On December 1st, The Municipal Coordination of the Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) in Los Cabos announced the closure of several beaches in the municipality due to the dangerous weather conditions.
The National Meteorological Service reported extremely strong winds ranging from 5 to 10 km/hour with guts reaching the speed of 20 km/h.
Which beaches are closed?
At the moment, the popular beaches on the Tourist Corridor remain closed with red flags to indicate their danger to bathers.
Apart from this, there are a total of ten beaches with yellow flags. These are: El Chileno, Santa Maria, Las Viudas, La Gaviota, El Corsario, Palmilla, Acapulquito, Hacienda, La Gaviota, El Surgidero y La Ribera. But what do these colors indicate?
What do flags indicate?
Red, yellow, blue, white, black… Each flag has its own unique meaning and knowing it is fundamental to remain safe. So, let’s take a moment to explore each one of these.
Yellow flags refer to danger. Entering the water is still allowed but tourists are advised to be extremely cautious.
Red Flags indicate a prohibition from entering the water due to extreme danger. When seeing red flags tourists should exercise high levels of caution and avoid entering the water even if extremely confident in their swimming skills.
Black flags are the highest degree of danger. Not only people are not allowed to enter the water but they are not even allowed to access the beach because of the strong waves.
White flags indicate the presence of jellyfish in the water. You definitely don’t want to get in and ruin your trip.
Blue flags are one of the few types of flags tourists are always happy to see. These indicate that the beach is among one of the best in the world in terms of safety, cleanliness, and amenities provided for tourists.
Lastly, green flags are the other type of flags tourists welcome with relief. This means that the water is safe for swimming and other activities.
Are Los Cabos Beaches Dangerous?
Considering the recent decision to close some of Los Cabos’ beaches, tourists may now be wondering whether swimming in Los Cabos is safe. The answer is yes and no.
Los Cabos beaches tend to be pretty safe for tourists but conditions can shift pretty quickly, causing high levels of danger.
In particular, some areas are renowned for having huge currents and strong waves. One day, a beach may be completely safe and you may see kids leisurely swimming in its waters, and the next you may find strong waves crashing on the nearby cliffs.
This is why it is absolutely fundamental for all tourists to always look for flags and never ignore their presence.
What to do when beaches are closed
Tourists in Los Cabos may be wondering how to spend their days now that beaches are being closed. Luckily there are plenty of options for all tastes.
First and foremost, visitors can opt for a dive in one of the pools of their luxury resort or five-star hotel. Those who booked a more modest stay can always access these properties with special passes to make use of their amenities for one day.
Alternatively, people can treat themselves to a relaxing massage or a luxurious day at the spa.
For those who prefer a more active day, there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Horseback riding, long hikes in Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, and mountain biking adventures are just some of the many options available in the area.
Alternatively, those who prefer to enjoy a chill day can opt for a trip to one of the many nearby towns where they will finally be able to escape the winter crowds typical of the high season.
Villages such as El Triunfo, Miraflores, and Todos Santos are the perfect place to make the most out of a vacation day in Los Cabos while learning everything about authentic Mexican culture.
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