Baja California Sur has the longest coastline of any Mexican state. Its coastline measures more than 2,038 miles (3,280 km) (some sources say the coastline measures more than 2,500 miles or 4,023 km), and with it, you can imagine that life in Baja is truly a beach! It would be too much to list all of our beaches at once, so we are starting with the overview of our favorite Cabo San Lucas beaches:
1. Lovers & Divorce Beach, Cabo San Lucas
This natural treasure is accessible only by water, but it is well worth the boat ride (around $5 USD from the Cabo San Lucas marina). 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.
2. Médano Beach, Cabo San Lucas
Médano Beach is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. View Lands End and the famousArch, 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!
3. Solmar Beach, Cabo San Lucas
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.
4. Pedregal Beach, Cabo San Lucas
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.
5. Santa Maria Bay, The Corridor
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 thebeach access sign and follow the dirt road to the parking area.
6. Chileno Bay Beach, The Corridor
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 Caboto 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!
7. Las Viudas Beach, The Corridor
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 theFiesta Americana Resort. Access: Km. 11.5, to the west of the former Hotel Twin Dolphin entrance.
Some of tips before visiting any of the beaches in Los Cabos:
- There are no lifeguards here, not even in the major hotel pools. Please try not to swim alone as nobody is going to come to your rescue.
- Bring lots of sunblock, sunglasses, water, snacks, bathroom tissue, film, as well as a beach umbrella, snorkeling gear, sand toys, etc.
- Help keep the beaches clean and beautiful. Please do not litter our beaches. Always take along a plastic trash bag for your trash. Also, consider picking up any trash left by other inconsiderate people and don’t forget to carry your trash out!
- Certain Los Cabos beaches have seas with severe undertows, dangerous breakers, rip tides, or deep drop-offs close to shore. Pay attention to any warning signs.
- Remember that it’s illegal to drive on beaches in Mexico. Environmental protectionism is growing in countries all over the world and one needs to be as sensitive here in Mexico as in the USA or Canada. In any country, a fuel spill from one’s boat or 4×4 on most beaches can result in stiff fines.
- People often ask about nude beaches in Los Cabos. You have to understand that running naked on the beach is generally illegal in Mexico. However, there are some beaches where local customs permit or tolerate this activity. Please use your discretion and appropriate behavior.