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Beaches of Los Cabos


The serene and exotic settings found on the Cabo San Lucas beaches is a breathtaking scene for sunset walks, relaxing and sunbathing, while the warm, pristine waters invite you to an endless array of activities. First-rate snorkeling and diving are among the favorites, but Cabo San Lucas has much more. Wave Runners, and Jet Skis are ready to take you on an adrenaline ride, and for those who like the view from a different perspective parasailing is a thrill. From the Pacific Side’s vista of the Pacific ocean, to Land’s End at the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Cabo San Lucas, through the 20-mile Tourist Corridor to San José del Cabo and even further on the Sea of Cortez to the East Cape, the beaches of Los Cabos are unsurpassed, offering tourists exactly what they’re looking for: tranquility, striking beauty, safe, crystal-clear waters, crashing waves on rocky coastlines, and, most of all, fun!


 

Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach)

 

Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach)

Lover’s Beach is another must do, particularly for couples, as it is tucked away on San Lucas Bay, partially secluded, just before El Arco at the Tip of Baja. To reach the shores of Lover’s Beach, you’ll need to come by way of the sea. Hire a water taxi at the marina, and the captain will take you there, along the way touring the diving areas around El Arco, Neptune’s Fingers and Sand Falls.

 

Playa Divorcio (Divorce Beach)

 

Playa Divorcio (Divorce Beach)

This stretch of crystal white sand known as, with tongue in cheek, Divorce Beach is located on the Pacific side of Land’s End, just a short walk from, you guessed it, Lover’s Beach. While Divorce Beach looks inviting and offers lots of space for sunbathing, picnicking and just plain relaxing, swimming here is dangerous because of the strong currents and crashing waves. 

 

Playa Las Viudas (Widow’s Beach)

 

Playa Las Viudas (Widow’s Beach)

This is one of the favorite places for sun worshipers in Los Cabos. Tucked away by the Hotel Twin Dolphin, Playa Las Viudas is relatively small, and secluded with unique coves and volcanic rock formations. This is the perfect place to sunbathe for an afternoon, have a picnic, snorkel or dive among the many reefs.

 

Playa Santa Maria (Santa Maria Beach)

 

Playa Santa Maria (Santa Maria Beach)

This peaceful, horseshoe-shaped beach has sand the color and consistency of pink rice. Because the bay is a protected marine sanctuary, this is an excellent spot for snorkeling and swimming alike. The bay is also a prime destination for charter boats that offer snorkeling and scuba diving excursions departing from the Cabo San Lucas.

 

Playa Bahía Chileno (Chilean Beach)

 

Playa Bahía Chileno (Chilean Beach)

Playa Chileno is one of the few beaches in Los Cabos with services. Great for families, snorkelers and divers, its rocky reefs run parallel to the beach with tropical fish, sea turtles, moray eels, invertebrates, sea urchins, gorgonians (sea fans), sponges, and starfish, all right in front of you. For those looking to get beneath the water, there’s a Cabo Acuadeportes dive shop palapa.

 

Playa El Médano (Medano Beach)

 

Playa El Médano (Medano Beach)

Playa El Médano extends along the hotel zone to San Lucas Bay and is a playground for watercraft, catamarans, sea kayaks and parasailors. From the beach, you’ll find it easy to rent the water toy of your choice. Access to El Medano is available near Club Cascadas de Baja, near the harbor entrance at the Costa Real Cabo Resort Beach Club, or through any of the hotels and restaurants that span its borders.

 

Playa Monumento (Monuments Beach)

 

Playa Monumento (Monuments Beach)

Situated below Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant this beach is a short distance from Cabo San Lucas. Depending on conditions, you can surf, snorkel the reefs, swim, or just relax in the sun. If you plan to bring your board, remember the surf has a left point break that can be tricky, so it’s recommended for seasoned or expert surfers only.

 

El Estero

 
El Estero

At the East end of the Playa Hotelera (Hotel Beach) in San José del Cabo, you'll find San José’s famed estuary, home to over three hundred and fifty species of wildlife and lush vegetation. Fed by underground aquifers, the river and lagoon are one of the few oases in the lower Baja peninsula.

 

La Playita (The Little Beach)

 
La Playita (The Little Beach)

This beach is the home of La Playa Sportfishing, the local Panga Fishing Fleet. Although this area is not recommended for swimming, it’s a great place to watch the local fishermen land their catch and the entertainment will be in clear view all day long.

 

La Ribera

 

La Ribera

La Ribera is not known as much for its beaches as for its location. About 50 miles north of San José del Cabo on the Sea of Cortés, you will come to this small village where you can access the only paved road in the area that leads to Highway 1.

 

Playa Acapulquito (Old Man’s Beach)

 

Playa Acapulquito (Old Man’s Beach)

Just west of Costa Azul is another stretch of beach, much smaller, called Playa Acapulquito. It’s another local surf spot which has gained recent popularity in this area. Access to Playa Acapulquito is just as easy, right off the new four lane highway at Km. 28. Swimmers are welcome, however the watchword is, watch out for surfers.

 

Playa Anónima (Anonymous Beach)

Playa Anónima (Anonymous Beach)

This will be your first stop among the beaches of the East Cape. Set where sand dunes provide shelter from the wind, this is a wonderful, unnamed beach between Pueblo La Playa and La Laguna Estates and an inviting place to camp or picnic.

 

Playa Barco Varado (Shipwreck Beach)

 

Playa Barco Varado (Shipwreck Beach)

This beach was named in honor of a Japanese freighter that foundered on the rocks decades ago. The wreck now provides a spectacular backdrop for the “Ocean” finishing holes at the Jack Nicklaus Cabo del Sol course. Although this is a quiet beach, use caution in the water. The undercurrents are strong and can be dangerous, so it is not recommended for young children.

 

Playa Costa Azul (Blue Coast Beach)

 

Playa Costa Azul (Blue Coast Beach)

As you drive west from San Jose del Cabo just before Palmilla Bay, you’ll find the world famous surfing beach, Costa Azul. Exit the highway left, and it’s only a short distance with easy access to the beach. Beginners can join the surf camp, while surfers of all levels can enjoy not only the break, but also taking a break, from time to time, in one of the many rental cabañas, in the beach restaurant, or at the convenience store.

 

Playa El Tule

 

Playa El Tule

Playa El Tule is a secluded, sandy stretch of beach that is most commonly used for sun bathing and some swimming, but can be, weather permitting, a good surf spot. However, because there are scattered boulders in the water, all who swim or surf must keep a sharp eye out. You access the beach at, not surprisingly, the Los Tules bridge.

 

Playa Los Cerritos

 

Playa Los Cerritos

Playa Los Cerritos is a spectacular, sweeping expanse of pristine beach just south of the farming community of Pescadero. When you arrive, drive through the campground and pick your spot. Cliffs are at the western end of the beach, which is crescent-shaped facing the ocean.

 

Playa Los Frailes (The Monks Beach)

 

Playa Los Frailes (The Monks Beach)

About 40 miles north of San José on the Sea of Cortés you’ll come to Playa Los Frailes. Because the bay is both picturesque and gentle, it attracts campers, yachtsmen and fishermen. Drop anchor in the cove, and you can swim, snorkel, fish, row to the beach, or simply raise the “refreshment” flag and relax. This is a very popular beach with limited facilities, so pack what you need.

 

Playa Migriño

 

Playa Migriño

Playa Migriño is said to be one of the great whale watching beaches in winter, and it is easily accessed at Km. 96 and 97 north of Cabo San Lucas. The beach is also popular with ATVers, however avoid swimming because the waves are strong, pounding the beach relentlessly.

 

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

 

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

Below Punta Palmilla, adjacent to The Hotel Palmilla, lies a pristine beach along a protected, tranquil cove that is perfect for improving your tan, snorkeling and diving, watching the pelicans plunge from the sky for their lunch, or catching up on your reading. For snorkelers and divers, equipment can be rented at the dive shop.

 

Playa San Pedrito

 

Playa San Pedrito

Formerly called Playa El Estero, Playa San Pedrito is a popular surfing beach now called El Pescadero after the fishing village nearby. In season, whales spout near the shore, and mangoes ripen twice a year. The Golden Gate Bank is just 3 miles off shore, making it easily accessible for small boats.

  

A few beach guidelines:

  • Remember that it’s illegal to drive on beaches in México. No matter the country,  a fuel spill from one’s boat or 4x4 on most beaches can result in stiff fines and potential jail time.
  • There are no lifeguards here, not even at most hotel pools. Swimming alone, especially on a public beach is fraught with potential danger. You came here to spend time with friends and family; be sure you include them on your outings to the beach or pool.
  • Certain beaches have rough seas with severe undertows, dangerous breakers, rip tides, or deep drop-offs close to shore. Conditions here can change very quickly. Watch out for rogue waves, and pay attention to any warning signs. If the locals post a no-swimming sign, it’s there to protect your life, not tempt you to prove you stamina.
  • You’re not in Kansas or even the USA, for that matter, so you’re not going to find a 7-eleven or ABC on any corner. Plan for your beach adventure; bring lots of sun block, sunglasses, drinking water, snacks, bathroom tissue, film, extra flash memory and batteries for digital cameras, as well as a beach umbrella, snorkeling gear, sand toys, etc. And don’t forget a plastic garbage bag to carry your trash out in.
  • Help us keep our beaches pristine for all visitors by removing your trash, and, for that matter, any you find left behind by a less considerate beach-goer. The sun, sand, and water are what drew you to Los Cabos. You have an opportunity to participate; conserva limpia la playa!