a guide to Cabo San Lucas Beaches … our favorite five!

Los Cabos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with each one offering something unique. Here is the list of our favorite… with so many to choose from it is hard to narrow down to just a few!

Medano Beach – Playa El Medano 

Medano Beach has been the previous recipient of “Best All Around Beach” in Cabo. El Medano, meaning “The Dune,” is Cabo’s main safe swimming beach, and is a great place to hang out with an outstanding view of Land’s End from any vantage point.  Stretching two miles from the marina entrance to Villa del Palmar, El Medano is the best/closest place to swim in Cabo San Lucas. Packed with restaurant bars in the sand, you will find Wave Runners, water taxis, SUP, boogie boards, skimboards, parasailing, and even the Jet Pack!  Snorkeling and dive trips to sites near El Arco can also be found.  With plenty to do and little surf year round, this beach is highly recommended for families. Swimming areas are roped off along the beach.

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El Médano is known for all-day happy hours, people watching, and plenty of beach vendors for endless shopping. Because of the proximity to town, this beach is prime sales territory for the tenacious vendors who will continuously interrupt your personal space with offerings of everything from Chicklets, to blankets, to hair braiding, tattoos, and silver jewelry. If you are not there for shopping, just say “No Gracias.” For fewer crowds, walk northeast towards Club Cascadas and Villa del Palmar. This beach is a blast – and a true designation for the active beach go-ers as the party continues from the day to the night.

Most beach bars offer 2×1 drink specials and will provide you with a chair & umbrella for as long as long as you eat and drink at their establishment. If you are driving to this spot and want to bring your own umbrella and cooler with beverages, follow the signs towards Playa Cascadas (opposite the bull ring) which ends into a large parking area for the beach.

Chileano Beach – Playa Chileno 

Already a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno) has been made all the better by recent improvements: new signs, new palapas providing much-needed reprieve from the sun, even a wooden walkway. And most recently, this popular Los Cabos beach received the Blue Flag Certification of Excellence, an international award for it’s sustainable management.

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Go during the week to avoid the larger crowds of families that pack in on Saturday and Sunday’s. You will find tide pools at the end end of the beach with reefs for excellent snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling visibility is best in the morning, before it gets busy as the tours will frequent in the afternoon. This beach provides a great mix of everything – shade for the parents, a few ocean waves for the kids to “boogie board” in, calm enough water for your SUP and a reef for snorkeling… no wonder it is crowded on the weekends! For driving, it is about half way between Cabo and San Jose at kilometer 14.5 off the main highway.

Palmilla Beach – Playa Palmilla

Bahía Palmilla is a wide and inviting crescent-shaped bay surrounded by the Palmilla resort of luxurious oceanfront homes, and the Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. On the point is the exclusive One & Only Hotel Palmilla. The longest swimming beach in the Corridor, Playa Palmilla features more than a mile of protected shore, with good swimming and snorkeling. It is the best swimming beach closest to San Jose and the safest for families if water conditions are calm. Palmilla is also an excellent place to launch your kayak or SUP with parking very close to the beach. This beach has been a fish camp for centuries, pangas and cruisers are available for charter here. Or if you are lucky, you can even source fresh fish in the afternoon upon return of the anglers that cannot take home their catch. Very popular with local families, for more seclusion, head northeast toward the Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine. Services include palapas for shade and garbage cans.

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Palmilla is best visited by car or taxi. Take the Palmilla exit at Kilometer 27 and follow the signs down to the main beach area, near the taxi stand in the arroyo, before the entrance to the One&Only hotel.

Lovers Beach

Once known as Playa de Doña Chepa, this beach is only accessible by boat, kayak, or our favorite means — SUP. The easiest way is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Expect $10 – 15 per person. Be sure to ask your captain to cruise by the arch and sea lion rock first for some great photo opportunities.  Walk to the other side of the rock formations, you will find Divorce beach as referred to by the locals. This side faces the Pacific Ocean and is a no swim beach due to the dangerous undertow and powerful waves.  Snorkeling and swimming is only allowed on the Sea of Cortez side. No services are offered, so if you plan to stay, take water and a lunch.

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You will be impressed by the majestic rock formations, the azul colored water, and the caves to explore.  It’s a must see iconic beach for visiting Los Cabos.

Cerritos

Cerritos Beach is a popular surf spot where swimming is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is worth the drive along the pristine and preserved Pacific coastline. The Cerritos Beach Club Restaurant is a great spot to hang, especially with live music on a Sunday afternoon. A few surf shops are set up to rent boogie boards, skim boards, and surf boards — or catch the waves with a lesson at Baja Surf Camp.

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Exit km 66 off Highway 19, best known as the Todos Santos Highway. Signs are limited so watch for the markers.  Drive about 1.5 miles back to the beach areas.

Chairs, restrooms, food, and drink are all available at the Cerritos Beach Club or feel free to take your own beach gear.  Check out the new surf colony if you want to be up at sunrise to catch the waves.

Be sure to let me know, which is your favorite!

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Kristen Johnson grew up in Michigan before attending Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a Purchasing and Operational Management concentration. After graduating, she spent time living in Columbia, MD, working for a Fortune 100 company then back to Scottsdale, AZ where she later obtained her Masters of Arts in Education. Eventually, Kristen and her family landed in Park City six years ago after falling in love with the town during a holiday vacation. Currently, she is a Realtor with Keller Williams with a Park City local designation, specializing in short sales, and builder services. Kristen is a dedicated sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience leading corporate sales, marketing, and negotiation for multimillion-dollar companies across diverse industries, including high level service companies. Market analysis, marketing strategies & campaigns, and project management are all skills that Kristen excels in. Her volunteer experience is wide spread including Boy Scouts of America, AWANA, Kimball Arts Festival, Jr. Achievement, Peace House Auction, PCMR LLC, Sunday school teacher, and elementary school classroom volunteer. Organizational fundraising and event planning is her passion in volunteering efforts. Kristen’s interests include her family, staying active outdoors, reading, and anything on the Park City events calendar!

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