The picturesque Sea of Cortez is the body of water that separates the Mexican mainland from the 1000 mile long Baja California Peninsula. It is bordered by the mighty Pacific Ocean on the West with a coastline of approximately 2,500 mi (4,000 Km), so there are the countless possibilities of coming across pristine, golden, white or basically every color of sand and beach type imaginable. Enjoy people watching and water sports at Médano, snorkeling at Santa Maria, surfing at Coasta Azul, or the seclusion all to your self out on the East Cape, Los Cabos certainly has what your looking for!
This natural treasure is accessible only by water, but it is well worth the boat ride. It is located at the very southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, one narrow side overlooking to the Sea of Cortez and the other one to the Pacific Ocean. You can take a water taxi at the main marina or, very recommendable, rent a kayak at the Médano Beach.
Santa Maria Bay is a great beach for swimming and snorkeling and is located less than 5 minutes from Cabo del Sol at Km 12. The bay is a protected marine sanctuary and offers excellent snorkeling. You can rent snorkeling equipment on the beach. Santa Maria Beach is a tranquil, secluded bay perfect for a day of swimming or relaxing. There are no washroom facilities or food services available here so bring your own supplies. To get there, take the highway right towards San Jose to Km 12. Look for the beach access sign and follow the dirt road to the parking area.
Médano Beach is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. View Lands End and the famous Arch, or take a water taxi out to Lovers Beach. The beach is full of action with many restaurants and water activities. Go parasailing, rent wave runners, swim or have lunch on the beach. Children (and adults) love to have tatoos painted by local vendors or purchase mangos on a stick. It is a relaxing time for the whole family.
To get there, take the highway left towards Cabo San Lucas. Once in Cabo downtown, turn left at the Chevrolet dealership and follow the road up to the beach. Park along the road or wherever parking is available. Enjoy a day of exciting activities at Médano Beach!
Chileno Beach at Km 14.5 offers clear waters and a natural coral reef resulting in excellent snorkeling and swimming conditions. There is an on site rental shop for snorkeling equipment and other beach equipment. To get there, take the highway right towards San Jose del Cabo to Km 14.5. Look for the beach access sign on the highway and follow the road to the parking area. Follow the path out to the beach and enjoy a day of tranquility!
A beautiful rocky beach (formerly known as Twin Dolphin Beach) , perfect for a day of solitude or snorkeling. About ten minutes walking distance from Cabo del Sol, next to the Fiesta Americana Resort.
Access: Km. 11.5, to the west of the former Hotel Twin Dolphin entrance.
This beach is located in San Jose del Cabo and is the local surf break. To gain access you must cross under the over pass between the “Mirador” & Mykonos apartment complex at Km 28 on the highway. Here you can rent out surf & body boards from the local surf shop, have a snack at one of the restaurants or check out the mini mart to stock up on sun block.
Also located in San Jose del Cabo, this beach is often referred to “Old Man’s beach” by the locals. This is adjacent to the entrance of Cabo Surf Hotel with access to the beach via a tunnel. You can set up surf lessons or rent out bards to try it yourself.
Offers the best swimming and snorkeling near San Jose del Cabo. To access this beach drive to Palmilla Hotel at Km 27 and turn down into the arroyo. You can watch the fishing fleet come in with the daily catch or scamper amongst the rocks. No services are provided at this beach.
Once part of the sleepy fishing village La Playita on the Eastern boundary of San Jose, La Playita Beach has undergone a major transformation thanks to the new project Puerto Los Cabos. Now it features a new main access road via a 1Km long bridge, restaurants, safe roped-off swimming area at the mouth of the harbor entrance, as well as a rock barricaded natural beach, where you can swim, skim-board, surf, or fish.
This wide stretch of golden sand beach is on the Pacific Ocean, starting at the rocks of Land's End to the base of Pedregal. Along this stretch of beach you'll find the super posh Capella Hotel, the new Playa Grande Resort, Solmar Suites, Terra Sol Beach Resort and the Hotel Finisterra. With very strong currents and huge waves swimming is dangerous and not recommended. Access to this beach is through the Hotel Solmar Suites, Terra Sol Beach Resort or Playa Grande Resort at the end of Avenida Solmar.
Fronting the Pacific Ocean at the base of the Pedregal Cabo San Lucas real estate development,
a beautiful palm grove offers great shade. Beachcombers
keep a look out for the spot where the original Planet of the Apes was filmed. Access is through the main entrance of Pedregal off Boulevard Marina in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
It is very important to remember a few things before beginning your trip to any of the beaches in Los Cabos: