Beaches are year-round attractions in Cabo San Lucas, and two of the Los Cabos area’s most beautiful stretches of golden sands are found amidst the granite rock formations at Land’s End, at the southernmost point of Baja California peninsula.
Playa del Amor, or "Lover’s Beach," is the most famous of the two, and certainly worthy of its romantic moniker. Lover’s Beach is a sand-strewn idyll bounded by towering rocks, and the beach offers gorgeous looks across the bay towards the luxury resorts that line the coastline.
Unlike Médano Beach, which is easily accessible from the downtown area, Lover’s Beach requires a bit of effort to reach its shores. 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.
A view of Baja peninsulas southernmost beaches: Lover's Beach and Divorce Beach — Photo courtesy of Solmar Hotels & Resorts
Kayak and stand-up paddle board tours sometimes include stops at Lover’s Beach, but it is an experience best enjoyed without time limits or scheduling constraints. Pack a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine–plus water, sunscreen, towels and any other essentials you’ll need–and enjoy a relaxing, romantic and unforgettable interlude at one of Baja California Sur’s most majestic settings.
Snorkel gear is also recommended, since the Sea of Cortez offers safe swimming and very good snorkeling conditions.
The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of the waters found on the other side, also known as the Pacific Ocean. Strong rip currents make swimming in the Pacific very dangerous, but anyone visiting Lover’s Beach should absolutely walk through the gap in the rocks that separates it from its neighbor, Playa del Divorcio, or "Divorce Beach."
Divorce Beach is five times the size of Lover’s, a fact oft remarked upon by cynical locals. Despite its name, however, Divorce is every bit as beautiful, with soft sand and evocatively eroded rock formations. These provide perfect perches from which to watch waves that have traveled thousands of miles crash upon the shore.
The rocky promontory that stretches to Land’s End begins near the luxurious Grand Solmar resort, and locals and adventurous visitors occasionally access Divorce Beach via a path that requires a bit of rock climbing. This shortcut is not advised, however, and the safest way to reach Divorce Beach is by taking a panga to Lover’s Beach and walking over.
For those who'd like to take photos of Lover's Beach without actually visiting, guided tours of the Land's End landmarks like El Arco ("The Arch"), Pelican Rock, Neptune's Finger and Lover's Beach are included in virtually every local snorkel and sunset cruise.
One of the most memorable of these is the sunset cruise offered by Caborey, which also features a five-star dinner and a Las Vegas-style floorshow with traditional Latin American singing and dancing.