Your pocket guide to Cabo San Lucas’ best swimmable beaches and water activities
With a privileged location in the southernmost spot of the Baja California Peninsula, surrounded by the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, and boasting perfect weather all year long, desert landscapes, and sparkling waters, Cabo San Lucas is your place to discover endless opportunities to get in touch with nature.
From this infinite list, we have cherry-picked the best swimmable beaches and the top water activities to enjoy and make the most of your vacation time in this piece of heaven called Cabo San Lucas.
Probably the most popular swimmable beach near Cabo San Lucas, Playa el Medano boasts soft, white sand kissed by azure waters that offer any kind of water sports, from snorkeling to jet-skiing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. If you are aiming higher, you cannot miss parasailing over this majestic beach in Cabo San Lucas. Drench your thirst at the many restaurants and bars on-site while you enjoy one of the most extraordinary views of the Land’s End.
Santa Maria Beach
This natural cove is located amid large granite rocks and is very popular for swimming, snorkeling, and diving aficionados. Here, the shallow waters are packed with tropical fish and offer optimal visibility during morning hours. Absolute relaxation awaits you at Santa Maria Beach; just make sure you bring everything you need for a splendid day, as public facilities are limited.
Chileno Beach’s calm waters are ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing under thatched palapa roofs, and taking in the fantastic views from the shore. If you want to enjoy the visit at your own pace, it is quite recommendable to rent a car, but you can always take one of the boat tours that set off from the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
Discover this tiny beach by taking a glass-bottom boat ride while you admire the hypnotizing marine life beneath. Stop by the iconic Arch at Land’s End and take the chance to snorkel and scuba dive over the underwater sand falls by Neptune’s Finger rock formation. The final destination, Lovers’ Beach or Playa del Amor, will be your private paradise to swim and relax.
Our selection of Top water activities in Cabo San Lucas
December through mid-April is whale watching season in Cabo San Lucas. Experience one of the most fascinating encounters in the Baja area as you spot and play with humpback, blue, gray, and orca whales. Get your camera ready and admire these majestic mammals as they jump out of the water! Some tours offer the opportunity to listen to whale songs through hydrophones.
Cabo Pulmo National Park
With more than 17,300 acres, this protected marine sanctuary must be on your list of things to do while in Cabo San Lucas. This area has strived thanks to restricted fishing activity and nowadays is the diving spot par excellence in the Sea of Cortez. Be prepared to spot living coral reefs inhabited by vast marine life, including sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, and playful sea lions.
Whether you are an expert or a first-timer, Cabo San Lucas is the wind sports mecca from November through March. North winds reach speeds of 18 to 30 knots and offer the perfect conditions to unleash your inner adventurer. Join professional kiteboarders, windsurfers, and kitesurfers worldwide at the best beaches for these sports, including Los Barriles, Buena Vista, Punta Colorada, and Cabo Pulmo, and take note that you can rent equipment and everything necessary on-site.
Swimming with whale sharks
Swim side-by-side with whale sharks in La Paz —a 2-hour scenic drive away from Cabo San Lucas— and let these friendly fish, 40-foot long and over 20 tons of weight, surprise you during an epic encounter in their natural habitat. Even when their dimensions can be imposing, these beautiful marine animals feed on plankton—nothing to worry about!
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