Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, because of strong waves, undercurrents, and a lack of lifeguards at many beaches, not all beaches in Los Cabos are swimmable — especially those along the Pacific Ocean.
Despite the fact that there are many beaches that aren’t suitable for swimming in Los Cabos, there are still several swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas that are safe to splash around in on your vacation. Keep reading for a list of our favorite swimming beaches in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and the Tourist Corridor.
Top Swimmable Beaches in Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo
Though there are few swimmable beaches on the Baja California Peninsula, the most popular swimmable beaches in Cabo listed below are worth visiting during your vacation.
1. Medano Beach
Medano Beach is located in Downtown Cabo San Lucas and is the longest swimming beach in Los Cabos, stretching for more than two miles around Cabo San Lucas Bay. Since the ocean here is protected from dangerous undercurrents and there are several lifeguards on duty at Medano Beach, this is one of the city’s safest (and busiest) swimming beaches.
The safest swimming sections at Medano Beach are between Cabo San Lucas Marina and Tabasco Beach Bar. Between Tabasco Beach Bar to Riu Santa Fe, the beach may be safe, but swimmers should exercise caution and pay attention to the flag system.
In addition to the golden sand and clear waters, Medano Beach is filled with luxury resorts, delicious restaurants, beach bars, and great shopping. In fact, our beachfront rentals from Cabo Rentals by Jane sit right on the sandy shores of Medano Beach. There is no doubt about it — you’ll find plenty to do while spending a day at this swimmable beach!
2. Lover’s Beach
Lover’s Beach is one of the most iconic Los Cabos beaches, located at Land’s End. This swimmable beach can only be reached by boat and is home to other popular attractions, like the Arch of Cabo San Lucas and Divorce Beach. However, beware — though Divorce Beach is beautiful to look at, this beach is located on the Pacific Ocean side of Land’s End, and the strong waves make it unsafe for swimmers.
The calm waters at Lover’s Beach aren’t just great for swimming — they’re also ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and other fun water sports. Just remember to bring your snorkeling gear with you on the boat ride to Lover’s Beach for a chance to see the tropical fish, sea urchins, and other creatures lurking beneath the waves.
3. Chileno Beach
Chileno Beach is one of the best beaches in Los Cabos for tourists who are looking for the clean sand, calm waters, and basic amenities offered at Medano Beach without the beach vendors, tourists, and “hustle and bustle” at this popular spot. Since there aren’t many all-inclusive resorts or restaurants along the hotel zone, you’ll want to come prepared with a picnic lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and beach chairs.
Chileno Beach, in addition to being one of the best swimming beaches in Cabo San Lucas, is also one of the best Cabo San Lucas beaches for snorkeling. Bring your snorkeling gear over to the rocky sides of the beach, where you’ll be able to see vibrant tropical fish and coral reefs beneath the surface.
4. Santa Maria Beach
Santa Maria Beach, also known as Playa Santa Maria, is a horseshoe-shaped beach on Santa Maria Bay in the Corridor of Los Cabos. Like Chileno Beach, Santa Maria Beach is another popular destination for snorkeling because of the perfectly clear water, ideal swimming conditions, and abundant marine life beneath the surface.
Aside from a private beach club reserved for owners and guests, there are no amenities (aside from bathrooms) at Santa Maria Beach, so you’ll need to bring your own beach gear, snacks, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, and other items needed for a fun day at the beach.
5. Palmilla Beach
Palmilla Beach offers soft sand, blue waters, and fabulous swimming conditions near San Jose del Cabo. Though there aren’t tons of restaurants nearby (pack a picnic!), there are vendors at this beach, so you’ll be able to rent a beach chair or umbrella to stay shaded.
6. Cannery Beach
Cannery Beach, also called Playa Coral Negro, is one of the most swimmable beaches in Cabo — and it’s located right in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. However, unlike the neighboring Medano Beach, the Cannery Beaches (Coral Negro and Balconcito) are much less touristy and busy than their neighboring beach, which is why this location is often nicknamed the “Locals Beach.”
Cannery Beach is a great spot for swimming and snorkeling, and the boulders that surround the beach are relaxing to sit on and offer some extra shade. You’ll mostly find locals and kayaking trips departing for Land’s End from this Cabo beach — so it’s a great spot for a relaxing day at the beach.
7. Tequila Cove
Tequila Cove is located in the Corridor right next to Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. You can purchase a day pass for access to the Enclave Beach Club, where you’ll be able to spend the day in style with delicious food and cocktails, umbrellas, and beach chairs provided by this luxury resort.
However, you don’t have to spend money at the hotel to enjoy the swimmable beach at Tequila Cove. While you’re here, you can also try other water sports, like jet skiing, in addition to swimming.
Return to a Relaxing Retreat After Exploring the Best Cabo San Lucas Beaches for Swimming
While it’s true that many beaches in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo aren’t swimmable, as you can see, there are still tons of gorgeous swimmable beaches to enjoy during your vacation in Los Cabos!
If you’d like to have beachfront access to Medano Beach — one of the most swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas — we encourage you to book one of our beachfront rentals with Cabo Rentals by Jane. During your stay, we can help you make reservations for snorkeling, diving, boat cruises, swimming with the dolphins, and other fun water activities.