All About Mexico > Beaches
From family beaches, to pristine primitive beaches, looking for solitude, to rock & roll beaches and water sports rentals, no need to wander too far along the coastline from San Jose down to Cabo San Lucas...you'll find what you're looking for! You've got front row seating to twenty one miles of the best the world has to offer in swimming, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, solitary shores and amazing marine life.
Playa Palmilla Beach
A family beach stretching for a mile with palapas (an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves), snorkling, bay swimming, and fishing boats for hire. There is an old feeding ritual occurring every afternoon here, once the fishermen return to shore: a parade of anxious pelicans waiting for the anglers to cast off their scraps. For generations, this afternoon delight takes place, the pelicans are very friendly, they know what is at hand!
How to get here: Head east to kilometer 27, the Palmilla Hotel turn-off. Follow the Acceso al Playa signs to the beach below Pepe's restaurant.
Playa Bledito, located in front of the Melia Cabo Real Beach & Golf Resort. This beach is mostly deserted and a natural alternative for visitors who are seeking solitude. A safe swimming area created by a man-made breakwater. Turn left when you enter the Cabo Real driveway and you'll find La Concha Beach, includes swimming pool, tide pools, restaurant, showers/restrooms and equipment rental.
How to get here: Kilometer 19.5
This beach club was named for its fossilized snails found in the adjacent arroyo (a creek). You'll find a palapa restaurant with a wading pool, pergola covered chaises on the beach, showers/restrooms. You cannot bring your own food or drink onto the beach however, simply plant the signature flag into the sand and a waiter will promptly be by your side.
How to get here: Kilometer 18
Excellent beach for snorkeling and swimming and quite popular on the weekends with the locals. You'll find beautiful reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving and there are tide pools for children towards the east end of the beach. Trees for shade and a dive shop for rentals, restrooms/showers.
How to get here: Kilometer 14, southwest of the Hotel Cabo San Lucas, look for the large red & white dive sign.
Bahia Santa Maria
This beach is a marine preserve located in a horse-shoe shaped cove. Popular with charter boat excursions for its snorkeling and scuba diving excursions and friendly, colorful tropical fish. No modern facilities here, at best a beach vender.
How to get here: Kilometer 12
Playa Las Viudas
Frequented by the locals, found off a dirt road, boasting coves, reefs, and intresting volcanic rock formation. Dogs are allowed. No modern facilities, bring your own shade, water and snacks.
How to get here: Kilometer 12 - located on the southwest side of the hotel Twin Dolphin.
Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor - Lover's Beach
Most familiar with tourist because of its striking rock formations, the arch, the caves, and the clear azure tropical waters. Superb snorkeling can be found on the bay side, running from Lover's beach to the marina breakwater just outside the harbor. This marine sanctuary is home for colorful tropical fish and game fish. Rentals available, snorkeling equipment, water taxi and kayaks, for you to enjoy both above and below water beauty.
How to get here: look for the arch at Land's End!
A beautiful stretch of white sand beach facing the Pacific Ocean. Because of strong currents and crashing waves, swimming here is too dangerous and not recommended. Make it your morning jog and your evening romantic stroll at sunset.
How to get here: frontage beach shared by Hotel Solmar Suites, Terrasol Beach Resort, Playa Grande Resort and Hotel Finisterra.
Playa El Medano - The Dunes Beach
Located on the east end of the bay, you'll find miles and miles of safe swimming, bars, restaurants, vendors, this is a prime tourist area. Sports such as kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, banana boating, parasailing, volleyball and beach parties. This is where the action is!
How to get here: this is the main beach of Cabo san Lucas stretching for miles from the east side of the harbor entrance to Villa del Pamar, on the east end of the bay.
Rules & Precautions
- There are NO lifeguards on private or public beaches. Never swim alone.
- Do NOT expect to find amenities at every beach: remember to bring, water, food, sun block, shade & chairs, toilet tissue and of course....pick up your own trash.
- Certain beaches have strong undertows, dangerous breakers, rip tides and deep drop-offs. Again, never swim alone and obey signs.
- It is illegal in Mexico to drive a vehicle on the beach.