A favorite for U.S. and Canadian travelers seeking an easily accessible sunny vacation destination, Los Cabos has long been known for warm weather, friendly hospitality and luxurious accommodations. Located at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is also home to some truly breathtaking beaches. An oft-repeated misconception is that Cabo’s beaches are not safe for swimming. While it’s true that large surf can make some beaches unsafe for swimming, Los Cabos is home to a variety of protected areas which are perfect for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Here are five of the best.
No visit to Cabo San Lucas would be complete without hopping aboard a boat and heading to photogenic Lover’s Beach. With some of the most magnificent views in Cabo, this isolated beach is nestled within the dramatic rock formations of Land’s End not far from Cabo’s iconic stone arch. Land’s End marks the meeting of the waters of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez at the end of the Baja Peninsula. Facing Cabo San Lucas Bay, the waters of Lover’s Beach are often excellent for swimming, kayaking, standup paddling and snorkeling depending upon conditions. The adjacent Pacific-facing beach is known as “Divorce Beach” and is not safe for swimming due to large waves and strong currents. To visit Lover’s Beach, board a water taxi or glass bottom boat from the Cabo marina or Médano Beach. Be sure to arrange your return time with your boat operator and bring what you’ll need for the day as there are no services. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning beach experience you won’t forget!
The indisputable heart of the waterfront in Cabo San Lucas, Médano Beach (“The Dune” in Spanish) is a gloriously long stretch of sand extending for 2 miles. Lined with exquisite resorts, stylish beach clubs and beachfront dining establishments, the beach buzzes with activity. Strolling beach vendors make their way along the sand peddling everything from jewelry to hair braiding. Great for swimming and watersports, you’ll find parasailing, jet ski and other activity vendors. Whether you want to people watch, spend an afternoon drinking margaritas on the sand, swim in the inviting waters or just stake out a spot to soak up the Baja sunshine, Médano offers a fun, lively scene. Médano Beach can be accessed via beachfront resorts, water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or via a cab ride (parking is scarce).
Located in The Corridor area between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo near Km. 14.5 on the main highway, Chileno Bay is a popular stop for snorkel cruises departing the Cabo marina. This gorgeous bay is one of the region’s best spots for snorkeling with many tropical fish in sheltered waters. Palm trees offer shade and there are restrooms along with a parking area. This is the perfect spot to spend a morning admiring the views of the Sea of Cortez. During the winter months, be sure to keep an eye out for migrating whales making their way down the shoreline.
Santa Maria Bay
Another beloved spot for snorkeling, Santa Maria Bay is situated in the Corridor near Km. 13 on the main highway. This incredibly beautiful crescent-shaped bay offers protected waters, coarse sand with a pinkish hue and many small pieces of coral. Whether you choose to spend the entire day here or just a few hours, you’ll not regret the visit. Jump in to the waters to see many species of colorful fish. To visit, look for the sign from the main highway or board one of the many cruises from the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
Located near Km. 27 on the main highway and situated near the legendarily luxurious One&Only Palmilla Resort, this popular beach is a protected spot that frequently offers good conditions for snorkeling, swimming or kayaking. A favorite with both travelers and Los Cabos locals, Palmilla Bay is a true gem. It’s also a fun spot to watch the local fishermen and panga boats. Palapas shade structures and watersports equipment rentals are available.
These are just a few of Cabo’s many beach treasures!
Julie Byrd is the Vice President of Sales for CaboVillas.com.