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Beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Los Cabos has miles of Mexico's most spectacular beaches! Their unspoiled beauty is breathtaking. Here are a few of our favorites. This list moves you from the tip of Baja, north to San Jose del Cabo.
It is important for the traveler to note that there is a great difference in surf conditions on either side coast of Baja. You will encounter great swells on the Pacific side and it is therefore not considered very safe for swimming. The Sea of Cortez side, by contrast, is almost always calm, warm and perfect swimming, snorkeling, diving and all other water sports.
Land's End in front of the Finisterra and Solmar Hotels and Terrasol condominiums on the peninsula's very tip is wide, smooth and wonderful for strolling, snoozing, sun-bathing and listening to the sound of the surf. Whale watching and enjoying the scenery are the favorite pastimes.
Lover's Beach, Playa de Amor, is small and sparkling. Most people arrive by boat from the dock at Cabo San Lucas though you can get there by hiking over the rocks on Land's End beaches from the Hotel Solmar. This is the only place where you walk from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean in a matter of seconds. The contrast is unforgettable.
Medano in front of the Hacienda and Melia Hotel is open to visitors of several resorts, lined with restaurants and beach shops, selling curios and renting all sorts of exotic water sports equipment. Jet skis, wind surfers, fishing boats, canoes and diving gear are all available.
Los Arcos is for body surfers. But be prepared. The road from the highway to the beach is rough. A real adventure. Bring lunch!
Whale's Head, Cabeza de Ballena, for sport fishing and snorkeling, or just relaxing.
Shipwreck, Playa Barco Varado, Km. 9.5. In 1964 a Japanese freighter found an unfortunate home here. Now fishing, diving, snorkeling, swimming and surfing can be found here.
Widow's Beach, Playa de las Viudas, Km. 11, is great for swimming. Tidepools with interesting marine life make it an underwater explorer's dream.
Santa Maria, Km. 12 near the Hotel Twin Dolphin, is one of the world's most beautiful bays. Vermilion mountains drop into the water at either side of this perfect moon-shaped beach. Ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Bring your own picnic. Make a day of it.
Chileno, Km. 15 by the Hotel Cabo San Lucas is great for swimming, diving, waterskiing and surfing. Sports equipment can be rented. Local guides will help you on your way.
Buenos Aires, is a brilliant expanse of beach, good for surfing and strolling; not swimming. Great for whale watching.
Palmilla lies just north of Hotel Palmilla. Naturally protected and ideal for swimming, diving, or snorkeling. Sports equipment available for rent. It's also the launching pad for the Palmilla fleet, one of the finest in the world.
Acapulquito, The "Hot" surfing beach. If it's too rough for your tastes, don't worry...people-watching makes up for it.
Costa Azul Beach is a favorite with local surfers. San José del Cabo's fishing fleet is based here and at daybreak it's a sight worth seeing as the armada chases the newborn sun.