Cabo San Lucas Beach Guide

Beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Solmar Beach, Playa el Medano, the poplular safe swimming Cabo San Lucas beach and more Cabo Beaches.

Los Cabos is home to many beautiful beaches, a few of which, like Lover's and Médano, are endlessly extolled by travel and guidebook writers. But there is one beach that never seems to be mentioned, despite the fact that its location is so central to Cabo San Lucas that it borders the entrance to the Cabo San Lucas Marina, and it is mere steps from the building that housed the town's primary commercial enterprise prior to widespread, government-sponsored tourism.

It has always seemed rather curious to me that a beach of such geographic and historical importance gets so little coverage, but to be fair to travel and guidebook writers, many locals appear somewhat confused about the actual name of the beach. Read more about the Cannery Beaches and other Cabo San Lucas beaches below.

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Cannery Beaches
These are are known by several names: Playa Coral Negro, Playa El Balcón, Playa Balcóncito and Playa Escondida.
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. To further complicate things, Coral Negro and two neighboring beaches are collectively referred to as the Cannery Beaches.

Medano Beach or Playa El Medano (The Dune Beach)
Entering the town of Cabo San Lucas, the graceful sweep of Playa El Médano (Medano Beach), the historical name of the beach, extends through the main beachfront hotel zone, and abounds with beach activity. Bahía San Lucas, once packed with anchored yachts and fishing boats, is relatively quiet since the inner harbor marina was built. These days the bay is alive with watercraft, catamarans, sea kayaks and parasailors. On El Medano, Cabo's main beach, you'll find it easy to rent the water toy of your choice, from high-powered wave runners, to quiet self-powered sea kayaks. For the serious beach runner, El Medano 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 Costa Real Cabo Resort Beach Club or through any of the hotels and restaurants along this long stretch of beach.

Playa del Amor (Love Beach) or Playa del Amante (Lover'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 some kind of floating transportation. Easiest is to hire a water taxi at the marina. The captain will take you on an informative tour of the diving areas around the arch (El Arco), point out Lover's Beach, then go around the popular point for a wonderful view of the dramatic area where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

We suggest you pack a lunch of your choice and plan on spending the better part of the day enjoying Lover's Beach and the striking wind and water shaped rock formations...then ask your skipper to come back for you at a pre-determined time...all for one price. 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 Coral Negro beach
Divorce Beach
 - Playa del Divorcio, Cabo San Lucas
Medano Beach - Cabo San Lucas Beach
Solmar Beach on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas
Playa Coral Negro
Cannery Beaches
Medano Beach - 2012
or Playa El Medano

Divorce Beach
This stretch of clean white sand is located on the Pacific side a short walk from Lover's Beach. Divorce Beach is great for sunbathing and relaxing, but It is very dangerous to swim on this beach. There are strong currents, crashing waves and rips there. Stay out of the water along this beach. Swimming is much better on the bay side of Lover's Beach.

Playa Coral Negro
The beaches, Playa Escondida and Playa Balconcito, are also known as the Cannery Beaches, because in year past these beaches flanked a pier (no longer) belonging to an old abandoned tuna cannery. The beaches are easy to access by walking along the west bank of the marina and are hard to miss.

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, Hotel Finisterra and the new Playa Grande Resort. 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 El Faro Viejo (The Old Lighthouse Beach)
El Faro Viejo, The Old Lighthouse, is somewhat inaccessible, but worth effort. Four wheel (ATV's) All Terrain Vehicles for the trip are no longer permitted for outings to this impressive spot. Decades ago a mechanized light house replaced the venerable structure. Towering sand dunes built by often powerful winds off the Pacific Ocean offer sweeping vistas. It is now possible to drive a normal rental car most of the way to the old light house. Stop at the top of the hill, the view is spectacular. Do not try to proceed any further as the sand is soft and the dunes very steep.

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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