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Lover's Beach is a Must-See!
Lover’s Beach is another “must-see” spot during your stay in Cabo San Lucas. Pick up a glass bottom boat or a water taxi from the Marina or along Playa Medano. Don’t forget to bargain because what was supposedly a twelve dollar round trip quickly dropped to ten dollars when we told the boatman that ten was the price we had been told the day before.
Our glass bottom boat left Medano Beach for the short cruise across the bay. The snorkeling in the usually warm water in front of Lover’s Beach is excellent, every bit as good as the party boat trip we had taken a couple days earlier. Our boat stopped so we could observe small fish though the glass bottom, then continued on to look at the sea lions sun bathing near El Arco (the Arch). When the boat pulled ashore, we were greeted by locals who helped get us and our gear out of the boat (for a tip, of course).
Lover’s Beach, which faces out to the Sea of Cortez, is often crowded and is more or less the party beach. But there are no concessions so bring your own food, beer, sunscreen, and beach towels. The Pacific side of the peninsula is less crowded and far more romantic, so it’s definitely worth crossing over for a visit. Sometimes referred to as Divorce Beach, this area along the Pacific has dramatic sand dunes and rock formations, as well as dangerous currents and riptides, so swimming should be avoided.
To return to the Marina or Medano Beach, just set a pick-up time with your skipper before you disembark and make sure to remember the name of your boat! He’ll be there at the appointed hour to pick you up
- Diving and Snorkeling
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.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Whale Watching
Santa Maria bay
Probably my favorite beach there. You have to be on the lookout for this beach becuause it is not that highly advertised.
I only found out about this beach due to my whale watching tour. The tour started in cabo san lucas marina and they took us to this little cove called santa maria to snorkel for an hour or so. The water here is very very calm and so clear! You can see fish from your boat without any googles. Simply amazing.Getting there is simple if you k now what you're looking for. Once you get dropped off at the bus stop, walk down the hill toward the water.
You will find a parking lot where an old mexican man will be awaiting your arrival. If you do drive just park your car there and he'll take care of it for a small tip :)
He was a very nice guy. He even offered to drive me back to my hotel had it been on the way to his home in cabo san lucas.
El Medano Beach
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.
- Water Sports
Lover's Beach/Divorce Beach
The final stop on the water taxi tour of the arch should bring you to Lover's Beach. You can also skip the tour and come straight here. This beach is on the Sea of Cortez side, and only accessible by boat. You can swim at Lover's Beach.
The other beach is called Divorce Beach and is on the Pacific Ocean. You cannot swim here, and do not be fooled by the natives trying to surf here. The undertow is dangerous and people have drowned.
There are rock formations to look at and climb, and the scenery is beautiful here. It is worth coming here to spend an hour or two.
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...
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.
- National/State Park
Playa del Amor...
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...
The beach at Santa Maria is nice and calm with warm water. The sand is alittle coarse and rough on the feet. The snorkeling is average with a lot of colorful fish that hang around only because they are fed by every passing boat and snorkel tour. The big snorkel boats are noisy and bring quite a lot of chaos to an otherwise quiet area.
Santa Maria Beach...
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)
Put in a little work at "The Office"
The Office is a great bar/restaurant located on the beach near the center of the city. If you are looking to party on the beach during the day, this is the place to be. When I was here in March 2006 it was packed full of college students. The margaritas are tasty, large, and very strong. If you are looking to go to the beach to relax this is not the place for you.
- School Holidays
The most popular beach of Cabo San Lucas, always crowded, and full of vendors, is located very close to the downtown marina. It begins in the east side of the harbour, extending for some miles until reach the small village of Villa del Palmar. A place to see and be seen between local and visitors, is where he action is.
Now don't get me wrong, you should never operate a vehicle of any sort while intoxicated.. but if you are dumb like me, and like to live on the edge.. you MIGHT want to try it in cabo lol.
After my whale watching tour I went to midano beach and found a place that rents wave runners. I've never been on one but I was on vacation so I thought why not.
You can take the wave runner anywhere on the bay area. You can even ride it to the lovers beach that I mentioned previously but you cannot dock there just ride by. It was so much fun especially when you're drunk lol.
The price is about $50 for 30 mins but its well worth it. Besides.. you're on vacation money well spent.
I was able to ride the waves but the waters are still pretty calm so no need to worry about much. It was great times.. might even top sex.. but not sure if it was as fun if I wasn't drunk.. but drunk sex is always fun too.. ok enough of that lol.
The city icon and one of the most photograped places in the world. The only way to get there is by boat You can hire one at the Marina, ($10.00) , it will take you to visit the Arch, some interesting rock formations around and then a visit to the other side of the peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. Then you can stay at Love´s Beach for some time, the boat will wait for you.
Playa del Amor (Love Beach).
A wonderfull beach located between the rocks with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Mar de Cortez, to get to this marvel you need to get a water taxi at the Marina. Once there you´re surrounded by towering rocks and the sea.
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