Playa del Divorcio, or "Divorce Beach." has strong rip currents that make swimming in the Pacific very dangerous, but anyone visiting Lover’s Beach should absolutely walk through the gap in the rocks that separate it from its neighbor. Despite its name, however, it is every bit as beautiful, with soft sand and evocatively eroded rock formations. These provide perfect perches from which to watch waves that have travelled thousands of miles to crash upon the shore.
Swimming & Snorkeling
Playa del Amor, or "Lover’s Beach," is a poetic paradise bounded by towering rocks that offers gorgeous views across the bay. Water-based transportation is a must, the easiest and cheapest method being one of the many pangas (or water taxis) that operate out of the Cabo San Lucas Marina or from Medano Beach. Enjoy a relaxing, romantic and unforgettable day - pack a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine–plus water, sunscreen, towels, snorkel gear and any other essentials you’ll need.
Swimming, Water Sports, Beach Clubs
Playa El Médano is ground zero for social life in Cabo San Lucas. The beach is huge, about two miles long, and filled with restaurants, bars, souvenir vendors, and water-based activities rentals. You can rent wave runners, kayaks, go parasailing, swim or enjoy the buzz around you - Medano is alive with activity.
Access to this beach is available through any of the hotels and restaurants along this long stretch of beach.
Playa Monumento is a small beach popular for surfing and has the closest surf to Cabo San Lucas, just a few miles out of town. Monuments is a left point break that can get a little tricky. This spot is best saved for the seasoned or expert surfers.
Turn off the main road KM 5.5 at the entrance to Misiones del Cabo, just before the main entrance you need to park and walk down to the beach.
Sunsets. Whale Watching (in season) No Swimming.
Pedregal Beach fronts the Pacific Ocean offering terrific views and beautiful sunsets. A beautiful palm grove offers great shade and anytime from January through March, you’ll be welcomed by the site of the whales that hang out within a few hundred meters from the shore.
Access through main entrance of Pedregal off of Marina Blvd
Sunsets. Whale Watching (in season). No swimming.
Playa Solmar, rests on the Pacific side of Los Cabos. The word Solmar literally means the “sun sea.” It got this name for the beautiful sunsets you can view from this secluded beach. Since the beach faces the open sea of the Pacific Ocean, swimming is strictly prohibited. This beach is great for sunbathing or a walk in the sand. You may enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at any of the restaurants serving the hotels on Solmar.
Tidal Pools. Swim with Caution.
Playa Las Viudas and the out-of-this-world volcanic formations are what one might expect to see in the afterlife—depending, of course, on how one has behaved in his current life. This is not the most swimmable beach, but it’s fun to explore the secluded shoreline and its tide pools. That same seclusion makes for a romantic setting come nightfall. Grab a bottle of wine and some blankets for some stargazing at midnight. There is a small parking lot and portable toilet facilities.
Access at KM 12 Transpeninsular HWY
This beach is the most popular diving and snorkeling site in Cabo San Lucas, thanks to the Chileno Bay, underwater visibility is perfect for observing the sea life below. The clarity and beauty of the water here is reminiscent of the beaches you would find in the Caribbean. Plenty of exotic fish such as angelfish and parrotfish can be spotted here. It is also home to tropical fish, moray eels, sea turtles, sea urchins, sea fans, sponges and starfish. There are restrooms and showers on the beach, but there aren’t any restaurants so don’t forget to pack food and beverages.
Access at KM 27 Transpeninsular HWY
Playa El Tule, a secluded sandy stretch of beach, attracts local surfers and running enthusiasts. Challenging surfing conditions thanks to a strong break that goes both ways with speed, are best left to the experts.
Access at KM 16.2 Transpeninsular HWY, at the Los Tules Bridge. A four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to get across the soft sand of the arroyo.
Swimming. Snorkeling. Walking.
The Bahía Santa María is one of the top destinations for snorkeling in Cabo. The bay is shaped like a horseshoe and is full of various tropical fish and marine life. Perfect for families wishing to swim and snorkel in a beautiful marine sanctuary, it is a favored destination for charter boats that offer scuba diving and snorkeling. The best time of day to experience the Santa Maria Bay is in the morning, when the water is calm and the fish are most visible. After your activities are finished, you can enjoy a nice relaxing walk on the beach and experience the spectacular view. The bay is considered an official marine preserve and you are permitted to feed the fish while you are there. If you want, the fish will even eat the food straight from your hand. There are very few facilities at Santa Maria Bay so it is suggested that you bring your own food, water, and other supplies.
Access at KM 12 Transpeninsular HWY
Swimming. Snorkeling. Surf Fishing. Relaxing
Playa Barco Varado is a great beach for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing in the sun and even surf fishing. Many tide pools offer the opportunity to explore marine life. Diving is also good here and many dive tour operators include this location in their destinations. Although swimming is generally safe, stay out of the water during times when the sea is rough.
Access at KM 9 Transpeninsular HWY
Surfing. Swimming. Snorkeling.
Playa Acapulquito, or Old Man’s Beach, is a surfer’s paradise and host to many surfing competitions. The privileged beach offers long rides and is ideal for long-boarders. Beginners can start with surf lessons before heading out to catch the waves, which are bigger in summer than in winter. The area is also great for snorkeling and swimming in the winter. You can rent surfboards and stand-up paddleboards at any of the surf shops in the area.
Access at KM 28 Transpeninsular HWY
Surfing. Jogging. Walking
Playa Costa Azul is the capital of the summer surf scene and is the mecca for those seeking beers, burgers and tasty waves. The Zipper and La Roca breaks are world famous. Surfers gather here year-round, but most come in summer when hurricanes and tropical storms create the year's largest waves. Surf lessons and rentals are available along the strip as well as cabana rentals and restaurants.
Access at KM 28 Transpeninsular HWY, turn right at the bridge and proceed to beach
Playa la Playita is a long favorite of locals for a Sunday-at-the-beach. It features a safe, roped-off swimming area inside the harbor entrance, as well as a natural beach, where you can swim, skim-board, surf, or fish. The beach also has a kiddies’ play structure, pristine bathrooms, and palapas to escape the rays.
Access at the east entrance of the Puerto Los Cabos marina in San José del Cabo marina
Swimming. Snorkeling. Fishing. Whale Watching (in season)
Playa Palmilla offers calm waters, a family-friendly area and a mile-long stretch of beach. On weekends, arrive early if you want a palapa or bring your own umbrella for shade. It's hard to find a better place for family fun - swim, snorkel, or grab a book and relax. Try your hand at surf fishing or just watch as the fishermen come in during the late morning. Keep your eyes peeled during whale season.
Access at KM 27 Transpeninsular HWY, exit at Palmilla, There is good parking located close to the beach.
Playa los Cerritos is a beautiful, sweeping expanse of pristine beach just south of the farming community of Pescadero. A popular surfing spot, Cerritos is a great spot for both the experienced surfer and beginner alike. There is often a sandbar where the water shimmers like “fool's gold” and gives you a feeling of surrealism. Cerritos breaks steadily, set after set, with no frequent waiting time between sets. This creates a constant whitewater parade of waves on the inside shallow water, making it a wonderful place to learn how to surf.
Access at KM 66 Transpeninsular HWY
Swimming. Snorkeling. Kayaking. Paddle Boarding
Playa Los Frailes has a beautiful bay with clear and calm waters. Because it is surrounded by hills, it’s protected from the high winds, which makes it a great place to practice activities such as snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, diving or paddle boarding. There is an area with palapas and rustic grills. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the beautiful view of the bay.
Located 10 min south of Cabo Pulmo, easiest way to access is by boat.
Surfing. Swimming. Snorkeling.
Where sunrises on the horizon of the Sea of Cortez call for an early morning surf session and sunsets paint the skies with mesmerizing colors for the perfect romantic setting. This area is one of the most sought out places for those who love the outdoors and wish to enjoy family time on a place where swimming, snorkeling, and other kid-friendly activities are safe. Just like any other area on the East Cape, time runs at a different pace. There are no schedules, no digital world, and no excuses to be ‘busy’. Here you're forced to connect with nature, family and yourself.
Access from East Cape Rd, North of La Fortuna
Swimming. Body Surfing. Hiking.
Playa San Pedro is definitely one of the most picturesque sites on the Pacific side and well worth the drive. San Pedro is a quarter mile expanse of beach bordered by a reed lagoon and protected by rock promontories on both sides. Groves of palm trees frame this gorgeous strand of beach. Ruins of an old sugar cane rancho are nearby, giving the area a ghost town ambience. This is an excellent area for hiking, swimming with caution, and body surfing.
Access at KM 66 Transpeninsular HWY
If you stay up-to-date with the surf happenings in Mexico, then you may have heard about Shipwrecks, referred to as Punta San Jacinto. Its name comes from the abundance of ships that wrecked just off of its coast. Though Shipwrecks hasn’t been very kind to mariners, it has long been a favorite spot for baja surfing. The waves are generally around head height (five feet) and they come in consistently with a full shape that makes carving easy. They rarely get too big for beginners to handle though they still remain fun for experts. Plus, the beach is nice and the sunken wrecks provide great scenery.
Access from East Cape Rd, South of La Fortuna