Testimonials

"The days start early in Cabo Pulmo. At least 30 minutes prior to the first hints of dawn, a rooster will start crowing in the village. First one and then a multitude of others will take up the cry of welcoming another day. This early rise is typically not a problem. Being in an area with no piped in electricity has it’s benefits, most notably, with the sunset, so sets the day’s activities, and with that, one is blessed with an early night with the calming breezes floating over the village from the Sea of Cortez. Hilltop House offers an excellent vantage point for watching the red sun climb over the sea and in a very few minutes the sun is high enough to confirm yet another wonderful day is ahead of us. Hilltop House, which overlooks the village also provides an excellent opportunity for watching the whales as they frolic in the sea beyond the reef.

Taking a fresh made cup of coffee onto the patio, we are now bombarded with a host of colourful birds including the beautiful scarlet Cardinal. Various types of hummingbirds are busy extracting the sweet nectar from the near-by feeder while other birds including many species of woodpeckers attempt to scavenge breakfast from the cactus and other natural plants that lie just off the patio. About this same time, Cremin’s “pet” Cactus Wren, will typically show up for his morning offering of crushed nuts or seeds. This wren which we affectionately called, “Charlie” has learned that such offerings are readily available from Cremin’s hand, and more recently, an outstretched hand from either Jude or myself. Although neither Jude nor I can take any credit for Charlie’s faith in his human providers, we do welcome it, and consider this as one of the many benefits of visiting this environmental refuge.

Following breakfast, the day’s events will probably include some snorkeling off one of the many beaches that lie both north and south of Cabo Pulmo, scuba diving off the coral reef that completely harbours this small village, walks through the village, or scenic treks along the hiking trails in the mountains that provide the back drop to the village. Whether snorkeling or diving, one will see hundreds of fish of varying shapes, sizes and colours and in wide ranges of numbers. It is certainly not unusual to be able to snorkel amongst schools of fish so numerous in number that the water is quite literally alive.

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Jude and Roger Hogan   
Jude and Roger Hogan   

"The days start early in Cabo Pulmo. At least 30 minutes prior to the first hints of dawn, a rooster will start crowing in the village. First one and then a multitude of others will take up the cry of welcoming another day. This early rise is typically not a problem. Being in an area with no piped in electricity has it’s benefits, most notably, with the sunset, so sets the day’s activities, and with that, one is blessed with an early night with the calming breezes floating over the village from the Sea of Cortez. Hilltop House offers an excellent vantage point for watching the red sun climb over the sea and in a very few minutes the sun is high enough to confirm yet another wonderful day is ahead of us. Hilltop House, which overlooks the village also provides an excellent opportunity for watching the whales as they frolic in the sea beyond the reef.

Taking a fresh made cup of coffee onto the patio, we are now bombarded with a host of colourful birds including the beautiful scarlet Cardinal. Various types of hummingbirds are busy extracting the sweet nectar from the near-by feeder while other birds including many species of woodpeckers attempt to scavenge breakfast from the cactus and other natural plants that lie just off the patio. About this same time, Cremin’s “pet” Cactus Wren, will typically show up for his morning offering of crushed nuts or seeds. This wren which we affectionately called, “Charlie” has learned that such offerings are readily available from Cremin’s hand, and more recently, an outstretched hand from either Jude or myself. Although neither Jude nor I can take any credit for Charlie’s faith in his human providers, we do welcome it, and consider this as one of the many benefits of visiting this environmental refuge.

Following breakfast, the day’s events will probably include some snorkeling off one of the many beaches that lie both north and south of Cabo Pulmo, scuba diving off the coral reef that completely harbours this small village, walks through the village, or scenic treks along the hiking trails in the mountains that provide the back drop to the village. Whether snorkeling or diving, one will see hundreds of fish of varying shapes, sizes and colours and in wide ranges of numbers. It is certainly not unusual to be able to snorkel amongst schools of fish so numerous in number that the water is quite literally alive. A number of local providers will take you to the far side of the reef where you can dive in about 50 feet of water and get really close-up to the host of fish that make this reef their sanctuary. Kayaks are available for hire and on a calm day one can readily travel south of the village where you can witness the daily life of members of the local sea lion colony. Feeding on the numerous fish, basking on the rocks smoothened by the sea or loudly expressing their dissatisfaction at being disturbed by humans, however appears to be the extent of their activities.

Hiking to the top of the surrounding mountains provides one with magnificent vistas of the sea, shorelines and beaches and the mountain range that lies all around this small village. Cabo Pulmo, however is not for everyone. Cabo Pulmo is situated about 1.5 hours north of San Jose Del Cabo or 2 hours south of La Paz. Final road access to the village includes travel over 10 kilometers of rough dirt road that winds it’s way through the cactus ridden desert. Once there however, you will find yourself within the confines of a national marine reserve that recognizes and protects this natural setting and all that it encompasses. Although the village hosts 5 small restaurants providing an excellent range of local cuisine, you will not find the classy nightclubs or the broader range of activities typical of larger centres and tourist resorts. If however, you wish to immerse yourself into a simpler life style, enjoy nature, and get to know some of the local people, Cabo Pulmo should not be a disappointment. Cremin’s hospitality and local knowledge together with his sidekick Lobita, being a truly remarkable young Shepherd mix, will ensure your stay in Mexico is memorable. Thanks Cremin. It has been an experience."

Secluded, quiet, away from our daily worries and our frantic pace. Cremin's casa at the top of the hill is a palapa with a 180 degree view of the valley and the bay of Cabo Pulmo from the east to the mountains to the west, from sunrise to sunset. The palapas is super romantic! In the morning, dozens of birds flying all around! In the evening, the stars! Well equipped kitchen, but in October, the mini-super are really limited ... go shopping before! The bathroom was spotless and the bed was firm and comfortable. But this review would be incomplete if i didn't mention Cremin himself. A character like we like: a surfer, a true, a super simple and friendly man Who Is in love with Cabo Pulmo!

Dany090    Website   

Cremin is by far one of the most friendly hosts I have met. His casas are beautiful and well kept. My husband and I intend to go back one of these days. Cabo Pulmo is a beautiful and semi-isolated place. I loved the area. There is plenty to do to keep oneself busy for days on end, and Cremin's is the best place to stay. He was helpful and friendly. He was also fun to talk to. I would definitely recommend his casas to anyone looking to stay in such a beautiful place as cabo pulmo. Very romantic.

pammerson    Website   

Twenty years ago, while on an adventurous camping honeymoon in Baja, my husband and I hit a rock, totalling our VW rental car just outside of Cabo Pulmo. We were ill-prepared, without ice or propane, and carrying 7 heavy bags of luggage, including scuba gear. We dry-camped for a few nights and survived on Frosted Flakes. (It's a long story...but let's just say I always pay the extra few dollars for the rental car insurance now!) Finally, we stumbled into Titos restaurant, and met someone who told us about Senior Cremin's Casa's. We followed the directions, and arrived at a tropical oasis. We met Senior Cremin, and he welcomed us and rented us a beautiful little casa. It was fully equipped with a kitchen and bathroom, and had a very comfortable bed, and a hammock outside. Everything was clean, and decorated charmingly with authentic mexican style. Senior Cremin even gave us a delicious filet of Ahi, for us to prepare for dinner. (I think he took pity on us, as we were obviously in a pickle.) He offered us the use of a couple of ocean kayak's, which we took advantage of. The grounds were well-appointed and very tropical. We were amazed at the variety of plants he had growing in the desert, by "just adding water."
I am sure the accomodations have changed over the years. My in-laws were there a few years later and said he had added more casa's, all of the same quality. One thing I am certain is the same, is the graciousness of the host. Senior Cremin, thank you for your contribution to a very memorable honeymoon. We just celebrated 20 years of marriage last week!

snowmobiler92    Website   

We had the good fortune of staying at Cremin's "Hil Top" bungalow for a week in mid June. It's a studio apartment about 8 minutes walking from the beach, on a slight hill that overlooks the village, hills and ocean. It's one of the best views I've ever had in any lodging. The outside veranda is perfect for morning coffee and sunrise views, and definitely has one of the best sunset views in the area - we didn't want to go out in the evening because we didn't want to miss the sunset colors on desert and ocean. Also, importantly, there is no sound of generators in the area - everything runs on solar. So your views include bird and other wild life sound tracks. There are LOTS of birds in this area, and we also saw lots of jack rabbits, and one fox who passes by around sunset pretty regularly.
The studio itself is spacious, with a perfect vacation size kitchen (full stove and oven if you need it), small refrigerator and an eating area. The mattress was shockingly comfortable - a surprise to me based on many travels in Mexico over the years. There are huge sliding windows with screens across the whole front of the house, to catch breezes from all sides - and it could get down right windy inside when the winds pickup. There were a few nights when there was no breeze, so we used the fan which created enough air flow - although when the temps peak in August it could probably get hot. But that's what August in Baja is - hot.
And beyond the absolute comfort of the place, Cremin - owner, host and long term resident of the village - makes the experience just that much more special. He lives in the house next door to the bungalow, but after your first welcome, he gives you all the privacy of renting your own villa, but with the warmth and attention of a B&B. We saw him in passing out at the car park, or near the stairs. And then he went beyond the call of duty and invited us to dinner one evening - if you get him warmed up, he will tell AMAZING stories about 25 years of living in Cabo Pulmo. And we also got very lucky one morning when we met him at the beach - he gave my husband and I each a 15 minute lesson on the paddle board.

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LCC2010    Website   
LCC2010    Website   

We had the good fortune of staying at Cremin's "Hil Top" bungalow for a week in mid June. It's a studio apartment about 8 minutes walking from the beach, on a slight hill that overlooks the village, hills and ocean. It's one of the best views I've ever had in any lodging. The outside veranda is perfect for morning coffee and sunrise views, and definitely has one of the best sunset views in the area - we didn't want to go out in the evening because we didn't want to miss the sunset colors on desert and ocean. Also, importantly, there is no sound of generators in the area - everything runs on solar. So your views include bird and other wild life sound tracks. There are LOTS of birds in this area, and we also saw lots of jack rabbits, and one fox who passes by around sunset pretty regularly.
The studio itself is spacious, with a perfect vacation size kitchen (full stove and oven if you need it), small refrigerator and an eating area. The mattress was shockingly comfortable - a surprise to me based on many travels in Mexico over the years. There are huge sliding windows with screens across the whole front of the house, to catch breezes from all sides - and it could get down right windy inside when the winds pickup. There were a few nights when there was no breeze, so we used the fan which created enough air flow - although when the temps peak in August it could probably get hot. But that's what August in Baja is - hot.
And beyond the absolute comfort of the place, Cremin - owner, host and long term resident of the village - makes the experience just that much more special. He lives in the house next door to the bungalow, but after your first welcome, he gives you all the privacy of renting your own villa, but with the warmth and attention of a B&B. We saw him in passing out at the car park, or near the stairs. And then he went beyond the call of duty and invited us to dinner one evening - if you get him warmed up, he will tell AMAZING stories about 25 years of living in Cabo Pulmo. And we also got very lucky one morning when we met him at the beach - he gave my husband and I each a 15 minute lesson on the paddle board. What guest house manager does THAT?!! If you are lucky enough to find Cremin's Hill Top house available, book it!

Spent a few days in Cremin's excellent casa last week - Cremin is an absolutely outstanding chap and an awesome host. Perfect size, clean and with a great view just a 10 minute walk to the beach. The road to Cabo Pulmo is pretty punishing (6 miles of dirt road - recommend hiring a 4x4 to save your backside) but so worth it, loved being so out of the way. First day there we had a three mile stretch of beach all to ourselves... Look out for the amorous Donkey at the beachfront bar (name escapes me) - bumped into him on the beach as he was playing Pepe-le Phew with a town dog (dog running Donkey chasing with 'intentions'). Highly recommend Cremin's place!

Matt G    Website   

The hilltop Casita is a one room one bath circular structure that sits on the side of a hill with a beautiful view of the valley and ocean. Full kitchen, nice bathroom and a very comfortable bed. This place really as a lot of character and charm. Cremin really goes out of his way to ensure you have everything you need and are comfortable. He is a wealth of knowledge and tells great stories.

You have to walk up some stairs to get to the casita so keep that in mind and its a little ways to the beach also. The patio was a little small but was nice none the less we really enjoyed our stay a Cremins hilltop and would defiantly recommend this unique lodging.

Omega517    Website   

I'm almost reluctant to share this review because it's like the best kept secret kind of thing! This place is a slice of Heaven, truly! Cremin is a most gracious host! The accommodations were amazing, beach beautiful, people friendly! Our family enjoyed quality together time away from the madness of our crazy schedules. Unbelievable value!

Dorothea K    Website   

We spent four memorable days at Cremin's Hilltop Casa and it is by far the most romantic peaceful place we have ever stayed on vacation. Cremin is a wonderful host and a cool layed back dude who made himself available to answer any questions yet respected our privacy. The Casa is perfect for couples looking for peace and quiet. In fact Cabo Pulmo is the quietest place we have visited in Mexico. We laid in bed every morning watching the sun rise through the large oceanview windows. Beach chairs, towels and umbrella were greatly appreciated on our snorkelling days at nearby beaches. The kitchen was adequate for prerparing all our meals and the place was clean and very comfortable to hang out in. You can walk to the beach and restaurants in Cabo in 5 minutes. We highly recommend this place for a retrreat from the standard tourist scene. Mucho Gracias Cremin!

Russell L    Website   

Cremin's Casas is a great place to hide away and experience rural Mexico. Cabo Pulmo is a tiny town, and from Cremin's hill house you can see everything, including a great view of the ocean to the east and a desert mountain range to the west. You have direct access to 20 miles of hiking/biking trails in the mountains, just walk out of the house and up the dirt road to the right. You can also access the beach and pass several snorkeling and diving outfitters on your way. The best beach/snorkeling sites are at La Sirenita and Los Frailes (go all the way to the rocks to avoid being whipped by painful blowing sand). If you want to get to the reef that is further out from shore, you should hire a boat to take you (roughly $45-$55 for 2.5 hours).

After a long day of exploring the outdoors, Cremin's hill house is a great place to come back to for a hot shower, dinner, and a relaxing evening under the stars. Make sure to pick up groceries in a bigger city before you drive into Cabo Pulmo, and once you're at Cremin's you will be able to cook anything you like in his outfitted kitchen. One day he went to town (La Ribera) and brought us back fresh pompano caught only hours before. We took advantage of the grill on the patio and it ended up being one of the best meals of the trip. That's just one example of Cremin's hospitality. He lives right next door with his adorable dog and is like your favorite neighbor: always available to answer questions and trade stories, but never intrusive. He even left us a nice bottle of wine on our first day there (New Year's Eve).

The house itself is small and beautiful. The bed is ridiculously comfortable with a memory foam mattress and it is one of the best places to watch the sun rise and set. There is a really nice sound system, so bring your iPod. There is also great birdwatching from the patio. And, as you come down the stairs from the house, keep your eye on the tree branches to the left: there is a hummingbird that likes to hang out there.

Flynneking    Website   

Cremin's Casas are a wonderful place to stay. Fantastic views. Great location in Cabo Pulmo (maybe one of the best). We had a well-equipped, comfortable room. Wish we could have stayed longer than just two nights. Cremin is kind and helpful and a great host to his Casas and to the area. If I come back to this area in the future, I am definitely coming back. Don't hesitate to book something with Cremin for our own Cabo Pulmo trip.

ruoyi909    Website   

After reading the guide books on Baja California Sur, it was clear the Cabo Pulmo would have to be one of the most beautiful places in the area, and we were not disappointed. We stayed a few nights in Cremin's Hill House which is located right next to his own home. While this could be awkward, Cremin absolutely respected our privacy and was extremely helpful with suggestions for hiking trails, snorkeling places, which beach is good depending on the weather conditions, suggestions for local restaurants, etc.

The bungalow comes with a fully equipped kitchen which we used to prepare our meals. We had brought food from San Jose, which is advisable since there is not much in terms of groceries in Cabo Pulmo or vicinity. One thing to note about the approach is that the last few miles are a dirt road. There was no problem mastering it though, even with our tiny rental car, and Cremin had put up convenient signs with out name from the main road to his place, so it was quite easy to find. The house is absolutely gorgeous, with large windows framing the view of the town, ocean, and hills. After a day of hiking, swimming and hanging out on the beach I also enjoyed watching the sunset while sitting on the patio and listening to the sounds of the birds slowly subside and give way to the quiet of the evening.

Artur K    Website   

We stayed here a few nights and it was so peaceful and relaxing. The birds by the casita are incredible!! The host was helpful and was considerate of your privacy. I would recommend staying here for a quiet getaway!!! Cathy & Alberto

inapoli    Website   

My husband and I stayed 5 nights at Cremin's beautiful cabana in the trees. I would venture to guess this is the best deal in Cabo Pulmo. No where else will you find the supreme peacefulness and privacy for this price. We were escaping La Paz for a few days and wanted quiet and serenity. We spent nearly all day every day in the cabana or outside on the patio enjoying the exquisite views of the water and mountains and observing the numerous birds constantly visiting the little feeder and the surrounding trees. We like to cook and the kitchen was fully equipped and comfortable. My husband and I are both designers and we appreciated the beauty and attention to detail exhibited in the interior of the cabana.
Finally, Cremin was more than accommodating and a pleasure to talk to. He was welcoming to our 2 dogs, and even happy to have them around! You won't be sorry renting this little piece of heaven!

CassMac    Website   

I, too, am almost hesitant to share news of this unique getaway on the East Cape of Baja. My husband and I stayed at Cremin's Hilltop Casita for 10 fabulous relaxing days. Every morning we drank our coffe watching the sun come up, the whales breaching, skates jumping, and birds chirping. Every morning a different beautiful sunrise. The casita is so comfortable, totally equipped with everything you need, and super private. Cremin is the host with the most! He really IS like your favorite neighbor, fun to talk with, joyfully enthusiastic, and very helpful! We celebrated our wedding anniversary during our stay, and when he discovered that, he presented us with a nice bottle of wine to take with us to our dinner out. I even got to have my "doggy fix" as his sweet little shepherd mix would visit us every day and come in for belly rubs. Just bring your Starbucks ground coffee from home, and pick up fresh food at the market in San Jose Del Cabo, and get out there ! I am booking next year's trip soon!
Liz and Spud

LizC648    Website   

If you're looking to get off the grid and unwind this is the place. Great location on the hillside above Cabo Pulmo. The hilltop house is every bit as great as the other reviews make it out to be. Everything you need to chill out and enjoy some magical time in Baja. A great little outdoors area to enjoy stars at night and the birds during the day. Cremin is a great mellow host who will provide info on the area if you want or leave you to enjoy. When can we go back?

sskeeter    Website   

The pictures of this place do not do it justice. Great location, best view, and nicest host. I knew this place was going to be good, but had no idea it would be this great. Cremins Hilltop is where you want to stay!!

chadfrymire    Website