Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos Beach Guide

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

 

There is much to spoil you in Los Cabos. One of the chief causes is an overabundance of prime beach real estate. Here in Los Cabos, at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, we are almost entirely surrounded by water—the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Sea of Cortés to the east. Visitors can therefore expect all the benefits of island life (exquisite sunsets, endless shorelines, and enviable surf conditions) while still enjoying the connectivity and affordability being part of the peninsula allows.

 

Choosing which beaches to explore can be difficult. There are so many to choose from, and each is lovely in its own right. And so, we’ve set out to provide an expanded guide to Los Cabos’ best beaches. Here you’ll find descriptions of both shoreline and activities available, a list of facilities provided (not a given at México beaches), and directions on how to get there. We have listed the beaches by region or zone, which are as follows Cabo San Lucas, Tourist Corridor, San Jose del Cabo, East Cape area and Pacific Coastline. Among the popular beaches are Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach), Santa Maria, Chileno, Widow's, Westin, Medano, Cabo Pulmo, Los Frailes, Divorce Beach, El Tule, Acapulquito, Palmilla, Costa Azul, Migriño, Los Cerritos, and more.

 
 

Cabo San Lucas Beaches

  • Cannery Beaches - Playa Coral Negro seems to be the most commonly used moniker, but I have also heard this beach and its neighbors referred to as Cannery Beach and Old Peoples' Beach.

  • 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.
    Editor's note: As of January 2008 the acces road to the beach and El Faro Viejo (old light house) has been chained off. There is a guard gate advising that the original access is now private property. Most of this area is undergoing some sort of development. We will continue to look for an access point for this section of beach.

  • 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 

NOTICE - WARNING
We emphatically stress that swimming off all the beaches on the Pacific side is dangerous due to swift sea currents and powerful waves. Use caution. As you will discover along the Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos , Mexico coast, almost all roads lead to a beach and a new adventure
Please do not drive on any of the area's beaches. Mexican Federal law prohibits driving any motorized vehicles on any beach in Mexico.
Please do not litter our beaches. Always take along a plastic trash bag for your trash. Also, consider picking up any trash left by other inconsiderate people. Help keep the beaches clean and beautiful.

Things to Remember
It is important to remember a few things before beginning your Los Cabos, Baja California Sur Beach trip:

Number One: There are no lifeguards here, not even at most hotel pools. So, try not to swim alone as no big lifeguard hunk wearing red Speedos is going to come to your rescue.

Number Two: One won’t find a convenience store on every corner here (or on any corner for that matter), so bring lots of sunblock, sunglasses, water, snacks, bathroom tissue, film as well as a beach umbrella, snorkeling gear, sand toys, etc. And don’t forget a bag to carry your trash out in.

Number Three: Certain Los Cabos beaches have seas with severe undertows, dangerous breakers, rip tides, or deep drop-offs close to shore. Pay attention to any warning signs.

Number Four: Remember that it’s illegal to drive on beaches in Mexico. Environmental protectionism is growing in countries all over the world and one needs to be as sensitive here in Mexico as in the USA. In either country, a fuel spill from one’s boat or 4x4 on most beaches can result in stiff fines.
 
     
 
   

 

 

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