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Los Cabos is one of the world’s most popular beach vacation destinations in the World. Bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, the Los Cabos area of Baja Sur, Mexico has no shortage of stunning beaches and oceanfront venues. To help you choose what beaches to go see, we’ve come up with some of Los Cabos’s best beaches for you to explore
Cabo San Lucas’s famous Lover’s Beach is located right at the iconic Arch or Land’s End, Lover’s Beach must be reached by water taxi. This is a must do for the first time in Cabo. There are no restaurants, bathrooms, equipment rentals or other amenities at Lover’s Beach, so pack your own picnic and bring your goggles and fins along!
If you’re able to bring snorkeling equipment, great you’ll find that the geographic isolation of the water at Lover’s Beach compared to other beaches makes snorkeling here a very unique experience. Regardless of whether you snorkel or not, Lover’s Beach is definitely a must-do.
Hands down the most popular beach in all of Los Cabos, Medano Beach is where most of the action takes place. Many hotels and resorts are located along the two-mile beach stretch that makes up Medano Beach, and the entire two miles is constantly crowded. Featuring a wide range of beach restaurants, bars, water activities and an array of vendors, Medano Beach is definitely for those looking to be active.
Though it isn’t Cabo’s most popular beach, Chileno Beach, situated in the Los Cabos Corridor, is an ideal beach in many ways. With palapas to rest under and great snorkeling, boating and other equipment available for rent, along with tide pools for small children to play in, Chileno offers something for every member of the family.
Chileno is indeed packed on the weekends, just like Medano Beach, but despite this, it’s still less chaotic and crowded. If you can make it out on a weekday, the crowds subside substantially and provide a bit of breathing space. Chileno Beach also has its own reef, making snorkeling and scuba diving here an incredible experience!
Boasting a reef with countless different types of tropical fish, the Santa Maria cove is a popular stop on many snorkeling tours. The beach is rather secluded during the week, with only a few portable restrooms and an array of beach vendors. If you’re looking for a relaxing snorkeling experience away from the crowds, this beach is perfect. Even if you’re not snorkeling, the safety of the waters here makes Santa Maria a great beach for a nice, quiet swim!
Palmilla beach is a safe swimable beach and the perfect cove to rent stand up paddle boards as you listen to the waves and watch the whales breach.
Playa Acapulquito is a charming beach located at the Cabo Surf Hotel, and is great place for those who are learning how to surf. This charming beach is very popular and attracts many surfers with Mike Doyle Surf School ready to give you lessons or rent a board. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this spot is a great place to catch some waves! Just above the surf school is the 7 Seas Restaurant which gives visitors the option of taking a break and getting a bit to eat while watching the waves.
Cerritos Beach is the perfect place to avoid the crowds. Cerritos beach is a surfers’ haven, and great for the whole family! If it’s swimming in the Pacific you’re after, there are very few beaches on the Pacific side that are safe—except for the jaw-dropping Playa Cerritos. To truly get off the grid, Playa Cerritos is just a few miles up the road on Highway 19. Take a left on Highway 19 at kilometer 66 to reach the oasis, which includes the luxury boutique hotel Hacienda Cerritos with four pools (including two infinity pools) and a helicopter pad, and the more traditional hotel and condo complex Cerritos Surf Colony.
Playa Cerritos is a world of its own, with surf lessons, local artisans selling trinkets, massages on the beach, and horseback-riding lessons. And of course, the Cerritos Beach Club, which offers music, breakfast and lunch—and they provide service directly to your beach chair. There’s even Day of the Dead bartenders, reminding everyone that this is still Mexico.