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Santa Maria Beach

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Address: Hwy 1 Km 11 | or Hotel Twin Dolphin Parking Area, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
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Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving
Description: A pristine white sand beach offering spectacular snorkeling.
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Relaxing beach

Less than 10 groups on the beach on a weekday. Several tour boats in the bay. Clear water and good snorkeling. Beach is pebbles except at the shoreline, hard on the feet. Covered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Orem, Utah

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Orem, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Less than 10 groups on the beach on a weekday. Several tour boats in the bay. Clear water and good snorkeling. Beach is pebbles except at the shoreline, hard on the feet. Covered areas for shade, just a few vendors who are not aggressive.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a bit out of the way but several tour boats bring their customers here to snorkel and swim because it is sheltered and the water is clear. By car, it is accessible from the main highway to San Jose - just a few miles outside of Cabo San Lucas. Bring food (bread, etc) in a plastic waterproof zip... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent place to go for the day! The snorkeling was fabulous! We did a private charter with Sunrider to go to Santa Maria.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Rented a car to spend more time than a tour would provide. Glad we did. Not many on beach with us - it was wonderful!

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Bring a mask and swim out along the far side of the bay. The south side. Stay away from the rocky shore as some waves may push you into the rocks. The water is so clear and the fish are incredible. They have free palapas on the beach if you get there early. The only bathroom is a porta potty.... More 

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Baker City,OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I was impressed that the public beach had palapas and a lifeguard! The water was beautiful and there was a local selling water bottles at a reasonable cost.

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Livingston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Course sand and lots of rocks! Might want water shoes. We pulled up and anchored off and swam to beach. Somebody should have warned us!

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Burlington, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I love it here, although it can be crowed at times if you get here early...(island time) you will be fine. Bring something for shade if you have it. The unbrella's go fast. Perfect spot for an all day beach hang out. Great snorkeling here as well!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

After a visit to Santa Maria Beach on a snorkeling excursion, we decided to drive there and enjoy some beach time. It is a very beautiful place, however the beach is not sandy. Instead, it is more a pebble beach. There are some palapa umbrellas right on the beach. It's a great place to snorkel right from the beach.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Amazing beach, awesome snorkeling, clean and safe parking lot. Just a few miles from the center of town, and well worth the trip. Especially if you want a break from the beach peddlers.

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