Villa del Faro

Local Activities

There are miles of empty beach, trails into the mountains, ocean swimming, bird watching, snorkeling, and long solitary walks to take in either direction. Stay on the balcony or patio of your room or look out the bedroom window and watch the whales jump. At Villa del Faro, you’ll be surrounded by the majesty of nature. Please be sure to bring “reef safe” sunblock to keep our waters healthy.

Solitude, One of the few places left . . .

There are miles of empty beach, trails into the mountains, ocean swimming, bird watching, snorkeling from our beaches, and long solitary walks to take in either direction.

You can walk for miles with only the terns, seagulls and pelicans for company . . .

Most often the only footprints will be your own . . .


Villa del Faro is above one of the safest swimming beaches on the sea of Cortez.



There are several famous surf points nearby.  We don’t reveal the locations in print because many of them are local secrets!

However we consider our guests to be our friends – so just ask the friendly staff!


Fishing can be wonderful. It is one of the things that brought us here in the beginning. You can fish from the shore right below the Hotel.

We can also arrange for you to charter the “Awesome” which will pick you up in front of the house. ($500 a trip)

Fishing trips are also guided from Cabo Pulmo in small local boats called pangas.  Charges are from around $190 to $250 depending on the length of your trip. We will be happy to arrange this for you.

There is also fly fishing locally available and fly fishing instruction.  

We are always glad to cook any fish our guests bring home!

Horseback Riding

Our neighbor can take up to three people riding at a time.

He will guide you along the beach or up into the arroyo, or both!

Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park & Los Arbolitos

Just up the coast is a protected Marine Park, where fishing is not allowed and responsible ecological rules are followed.  We encourage our guests to visit the park and enjoy its extraordinary diving and snorkeling, boat tours and whale watching expeditions. This is the only living coral reef on the west coast of Mexico.  

The most accessible snorkeling is at Los Arbolitos (see pictures).  It is a local spot, and it is often gloriously empty during the week.

A few minutes further up the coast from Los Arbolitos brings you to the little town of Cabo Pulmo.  Here you also kayak, arrange diving tours, diving instruction, whale watching tours, snorkeling trips to visit the sea lion colony, and fishing trips.

There are also several nice restaurants and a small dive shop. We will provide you with a map and a list of the best activity tour guides in the area. We can also help you with setting up your fishing trip.

Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park & Los Arbolitos

Cascades Sol de Mayo

For the adventurous willing to take a whole day’s trip, this 40-foot waterfall with a swimming hole beneath, is well worth the travel. Also, there are places to stay once you get there.  When you arrive at Villa del Faro we will provide more information, a map, and driving directions.

Arroyo el Tule

A lovely hike is to just take a left up the arroyo from the baby beach.  Once you are only a little way in, the wind stops blowing, and you find yourself in a still world of untouched wildlife. Enjoy the untouched beauty of the desert!

If you have 4-wheel drive, you can drive up the arroyo as far as you are able until you come to a natural stone barrier and then a waterfall.

Old Rancho el Tule

Further Up the Arroyo

If you continue a long way up the arroyo you will eventually come to the rock face in the left hand picture. Just beyond it you will find the old well and the remains of what was a thriving cattle rancho 50 years ago.  Rancho el Tule was known for its 3-day fiestas  . . .