At the tip of “Land’s End,” Los Cabos is known as having the most unique selection of beautiful beaches–all within a short distance from one another.
Whether you’re looking to surf the waves, kayak, snorkel, stand up paddle, jet ski, fish on the shorelines, swim to your heart’s content or just get a great tan in the tropical sunshine, there’s bound to be more than one beach that becomes YOUR favorite, as well!
Let us turn you on to our favorite beaches in Los Cabos Mexico …
MEDANO – This beach, which offers stunning views of Los Arcos, is one of the most popular beaches for those visiting Cabo San Lucas. It’s perfect for swimming, basking in the sun, eating or sipping a drink at one of the fun beach bars, like Mango Deck and The Office. It’s also the primary beach for all water sports and activities – so it’s ideal for the family and for meeting new traveling friends!
Tip: You can access Lover’s Beach from Medano Beach via boat taxi. Water activities can be purchased in town, along the marina and on the beach.
LOVER’S BEACH – located in the famous Los Arcos, this beach is primarily accessed by boat, kayak or SUP. Perhaps the easiest way is by boat taxi, which can be found at either Cabo Marina or Medano Beach. Taxi fees range $10-15 round trip per person. Other than a few independent vendors offering beer or wine and limited umbrella rentals, there are no activities or services at this beach. So if you plan to spend more than a couple hours there, be sure pack towels, a small cooler with plenty of fluids and snacks, plus snorkeling gear! Another way to start your day at Medano beach, then taxi over for a couple hours at Lover’s (or vice versa).
Tip: Swimming or snorkling to Pelican’s Rock is fun, plus there are plenty of caves and arches to explore. Be sure to walk over to the Pacific side of the rocks, where you’ll find Divorce Beach – but swimming is not allowed there, as the waves and undertow are far too strong and dangerous.
SANTA MARIA – Ok, so we admit… this little jewel is our favorites for snorkeling and swimming. Before the big G-20 came to Cabo (gathering of the world leaders in 2012), this little beach was a total secret to anyone but a few of us locals. Now a large highway sign shows you where Santa Maria is off the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. If you enjoy semi-secluded horseshoe coves with coral-like, large pebble sand–this is the place to go.
Tip: You can reach Santa Maria by bus, taxi or car. Bus stops right at the sandy road that you’ll need to walk down about 1/2 mile to the beach. There are no services, no palapas and few vendors at this beach (limited umbrella rentals). Bring snorkeling gear and a beach umbrella, just in case!
CHILENO – The next exit past Santa Maria is Chileno. There are quite a few beach palapa’s here – so if you like and need a cool, shady spot on the beach, this is the place to go. Great for kids, perfect for snorkeling and ideal for the handicap! In fact, there are several handicap reserved palapas off a wooden walkway that leads to the waters. Savvy handicap folks can hop into the complimentary beach wheelchair that allows you to wheel in and float in the waters! This is new and something we can’t wait to show our handicap friends from the states!
Tip: This beach is best visited early in the morning, before water snorkeling visibility is impaired and tour boats drive in. There are no vendors or activities at this beach, but there is a toilet house with outside showers to wash off sea salt and sand before going back to your car.
PALMILLA - We recently found this beach and love it! It has a semi-cove feel to it with large rocks breaking the strong incoming waves, making it a perfect swimming location for small children. In addition, there is typically a beach guard present to help you feel even more safe. You will drive past beautiful luxury homes and the world renown Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course to get to this mini cove and mile long beach.
Tip: Local families enjoy this beach, especially on weekends. Arrive early to get a palapa – or be sure to bring your own umbrella. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available, but other than that there are no services, vendors or water activities at this beach.
COSTA AZUL – “blue coast” – For novice and experienced surfers alike, if you’re looking for a great surfing beach that’s close to town, this is the place! Many surfing competitions take place here every year. Driving further east from Cabo, just as you enter San Jose, you’ll find surf shops that offer rentals and lessons, the world-renown Zipper’s restaurant, Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle Surf School.
Tip: The surf is bigger here during the summers, and the beach is good for snorkeling and swimming in the winter. A word of caution for swimmers – keep an eye out for those surfers!
LA PLAYITA – “the little beach” – is actually a long-stretch of a beach where many locals and their families enjoy swimming and fishing off the shorelines. There is a beach-front playground for children – perfect to enjoy a nice, fun, relaxed family outing. We have not explored this beach yet, but hear that it’s a very peaceful beach away from crowds, yet close to the marina entrance; it has a roped off area for safe swimming, plus a natural open beach that’s perfect for those with skim-boards. :)
Keep your eyes open for more blogs about our explorations of other fabulous Los Cabos beaches in the Baja Sur Loop, including…
- Cerritos – another popular surf spot on the Pacific side
- Las Viudas – “the windows” – private beach with small pools in the rock formations
- La Playita – “the little beach” – where local families go to swim and fish off the shorelines)
- Los Palmas – “the palms” – a beautiful hideaway beach filled with palm trees near Todos Santos)
- … and many more along both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific rim!
NOW do you understand how Land’s End has become our true Pearl of Paradise?
Come join us!
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