A trip to Cabo is sure to bring plenty of time spent hitting the beach, whether it be for sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling, or simply to enjoy the postcard-perfect views. The way you want to spend your time during your outing will dictate which will be the ideal beach location, so be sure to be well informed before you head out for a day of fun in the sun! This beach guide will get you started on pinpointing some of Cabo San Lucas beaches to add to your itinerary.
Cabo San Lucas Beaches – For Its Amenities: Playa El Médano in Cabo San Lucus
This expansive Cabo beach stretches for two miles and is the center of a variety of beachfront action. Bars, restaurants, and umbrella-shaded sunbeds are found along this shoreline, offering plenty of choices for a mid-day lunch break or cocktails with your toes in the sand. Join a game of beach volleyball, catch some waves on a boogie board, or head out on the water aboard a jet ski or kayak. The nearby boat port offers snorkeling excursions as well as trips to the picturesque El Arco, which can be booked through companies such as Baja’s Watersports and Aries Water Sports. With its combination of activities and restaurants, it’s easy to spend the entire day at Playa El Medano. Despite the vendors and visitors, the water here is clean and pleasant. While you won’t find much solitude at Playa El Medano, this is just the place to head for non-stop action and fun!
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For Its Beauty: Playa del Amor
Playa del Amor, or Lover’s Beach, is located on the Sea of Cortez side of Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas. The rock formations here that have been naturally sculpted by the wind and waves form interesting silhouettes against the azure sea. This beautiful Cabo beach is perhaps the most picturesque in Cabo, but it does require some effort to get there since it’s only accessible from the water. Despite its seclusion, this beach is frequently added on to tours, so it can still be quite populated. It’s fairly easy to catch a water taxi or glass-bottomed boat from Playa El Medano or the marina, also arranging for a return time pickup. Though conditions should be assessed carefully before heading into the water, it is often calm and clear enough for swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful beach.
For Snorkeling: Santa Maria Beach
To explore the vibrant sea life present in Cabo’s underwater world, plan an excursion to Santa Maria Beach. The crescent white sand of this beach is hemmed in on both sides by mountain outcroppings, creating a calm bay. Santa Maria Beach is no hidden secret – you’ll likely be sharing the waters with tour boats who drop their anchor off the coast, allowing their patrons to snorkel. However, this doesn’t diminish the atmosphere. Since many visitors come by boat, the beach is often uncrowded. As one of the few beaches in Cabo that offer excellent snorkeling right from the shoreline, be sure to bring along your snorkeling gear for exploration. Weekday mornings are a great time to visit to avoid the larger tour groups. During winter months, keep an eye on the horizon for whale spouts and breeching! In the way of amenities, palapas along the shoreline provide respite from the sun and offer a nice spot for a picnic, and you’ll find easy parking, restrooms, and a lifeguard on duty.
For the Local Vibe: Chileno Beach
Located along the Tourist Corridor, the low-key vibe of Chileno Beach makes it popular with the locals and visitors alike. This is another Los Cabos beach that is great for swimming and snorkeling. Bring along your mask, snorkel, and fins and keep an eye out for lobsters, sea urchins, and stingrays. The water here is crystal clear, and the crescent shape of the beach with mountains and natural rocky outcroppings at each end keep it protected from larger ocean waves. In fact, Chileno is noted as one of the cleanest beaches in Cabo, earning Blue-Flag certification for its cleanliness and water quality. Follow the wooden boardwalk down the beach, where you’ll find few vendors, creating a peaceful environment. At Chileno Beach, you’ll find amenities such as a paved parking lot, showers, bathrooms, and shade palapas.
Best Beaches in Los Cabos
After you’ve checked out these beaches, head along the Tourist Corridor for even more of Cabo’s best! To make the most of your Cabo beach time, book a beachfront rental right on the ocean. No matter which beach sounds most appealing, our Los Cabos vacation rentals located from Cabo San Lucas all the way up the Tourist Corridor to San Jose del Cabo will put you in convenient proximity to enjoy the best beaches in Los Cabos. Our oceanfront villas offer expansive outdoor entertainment areas, with hot tubs and swimming pools overlooking ocean views. Inside, you’ll find modern interiors and all the conveniences you’ll need to make the most of your time in Cabo. Browse our Cabo beachfront rentals here! Contact us now. Also, learn more about transportation!