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5 Newly-Certified Beaches You Should Visit In Los Cabos  

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It’s no secret that the main reason tourists go to the increasingly popular Baja California Sur vacation destination is to visit the world-famous beaches. 

You’ve surely seen the blog posts, TikTok videos, and Instagram feeds full of pictures of white sand beaches and clear ocean waters. 

The silky-sand beaches with aquamarine waters are known for their wide variety of water-activity choices and unparalleled biodiversity. 

Aerial view of Chileno Beach in Los Cabos with man walking in the sand

Travelers visiting Los Cabos beaches can snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, paddle board, horseback ride, swim with dolphins, sport fish, and more. 

Renting water activity gear is easy and booking your next adventure activity with a tourist group can be done with a click of a button, for an easy price. 

In addition to having numerous ocean activity offerings, because of the temperate climate and sustainability measures, Los Cabos beaches are accessible nearly year-round and can suit the needs of any tourist.  

The Los Cabos beaches are also famous for their prestigious sustainability certifications- the blue flag status and the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification’s National SEMARNAT Standard Certification.

Sustainable for tourists, locals, and wildlife, the blue flag-certified beaches and standardized certification beaches are clean, safe, and most importantly, incredibly well-preserved. 

los cabos beach and rock formation

In order to achieve these forms of high status, the beaches must meet a lengthy list of requirements and adhere to specific rules put in place by the local government. 

Beaches including Las Viudas, Acapulquito, Santa María, Palmilla, and El Chileno just earned a different but similar rare certification, and here’s why it’s important and why you should go visit them. 

The Sustainability Certification 

Giving these 5 beaches this new certification entails a specific ceremony and requirements to uphold to maintain the new and improved status.  

volunteers cleaning beach

The blue flag certification has previously been given to 25 beaches in Los Cabos and generally indicates to travelers that the beaches are safe, sustainable, and are being conserved by environmental specialists. 

This standard certification, although not the blue flag certification, is equally as important and was awarded by the government of Los Cabos, specifically the Municipal Directorate of Tourism. 

rock formations in los cabos ocean

The beaches officially received this new certification at the Sustainable Beaches Meeting, which Donna Lauren Jeffries Álvarez, the director of tourism, describes as “a fundamental platform for the exchange of experiences, strategies and best practices for effective coordination between the tourism, economic and ecological sectors.” 

The ceremony not only recognized the beaches as sustainable locations but also honored the workers who through their daily work ensure that the beaches are kept in peak condition. 

What to do at the 5 beaches 

When visiting Las Viudas, Acapulquito, Santa María, Palmilla, or El Chileno, there is a wide variety of water-based activities to pursue. 

Because of their certification, these five beaches are safe for all travelers regardless of age or ability and have something for everyone to enjoy. 

las viudas beach los cabos

At Las Viudas beach, you can book snorkeling or swimming expeditions with tourist companies with a group or see epic volcanic rock formations. 

Known for its surfing, by going to Acapulquito, you can test out the waters and either learn how to surf or put your skills on the board to the test. 

At Acapulquito, you can also rent boogie boards or other ocean-activity gear and explore the crystal clear, gentle waters. 

snorkeler with a turtle

When visiting Santa María beach, you can snorkel, swim, dive, or play beach-side sports at this adorable cove. 

You can also see several varieties of colorful fish while snorkeling at Santa María beach. 

In close proximity to the local promenade, Palmilla Beach’s soft sand and light waves are great for snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, whale watching, and so much more. 

Man On A Powered Paddle Board Kite Surfing

Because of it’s location, it’s easy to buy snacks or other goods for your day at the beach at Palmilla Beach. 

Another place where you can whale watch is El Chileno Beach, which is an ADA-friendly beach that is great for snorkeling and swimming.  

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Monday 18th of September 2023

All of those beaches are crowded all the don't expect tranquility...and they don't allow pets on the beach either not so impressive.


Tuesday 19th of September 2023

@Mary, the only beach I consistently find crowded is Chileno, due to heavy amount of hotels around it. The other beaches like Maria and Palmilla … not crowded. After living in cabo full time since 2018 I don’t find the others crowded.