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The Best Beaches in Cabo San Lucas

Playa Santa Maria y Mas… Here are the best beaches to see next time you’re in Cabo San Lucas.

By The Smoking Chair Editors  |  2021

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Cabo San Lucas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaβo san ˈlukas], “Saint LukeCape“), or simply Cabo, is a resort city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. As at the 2020 Census, the population of the city was 202,694 inhabitants.Cabo San Lucas together with San José del Cabo are collectively known as Los Cabos. Together, they form a metropolitan area of 351,111 inhabitants.

Rated as one of Mexico’s top 5 tourist destinations, Cabo is known for its beaches, scuba diving locations, Balnearios, the sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and marine life. The Los Cabos Corridor has become a heavily trafficked vacation destination for tourists, with numerous resorts and timeshares along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

The waters around Cabo are home to marine wildlife including rays, sharks, mahi-mahi (dorado) and striped marlin.

Cabo San Lucas has become a prominent vacation and spa destination, with a variety of sites of interest and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark.

Cabo San Lucas has the highest-paying marlin tournament in the world, the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore. This tournament takes place every year in the month of October.

In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the area. They bear their calves in the warm waters of the Gulf of California after traveling up to 6,000 miles (9,656 km) from Alaska and Siberia.

The extreme south of Baja California has a tropical desert climate. Even with the thermal amplitude, there are no freezes.

During summer, Cabo San Lucas is cooler than San José del Cabo by about 1.5 to 3 °C (3 to 5 °F). Sometimes during the summer, when winds blow from the Pacific Ocean instead of the Gulf of California, the differences in temperatures between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are higher.

Cabo San Lucas is less rainy than San José del Cabo, although hurricanes can bring heavy rain for long periods. Hurricane Odile made landfall at Cabo San Lucas on 14 September 2014, and caused widespread damage. Due to the position of the city and orography, local summer thunderstorms do not get near enough to bring rain to the town.

The sea temperature experiences lows of 21–22 °C (70–72 °F) in winter, and highs of 28–29 °C (82–84 °F) during the summer months.

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Cabo San Lucas

#1: Santa Maria Beach / Playa Santa

Highway 1 Km 11 04870

Beaches

Full disclosure: I did not come here during the day. I came here on my last night in Los Cabos. It was close to sunset and, not wanting to miss a sunset on the beach, this was the best we could do because we were in the area. That said, imagine my surprise when we were dropped off in a clean, modern parking lot with a nice bathroom and outdoor shower area.

There’s a paved walkway leading down to the beach – about a 5-7 minute walk – and several palapas along with a booth that rents stuff (what stuff I don’t know because we got there too late). There are buoys to indicate the safe areas to swim, a lifeguard’s chair (not sure if it is staffed during the day), and there is a very nice resort to the right. Also, the sand is coarse – if you close your eyes and pick up a handful, it feels like that old 80s candy, Nerds!

When we got there on Monday around 6:15 there were only two other couples on the beach. The sun was setting and the stars were coming out. Even though we were late, it was totally worth it. Took out a towel, laid back, and pondered the meaning of life as it got darker and darker. (The answer I came up with? 42.)

I also loved the vibe of the resort next door and the entire beach area. It seemed so tranquil and serene. After not gaining access to a different local beach (!*+%!! exclusive resorts) our driver recommended Santa María – and this is honestly where we should have gone to begin with.

I miss Cabo already – not for its rude drunk Texans who swear by Señor Frog’s, screaming college kids, and entitled bridezillas and bridesmaids, but for its stunning natural beauty. There was no sound but the waves and some chill music drifting over from the resort (not loud or obnoxious). Everyone on the beach was quiet and respectful.

Although I don’t recommend it (especially if you don’t speak enough Spanish to get by), we stayed until the sky was dark and blanketed with stars, and took the walk back to the parking lot to catch an Uber in the dark (using our phone flashlights). Along the way, we saw a group approaching with flashlights. We said, “Buenas” and “Hola” and they replied in kind – local guys with large fishing poles and headlamps who were trying their luck around 7:30 pm.

Can’t wait to come back again – Santa María will definitely be at the top of my list for a visit.

— Review by Maria R.

Cabo San Lucas

#2: Playa los Cerritos

23310 El Pescadero

Beaches

Cerritos Beach: What a stunning beach  ! This magical beach is located 10 miles south Todos Santos and gives off a bohemian, historical, peaceful vibe. It is swim friendly (Shallow waters make for smaller wave breaks), beach for miles (sweeping expanse of pristine welcoming waves popular for surfing), horse back riding adventures, and what seems like) miles of soft beautiful buttery sand !

We rented a pop up shade and lounge chairs and made this beach our home until the last glistening sun rays passed into the night. Spectacular sunset!!! Overall- this beach is perfect for those seeking glistening waves, soft sand, and endless beach views.

— Review by Elizabeth S.

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Cabo San Lucas

#3: Playa del Amor

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Beaches

If you have the opportunity to go to this beach, take that opportunity because some people don’t get to do it because of the weather or high waves.  We were lucky enough to take a boat ride onto the beach and spend hours out there.

We stayed at the Sante Fe Riu Resort which is right across from Playa del Amor.  There are plenty of water taxi’s that can take you and your party across to Playa del Amor.  We were a party of 10.  You can haggle for the cost if you’re lucky and that includes the return trip back.  You can stay up to 5 hours if you want, we stayed around 2 hours or so.  I can’t remember if we had to call the guy to come and pick us up or there was a guy on the other side coordinating pick up times, I was drunk at that point, haha!!

Anywho, the beach is beautiful and the rock formations are stunning.  There are people that rent umbrellas and sell beers there.

Take advantage on spending some time here because the very next day, they closed the beach because of high waves.

— Review by David S.

Cabo San Lucas

#4: Bahía Chileno

Carretera Transpeninsular Km 14.5 23410

Beaches

Perfect fine sand beach, excellent  parking lot and bathroom/ shower facilities.  Nice board walk from parking lot all the way down to the sand. The beach is spotless, we did not snorkle,  but   i guess this is the  spot for it, its where the boats from the marina take people who book snorkle trips.  One of the nicest  beachs i have ever been on. Right up there with hawaii beachs. And all for free.

— Review by Herman M.

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Cabo San Lucas

#5: Playa Costa Azul

Carretera Transp. Km.28 Col. Costa Azul (San José del Cabo)

Beaches

Don’t miss walking miles and miles on this beautiful beach.  I would recommend to enter from the south entrance which is further away from San Jose.  There is a local small supermarket after you park under the bridge on your right, we got our cold beer there.  Must do when in that area.  Note: no umbrella is available to rent.  On the positive note no pushy vendors.

— Review by Megan N.

Cabo San Lucas

#6: Divorce Beach

Blvd. Paseo de La Marina 23450

Beaches

Divorce beach is connected to lovers beach. It’s a much more quiet beach compared to the small and crowded lovers beach. $20.00 usd, includes a taxi(boat) to tour el arco and the surrounding area, drops you off at the beach for a couple of hours and the taxi(boat) comes back to pick you up. *remember to get the name of your boat* There are a few vendors that sell drinks. It’s best to take your own if you will be staying for a few hours.

— Review by Angie Y.

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Cabo San Lucas

#7: Playa Publica

Tourist Corridor S/N 23410 Cabo Bello

Beaches

Sand is very coarse so bring appropriate footwear. I opted for zori/ flip flop and bare feet but my friend went back early as the sand was too rough for her.

Here at low tide, sea urchin, crabs, various limpet and sea snails. Water a bit choppy with rock underlay and boats not too far out.

— Review by Lis K.

Cabo San Lucas

#8: Playa El Corsario

23479 Cabo San Lucas

Beaches

This a local beach known as Old Factory Beach, Cannery beach, and Playa Empacadora. The beach is swimmable and really a nice beach with soft, clean sand and good views. It’s especially nice because since it is a local beach there are no venders to pester you while you enjoy the ocean and sun. I really enjoy the history of this beach having been an old tuna canning factory and the old factory building really adds character. I would really recommend this beach and definitely would return!

— Review by Isabel D.

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