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5 Best beaches in Cabo San Lucas

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Aaaah! The beach.

It’s the reason why you’ve come to Cabo, Mexico

Kicking back, enjoying the beach – that’s one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas, right?

You'll love the beaches in Cabo San Lucas
Medano Beach is the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas

(“Cabo” is the nickname used to refer to the whole resort area of Los Cabos as well as Cabo San Lucas, the main town in Los Cabos.)

Well, there are plenty of superb beaches in Cabo San Lucas!

Beautiful beaches in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Many beaches are red-flagged as non-swimmable, however, because of strong waves and undertows.

So be sure you heed the warnings! (Each year, someone dies in Cabo on these unsafe beaches.)

Beaches in Cabo San Lucas
You can swim at some Cabo beaches, but not at others

In particular, beaches on the Pacific side of Cabo town are too dangerous for swimming.

But the collision of blue ocean and long, wide stretches of white gold sand is scenically stunning!

The best beaches in Cabo San Lucas

So, what are the best Cabo San Lucas beaches?

The following 5 top the list. And all but one are swimmable beaches in Cabo.

Beaches in Cabo San Lucas
Gorgeous right? This is one of those beaches where you can swim

Resorts in Cabo with beaches where you can swim?

Scroll down to the end!

Check out more beaches beyond the following 5 best Los Cabos beaches (read next): On a day trip from Cabo, explore wild beaches at Las Barriles, Cabo Pulmo, La Paz and Los Cerritos

1) Medano Beach

Of all the beaches in Los Cabos, this is probably the best.

A two-mile expanse of coarse golden sand stretching from the marina in Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach is also the best place to swim in Cabo.

The tequila-clear water is usually calm, with very little surf.

Not surprisingly, this beach is also the most popular.

Medano Beach is the most popular of the swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas
Medano Beach tops the list of best swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas; it’s also the most popular

Several luxury hotel, timeshare and villa resorts have staked out prime real estate here (including two lovely Pueblo Bonito resorts).

Restaurant-bars galore (known for their all-day happy hours) are squeezed in beside parasailing, jet ski, boogie boarding and kayak rental shacks.

Water taxi boats also pick up bikini- and shorts-clad guests on Medano Beach for trips to Land’s End.

For people-watching and good times, plunk yourself down at a table in the sand and order a 2-for-1 margarita or beer. Chairs at some bars are like short loungers, so you can even work on your tan at the same time.

And don’t forget to check what the beach vendors are selling! Silver jewelry, colorful Mexican blankets, hats, beach cover-ups…

Have fun bargaining!

Read next: Find out more about water taxi rides and other beachy and water activities in Cabo!

Tip for Enjoying Medano Beach

Most of the action happens closer to the Cabo San Lucas marina.

To escape the blare of music and/or for fewer crowds, head further up along the beach towards Tabasco Beach Bar & Restaurant.

Chilling on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas
Beer and people-watching on Medano Beach go hand-in-hand (Credit: Tabasco Beach Bar)

2) Lover’s Beach

It’s not exactly an undiscovered secret cove.

But for a couple of hours, it’s worth shaking out your towel on Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor) at the tip of Land’s End.

Lover's Beach: One of the best Los Cabos beaches
Take a water taxi to Lovers Beach for a couple of hours of snorkeling and sunning

Striking rock formations tower above on either side.

If you walk all the way out across the golden sand behind, you hit Divorce Beach (see #3).

One of the best beaches in Cabo San Lucas? Lover's Beach
Lover’s Beach (or Playa del Amor) is loved by everyone who visits

Part of the fun is getting there – you need to take a water taxi boat to set foot on Lover’s Beach.

Or you can kayak or SUP over from Medano Beach.

Tips for Enjoying Lover’s Beach

Wear your bathing suit. There are no change facilities or bathrooms.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water, as there is no shade.

There’s also some good snorkeling, so you might want to bring snorkel gear too.

And go early in the morning or late in the afternoon if you hope to cuddle with your honey without lots of other people around.

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3) Divorce Beach

No one really knows why it’s named Divorce Beach (Playa del Divorcio). The locals joke it’s the rough seas encountered there.

Whatever, it contrasts nicely with the calmer waters of Lover’s Beach across the other side of the sand.

A world away from happening Medano Beach, secluded Divorce Beach is ideal for quiet sunbathing and relaxing.

But don’t be foolish and try to swim.

The strong rip tides and crashing waves make swimming extremely dangerous here (rogue waves have been known to sweep people out).

Pssst! Want to go whale watching? See our reviews of the best whale watching tours in Cabo San Lucas

4) Chileno Beach

For beautiful clean water, Chileno is one of the best Cabo San Lucas beaches

Another of our favorite Cabo beaches is Chileno Beach.

It was certified a “Blue Flag” beach in 2015 by the Foundation for Environmental Education for its clean water quality.

Surrounded by upscale resorts and homes, Chileno Beach is safe for swimming and offers excellent snorkeling for older children and adults. (The swimming/snorkeling area is roped off from boats.)

A paved parking lot, two new outdoor showers and restrooms, and a wide boardwalk leading to the beach make it easy to access.

You’ll find it very clean (it’s groomed every day).

And unlike Medano Beach, it’s not frequented by beach vendors.

Tips for enjoying Chileno Beach

There are umbrellas, but to be safe, bring your own.

Also bring snacks or lunch plus drinks, as there are no concessions.

Be aware that it can get crowded on weekends; the best time to go is in the morning on weekdays.

5) Santa Maria Beach

We also love Santa Maria Beach for snorkeling.

And we’ve seen whales there too!

Recommended reading: Find out all you want to know about swimming and snorkeling at Santa Maria Beach

Resorts with swimmable beaches in Cabo

Yes there are some…

Medano Beach resorts where you can swim:

With Medano Beach arguably being the best swimmable beach in Cabo, it stands to reason that you can swim in the sea at most hotels on the beach here. Most of the time, that is…

The calmest ocean swimming is closer to the town.


Starting from that end of the beach, these hotels offer the best swimming on Medano Beach:

Cabo Villas Beach Resort & Spa

Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa

ME Cabo

Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos

Pueblo Bonito Rose

Club Cascadas de Baja

Further away from town:

Once you get beyond Club Cascadas de Baja and further away from town, the steepness of the beach entry increases and waves get bigger. Sometimes you can swim at these Medano Beach hotels, but sometimes the waves may be too big for anything more than body surfing at the water’s edge.

Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa

Villa La Estancia

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort

Most of the time you cannot swim at the following two all-inclusive resorts. But every now and then the swim gods shine on you and the water is calm. Just don’t count on being able to swim at the resort beach if you stay here.

RIU Santa Fe

RIU Palace

San Jose del Cabo beach resorts where you can swim:

Apart from the Medano Beach resorts above, there are very few other hotels with swimmable beaches in Cabo, except for these three in San Jose del Cabo:

One and Only Palmilla – Gorgeous, colonial-style resort favored by celebrities and those who want to stay at the best

Hotel El Ganzo – Artsy, boutique hotel with a water taxi to a private beach club

Cabo Surf Hotel – The beach isn’t really a swimmable beach, but it’s great for surfing

Recommended reading: Hey, you can swim at these two great Pueblo Bonito resorts on Medano Beach!

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Most beautiful beaches in Cabo San Lucas

Photo credits: 5, 8 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 3, 4, 7, 9 courtesy Los Cabos Tourism

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Kalyan Panja

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Those beaches look dreamy and are inviting me to be there right now!

Janice and George

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Indeed, Cabo boasts some beautiful beaches :-).