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 margaritas flowing and surfers dropping into perfect barrels directly behind the band. Few tourists make the trip...  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



Every day feels like Spring Break at Mango Deck. Looking for a place with bikini contests? Sex position contests? Banana eating contests? A mustachioed Pancho Villa lookalike named Big Johnson who carries holsters filled with tequila bottles,...  Read More


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Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, Editor at Baja.Ca, and a contributor to Forbes and 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and...  More About Chris