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.
Mulege Weather – When to Visit
In Mulegé, the summers are long, hot, humid, and partly cloudy; the winters are comfortable and mostly clear; and it is dry year round. The hottest months will be from June thru September with average daily highs above 91°F. During the winter,from the end of November thru the beginning of March, the average daily high temperature is 757°F.
The best time to visit is from May to June, when the wintertime crowds have gone home and the summertime storms have yet to hit. October and November are also nice months for a vacation, but it could cost you a bit more. If you’re into whale watching, visit between mid-December and mid-April.
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. Web: 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.
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.
Cañón La Trinidad
Trinity Canyon is great for bird-watchers, with the chance to see vermilion flycatchers, gila woodpeckers and a host of raptors and buteos. The narrow, sherbet-colored canyon walls and shimmering pools of water are stunning, as are the pre-Hispanic cave paintings.
A pretty stretch of beach just south of Mulegé. You can’t see the beach from the road so look for the unpaved turnoff between kilometer 112 and 111.
Things to Do in Mulege
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. Telephone: 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. Telephone: 1 800 451 6034, or visit them on the web at Baja Aventura.
They offer Baja sea kayaking excursions to remote islands and beaches in the Sea of Cortez including the National Parks near La Paz and Loreto and Baja whale watching trips in Magdalena Bay, Southern Baja California, Mexico. Telephone: 1 800-355-7140 Web: Kayak Baja
If you are looking for sea kayaking in Loreto or La Paz, whale watching and whale camps in San Ignacio or Magdalena Bay, cave painting tours in Sierra de San Francisco or any other eco-tour or adventure travel tour – they are the tour operator you should use. Telephone: 52 612 140 0483 Web: Adventuras Baja
Best Mulege Restaurants
Los Equipales $11 – 30
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. Telephone: 52 615 153 0330, or visit them on Facebook at Los Equipales.
Doney Mely’s Under $10
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. Telephone: 52 615 153 0095 , or visit them on Facebook at Doney Mely’s.
Ana’s Under $10
In the mood for seafood? Then it is well worth the 10km drive southwest of town to this lovely beach side restaurant where you can dine on a succulent seafood platter comprising shrimp, clams and whatever has been caught that day. If you’re here earlier in the day, grab a fresh cinnamon bun. Popular with families at weekends.
Las Casitas Restaurant Under $10
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! Web: Las Casitas Restaurant.
Los Equipales Under $10
Just west of Zaragoza, this restaurant and bar has gargantuan meals and bright, enclosed balcony seating that’s perfect for an evening margarita with friends. Lobster salad, T-bone steak and fried chicken are a sampling of the surf and turf fare. Telephone: 52 615 153 0330
Best Mulege Bars & Nightlife
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. Web: Estrella del Mar de Mulege’.
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. Web: Playa Buenaventura.
Restaurant Bar Los Equipales
Excellent service by the staff and owner, Great food, and good reasonably priced drinks. Telephone: 52 615 153 0330 Web: Los Equipales.
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. Telephone: 34 971 157 652 Web: Bar Delfin.
Cavernous restaurant and bar where you can play pool, darts, watch football or sit for a meal of burgers, pizza and Mexican staples. It’s popular with locals and expats and is a favorite drinking spot. Telephone: 52 615 153 0305
Top Mulege Hotels
Located just beyond the arch at the entrance to town, this place is an unmemorable motel on the outside, but the spotless, modern, brightly painted rooms make it the best deal in town. The staff are extra-friendly and helpful as well. Telephone: 52 615 153 0090
Hotel Las Casitas
Perhaps inspired by its very pretty courtyard, fountains, statues and shady garden of tropical plants, beloved Mexican poet Alán Gorosave once inhabited this hotel. The restaurant serves decent food and has an open-fire grill. The rooms are simple and somewhat threadbare, but smell like cinnamon and oranges and are decorated with traditional fabrics and artwork. Telephone: 52 615 153 0019
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. 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. Web: Playa Frambes Lighthouse Resort
Dating back to the 1960s, this hotel is a local institution. Plenty of famous folk have flown into the bumpy private airstrip here, including John Wayne. The rambling, dusty property has loads of back country character, with a vast restaurant, rustic and authentic-to-the-era double rooms and small cabañas. There’s a pig roast every Saturday with live music. Telephone: 52 615 153 0530 Web: 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.