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Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos Beach Guide

Beaches of the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur, Mexico listed by Region

 

 

We have listed beaches by the areas in which they are located as follows: Cabo San Lucas, Tourist Corridor, San Jose del Cabo, East Cape area and Pacific Coastline. Playa del Amor, Santa Maria Beach, Chileno, Twin Dolphin Beach, Westin Beach, Playa El Medano, Cabo Pulmo, Los Frailes, Playa Acapulquito, Palmilla Beach, Costa Azul Beach, Playa Migriño, Los Cerritos and San Pedro are some of the most popluar.

 

Cabo San Lucas Beaches

  • Medano Beach (Playa El Médano) The Dune Beach - Medano Beach is the main safe swimming beach in Cabo San Lucas and the most popluar. It begins at the east side of the harbor and extends along Cabo San Lucas Bay all the way to Villa del Palmar.
  • Lover's Beach (Playa del Amor) - Playa del Amor (Love Beach) or Playa del Amante (Lover's Beach) - also known as Playa Doña Chepa in earlier years is located on the Sea of Cortez side of Land's End at Cabo San Lucas.
  • Divorce Beach - This stretch of clean white sand is located on the Pacific side a short walk from Playa del AMor. Divorce Beach is great for sunbathing and relaxing, but It is very dangerous to swim on this beach.
  • Solmar Beach (Playa Solmar, TerraSol & Finisterra Beach) - This wide stretch of white sand beach faces the Pacific Ocean and runs from the rocks at Land's End to the base of Pedregal to the West.

Tourist Corridor Beaches

Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo

  • Playa Costa Azul (Blue Coast Beach) - In this half mile stretch before Palmilla Bay is the world famous surf break called Costa Azul.
  • Playa Acapulquito - Just west of Playa Costa Azul is a little stretch of beach called Playa Acapulquito, known as Old Man's Beach.
  • Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
  • Westin Regina Resort Beach
  • Playa Buenos Aires (Good Air Beach)
  • Playa Cabo Real
  • Playa Bledito (Tequila Cove)
  • Playa El Tule
  • Playa Bahia Chileno (Chilean Beach) - Chileno Bay, next to the Hotel Cabo San Lucas, is yet another breath-taking bay known for its diving and snorkeling. Look for the dive flag at the edge of the highway at Km. 15, which marks the parking entrance.
  • Playa Santa Maria (Santa Maria Beach) - Not too far along the highway east of Km. 12 is the very popular and often photographed Bahía Santa María, a small bay next to the renowned Twin Dolphin Hotel.
  • Playa Las Viudas (Widow's Beach) Twin Dolphin Beach - This picturesque beach is a quiet spot to relax and have a picnic.
  • Playa Barco Varado (Shipwreck Beach)
  • Monuments Beach - a small beach popular with the surfing set and has the closest surf to Cabo San Lucas, just a few miles out of town.

 

San Jose del Cabo Beaches

  • La Playita (The Little Beach) - Near San Jose del Cabo, La Playita is the home of La Playa Sportfishing, the local cooperative Panga Fishing Fleet. Although this area is not recommended for swimming, it's an excellent place to watch fishermen with their catch.
  • El Estero - Beginning at the East end of the Playa Hotelera (Hotel Beach) in San Jose del Cabo, one will find the famed estuary. The freshwater lagoon has over three hundred and fifty species of wildlife and lush vegetation.
  • Playa Hotelera (Hotel Beach) - This stretch of sand runs from the estuary west past the new Royal Solaris hotel, continuing until it reaches the Costa Azul beach. Playa Hotelera beaches are generally not recommended for swimming due to a fairly consistent body thumping shore break and a deep inshore drop-off.

Pacific Ocean Coastline Beaches

  • Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos
  • Playa El Faro Viejo (The Old Lighthouse Beach) - Somewhat inaccessible, but worth effort. Four wheel (ATV's) All Terrain Vehicles are no longer permitted for outings to this impressive spot.
  • Playa Las Margaritas - Las Margaritas Beach - Sorry, no margaritas here, but peace and quiet are plentiful.
  • Playa Migriño - At Kilometer 100, Migriño is popular with surfers and campers, and a nesting area for sea turtles. Swimming is dangerous but you can walk for miles along this windswept shore. For access, take the side road on the left before the bridge.
  • Playa Km. 90.5
  • Playa El Cajoncito - Playa El Cajoncito (this beach doesn't have a formal name) can be found by turning off Highway 1 at Km. 86 and following a rough dirt road to the Ocean.
  • Playa Las Cabrillas
  • Playa Los Cerritos - At Kilometer 64 near Pescadero, Los Cerritos is a mile and a half in from the highway and the hot spot for surfing, camping, and swimming (with caution).
  • Playa San Pedrito - At Kilometer 59, an RV park at Playa San Pedrito has cabañas and a restaurant bar. Swimming here is at your own risk. Look for the stone arch entrance off the highway.
  • Playa San Pedro (also know as Playa Las Palmas) - San Pedro Beach - At Kilometer 57, a well maintained access road (across from a boxy-looking agricultural research station) takes you almost all of the way to picturesque Playa San Pedro, also known as Las Palmas. Bordered by a reed lagoon and protected by rock promontories on both sides, groves of palm trees frame this gorgeous quarter-mile strand of beach. Las Palmas has good swimming (again, with caution), body surfing, and hiking.
  • Playa Punta Lobos - Local fisherman launch their pangas in the waves at the local beach several miles outside of Todos Santos.

East Cape Area Beaches

San José del Cabo to La Ribera

  • La Playita (The Little Beach)
  • Playa Anónima (Anonymous Beach)
  • Playa La Laguna
  • Playa Higuera (Fig Tree Beach) - An inescapable feature here is a gnarled, old, twisted and contorted fig tree which is completely out of place. The savage looking beach is lashed with waves and is partially hidden among rock formations
  • Playa Los Frailes (The Monks Beach) - About 40 miles from San Jose del Cabo you'll come to Los Frailes. This is a very popular beach, with limited facilities. Lovely, gentle, Bahía Los Frailes attracts both campers and yachtsmen.
  • Cabo Pulmo - About 5 miles north of Los Frailes is Cabo Pulmo, another of the more popular beaches on the East Cape of Los Cabos, it even has a restaurant and plenty of space in a cove for RV's, vans and campers.
  • Playa El Rincón
  • Punta Colorada and Punta Arena
  • La Ribera

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Los Cabos Beaches

 

As you will discover along the Los Cabos coast, almost all roads lead to a beach and a new adventure. There are hundreds of great swimming beaches from Cabo San Lucas east all along the Corridor and beyond San José del Cabo to the East Cape. With filled cooler, sunglasses, sunscreen and umbrella in hand, you're ready for the beach in style and comfort to enjoy the endless miles of dreamy beaches. However, swimming off all the beaches on the Pacific side of Cabo is dangerous, due to swift sea currents and powerful waves. This includes the Pacific side west of Land's End. Please use caution.

 

Here are brief descriptions of the 17 beaches around the Los Cabos area, from west to east:

 

Playa Solmar (Solmar Beach, TerraSol & Finisterra Beach)

This wide stretch of white sand beach faces the Pacific Ocean and runs from the rocks at Land's End to the base of Pedregal to the West. Along this stretch of beach you'll find Solmar Suites, TerraSol Beach Resort and Hotel Finisterra. The currents and waves are very strong and swimming is dangerous. Access to this beach is through the Solmar Suites Hotel or TerraSol Resort, at the end of Avenida Solmar.

 

Playa del Amor (Loverâ€s Beach)

Once known as Playa de Doña Chepa, Lover's Beach is another must, but to get to this hidden cove you'll need a boat. Easiest is to hire a water taxi at the marina. It is suggested that you pack a lunch and plan on spending the better part of the day enjoying Lover's Beach and the striking wind and water shaped rock formations. Ask your skipper to come back for you at a pre-determined time. Be most careful here, the powerful waves and currents of the Pacific make swimming quite dangerous. Swim and snorkel only on the Sea of Cortez side of Lover's Beach.

 

Playa El Medano (The Dune Beach)

Villa del Palmar Cabo is on this beach.

Playa El Médano is the most popular Cabo beach and is good for swimming, sun-tanning, and lots of beach activity. It extends through the main beachfront hotel zone, and abounds with watercraft, catamarans, sea kayaks and parasailors. On El Médano, you'll find it easy to rent the water toy of your choice, from high-powered Jet Skis or Sea Doos, to quiet self-powered sea kayaks.

 

For the serious beach runner, El Médano is the place. Stretching for two miles away from town, the sloped soft sand beach provides all the challenge the serious runner wants. Access to this beach is available at Km. 1 near Club Cascadas de Baja, or near the harbor entrance at the Plaza Las Glorias Beach Club, or through any of the hotels and restaurants along this long stretch of beach.

 

Monuments Beach

Monuments Beach is a small beach popular with surfers and has the closest surf to Cabo San Lucas, just a few miles out of town. It can best be seen from poolside at Da Giorgio's Restaurant at Misiones del Cabo as sunset approaches. Turn off the main road at the entrance to Misiones del Cabo. Just before the main entrance you will need to park and walk down to the beach.

 

Playa Barco Varado (Shipwreck Beach)

The rusty wreckage of a Japanese freighter remains on the rocks of this once popular beach area. Now, the wreck provides a spectacular backdrop for the "Ocean" finishing holes at the Jack Nicklaus Cabo del Sol course. The beach access is through the Cabo del Sol entrance at Km. 11.

Playa Las Viudas (Widowâ€s Beach) Twin Dolphin Beach

Playa Las Viudas is now called Twin Dolphin Beach. It is located just southwest of the Hotel Twin Dolphin. This picturesque beach is a quiet spot to relax and have a picnic. Turn off the main highway at Km. 12 at the beach access (Acceso a la Playa) sign and proceed 0.4 miles down a very rough road to a quiet section of beach.

Playa Santa Maria (Santa Maria Beach)

Further along the highway at Km. 13 is another must-see beach at Bahía Santa María, next to the Twin Dolphin Hotel. Look for the beach access sign and follow the dirt road to the parking area. It is a short walk to this beautiful protected cove. As you gaze out to the azure sea you will see the peaceful horseshoe shaped beach with sand the color and consistency of pink rice. Relatively secluded, Bahía Santa María is a protected marine sanctuary, so bring along a bag of bread or tortillas and feed the multi-colored creatures of the deep. This is an excellent spot for snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach.

 

Playa Bahia Chileno (Chilean Beach)

Chileno Bay, next to the Hotel Cabo San Lucas, is yet another breath-taking bay known for its diving and snorkeling. Look for the dive flag at the edge of the highway at Km. 15, which marks the parking entrance. An equipment rental Palapa (a palm leaf covered hut) is located on the beach's western end near the water.

 

Playa El Tule

Playa El Tule, a secluded sandy stretch of beach, is a good surf spot at times. There are scattered boulders in the surf and driftwood can be found up on the beach. Access is at Km. 16.2 at the Los Tules bridge (Puente Los Tules). A four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to get across the soft sand of the arroyo.

 

Playa Bledito (Tequila Cove)

Playa Bledito is just west of the protected cove of Playa Cabo Real. The easiest access is also through Hotel Meliá Cabo Real at Km 19.5.

 

Playa Cabo Real

With the development of Cabo Real a stone jetty was built to provide an area for safe swimming and water sports. Park at the Hotel Meliá Cabo Real and enjoy the beautiful and protected cove in front of the hotel, where you can rent assorted water toys at the beachfront palapa. Exploring the expansive and deserted beaches around the hotel is a treat. Take an umbrella and cooler with water or beverages. You'll need them both. The surf and undertow may be dangerous. Stick to Playa La Concha nearby if you want to swim.

 

Playa La Concha (The Shell Beach)

This is a small rocky cove with a nice beach, palapa, swimming pool, tide pools, showers and restaurant and bar. Turn into the entrance to Meliá Cabo Real Hotel, then turn left and follow the paved road to the end. The beach club is to your right, down the hill.

 

Playa Buenos Aires (Good Air Beach)

Not a swimming beach, the lengthy Buenos Aires Beach stretches for miles, ending at the rapidly growing Cabo Real Resort. No sign marks the location, but if you would like a beach all to yourself, enjoy horseback riding in the sand or watching whales cavorting in the months of January to March, visit the deserted Buenos Aires shoreline. Exit Highway 1 at Km. 22 or 24 and follow the old Highway. Look for a dirt road in an arroyo. A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary for access to most of this beach.

 

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

Upon Punta Palmilla rests the luxurious Hotel Palmilla with its striking beaches. Inside the tranquil bay the beach along this protected cove is perfect for sunbathing and snorkeling. Snorkeling and diving equipment can be rented at the dive shop, located just before the hotel grounds. Follow the signs to Hotel Palmilla at Km. 27. The entrance to the beach is just before Pepe's Restaurant.

Playa Acapulquito

Just west of Playa Costa Azul is a little stretch of beach called Playa Acapulquito, known as Old Man's Beach. This is a popular area with surfers. Access is just off the new four-lane highway at Km. 28. Swimming is possible, but watch for surfers.

 

Playa Costa Azul (Blue Coast Beach)

Continuing southwest down the coast, one comes to Costa Azul and Bahía Palmilla. In this half-mile stretch before Palmilla Bay is the world famous surf break called Costa Azul. Exit the highway at Km. 28.5, right at the bridge, and proceed to the beach. There's a surf camp, rental cabañas, beach restaurant, convenience store and services.

 

Playa Hotelera (Hotel Beach)

Fronting the hotel zone of San José, Playa Hotelera consists of a beautiful and expansive beach starting at the fresh water estuary on the east-end near Hotel Presidente, and merging with Playa Costa Azul to the west. There are not a lot of people here, and only a few vendors. Palapas are available in front of most of the hotels. Waves can be strong and hazardous here. Swimming is not recommended.

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