Our Cabo San Lucas beach guide provides detailed info on which areas are best for underwater adventure, recreational sports, swimming and exploring tide pools with the kids.
Los Cabos welcomes you with miles of postcard-worthy beaches, the majority of which are concentrated along the Tourist Corridor. Some are renowned for their rugged beauty, others feature stellar surf breaks, while a select few are great for swimming, snorkeling and water sports. The southern tip of the Baja Peninsula is lined with some of Mexico’s most spectacular coastline.
Best Cabo Beaches
Whether you want to relax by the surf, try out stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), or enjoy a picnic with the family, there’s a Cabo beach just for you. Get ready to soak up the sun and gorgeous scenery at every turn at the best Cabo beaches!
Playa el Chileno is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving, thanks to its crystal-clear waters and abundant sea life. Coral reefs run parallel to the bay, providing sanctuary for fish, marine turtles, octopus, sea urchins, rays and other interesting species. This palm-lined beach is one of the few on the Tourist Corridor that is lined with shady palapas. If you’re looking for a great Cabo beach for families, Playa Chileno fits the bill. The surf is calm, there are lifeguards on duty, and a boardwalk makes it easy for pushing strollers. Weekends can get crowded during the high season, but the amazing scenery and soft golden sands make it all worthwhile. Chileno Beach has a secure parking area for vehicles, outdoor showers, public restrooms, as well as kayaks and snorkeling equipment available to rent. For those who want a bit more seclusion, plan your visit on a weekday.
Take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. This undeveloped jewel and its neighbor Divorce Beach, make for a perfect day trip but are only accessible by boat. Water taxis and glass-bottom boats can be hired from either Medano Beach or the marina; simply arrange a pick-up time in advance and prepare for a day of blissful exploration close to Land’s End. Although vendors do ply the beach, many day trippers come prepared with their own beverages and picnic lunch. The beautiful rock formations offer fantastic snorkeling (tip: bring an underwater camera!), and the waters are swimmable.
The much larger and more secluded Divorce Beach – on the Pacific side of the iconic El Arco– is a stark contrast to its neighbor. Here the waves are fierce, and swimming is not advised. There is little shade on Lover’s Beach, so pack plenty of sunscreen and/or an umbrella.
Playa Solmar is an idyllic beach for sun bathing and pure relaxation. It is widely considered one of the most beautiful Los Cabos beaches, with excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. Solmar Beach is located near the striking rock formations that make up Land’s End and can be accessed through some of the lux resorts that frame the beach. Due to the treacherous surf, swimming is prohibited, but this is a great place for beachcombing and quiet strolls. From January-March, Solmar is a prime spot for whale watching, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of ocean-view bars and restaurants.
Medano Beach is Cabo’s primary swimming beach and is very family-oriented. Praised for its clean, clear waters and well-marked swimming areas, Playa Medano extends two miles from the Cabo San Lucas Bay to the Riu Palace Hotel. Indulge in a beach massage, play some volleyball, work on your tan or grab a drink and bite to eat at one of the many eateries and bars. This beach is always hopping and offers a little something for everyone. There are water sports galore: jet skis, paddle boarding, parasailing and snorkeling, and Medano is a short walk from the Cabo marina.
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