Lover's Beach, Cabo San Lucas – Photo courtesy of cabosanlucasbeaches.com
Cabo San Lucas Beach Guide
Discover a choice of great beaches in and around Cabo San Lucas. Hire a car and explore some of the gorgeous beaches that lie along the Corridor between the two ‘Cabos’.
Here’s a round-up of the bes beaches stretching between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Playa del Amor (Cabo San Lucas)
Discover the breathtaking natural setting of one of Mexico’s most famous beaches. Located at the extreme end of the Baja peninsula in a sheltered cove, the golden sands of Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach) can only be reached from the sea, so if you time it right, you may end up being the only couple here!
Swim, snorkel or kayak beneath the towering white cliffs of Neptune's Finger and The Arch, which separate the calm waters of the Sea of Cortes from the raging surf of the Pacific Ocean. Come ashore onto this gorgeous small beach then stroll between the massive white rocks to admire the crashing Pacific surf on the ocean side beach, which is known locally as Divorce Beach.
Don’t think about swimming here however, as fierce waves and rip tides make Divorce Beach very dangerous. Instead, snorkel amid colourful tropical fish on the Sea of Cortez side only, from Lover’s Beach to the marina breakwater at Cabo San Lucas harbour.
There are no facilities on this beach, only Mother Nature’s beauty, so remember to pack a picnic lunch. You can hire a kayak or arrange a snorkelling tour from Playa Médano or take a water taxi from Cabo San Lucas Marina to Playa del Amor and return whenever you wish.
Playa El Medano (Cabo San Lucas)
Relax on the golden sand of Los Cabo's main beach, which offers panoramic views across to the scenic Arch and Land's End rock formations. Stretching for 3km along the bay, this popular swimming beach offers a variety of watersports including sailing catamarans, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.
On sand, have a game of beach volleyball. Boogie board gentle waves, sign up for a snorkel and dive excursion or sip a favourite cocktail at one of the many beachside bars while people-watching local beachgoers. Facilities include showers, toilets, shade umbrellas and lifeguard services.
Playa Solmar (Cabo San Lucas)
This long and flat golden-sand beach is renowned for whale watching and spectacular sunsets. An easy walk from downtown Cabo San Lucas, the beach stretches west from the rocks at Land's End to El Pedregal on the Pacific Ocean side of Baja Sur.
Between December and March, thousands of gray whales make their annual 9000km migration from the summer feeding grounds of Alaska to the calving grounds of the Baja peninsula and the Sea of Cortez.
Stroll along Playa Solmar and see grey whales breaching just offshore or join a whale watching cruise and get up close. With high waves and strong undertows, this is not a beach for swimming or surfing. Facilities can be found at several resorts that line the beach. There are no lifeguards on duty here.
Bahia Chileno (Cabo San Lucas)
Framed by twin rocky headlands, Bahia Chileno offers a lovely, long, palm-fringed sugar-white beach that is rated by the locals as the best in Cabo San Lucas.
Located midway along the ‘Tourist Corridor’, Bahia Chileno offers great conditions for swimming, diving, kayaking and snorkelling, with arguably the best reef in the region. One side of the wide beach features a sandy bottom that reaches out to the reef, making it ideal for swimming, while the other side is crowded with rock formations along the bottom, making it ideal for snorkelling and diving.
Here you can find colourful reef fish, sea turtles, squid, moray eels, sea urchins, gorgonians (sea fans), sea sponges and starfish. Beach facilities include toilets, showers, a dive shop and shady palm trees.
Bahia Santa Maria (Cabo San Lucas)
Framed between two rocky bluffs, this beautiful wide crescent of golden-pink sand shelves into the protected aquamarine waters of a marine sanctuary, perfect for swimming and snorkelling in the morning before the afternoon swell sets in. Float above gorgonians and coral teeming with colourful fish or relax on the beach. There are no facilities on this beach.
Bahia Palmilla (San José del Cabo)
This gorgeous crescent of powder-white sand fronts the exclusive One and Only resort at Bahia Palmilla and the nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Unlike other Pacific-side beaches, Bahia Palmilla offers safe swimming in calm water.
The bay is split into two by a rocky outcrop, providing safe swimming to one side and good snorkelling over a rocky bottom on the other. Paddle a kayak around the sheltered bay or relax in the shade beneath thatch-covered beach huts. Apart from those if the resort, there are no facilities here.
Playa Costa Azul (San José del Cabo)
This golden-sand beach is famous for the world-class breaks of Zippers and La Roca, which attract expert surfers from around the world. Rent a board from the local surf shop and take on the big waves or brush up your style with a few lessons at a safe section of the beach.
In winter, when the surf is calmer, enjoy swimming and snorkelling the reef. Hiking, surf fishing and horse riding are excellent year round with trails running up into the nearby canyons. Facilities include surf and snorkel rental shops, a couple of restaurants and a convenience store.
Playa Hotelera (San José del Cabo)
At almost 2km long, this beach is great for walking but is unsafe for swimming. However, it is a popular place for beach angling, jogging, horse riding, playing beach volleyball or strolling along the Playa las Palmas, an easily accessed beach promenade with shade palapas.
Numerous resorts line the beach and you’ll also find a children’s playground, miniature golf course and a sea turtle nursery – located at the beach’s east end next to the Presidente Inter-Continental.
Ask at the hotel if you can participate in the weekly turtle hatchling releases. Nearby sits San José estuary. There are no facilities on the beach apart from a beachside Mega store and the facilities offered by the hotels; some hotels allow non-guests to use their pool and facilities on purchase of a day pass.