Sun, Sea and Sand: 10 Best Beaches in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is home to dozens of great beaches, from scenic Pacific Ocean facing stretches of golden sand in Cabo San Lucas to Playa Hotelera and La Playita in San José del Cabo. Some are best known for their beauty, others for their safe swimming, surf breaks or snorkeling and diving conditions. All feature plenty of sunshine: the region averages about 350 sunny days per year.

Playa El Médano in Cabo San Lucas is ground zero during the Spring Break months, but this two-mile expanse of bars, restaurants, and umbrella-shaded sunbeds draws large crowds throughout the year. Playa del Amor, or Lover's Beach, is probably the most frequently photographed beach in Los Cabos, given its privileged location amidst the granite rock formations at Land's End. Lover's Beach is only accessible by water, so visitors must take a water taxi, or arrange a rental kayak or other water-based transportation if they wish to explore this pristine paradise.

The highest concentration of beaches is found along the Tourist Corridor, the twenty-mile strip of highway that connects the two cape cities. Chileno, Santa María and Palmilla are among the most popular beaches in the corridor, and all three have received Blue Flags for quality and sustainability from FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education). Surf breaks, burgers and beer are part of the seaside scene at Costa Azul, while Playa Las Viudas, or Widow's Beach, provides photogenic volcanic rock formations and plenty of privacy in its countless inlets and coves.

Playa Bledito is a beach with many names. Also known as Tequila Cove or Cabo Real, this crescent-shaped stretch is located near several large Tourist Corridor resorts, including Hilton Los Cabos, Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Marquis Los Cabos, and...  Read More

Solmar is on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo San Lucas, and with the exception of Divorce Beach, is the southernmost of the Pacific beaches, located near the onset of the rock formations that jut out toward Land's End. Solmar is accessible...  Read More

Playa Las Viudas, or Widow's Beach, formerly known as Twin Dolphin Beach, is not among the most popular of the sandy seaside expanses in the Tourist Corridor, but it's an excellent place for those seeking a little privacy. The beach itself is...  Read More

Playa Chileno is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and has been consistently "blue flagged" for excellence by FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education) for its water quality, safety and services. As one might imagine, Chileno...  Read More

Beautiful Tourist Corridor beach Playa Palmilla is essentially divided into public and private areas, with the latter belonging to One & Only Palmilla, one of area's benchmark luxury resorts. The beach offers great swimming in a protected...  Read More

Playa Santa María is not quite as popular as Tourist Corridor neighbor Playa Chileno, but this exquisitely lovely horseshoe-shaped beach is definitely worth a visit. The protected bay includes a marine sanctuary, and there is an colorful array...  Read More

Playa Los Cerritos
Photo courtesy of Chris Sands

Playa Los Cerritos is located about forty-five minutes north of Los Cabos just before the artists' colony of Todos Santos. Just head north from San Lucas on Highway 19, and look for a turn off road to the left around the kilometer 66 mark. This...  Read More

Playa Costa Azul
Photo courtesy of Chris Sands

Playa Costa Azul is one of the best beaches in the San Jose del Cabo area, with excellent surf breaks, and plenty of great food and drink at Zipper's Bar and Grill. Costa Azul is located near Km 29 on the Carretera Transpeninsular, and has all...  Read More

Lover's and Divorce Beaches are as close as you can get to Land's End without a boat. However, you will need a boat or other water-based transportation to access them. Lover's Beach is on the Sea of Cortés side, and generally has safe swimming...  Read More

Playa El Médano is ground zero for the Spring Break madness in March, and remains busy throughout the year. In many ways, it's the center of social life in Cabo San Lucas. The beach is huge, about two miles long, and filled with restaurants,...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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