Umbrella-Shaded Sipping Spots: 10 Best Beach Bars in Los Cabos



Generally speaking, there is no difference between beachfront bars and restaurants in Los Cabos. Seaside bars in the area always serve food, and the restaurants always maintain dedicated bar areas with tropical cocktails, premium tequilas and plenty of ice cold beer.

Since fresh local seafood and umbrella-garnished margaritas are a given, the best local beach bars distinguish themselves with live music, interactive entertainment, water-based rentals and lounge chair cocktail service. Mango Deck Cantina offers all of the above…and boasts the bawdiest seaside party scene on Playa El Médano. Known as Cabo San Lucas' unofficial Spring Break headquarters, Mango Deck serves up hot food and cold drinks - including tequila shooters from a criss-crossed bandolier wearing Pancho Villa look-alike named Big Johnson - as well as hosting sex position contests, and arranging wave runner and other rentals.

Zipper's is the preferred spot for sun, sand and buckets of beer in San José del Cabo. The beachfront bar and grill pairs tasty burgers and BBQ ribs with ice cold bottles of Victoria, and is the summertime hangout of choice for the local surf crowd (Playa Costa Azul, where Zipper’s is set, hosts the annual Los Cabos Open of Surf). Cerritos Beach, on the other hand, is notable for its winter surf conditions. The Pacific Ocean-side playa – it’s just south of Pescadero and Todos Santos – also offers first-class margaritas, mariscos and Latin jazz at the scenically set Cerritos Beach Club & Surf.




Tabasco doesn't get the same publicity as Mango Deck and The Office, but this is one of the best places to hang out on Médano Beach, with a sun deck boasting terrific views of Land's End and the local seaside scene, and a menu featuring...  Read More




Baja California Sur's first craft brewery now has three locations - the original in San José del Cabo, a rooftop aerie at Cabo Villas on Médano Beach, and on the Cabo San Lucas Marina at Puerto Paraíso - all of which have proved exceedingly...  Read More




Air-conditioning, gorgeous Sea of Cortés views, and fresh local seafood are the prime attractions at this bar and restaurant at Hotel Palmas de Cortez, which is conveniently located near several of the Van Wormer Resorts family’s other Los...  Read More




It's easy to see why this palapa-topped bar and restaurant is packed all-day, every day. The Office is a great place to sit back and watch the waves roll in, with a full bar and a large array of menu options, from breakfast favorites such as...  Read More




There's fine dining...and then there's fine dining with your bare feet buried in soft sand, moonlight illuminating the rock formations at Land's End, and the soothing sounds of the Sea of Cortez lapping gently against the shore. Baja Cantina...  Read More




Nikki Beach Club is the hippest spot in Cabo, with a great cast of international DJs pumping out pulsing dance music, and a poolside atmosphere rich in champagne bottle service and professional swimsuit models. This is where Baja's beautiful...  Read More




Playa El Tecolote can't top Balandra for sheer beauty, but it's hands down the best beach in the La Paz area for barefoot seaside drinking and dining. Palapa Azul is its foremost treasure, and quite easy to find: Just follow the malecón out of...  Read More




Cerritos Beach Club & Surf is the perfect place on the planet on Sunday afternoons: jazz on the beach on a plywood stage, with surfers dropping into perfect barrels directly behind the band; 2009 Los Angeles Music Critics Circle award winner...  Read More




Beloved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back beachfront atmosphere, Zipper's offers excellent comfort food and easy access to some of the area's best surf breaks. Set on Costa Azul Beach - site of the annual 6-star ASP sanctioned Los...  Read More




Mango Deck is one of the signature stops in Cabo San Lucas, as famed in its way as local late night landmarks like Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe. Located on Médano Beach, Mango Deck is ground zero during Spring Break, pulling in huge crowds for...  Read More


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Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at Baja.com, 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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