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Los Cabos Tourists Warned To Stay Out Of The Ocean

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Tourists and locals in Los Cabos are being warned not to swim in the ocean due to extreme surf conditions. This appeal comes directly from the ZOFEMAT (the Mexican Secretary for Tourism), whose job is keeping tourists informed and safe, on top of other duties.

Visitors are also reminded that Los Cabos employs a beach flag system, which is easily recognizable to ensure your safety. This is as follows; A green flag means the water conditions are safe for swimming, a yellow flag means to swim with extra caution, a red flag means it is forbidden to swim, and a black flag means the beach is closed as well on top of swimming being forbidden.

Los Cabos Tourists Warned To Stay Out Of The Ocean

What Causes Unsafe Swimming Conditions In Los Cabos

While Los Cabos plays host to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, many of them are unsuitable for swimming, even with calm seas. This is due to the fact many of the beaches have a short shallows area followed by a dramatic drop into the ocean. A swimmer can go from waist-deep to a 60 ft drop in the ocean floor with no warning.

Strong currents sign in front of ocean

This extreme aspect of some Los Cabos beaches brings a bigger danger than just the surprise of deep water. At sea, deep water allows for large swells and waves to build. Normally these lose their power gradually as the ocean floor gets shallower over distance. But, on short beaches, the sudden change in ocean floor height causes these large swells to aggressively break where swimmers usually are. This characteristic plays a large part in why the ZOFEMAT has released this latest warning.

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Waves breaking in the ocean

Unfortunately, the potential for danger doesn’t stop there. Many areas of Los Cabos are also home to fast-flowing and almost invisible rip tides and undertows, the difference being a rip tide is on the surface, while an undertow is beneath the surface. Both are difficult to spot and become even more dangerous in high surf conditions, as is currently forecast for Los Cabos.

Rip current warning sign on beach

If you do find yourself in a rip tide or undertow, there are some simple steps to take to escape danger. First and most important is not to panic. These conditions are easily escaped when you know how, it’s panic that often makes these quirks of nature deadly. To escape, swim parallel to the beach. In other words, swim with the beach on your right or left side. You can’t fight against the riptide, but you can easily swim out of the side of it. If you aren’t a strong swimmer, roll onto your back and gently backstroke out of the rip tide while calmly calling for help, the backstroke will use much less energy.

Person swimming in the ocean

What Los Cabos Beaches Are Safe With Green Flag Conditions

Although many beaches in Los Cabos aren’t deemed safe for swimmers, even in good conditions, that doesn’t mean the area doesn’t have fantastic swimmable beaches, it does. And not only are these beaches swimmable, but they also happen to be some of the most beautiful.

Sunny beach cabo

Medano Beach

Medano beach, located directly in front of Cabo San Lucas, is not only swimmable, but it is the heart and soul of Los Cabos’ vibrant and lively social scene. Beautiful clean sand, beach clubs, restaurants, and every type of shop you could hope for, are all within walking distance. This beach is used throughout the year as a backdrop for events and festivities, from New Year fireworks & drone displays to the crazy parties of spring break.

A long stretch of sand on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas with hotels in the background.

Chileno Beach

For those who want a more authentic and relaxing Mexican beach experience, Chileno beach is the number one spot. Situated in the hotel zone, Chileno is as popular with locals as it is with tourists. While it lacks the same range of amenities as Medano beach, it more than makes up for it with its safe and calm waters, thanks to the bay that it is set in. Visitors here will still find plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, but its biggest attraction is what’s under the water. Chileno beach is widely considered to be the best snorkeling spot in all of Los Cabos that is accessible without the need for a boat charter.

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Robert L

Saturday 1st of July 2023

We are talkig about Cabo San Lucas not some dumb criminals that basically its in their nature to cmmmitt heinous crimes and then try and blame society somehow when its their very nature, which is why smart people like to stay far away from them. (You know who you are because likely you are mad that I stated the truth since you know its about you)

Ayhow Cabo San Lucas is a great place, just dont be dumb and follow the flags without fail. First thing when you get to the beach is look for the flag. Even then you have to watch out for your safety and if you see someone in trouble and cant assist then hurry and call someone who can. Its common sense like if you were anywhere else.

I think people let their guard down because they are on "vacation" well the ocean doesnt care about your vacation and will keep churning regardless. Be safe and enjoy the scenery, some of the most beautiful on thi side of the world. We enjoyed staying 2 weeks and were going to do a third but the hotel became booked solid and we didnt want to bother moving to another.


Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Riptide is a misnomer to the words rip current


Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Riptide is a made up word there is no such word in the scientific community that deals with the ocean.

Jeremy The Ocean God

Wednesday 18th of January 2023



Ease up fella. This isn’t oceanic scientific weekly.

Ashley Nicole Long

Tuesday 17th of January 2023

No Cabo for me unless the Cabo 6 get arrested for the femecide they committed against SHANQUELLA ROBINSON Justice now or we won’t ever come visit that place

Brenda Burns

Sunday 15th of January 2023

U couldn't pay me to go to cabo after the Shaquilla murder case. Go to Mexico 🇲🇽 from America and kill ur friend.Come back to the United States and get away with it. BULL$*^$!!! # JUSTICE FOR SHAQUILLA


Monday 16th of January 2023

@Brenda Burns, how is it Mexicos fault that her friends killed her? That could have happened anywhere. They could have killed her right here in the US, buried her body in the woods and nobody would know.