travelers arriving by air, it’s usually included in the price of the plane ticket. Other travelers can obtain a tourist card from the Mexican border crossings, Mexican tourism offices, the Mexican consulates and most airlines serving Mexico. To find the best prices, go to AirFareWatchDog.com to watch for the best fares to Mulege (via Loreto Airport).
Car Rental & Things to Consider
Loss damage waiver (LDW): Also called collision damage waiver (CDW) or LDW/CDW. This is actually not insurance, but the rental agency’s agreement to waive some of the cost of theft or any damage you inflict on the rental vehicle. This one requires some research and some careful thought. If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage, you can pass on LDW/CDW, but keep some caveats in mind. You are responsible to the rental company for any loss or damage to the vehicle no matter what the cause is or who is at fault. You will be detained until money matters are settled, and if you lack liability coverage, your most memorable vacation sight could include the inside of a Mexican jail until you pay off your obligation. Before you decline LDW/CDW, verify that your auto policy or credit card insurance is valid for rentals in Mexico, and that it includes loss of use. To collect on your credit-card insurance, you must use that card when you rent the car and when you pay the final bill. Carry proof of coverage with you, though rental companies don’t always require it. You must also explicitly decline the offered insurance, which is not possible with companies such as Avis or National, which include LDW/CDW in their rates or bundle it with the required liability.
- Make sure a copy of the insurance policy is in the glove box and is up to date.
- If you book online, print out the confirmation and show it when you pick up your car to be sure they don’t try to charge you a higher rate.
- Try to get your rate quoted in pesos. Prices quoted in dollars will be converted to pesos for payment, usually at more than the going exchange rate.
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Restaurants You’ll Want to Try
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$$ Los Equipales
Just west of Zaragoza, this restaurant and bar has gargantuan meals and breezy balcony seating that’s perfect for an evening margarita with friends. Lobster salad, T-bone steak and pork ribs are a sampling of the surf turf fare. For more information call them at 52 615 153 0330, or visit them on Facebook at Los Equipales.
$ Doney Mely’s
A colorfully decorated restaurant with a special weekend menu for two that includes a gut-busting choice of local favorites like chiles rellenos and enchiladas verdes. Breakfasts come plumply recommended as well. The food is delicious and affordable prices. For more information call them at 52 615 153 0095 , or visit them on Facebook at Doney Mely’s.
$ El Candil
Great burgers, ambiance, and nice bathrooms. Good wifi, good drinks. All the food is good. Very gringo friendly. For more information visit them on Facebook at El Candil.
$ Las Casitas Restaurant
This is a perfectly charming little spot to sit in the courtyard or inside and have lunch or just a drink and a snack. It is a genuine, warm, welcoming Mexican hotel/restaurant. The food is delicious. They serve a bowl of soup (whatever they’ve fixed that day) to begin the meal, and it is always delicious! For more information visit them on Trip Advisor at Las Casitas Restaurant.
Bars & Nightlife
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$$ Estrella del Mar de Mulege’
Located in Coyote next to Bertha’s store. It is right on Hwy. 1 but you have to watch for it. Good Mexican food and drinks from an outstanding bartender. Movie night weekly. Also live entertainment upon occasion. Near the beach but no view. Attractive and pleasant atmosphere. For more information call, or visit them on Trip Advisor at Estrella del Mar de Mulege’.
$$ Playa Buenaventura
Enjoy good drinks and an amazing view of the Bahia Concepcion. Excellent food, people and service. Taco Tuesdays are well known and not to miss. For more information visit them on Facebook at Playa Buenaventura.
$$ Restaurant Bar Los Equipales
Excellent service by the staff and owner, Great food, and good reasonably priced drinks. For more information call them at 52 615 153 0330, or visit them on Facebook at Los Equipales.
$ Bar Delfin
Probably the friendliest and best bar in the region. Great food and an excellent variety of drinks. The owners are great and always ready to help. For more information call 34 971 157 652, or visit them on Facebook at Bar Delfin.
Things to Do
A top stop for kayakers with milky, blue-green water, funky rock formations and pelican colonies. It features over 50 miles of beaches. Entry into the sheltered bays near Playa Santispac is marked by a lighthouse on Isla Pitahaya. Close to Mapachitos area, hydrothermal manifestations can be found, related to the opening of the Gulf of California. For more information call 52 615 155 9114. You can contact El Burro Baja Tours for information on Baja Concepcion Tours at 52 615 155 9114 or visit their website El Burro Baja Tours (in Spanish only).
The former territorial prison was famed for allowing prisoners to roam free in town during the day. Now the Museo Mulegé, its eclectic collection ranges from fairly mundane prison artifacts to a section of a rocket that plummeted from the sky in the year 2000! Note the blackened cell where a prisoner apparently set fire to himself after hearing his wife was having an affair. Open 9am to 2pm Monday – Saturday. Entry is $10 per person, under 12 free. For more information call 52 615 153 0530.
Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé
Come to the hilltop Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé (founded in 1705, completed in 1766 and abandoned in 1828) for great photos of the site and river valley. A simple, old stone mission crowning the hillside above a grove of palm trees. Note: Mulegé is also the departure point for visiting the prehistoric wall paintings and etchings.
Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
Sea Kayak Baja Mexico is a small company designed for paddling enthusiasts who value quality equipment and sharing the journey with other skilled paddlers in small groups (max 8 for most trips). Their specialized trips cater to specific skill levels: Retreat, Expedition Primer, Expedition Builder, and Expedition Challenge. They are scheduled around prevailing climate patterns. They can arrange a wide variety of custom trips. Just ask! Also check out their Cultural Trips, inspired by their guides, and their own travels. For more information call 52 613 113 8262 or visit their website Sea Kayak Baja Mexico.
A Baja adventure that combines Baja sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with whale sharks and a full immersion into the rich culture, history and wildlife of Baja California. For more information call 1 800 451 6034, or visit them on the web at Baja Aventura.
Top Mulege Hotels
Playa Frambes Lighthouse Resort
Playa Frambes Lighthouse Resort has 3 two-bedroom 800 square foot detached hotel suites and a lighthouse. Onsite swimming pool, completely solar powered and green lifestyle hotel. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Playa Frambes Lighthouse Resort
The historic Hotel Serenidad is located in Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico, approximately 620 miles south of the border at San Diego. The resort offers 50 traditional Mexican style rooms, cottages and our newest luxurious villas. Adjacent to the Hotel, we offer an RV Trailer park with permanent and temporary occupants, open all year to accommodate weary travelers. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Serenidad.
Hotel Cuesta Real
Hotel Cuesta Real was opened in September of 2002 by Ken, Cristina and Jenice Wright. The hotel has 12 rooms, 10 RV spots, a restaurant, gift shop, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool. We offer a family friendly atmosphere for everyone. Located on the Mulege river, and less than a mile from the Sea of Cortez, Hotel Cuesta Real is the ideal destination for short and long-term visitors in Mulege, B.C.S. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Cuesta Real.