Beaches in Cabo San Lucas are arguably the reason people come to this great Gulf city, with endless stretches of sand, clear waters, tons of amenities, and fantastic beachfront entertainment. The beaches here are great for swimming, surfing, watersports, Instagram photos, or having a tropical craft cocktail with your feet in the sand and the waves crashing onshore. You can enjoy fried seafood along the shoreline in the salt air. You can lay out and grab a tan or build sandcastles with the kids.

    Whether you're into surfing and bodyboarding or you just want to catch some rays, you'll find the beach here. Check out some of the most popular, beautiful beaches in Cabo San Lucas.

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    Lovers Beach

    Visit a secluded cove beach

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    Lovers Beach is a calm cove beach at the tip of Land's End, offering soft, golden sand, stunning rock formations towering into the air, and hidden access. You will need to take a water taxi from the marina or kayak over from another local beach to reach this beach. This beach is less crowded than other beaches because you need to make arrangements to get here, and the water is very calm and safe for swimming. That makes it great for families. There are no amenities here, however, so bring your hat, chair, and umbrella.

    Lovers beach is a romantic spot with gorgeous photo ops. It's a favorite of many who make repeat trips here.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    El Medano Beach

    Kick back on one of the most popular local beaches

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    El Medano Beach offers a 2-mile long expanse of golden sand and dark blue waters along the Cabo San Lucas Marina, with calm, swim-friendly surf that's popular among visitors. Luxury hotels and resorts line the beach, and a line of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are all along the shore so you can eat, drink, and party the night away here. Watersports are highly popular here, including jet-skiing, boogie boards, kayaking, parasailing, and many other activities. You can even rent gear from sports rental shacks along the beach.

    You can also catch a water taxi here to visit offshore islands and other attractions. The marina is in the heart of downtown.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    Chileno Bay Public Beach

    Hit up a relaxing Blue Flag beach

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    Chileno Bay Public Beach, or Playa Chileno, is a gorgeous calm beach with clear water against a backdrop of upscale luxury homes and hotels with Blue Flag status. It's safe for swimming and is a wildly popular snorkeling spot. The snorkeling and swimming areas are cordoned off to keep boats out. The beach offers plenty of amenities, including restrooms, showers, and a boardwalk, though you won't find lots of shops or restaurants along the shoreline here.

    Bring your snacks and drinks, rent an umbrella, and kick back on this beloved beach. It's just 18 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    Santa Maria Beach

    Go whale watching from the beach

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    Santa Maria Beach is a serene beach offering swimming, endless stretches of sand and surf, snorkeling, and the opportunity for whale watching. This beach doesn't offer a ton in the way of amenities, but it's something of a hidden gem where you can relax while the kids splash and play. You can build sandcastles, catch some rays, or head into the water to snorkel among the colorful sea life. While whales aren't a constant sight here, it's not uncommon to see one breach on the horizon when it's in season.

    If you're looking for a quiet, uncrowded place, this is it. It's just 20 minutes east of downtown.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    Playa del Divorcio

    Explore a rugged coastline with scenic surf

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    Playa del Divorcio, or Divorce Beach, offers a scenic shoreline and rough surf with endless stretches of sand that are great for relaxation and photos. It isn't good for swimming; the surf makes it extremely dangerous. If, however, you want to take a walk along a rugged coast that showcases the power of nature, this is a good place to come. Despite its name—and no one seems to know why it's called "Divorce Beach," it can be a romantic spot for a morning or late afternoon stroll.

    It may be named because the surf is opposite of the calm waters of Lovers Beach across the way. It's only about 10 minutes to the south of downtown.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    Playa Costa Azul

    Check out a major annual surfing competition

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    Playa Costa Azul is one of the signature surfing spots in Los Cabos, on the Sea of Cortez side, and offers pro surfing competitions, photos, beach bars, and entertainment. The prime surfing here is the result of the Zippers reef break, and during the summer months, you'll see the best among pro surfers tackling the pipes here. The annual Los Cabos Open of Surf is held here every summer and includes swimsuit competitions, live music, food, and celebrations for days.

    Even outside of the competition, Zipper's Bar & Grill is the place to go for food, drinks, and fun. It's about 40 minutes to the north of town.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    Playa Empacadora

    Visit the "most Mexican beach in Los Cabos"

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    Playa Empacadora is a unique beach that's famed for its features to train new divers, as well as offering great swimming. The gold sand is soft and delicate and provides a gentle slope to the water, whose low swell makes this an ideal beach for children to swim. It's also popular with snorkelers and divers and offers an opportunity to see a wide range of colorful tropical sea life. It's one of the Cannery Beaches, which places it within easy reach of many other beaches, restaurants, and shopping opportunities steps away from the sun and sand.

    This quiet and serene beach has been called the "most Mexican beach in Los Cabos." It's right in the heart of downtown.

    Location: Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

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    Playa Monumentos

    See the hub of surfer culture

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    Playa Monumentos is the surfer's paradise of Cabo San Lucas, with outstanding pipes that appeal to the most experienced surfers, with a scenic rock formation in the background. Note that this is a beach that's not great for swimming, and beginning surfers should be careful, as a wipeout offers dangers like jagged rocks and sea urchins. If, however, you are a fan of scenic beaches, great photos, and watching expert surfers ply their sport, this is a place to visit for exciting surf action.

    Playa Monumentos offers photos of the famed El Arco rock formation in the distance, backing the surfers. It's only 16 minutes east of the city.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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    Playa Coral Negro

    Head for a hidden gem popular with locals

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    Playa Coral Negro, also called Cannery Beach, is an underrated, uncrowded, and little-known beach in Cabo San Lucas in the heart of downtown that's a favorite among locals. This beach often sees tours leading to other points of interest here, so if you're exploring, you might find yourself spending some time on this stretch of sand and sun. Because it's less well-known, this beach sees relatively little traffic, so it's a good place to come and just relax to get away from the crowds and recharge your batteries.

    The beach also goes by the Locals Beach, so you may hear that name tossed around. It's also right in the heart of downtown at the Marina.

    Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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