While all of the beaches in Los Cabos are breathtaking, most of them are not recommended for recreation. Because of large waves and dangerous undertows, only a handful of local beaches are fit for swimming. These are the five best beaches in Los Cabos for swimming, snorkeling, and all kinds of tropical fun!
Medano beach is Cabo’s safest swimming beach. It starts at the mouth of the Marina and extends all the way past Villa del Palmar, Riu Hotel & just west of Misiones del Cabo or Monuments Beach.
Easily the most popular beach in Los Cabos, Medano Beach is the area’s longest swimmable beach. Not only is the beach itself lovely, there are plenty of fantastic eateries in area too. If you can book a room off this beach, you will be set for entertainment for your entire stay in Los Cabos.
While spring breakers and tourists flock to Médano Beach, local residents often turn to Chileno Bay (Bahia Chileno)—and for good reason. The beach, conveniently located off the Tourist Corridor, is regularly ranked as one of the cleanest in all of México.
Chileno Beach offers something for everyone. The stunning beach is perfect for lounging in the sun, but groves of palms offer shade to help you cool off as well. The crystal clear waters offer snorklers plenty of opportunities to glimpse tropical fish.
Those seeking calm waters, a family friendly area and a mile-long stretch of beach are welcome to Playa Palmilla or Palmilla Beach where you will be surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes, the world-famous One & Only Hotel resort and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course.
Palmilla Beach is the most family-friend beach in Los Cabos. Not only does the beach have easy public access, but the calm waters are perfect for even small children.
Playa del Amor (Love Beach) or Playa del Amante, also known as Playa Doña Chepa in earlier years is located on the Sea of Cortez’s side of Land’s End at Cabo San Lucas.
Hop on a water taxi from the marina headed for the famous Playa del Amor. This picture perfect beach sits alongside majestic granite rock formations. Your phone is likely to be full of stunning photos after a day exploring this beach.
Santa Maria Beach
Relatively secluded, Bahía Santa María is a protected marine sanctuary, so bring along a bag of bread or tortillas and feed the multi-colored creatures of the deep.
Get to know the local wildlife by visiting this gorgeous beach. Santa Maria Beach is a marine sanctuary — making it a favorite for snorklers. Spend the day admiring the wildlife or relaxing on the famous pink sands.
If you are interested in more of my Los Cabos recommendations, be sure to read my guide to the best of the area. I let you know my favorite things to see and do to have a fabulous vacation!