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Los Cabos Beaches Remain Safe Despite Recent Accident

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Los Cabos is vastly renowned for its stunning beaches, which are the main reason why so many tourists flock to this destination year after year. 

With places such as Lover’s Beach, El Médano Beach, and Santa Maria Beach visited by hundreds of thousands of foreigners every year, this place has slowly grown a reputation for being one of the best beach destinations in Mexico.

But are Los Cabos’ beaches safe? 

Cabo San Lucas Beach, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur Mexico

What happened?

Local news reported that on Sunday 18th, a fatality took place in the town of Todos Santos.

Paramedics and local police officers immediately arrived on the scene, but unfortunately, it was too late as the man no longer had vital signs. 

Beautiful beach in the Los Cabos

Personnel from the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) soon arrived on the scene to transport the body to the nearest hospital and carry out the legal autopsy procedures. However, a local witness reported that the man had lost his life in Los Cerritos Beach due to drowning. Authorities reported that the victim was originally from Veracruz and was 35 years old. 

Unfortunately, this was not the only fatality that took place in Baja California Sur in 2024. On Sunday 11th of this month, a body was found in Cabo San Lucas. Soon after, a video started to circulate showing passersby trying to save the man, carrying out standard maneuvers, but it was too late.

On another occasion, at the end of January 2024, a man lost his life in La Ventana Beach. Authorities revealed that the man was a foreigner in his fifties and that he had died due to drowning. 

Aerial view of a beach in Los Cabos

Apart from these fatalities, other minor accidents also took place on Los Cabos’ beaches in 2024, including people stung by jellyfish and individuals injured by trash left on the beach. 

In light of all this information, tourists soon heading to Los Cabos may now be wondering whether its beaches are safe. 

Are Los Cabos beaches’ safe?

Luckily, the answer is yes. For instance, the Los Cabos authorities have recently decided to increase security in some of the most popular sites of their municipality, including El Médano Beach. 

Aerial view of Palmilla beach

This decision was taken to prevent unauthorized vendors from scamming foreign tourists by selling their fake deals.

On top of this, last year, the local authorities decided to patrol some of the busiest beaches in the municipality 24/7 to protect tourists from the ever-charming conditions typical of the Pacific Ocean. 

In this regard, it’s important to keep in mind that while some areas, such as El Chileno and Lover’s Beach, tend to be characterized by calm waters, others can be extremely dangerous. 

Chileno Beach at Los Cabos Baja California sur Mexico

For instance, Playa Solmar, Playa Pedregal, and Divorce Beach are never accessible to bathers due to their strong currents and general dangerous conditions. 

Other areas are only accessible to skilled surfers. Among these are Playa Monumentos, El Tule Beach, and Playa Acapulquito.

All tourists heading to Los Cabos should familiarize themselves with the local warning flag system to know at all times whether a certain beach is safe for swimming or not. 

Chileno Bay beach

For instance, black flags forbid tourists from accessing the shore of a given place due to the strong waves that may suddenly drag someone at sea against his will. 

Red flags represent a prohibition from entering the water but allow people to stroll on the shore. 

White flags are an indication that dangerous animals, such as jellyfish, have been found in the ocean, while yellow flags recommend extreme caution when entering the water. 

People at a beach in Los Cabos

Lastly, green flags are a sign that the ocean is safe for both skilled and unskilled swimmers. 

Despite the tragic recent fatalities and the ever-changing conditions of the ocean, Los Cabos beaches largely remain safe thanks to the Los Cabos government’s constant effort to increase the safety levels of these areas. 

However, bathers of all fitness levels are always advised to follow the guidelines given by local lifeguards to avoid putting themselves in dangerous situations. 

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Friday 23rd of February 2024

If you compare tourist drownings in Los Cabos to tourist drownings in tourist drownings. Hawaii, on an adjusted basis we are not even close. Hawaii has 50 to 60 drownings yearly.