Situated on the very southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, with the Sea of Cortez on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the west, Los Cabos boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in North America. Known for its diverse marine life, snorkeling coves, and surf spots, Los Cabos beaches offer a little something for everyone.

Medano Beach is Cabo San Lucas’ most famous beach for a reason: lined with a strip of resorts and restaurants, Medano Beach is the heart of “fun in the sun” in Cabo. If you are visiting for the first time, this is the perfect place to start—enjoy lunch with your toes in the sand, ride jet skis in the bay, and take a water taxi to the famous Cabo Arch. Whether this is your first or fifteenth trip to Cabo, if you wish to venture out and explore more of what the Baja has to offer, give these lesser-known beaches a try…

 

*Swimmability: 0 = no swimming, 10 = the most swimmable

 

 

Santa Maria Bay

Santa Maria Bay is a small, protected cove on the Sea of Cortez neighboring Chileno Bay. Santa Maria half-moon beach is one of the best for swimming and snorkeling year-round and has an abundance of fish that swim nearly right up to the shoreline. This beach is well-marked and has a paved parking area with newly constructed public restrooms, making it a great place to spend the day with the whole family.

Swimmability: 10

Surf: none

Lifeguard: yes

Public Restroom: yes

Our favorite part: snorkeling, restroom & changing facilities

 

Playa La Curva

Playa La Curva is truly off the beaten path…about ¾ of a mile off the beaten path, that is. This secluded surf beach can be found down a dirt road off KM 94 on Highway 19, heading out to Todos Santos on the Pacific side of the Baja – about 20-25 north of downtown Cabo San Lucas. Over the course of an afternoon at La Curva, you are unlikely to encounter any other beach-goers, unless there is a good swell. Let our chefs pack you a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon soaking in the peaceful beauty of the Baja. While Playa La Curva is great for surfers, this beach is not swimmable.

Swimmability: 1

Surf: November-April

Lifeguard: no

Public Restroom: no

Our favorite part: ultra-private

 

Playa Los Cerritos

 

About 40 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas, just south of the sleepy town of Pescadero, Los Cerritos Beach is a mecca for sun seekers and surfers alike. The hard, flat sand (akin to the beaches of Coastal North Carolina) makes it perfect for long walks and games of bocce, and the sandbar that extends hundreds of feet into the water is a great place for kids to swim. Head out early to catch the best waves—and don’t worry about rocks, because Cerritos has a nice sandy beach break. Whether you are catching waves yourself or cheering on your friends and family in the water, you will love Cerritos. While you are out that way, stop by the charming town of Todos Santos and check out one of our favorite new-ish restaurants, Jazamango. Take note if you have been to Los Cerritos in the past: there is a $500 peso (~$20-25USD) food & beverage minimum charge at Cerritos Beach Club in order to access the parking area and beach.

Swimmability: 7

Surf: November-April

Lifeguard: yes

Public Restroom: yes

Our favorite part: wide, flat beach perfect for frisbee and bocce

 

Chileno Bay

This protected cove on the Sea of Cortez has been a favorite spot of those in the know for more than fifty years, as it was the site of the first luxury hotel in Los Cabos and was frequented by Hollywood’s most famous actors, like John Wayne, who used to land his plane on the private airstrip that flanked Chileno Bay many years ago. Chileno Bay today is home to arguably the best snorkeling in Los Cabos and is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy the ocean, whether you are snorkeling, paddle boarding, or kayaking.

Swimmability: 10

Surf: none

Lifeguard: yes

Public Restroom: yes

Our favorite part: snorkeling

 

Pedregal Beach

If you are familiar with Cabo, chances are you have heard of or stayed at the famed Resort at Pedregal. You may not know, however, that within the Pedregal neighborhood there is a public beach access point. Facing west toward the Pacific, Pedregal Beach sunsets are unbeatable, which makes it one of the most popular beaches to get married on here in Cabo. The incredible rock formations are the perfect backdrop for photographs. If you are considering getting married at Pedregal Beach, we recommend booking at least one year in advance to secure your preferred date, as they only allow one wedding per day.

Did you know Cabo Luxury has its own wedding planner? Email reservations@caboluxury.com for more information about how we can help you plan your special day.

Swimmability: 0 – large crashing waves, no swimming permitted

Surf: none

Lifeguard: no

Public Restroom: no

Our favorite part: beautiful rock formations and sunsets

 

Monuments Beach

Monuments Beach is situated at the very eastern end of Medano Beach, just in front of The Cape hotel and only five minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas. Bask in the Baja sun with a perfect view through the famous Cabo Arch from this cool little spot. During the winter months, Monuments Beach can be a great place to whale watch and even swim (depending on the swell), while in the summer months it is one of the best places to watch local surfers catch some waves. Afterward, you can head up to The Rooftop lounge at The Cape to enjoy drinks, tapas, and live music overlooking Monuments Beach and the Cabo Arch while the sun sets.

Swimmability: 4 – from October-April

1 – from May-September

Surf: May-September

Lifeguard: no

Public Restroom: no

Our favorite part:  beautiful arch views and close to town

 

Playa Palmilla

Playa Palmilla is another of our favorite beaches for families. It has a roped-off swimming area, gentle waves, lifeguards, and public restrooms. It can also be a great place to snorkel around the rocky outcropping, as visibility is usually quite good in this protected bay. Playa Palmilla is a favorite spot among Cabo locals and visitors alike, especially to watch the sun rise over the Sea of Cortez. Access this beach beside the One & Only Palmilla. Local Tip: walk more than 200 yards to the left from the entrance and you’ll have the beach all to yourself.

Swimmability: 10

Surf: none

Lifeguard: yes

Public Restroom: yes

Our favorite part: calm water, great swimming, best in San Jose del Cabo

 

Costa Azul

Host to the Los Cabos Open of Surf, Costa Azul is known as one of the best surf breaks on the Sea of Cortez, but it is much more than that. Enjoy brunch at Cabo Surf Hotel’s 7 Seas restaurant and then make your way down to the beach, cocktail in hand, to watch both local and “in-the-know” visitors catch some waves at “The Rock.” As a patron of the restaurant, you have access to the hotel’s beach loungers and umbrellas, as well as full beachside food and beverage service.

Swim-ability: 4

Surf: May-September

Lifeguard: no

Public Restroom: no

Our favorite part: wining and dining beachfront

 

 

Although many of these beaches are swimmable during much of the year, Los Cabos is susceptible to weather that can produce dangerous riptides and surf. Please always exercise caution at any of these locations when entering the water or walking along the water’s edge where there are strong waves. We recommend always using a professional guide and abiding by lifeguard rules. Local Rule: never enter the ocean alone and always have a designated onlooker from shore.

Prefer to have a chauffeur show you around? Our professional butlers are Cabo experts and can be added as a second driver to your rental car free of charge. Contact our professional concierge team to find out more information about conditions and to arrange butler/chauffeur service, tours or activities.

Call: (888)676-5259

Email: info@caboluxury.com

 




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