Cabo San Lucas features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But can you swim in Cabo? Yes, but only in certain beaches designated for swimming. Many beaches are closed to swimmers because they aren’t safe—steep ocean floor drop-offs close to shore create strong waves and undercurrents, making it dangerous to enter the water. These beaches are clearly marked with red flags warning swimmers to stay away.
But there are several beaches that are both beautiful and swimmable, not to mention resorts with swimmable beaches in Cabo. If you are planning a trip to Cabo San Lucas and are interested in getting in the water, make sure you check out these swimmable beaches.
So, can you swim in Cabo? Absolutely. As you’ll find out when you visit these prime spots:
1. Medano Beach
This beach is located downtown, and many resorts with swimmable beaches in Cabo open into Medano Beach. It is the longest swimmable beach in Cabo. This area, filled with resorts, bars, and restaurants, feels like a traditional resort area, featuring boats on the bay, swimmers in the ocean, lifeguards on duty, and people laying out and playing in the sand. The water here is protected from the dangers common in other beaches, and so is great for swimmers. If you are hoping for a more traditional beach resort experience in your trip to Cabo, stay close to Medano Beach.
2. Lover’s Beach
This beautiful swimmable beach is only accessible by boat. Getting there usually includes a stop by the iconic Arch at Land’s End, and there are plenty of great snorkeling spots along the way as well. To get to Lover’s Beach, sign up for a snorkeling tour. The boat ride to this beach is half the adventure, and there’s plenty of beauty and opportunity for swimming and relaxing to enjoy once you arrive.
3. Playa Acapulquito
One of the few swimmable beaches that isn’t connected to a resort, Playa Acapulquito is clean and well-kept. It is a great beach to visit, especially if you aren’t staying in a luxury hotel, but it can be overrun with tourists and locals alike during busy travel times.
4. Chileno Beach
Chileno Beach is near the hotel zone and a luxury resort, but it is a public beach and a favorite among locals. It doesn’t have as many amenities and conveniences as Medano Beach, but there are restrooms, palapas, and lifeguards on duty. It is also one of Cabo’s top snorkeling spots, and it is easily accessible. Pay attention to signage to make sure you stay in areas that are available and safe for swimming.
5. Palmilla Beach
This beach is a short drive from Cabo San Lucas—you’ll need a car to reach it in San Jose del Cabo—but its beautiful crescent shaped shore is worth the effort. There are no restaurants nearby so pack a picnic. Between dips in the ocean, you can relax under a palapa or rent an umbrella from nearby vendors.
6. Cannery Beaches
These two beaches, including Coral Negro and Balconcito, are located outside the marina just before Land’s End. There are fewer vendors and thinner crowds than other beaches, and they are surrounded by massive boulders that offer shade or a fun place to sit. The water is great for swimming, and some people come to snorkel as well.
7. Cabo Pulmo
This is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Cabo San Lucas, as it is surrounded by coral reefs and tropical fish. It is located in a protected national park. There aren’t a lot of vendors or amenities nearby. Because it is a national park, Cabo Pulmo is clean and pristine and a great place to experience the area’s natural beauty.
Swimming in Cabo San Lucas
Many visitors to Cabo are surprised to learn that not all of the area’s beautiful sandy beaches are safe for swimming. This guide should help you find a beach where you can swim safely. Be sure to look for a green flag on the beach that indicates the area is approved for swimming. If you aren’t sure if a beach is safe or not, avoid it or consult a local. Cabo San Lucas is a beautiful place to swim and snorkel, and there are plenty of beaches where you can do so safely. Book a tour with Cabo Adventures.