Golden Zone: The Best Beachfront Hotels in Los Cabos

Los Cabos has dozens of beautiful beaches, and an even greater number of beachfront hotels. As a consequence, visitors have many options at a variety of price points in Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, as well as along the Tourist Corridor that connects the two cities.

Playa El Médano is the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas, and this two mile stretch of golden sand is home to many of the city's most luxurious resorts, including Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, Casa Dorada, ME Cabo Resort and Pueblo Bonito Rosé. All-inclusive packages are available at most Médano Beach based resorts, and all are within walking distance of downtown shopping, dining and nightlife, 

San José del Cabo offers lodgings on Acapulaquito and Costa Azul beaches – as well as near La Playita in the Puerto Los Cabos development – but the city's largest concentration of beachfront resorts is along the Playa Hotelera. This stretch largely features all-inclusives, the best of which is Barceló's Grand Faro (formerly Hola Grand Faro), notable for its distinctive lighthouse and abundant accommodations options and amenities.

Although the coast-hugging Tourist Corridor boasts many fine resorts, the benchmark remains One&Only Palmilla, a world-class property that features easy access to the three nine-hole, Jack Nicklaus designed Palmilla Golf Club courses, and swimming and water sports in the protected cove off Playa Palmilla. 

Pueblo Bonito now has four resorts in Cabo San Lucas -including its Blanco and Rosé properties on Médano Beach - and guests are typically free to explore dining and amenities at other PB resorts. The classically themed Pueblo Bonito Rosé...  Read More

Formerly known as the Hola Grand Faro Los Cabos, the now Barceló branded property is one of the premier resorts on the Playa Hotelera in San José del Cabo, the long beachfront strand that features the city's largest concentration of seaside...  Read More

A romantic getaway of the first order, Dreams offers an array of amenity laden suites, as well as three large pools, a jacuzzi, five onsite restaurants and four lounges. The suites are elegantly appointed, with terrace views. Restaurant...  Read More

Bahía Hotel has carved out a niche as one of the premier boutique hotels in Cabo San Lucas, with chic accommodations, an excellent pool area featuring daybeds and recliners, and a beach club offering water-based rentals. The onsite restaurant,...  Read More

Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa is the latest offering from the Solmar Group, whose other luxury properties locally include Playa Grande and Ridge Luxury Villas. The relatively new (Phase 1 premiered in 2011) all-inclusive resort features...  Read More

This 22-room boutique resort offers a beautiful setting on Acapulquito Beach, and one of the best surf-friendly locations in Los Cabos. Rooms include Junior Suites, Junior Villas, King Villas and a Master Villa, all featuring marble floors, flat...  Read More

The luxurious Médano Beach-based resort Casa Dorada combines magnificent Sea of Cortez views with richly appointed suites and penthouses featuring marble bath appointments, private terraces, chic interior design and upscale amenities such as...  Read More

In addition to a spectacular Médano Beach location and breathtaking views of Land's End and Bahia Cabo San Lucas, the boutique ME Cabo Resort offers a stunning Art Deco style lobby with a sweeping spiral marble staircase that descends to the...  Read More

This scenically situated property dates to the early days of tourism in Cabo San Lucas, when - as the Hotel Hacienda - it was a frequent haunt of Hollywood stars like John Wayne, Raquel Welch and the Rat Pack. It was rebuilt as Hacienda Beach...  Read More

One&Only Palmilla is regularly rated by travel magazines as the best resort in México, and deservedly so. The resort has been around since the 1950s - it was founded by pioneering Los Cabos developer Rod Rodriguez - and has remained the area's...  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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