Stand Up Paddling in Los Cabos, Mexico

 

DCIM101GOPRO

There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself afloat in the ocean.  SUP is growing to be more popular each year and is available all around Los Cabos. It is a great way to see the marine life, get a work out in, and see another side of Cabo.

At Medano Beach you can rent boards in several locations along the beach.  Companies like Cabo SUP and SUP Mexico both offer boards, lessons, and even yoga classes on the water.  If in San Jose, check out SUP rentals at the Cabo Surf Hotel.

IMG_0809 IMG_1195

 

A FEW TIPS IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING OUT:  

  • Your feet should be centered between the edges of the board; parallel and about hip width apart
  • Keep toes pointed forward, knees bent and your back straight
  • Balance with your hips and core.  Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle.  Think of using your torso to paddle instead of your arms.  (great core workout!)
  • Look level at the horizon – not at your feet
  • Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
  • If you paddle on the right, your right hand is lower and on the paddle shaft.  Your left hand is on the top of the grip.
  • Plant the paddle by pushing the blade all the way under the surface, pull it back to your ankle, then out of the water. Paddle about 4-5 strokes on one side, then switch to the other.  When you switch sides, you will reverse hand positions.
  • Much like bicycling, when your forward momentum increases, your stability increases as well.
  • When you fall, fall into the water and not on the board, preventing injury.

 

Sometimes I am hard to catch. If you try me at the following places, you will have a much better chance of finding me:

Kristen Johnson, Realtor
435.659.8041 US & Canada cell              624 122 05 04 Mexico Cell

SheSellsCabo@gmail.com

 

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.

images

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.

beach-at-chileno-bay

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.

 images-1

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.

Unknown

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.

Unknown-1

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!

Sometimes I am hard to catch.  If you try me at the following places, you will have a much better chance of finding me:

Facebook       LinkedIn       Twitter

Kristen Johnson, Realtor
435.659.8041 US & Canada cell     624 122 05 04 Mexico Cell