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Los Cabos Reopens Some Beaches But Urges Tourists To Practice Extreme Caution

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With weather systems churning up the seas off the coast of Los Cabos, hazardous beach conditions remain in place.

Local civil protection officials have posted flags on local beaches over the weekend to protect travelers to the beach resort destination from putting themselves in harm’s way in the rough seas.

The hazardous conditions are expected to continue early into the week as the weather conditions and ocean conditions slowly improve as the week moves forward.

Poor Beach Conditions

Los Cabos Beaches Reopen After Temporary Restrictions

Recently, dangerous conditions impacted several of the key tourist zone beaches in Los Cabos.

For example, the popular El Medano beach had a yellow flag warning tourists on a vacation getaway to the dangerous ocean conditions.

Other local beaches that recently had yellow flag conditions included Palmilla, Santa Maria, and Hacienda.

Yellow flags are posted to caution tourists that while the beach remains open, it is dangerous to swim or dive in the water. Travelers swimming in the water during a yellow flag condition do so at their own risk.

Palmilla beach in Los Cabos

Several of the other local beaches recently were off-limits to tourists due to extremely dangerous conditions.

That included Las Viudas, El Corsario, La Gaviota, El Surgidero and El Chileno.

These are some of the top-rated beaches in Los Cabos, and unfortunately, they were hazardous for travelers to the beach resort destination to enjoy a day on the sand and in the water.

Another beach recently was closed to visitors. However, it had nothing to do with the dangerous conditions present in the sea.

Las Viudas beach in Los Cabos

Acapulquito and others in the Los Cabos tourist zone were closed due to unsafe water levels. This could include chemicals, debris, and stormwater runoff, as well as raw sewage.

Black flags are posted when the beaches have this type of unsafe water conditions.

This was despite the fact that Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone officials recently have been working to clean the beaches after the strong impact of Hurricane Norma.

Update for the Week

High waves hitting the rocky shores of Los Cabos

Los Cabos civil protection officials were predicting that the weather conditions in the Eastern Pacific were expected to improve throughout the week.

A tropical depression was circulating off the coast of El Salvador. However, it was not expected to strengthen much nor head in the direction of Los Cabos.

Because of this, local officials expected the beach conditions to improve and most of the beaches to have green flags, which represent ideal swimming conditions, for most of the week.

Although, those conditions are of course subject to change and the most recent weather forecast.

waves on the beach in cabo

What Visitors Need to Know

Travelers may not have enjoyed the ideal beach and ocean weather conditions over the weekend. However, those conditions are expected to improve and provide visitors to the beach resort destination a good vacation getaway.

Tourists are reminded that the best way to determine the safety level of the beach and ocean for swimming and diving in Los Cabos is to check for the colored flag posted at the beach.

The flags are updated regularly based on lifeguard reports and the weather forecasts delivered to local civil protection officials.

Lifeguard Chair on a Beach in Los Cabos, Mexico with Tourists Playing in the Background

The flag system works similarly to a stoplight.

Green means go, or ideal beach and ocean conditions for visitors.

Yellow indicates caution. The beach is open for tourists to enjoy. However, hazards are present in the water, and swimmers in the ocean do so at their own risk.

Beaches are closed due to extremely hazardous conditions when a red flag is posted on the shore. Entering the water can subject the swimmer to receiving a fine or being arrested by municipal law enforcement officials.

Red flag on a beach to show swimming is not allowed

Another warning is the black flag, which indicates unsafe pollutants in the water, such as raw sewage or chemicals.

Meanwhile, white flags are posted to warn tourists of jellyfish in the water. The beach is not closed by a white flag. However, visitors risk being stung by the jellyfish.

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