There are a lot of beaches in Los Cabos, and each one is a little different from the rest. Some are more popular than others, according to Tripadvisor users, for various reasons. Because everyone wants to make the most out of their Cabo vacation, there are some important things travelers should know about Los Cabos’ most popular beaches. Where they are, what they’re known for, what kind of facilities they have, and what types of activities are best for each beach are just a few of the things discussed below.
Playa El Médano (Medano Beach)
Medano Beach is located in the heart of the Cabo San Lucas tourist area and is the beach with the most action taking place, so you can expect it to be packed pretty much all the time. It’s lined with luxury all-inclusive resorts, restaurants with outdoor dining, and bars and cantinas, and it is often filled with vendors offering everything from souvenirs to hair styling. Medano Beach is also one of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, and it is the best beach to enjoy water activities and boat tours.
Playa el Chileno (Chileno Beach)
Along the tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo sits another popular beach that is typically not quite as crowded as Medano Beach. Chileno Beach is more laid-back and is known for being much more accessible for wheelchairs. It is a swimmable beach that does have restroom facilities, but it is important to note that it does not have restaurants or vendors offering food, so tourists will want to arrive prepared with food and water.
Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach)
Lovers Beach is a little more difficult to get to, but it’s well worth the water taxi or boat ride to get to it from the shores of Cabo San Lucas. It’s part of the famous Land’s End area and close to the even more famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Lovers Beach is a great place to go for some sunbathing and to see the stunning location where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, but due to its location, it lacks facilities of any type.
Santa Maria Beach
Santa Maria Beach is another more secluded beach located along the tourist corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The scenery at Santa Maria Beach, with its backdrop of rocky cliffs, is beautiful in and of itself, and it’s a great beach for snorkelling. While this swimmable beach doesn’t have any food offerings, there is a spot to rent chairs, and there are bathrooms.
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Palmilla Beach, located in San Jose del Cabo, is often referred to as the most swimmable beach in Los Cabos due to its calm waters. The mile-long stretch of soft sand is also known for being less crowded and more family-friendly. As with some of the other beaches, though, there is no vending, which is a blessing because you don’t have someone constantly trying to sell you something, but it also means there are no places available to grab a bite to eat.
Costa Azul Beach
San Jose del Cabo’s Costa Azul Beach is better for surfing than it is for swimming, though during the winter months, the water is calmer and suitable for swimming and snorkeling. While there are no facilities on the beach, it is only a short distance from the hotel area, where there are various establishments. The beach is far less crowded than some of the other popular spots, so it is the perfect place for some rest and relaxation, and there are a couple of restaurants nearby to grab a bite and a drink.
Los Cabos has more than 20 beaches in the area, but some are meant more for a nice walk or some sunbathing than they are for swimming. This guide will help you determine which is which so that you can truly enjoy all that Los Cabos has to offer.
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