Depending on the type of person you are, you might prefer a crowded beach with lots of vendors, bars, etc. I'm not that type of person so I'll focus on the more peaceful beaches.
If you go into the marina in cabo, you can hire a boat to take you to playa de amor or "lovers beach" It is a very nice beach only accessable by boat. The beach itself is situated at the very tip of the peninsula of baja mexico. One side of the beach faces the sea of cortez, and the other side faces the pacific. It is really neat to see the contrast between the two waters. The pacific side is just for show. You shouldn't swim there because the waves and under currents are insane. On the sea of cortez side of the beach, the waters are calm and beautiful. The boat will drop you off on this side.
They don't serve any drinks on this beach so it is advised you bring your own beers or whatever you like. I stopped by a local store on the way and picked up 9 coronas and they threw them into a bag full of ice for me. Nothing like drinking some coronas on a peaceful beach.. hence the commercials :)
You can bring your snorkel gear wtih you although I didn't do that here. It is just so nice.. i can't really say it in words.. just go there and trust me.
The boat ride will cost you about 4 dollars or so.
I would highly recommend that you check out the atv tour. There are several different ATV tours you can take which take you through various types of terrain. Some focus on beach only, some focus on desert, mountains, etc. In my case, I lucked out and took one that focused on a little bit of everything. This was probably the most memorable part of the trip for me. I started off in the desert near the mountains on the western side of the peninsula. We took a route through some dry riverbeds, mountains, and finally reached the beach on the pacific side of cabo. It was really neat to see this type of terrain and experience it on an atv.
Don't worry if you have never ridden an ATV before, they are very easy to ride and for the most part safe. The only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that when you get done with your tour, you will be covered in dust.. lots and lots of it!
Although safe, the atv ride is by no means boring. You can go about 40mph if you take it pretty hard. Once we reached our destination, the tour guide allows you to hang out at the beach to do whatever you want.. you can ride in the sand dunes, or just cruise around the beach. There are no tourists here as the water is not good for swimming and there are really no facilities to speak of here either.
The beach is also home to sea turtles. They have parts of the beach sectioned off so that the turtles can come and lay their eggs at night. Very neat.
You can really feel the rough waves of the pacific once you reach the beach. I really enjoyed this.
You must visit the Office. It is located on the beach. It is a restraunt with great food, drinks, in the center fo the beach and all the activities. Seating is on the beach in the sand under umbrellas. Ropped off from vendors. Also the Smallest Bar in the world is withing walking distance in the downtown area.
I swear I almost broke some ribs laughing so hard when we got swept under the waves. At the time it's kinda scary but it's also sooo funny when you see it happening. My dad got smoked by the waves a couple of times without noticing and I was on the ground laughing. Ohhh, good times, good times.
We had lots of fun swimming with the waves and what not. Even though sometimes we got sucked under and thrown around because of how strong the waves were, it was still fun. The water was always pretty nice and not too cold but good enough, better than here in Canada...lol
There are lots of beaches in Cabo San Lucas and most of them a few kilometres out of town. On our way to San Jose del Cabo we were visiting the Santa Maria Beach. Like most beaches in Cabo, this one offers no parasols or restaurant/bars. Ok, the views are beautiful, but no bar ;o)
The Medano Beach is the only beach (as far I know) that offers parasols and restaurant/bars. Here you find also lots beach activities like a wave runner, parasailing, beach volley, bikini shows etc... For me this was the most pleasant beach as I like to sit after a swim with a cool beer and a snack. Only, the many peddlers here can be a real pain in the as*...
Although, close by the city centre, water taxis showing up like flies to take you to the marina in town. Nevertheless, you will need a water taxi to get to Lovers Beach...
Lovers Beach at Land's End is the most beautiful beach in Cabo, and you can see there the both seas. On one side of the beach you can swim (or surf) in the Pacific Ocean, on the other side you find the more calm Sea of Cortez. Think about that this beach does not offer some parasols or restaurant/bars. There are some locals who selling cold beer for the price of US$ 5 (two beers by one). So, it is cheaper to bring your own cervesas ;o) Shade can be found behind the rocks. Remember also that you need a water taxi to come here...
This sea is much calmer to swim and you will find most people on this side of the beach. This side of the beach is used by the water taxis to drop people off or take them back to the mainland...
This is the beach at Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez. This beach is beautiful and has amazing views. It is safe to swim here, and there are plenty of activities available, such as waverunners, snorkeling, kayaks and more. Vendors also line the beach trying to sell things from jewelry to clothes to pottery. My guess is you will spend the majority of your time here.
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