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Best Cabo San Lucas Cruise Beaches

Cabo San Lucas beach
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Los Cabos has some of the best beaches in the world. Soft white sand, turquoise water and warm sun make this stretch of coastline very popular. Los Cabos beaches begin at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and stretch down to San Jose del Cabo.

Cabo Beaches Near the Cruise Port

Medano Beach is a major beach near the cruise port. Visitors can see it from their ships by looking to the right of the marina.

Cruise visitors get to Medano by tendering from their cruise ships to the docks and then taking a water taxi to the beach. We paid $5 per person to go one way. There were plenty of water taxis waiting at Medano to take people back to the docks.

Other Beaches

Family Beaches

Playa Anonima—This beach has a clean shoreline and large sand dunes to block the wind. It is located between La Laguna Estates and Pueblo La Playa. Great for sunbathing, picnicking or camping.

Playa Los Frailes—Crystal blue waters and soft white sand make this a picturesque beach. The waves are gentle and waters are calm enough to swim. Because this beach is located in a bay, it also attracts boaters and fishermen.

Playa Santa Maria—A horseshoe-shaped beach and protected marine sanctuary, great waters for snorkeling and swimming. Families can enjoy a lovely day under the sun in this peaceful area.

Surfing Beaches

Medano beach
Medano Beach is the closest major beach to the cruise port. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Playa Acapulquito—A small strand of beach located just west of Costa Azul. It is a popular surf spot among the locals with great waves and smaller crowds.

Playa Costa Azul—Enjoy a world famous surfing beach just west of San Jose del Cabo. All levels of surfers can enjoy the waves and there is even a surf camp.

Playa Barco Varado—This beach is known as Shipwreck Beach. It is home to an amazing freighter that was wrecked along the rocks and it still sits here today. The waves are large and the undercurrent is strong, so take caution while surfing.

Fishing Beaches

La Playita—If you enjoy watching local fishermen reel in their catch, this is the beach to visit. It is home to the local Panga Fishing Fleet where fish are pulled in all day long.

Punta Colorada and Punta Arena—This is a rocky beach and the spot of a lovely old fishing village. Stroll along the soft sand and choose the perfect area to cast your line.

Quiet Beaches

Playa del Amor—Also called Lover’s Beach, this stretch of sand is secluded and gorgeous. The only way to get here is by boat or water taxi. A lovely spot to spend some time with that special someone.

Playa Divorcio—Although this name translates to Divorce Beach, you don’t have to be divorced to go here. The waters are a sparkling turquoise but can become quite dangerous. There are stunning rock formations that jet out into the ocean.

Playa Las Viudas—This beach is tucked away by a local hotel and is relatively secluded. The water has many reefs to enjoy snorkeling or you can choose to sunbathe under the warm sun.