Aaaah! The beach.
The reason why you’ve come to Cabo… (“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.)
There are plenty of superb beaches in Cabo San Lucas.
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 on these unsafe beaches.) 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?
These top the list. And all but one are swimmable beaches in Cabo.
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.
Several luxury hotel, timeshare and villa resorts have staked out prime real estate here (including two lovely Pueblo Bonito resorts), and 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!
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.
Striking rock formations tower above on either side, and if you walk all the way out across the golden sand behind, you hit Divorce Beach (see #3).
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.
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).
4. Chileno Beach
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.
5. Santa Maria Beach
We also love Santa Maria Beach for snorkeling. And we’ve seen whales there too!
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Photos 3 and 6 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Photos 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 courtesy Los Cabos Tourism
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