Los Cabos Mexico is a beach destination of epic proportions. With the multitude of beaches in Cabo San Lucas that offer a variety of stunning landscapes, Cabo beaches are some of the best in the world. After thousands of discussions about Cabo San Lucas beaches with guests, our Cabo Platinum concierge team has put together a list of the most popular Cabo beaches for the water lover. We are self-proclaimed experts as we spend a lot of our free time at the beach. Our diverse team indulges in ocean activities that include surfing, fishing, ATVing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, spearfishing, kayaking, jet-skiing, beachcombing, photography and just relaxing.
This guide helps our guests and visiting families know which Cabo San Lucas beaches to make a day of and which ones are probably not the best with young children. The most important part of a beach day is to make sure you know the rules and always pay close attention to the wave activity. Some of the beaches in Cabo will challenge the best swimmers as their strong undertows make them less friendly than some would expect.
Read below for descriptions, directions and useful suggestions to make the most of your trip to these 10 Cabo San Lucas beaches.
MEDANO BEACH (Playa El Medano)
Medano Beach is centrally located and by far the most popular sea of cortez swimming beach in Los Cabos. Creating the coastline of downtown Cabo San Lucas, this 4-kilometer stretch of coast provides incredible views of the world-famous Lands End and is recommended as a great place to spend a day.
You can enjoy a wide variety of motorized and non-motorized water activities. From kayaks and standup paddleboards to wave runners and motorized jet boards, Medano Beach offers something for everyone. Even non water lovers will enjoy sitting at a restaurant and shopping. Vendors will bring clothes, toys, blankets, and trinkets directly to the dining table. Vendors are one of Medano Beach’s most staple item as they walk back and forth filled with goods, in search of their next big sale. Although some people get angry at vendors, many of our guests enjoy the fact that the shopping comes to them…. While they get to sip on a margarita…. On the beach!
Medano Beach is full of great restaurants where you can enjoy food and drinks while digging your toes in the sand. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, traditional Mexican cuisine, or a good old-fashioned cheeseburger and fries, you’ll be able to find it here. For great food and crafted cocktails, we recommend SUR Beach Club. You can dine on their wooden floor deck or use one of their lounge chairs and spend your day in the sand. Dining at SUR Beach Club will give you access to their beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, and showers. They also provide free valet and their bathrooms smell good.
Other great restaurants on Medano Beach include The Office, 7 Tribes, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, and Cascadas. All of these restaurants provide great Mexican fare and have been pleasing guests for years. Shoes and shirts are recommended and credit cards are accepted.
If your group is craving a CaboSan Lucas beach party, Medano Beach also has a variety of bars and party places that offer bottle service, buckets of beer, delicious margaritas, and fresh seafood. The lively restaurant and day club, Mango Deck, known for its Spring Break extravaganzas, is the most famous and well-known Cabo Beach Party. Complete with Cabo Beach Wet T-shirt contests, tequila shooters and live music, Mango Deck is Party Central in Cabo. For a more mature Medano party environment, the ME Melia Hotel and Pool Party offer bottle service and well-known DJs.
For the best places to access Medano Beach, many people park at the downtown Puerto Paraiso mall and walk along Cachet Beach Club. There is a fee for the parking garage so bring pesos and carry your parking ticket with you. Since it is located near the marina and downtown, most vendors will speak good English so you can always ask someone the quickest way to get there.
Lovers & Divorce Beach (Playa del Amor)
Located at the Baja’s most southern point, these two Cabo San Lucas beaches provide unparalleled marine views and a unique experience. In order to access these beaches, it is necessary to take a water taxi, rent a kayak, or use another form of water-based transportation. When you’re ready to explore, take a water taxi for about $10 USD per person. This tourist excursion will take you on a tour around Lands End, drop you off, and bring you back. It’s a fun Cabo San Lucas adventure and worth the money. You can pick up a tonga (or water taxi) at the marina or on the sand in front of Mango Deck.
Just before the rock formations of “Lands End,” Lovers Beach is on the Sea of Cortez side while Divorce Beach is on the Pacific Ocean. Lovers Beach provides good conditions for swimming and snorkeling (most months of the year) and is a popular place for people to enjoy romantic picnics, take wedding and family photos, or simply enjoy a relaxing day without the distractions of vendors.
Walking from Lovers Beach, through the crevasse of a massive rock formation with beautiful surf and out onto the Pacific side, lies Divorce Beach. This Los Cabos beach is known more for its alluring beach, strong currents and crashing waves. It is unsafe for swimming and anyone walking should exercise extreme caution and never turn their back on the waves. If you decide to stay on the beach until evening, Divorce Beach provides you with unforgettable Pacific Ocean sunsets.
The easiest place to get a water taxi is on the marina. You will be able to purchase the roundtrip excursion on-site and specify a time for the driver to return and pick you up when you are ready. You can also purchase your trip while walking along the beach. Always make sure to negotiate the price at the beginning and don’t pay until the end. If you’re up for some exercise, rent a kayak or SUP board on Medano Beach and paddle out to Lovers Beach. Make sure you stay close to the shoreline and watch out for motorized vehicles around you. Some of the jet skiers have been known to be Mango deck party animals.
One of our favorite places to stay on Medano Beach is Hacienda Residences & Club, also known as Hacienda Cabo Resort. This guard-gated community is comprised of 109 full ownership luxury villas and condominiums. Nightly rentals include access to the on-site restaurant, gym/spa, community pools, kids club, and walking paths. If you rent one of the 4-bedroom beachfront villas, you also get access to a golf cart and can zip around the property. Best beachfront experiences happen in Villa de Los Suenos. See more by clicking HERE.
If you’re looking for one of the most incredible views of Medano beach, we recommend Casa Cielo as the premium luxury villa that is situated on one of the highest peaks in Pedregal. The villa looks out beyond the Lands End rock formation and along Medano Beach, all the way to the far point where the Cape Hotel is located. You can find more details on Casa Cielo by speaking with one of Cabo Platinum’s Villa Specialists and by clicking HERE.
Diamante Beach (Playa Diamante)
Driving 20 minutes northwest of downtown San Lucas, towards Todos Santos, will have you at the golf and resort community of Diamante Cabo San Lucas. Here, you will find a 1.5-mile stretch of surf that provides good beach access and guard-gated privacy. The waves here are known to be large and crash against the shore, which provides an incredible setting where you can listen to the ocean and enjoy Los Cabo’s natural beauty. However, Diamante beach is not recommended for swimming. From November to March, Diamante Beach is one of the best Cabo San Lucas beaches to sit and observe breaching whales as they migrate South, as well as other marine life. All this and no vendors make Diamante a tranquil escapade.
In addition to whale watching (when in-season), one of the most alluring features of this stunning beach is the sunsets. Being northwest of Cabo and having limited view obstructions, Diamante beach provides a tremendous perspective for tourists to watch Pacific-side sunsets. This area gets very windy so come prepared with a windbreaker or blanket. And if you have dogs, this is a great place to run them up and down the coast. We ask you to be a good pet owner and bring a leash and plastic bags when dogs relieve themselves.
For those unfamiliar with the exact location, head Northwest on Hwy 19, as if you are driving towards Todos Santos. Turn left on “Camino de Acceso a Diamante.” It will be very shortly after you pass the Policia Municipal & Transito (which you will see on your right). Look for the street signs that say “Diamante CSL” and “Playa Publica.” Traffic is consistently increasing in this area as it is home to the new Hard Rock Hotel and Nobu Hotel. Complete with restaurants and live music venues, Diamante is another Cabo San Lucas beach lovers paradise.
Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno)
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Los Cabos area is Chileno Beach. Our entire team agrees this is a spot we are proud of and highly recommended you visit. The beaches provides some of the calmest Ocean water in Los Cabos; great for snorkeling and swimming with kids. Our Developer friends from Discovery Land Company donated a host of wonderful amenities at Chileno. Complete with a paved parking area, bridge to the beach, lifeguard station, wheelchair access, and public restrooms, Chileno is a safe place for families of all sizes.
Chileno beach is clean, beautiful, swimmable and free of vendors and loud music that booms out of bars (which some people complain about on Medano Beach). This is the perfect beach for people of all ages and swimming capabilities. If you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing day on the coast, with no worries or distractions, Chileno is the place to be.
Chileno Beach is recognized as a Blue Flag beach by the Foundation for Environmental Education, meaning that it meets the strict standards for quality, safety, and environmental standards. Local officials ask you to not bring BBQ's or any other cooking devices that will leak food juice or leave behind cooked food; the staff is simply trying to ensure they maintain compliance. This new regulation is put in place to protect the Blue Flag certification, so please don’t risk food pollution or jeopardize clean beach initiatives. Respect!
From the SJD/CSL Transpeninsular Hwy, you will recognize the exit for Chileno by the large cloverleaf that provides plenty of room to exit towards the beach. Located near KM 14 on the Los Cabos Highway, follow the signs towards “Chileno”, or “Auberge”. There is helpful staff along the road who will guide you to the public parking. Keep your eyes peeled as it’s easy to get lost looking at the incredible full-ownership resort, Chileno Bay Club. With luxury homes that command values more than $20M USD, this beach is a very popular location in Cabo San Lucas.
Just in case you missed it, we recommend you take note of the coast as you walk the beach. Developed by Discovery Land Company, the Chileno Bay Club and Chileno Beach Resort is one of the most exclusive guard-gated communities in Los Cabos. If you packed proper attire, take time to enjoy fresh ceviche in Comal Restaurant after your day at Chileno Beach. This worthy culinary adventure will require you to drive your car from the beach parking and into the Chileno Resort. Although it sounds like a lot of work, we know from personal experience that it is worth it!
Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa Maria)
Driving the corridor from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo will have you pass another Blue Flag beach. Santa Maria Beach is a stunning location to enjoy a relaxing day by the beautiful coast of the Sea of Cortez. This marine sanctuary is blessed with a horseshoe-shaped beach, flanking rocky mountainous terrain and calm water. Complete with soft sand and a gentle slope into the shore, this area is a favorite for those that are looking for family-friendly beaches.
Home to the new Montage, Los Cabos, Santa Maria Beach will not provide access to many rentals unless you are a guest of the resort. However, if you bring your own gear for snorkeling, you will not be disappointed. Underwater visibility is best in the morning before the ocean starts to stir sediment from the bottom of the cove. Playa Santa Maria is recognized for its rich and diverse gathering of wildlife, both marine and terrestrial. This is the destination of several guided snorkeling and scuba trips in Cabo San Lucas because of its wide variety of animal wildlife and easy visibility.
There aren’t many facilities or vendors on Santa Maria Beach so if you plan on spending a whole day here, we recommend that you bring everything you think you will need. Although the restaurants will sell to people on the beach, most of our guests tell us that it is quite expensive.
Located at KM 12 on the Los Cabos Highway. When exiting the SJD/CSL Transpeninsular Hwy, keep your eyes out for the sign “Playa Publica”, as this will direct you to the beach parking area. They also carved a new road that snakes into, up and over the mountain – this has become a discerning landmark as it is an incredible accomplishment of modern engineering.
El Tule Beach (Playa El Tule)
This popular stretch of water is best known for surfing and sunning. Rarely crowded and often providing strong sets of waves, El Tule Beach is a perfect location for those who want to lounge close to the coast. At the same time, a generous surf break makes it easy to access decent surfing close to the shore. You will see several surfing classes on this beach as it is an easy location for beginners and offers great access as you can drive your vehicle close to the water’s edge.
There is oftentimes a strong break in the waves, which is why local surfers congregate here for regular surfing. La Playa El Tule is not recognized as a great location for snorkeling even though the water is most often calm enough to be swimmable. Being a long stretch of beach and rarely crowded, it is perfect for running. We recommend bringing running shoes on this stretch of coast because, in most places, the sand has small rocks, pebbles, and twigs, making it uncomfortable for bare feet. You can drive your 4-wheel vehicles out to the water’s edge, although we do not recommend it as it endangers sea turtles, marine life and there is a risk to getting stuck.
We do recommend these beaches early in the morning as you get a great sunrise and minimal traffic. Hosting some of the largest resorts in the tourist corridor, El Tule turns into Playa El Bledito, which is home to SPG’s Solaz, Le Blanc Spa Resort, Grand Velas All-Inclusive, Villa La Valencia, Dreams Los Cabos and more. For an exceptional luxury beachfront villa experience on El Tule and El Bledito, we recommend the beachfront Villa Serena.
Located at KM 16.2 on the Los Cabos Highway, turn at Puente Los Tules. You’ll know you’re at the right place when you see everyone else parked at (or under) the bridge. If you’re in Cabo for Semana Santa, you can’t miss this beach as it provides a gathering place for thousands of people over a week-long celebration. Again, we exercise extreme caution during this time of year (around Easter) as many of the people camping here are also known to be drinking and driving.
Playa El Bledito
One of our favorite beaches for running and exercising is Playa El Bledito as it trails the water’s edge for miles. This small-pebbled stretch of sand runs along the ocean’s crashing waves with a profound drop-off, which is carved into the sand by the strong shore activity. Full of sea life, the sound of crashing waves and craggily rock formations, this beach offers a myriad of romantic photo spots to capture that perfect shot.
As you travel along this grand stretch of beach, you will see multiple resorts with all kinds of amenities and offerings. For those that bring money, a shirt and shoes, we recommend stopping into Solaz and one of the many different restaurants they offer. You can access food and drinks in almost any of the hotels, however, be aware that the all-inclusive resorts will charge a day rate if you want to dine. Therefore, a simple margarita lunch could end up costing you more than $100 USD.
Our guests love this beach when they stay in Villa Serena. Steps from the sand, this luxury villa offers unprecedented views of the beaches from the kitchen and most rooms of the house. Complete with an infinity-edge swimming pool, beach volleyball, and other toys, this beachfront Cabo San Lucas Villa has it all! Some of our guests have even reported seeing sea turtles lay eggs while watching from the comfort of the villa’s pool. Your personal concierge will direct you to the best local restaurants and hip hotspots not to miss on Playa El Bledito.
And don’t take our word for it – in 2013, the King of Spain built a royal enclave on this beach. Complete with 23 bedrooms and more than 110,000 Sq Ft, Casa Hildago is an incredibly luxurious beachfront villa of epic proportions. It is also currently on the market for $38M USD.
Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla)
Known for being one of the best swimming beaches in the area, Playa Palmilla is a great beach to visit on a hot day when you want to spend some quality time in the ocean. By being home to the swimming portion of Ironman Los Cabos (most years), this Blue Flag beach is swimmable year-round. Although it is safe, we still tell all of our guests to maintain caution.
This spot is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach under a shaded palapa. If you plan on getting a palapa on the weekend, it is recommended to arrive early as they fill up fast – the palapas will comfortably fit a family of 4. During whale season, this is a great spot to relax and see breaching whales. Whether you choose to take a chartered fishing trip, try your luck at surf fishing, or just buy some fresh-caught fish from the local fishermen in the parking lot, Palmilla provides access to some of the freshest fish in Los Cabos. And thank goodness because there are no food vendors on this beach. Be sure to bring your own picnic or at the very least some tortillas and salt, just in case you purchase fresh fish in the parking lot.
Located at KM 27 on the SJD/CSL Transpeninsular Highway (Tourist Corridor) and follow the signs. Make sure to turn into the parking lot (on your left) before you enter the One&Only Palmilla Resort. Parking is in the Arroyo (a dry waterway), between the road and the water. Be sure to mind the signage and always park your vehicle with others in mind. In the event you need a ride back to your room, there are plenty of taxis here.
This area is full of exclusive homes with a large presence. Our favorite of them all is Casa Edwards, which is a grand beachfront enclave featuring a world-class gym and large grass event area overlooking the pristine Palmilla beaches.
Costa Azul Beach (Playa Costa Azul)
Playa Costa Azul is the perfect beach if you are looking for the total package: sand, sun, surf, snorkel, and food. This beach is one of the most prominent and popular just outside of the historic downtown of San Jose del Cabo.
If you are looking for a beach where you can get great surf, look no further. Playa Costa Azul is home to the annual Los Cabos Open Surf, hosted by the World Surf League. What makes this beach so perfect for surfing is that it offers different sections of breaks for beginners, intermediates, and experts. The annual competition is not to be missed as it comes complete with International competitors, live music and local food trucks.
Costa Azul also offers a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. Even though the swimming and snorkeling are great here, this is still a surfing beach so we recommend being alert while in the water. The famous 7Seas Bar and Grill offers great food and drinks and is located directly on this stretch of beach. They have TV’s where you can catch the big game while indulging in a cheeseburger and fries, traditional Mexican cuisine, shrimp cocktail, and much more.
This mile-long stretch of beaches is named for its primary features: it is home to a wide variety of San Jose del Cabo hotels and resorts. While it is perfect to visit if you are staying at one of these adjacent resorts, it is still a nice beach if you’re just visiting for the day. If you are not a hotel/resort guest and are simply combing the coast, you can still purchase a day-pass to most of the resorts, thus giving you entry and allowing the use of the resort’s pools and other amenities.
Hotel Beach is not ideal for swimming because it features a strong undertow and a high summer surf. While swimming isn’t great here, there are a number of different activities for you to experience. Enjoy the public palapas (below Plaza Garuffi, & Caracol), surf fishing, horse-back riding, (in front of Presidente and Solaris Hotels) ATV riding, jet-ski’s, and more. If you are traveling with kids, they will be happy to find the lush park at the end of the beachfront that contains play structures and a soccer field.
And for the older kids, OMNIA, presented by Hakkasan Group, is one of the newest places to enjoy the coast, live music, DJs and an electric party scene. Similar to a Las Vegas pool party, OMNIA packs the house with DJs such as Claptone, Davie Guetta, Tiesto, Zedd, and local favorite Mala Rumba. Full of dancing, bottle service, and pool-side bites, this electric scene will be sure to excite groups ready to party.
This beaches are also perfect for those who like relaxing and enjoy nature walks with their toes in the sand. There is an asphalt path that starts in downtown San Jose Del Cabo and travels along the water, which is perfect for bird watchers. Each year, the hotel association hosts multiple baby turtle releases (check with your hotel and the Los Cabos Tourism Board for dates and scheduled releases). This historical beach area contains over 300 different species, was home to Indian tribes and used as water re-supply for pirate ships.
Accessible through a path next to the Presidente Resort and in public access pathways in-between hotels.
Considering access and purchasable amenities change daily, we ask that you consult with your personal concierge for more detail and a custom-created itinerary that is right for your group. For an updated list, please contact us directly and we’ll be happy to provide information that will help you have a great Los Cabos Trip!
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