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“Amazing diversity for a beach!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Playa Hotelera

Playa Hotelera
Fall City, Washington
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108 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Amazing diversity for a beach!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

The hotel zone beach in San Jose del Cabo stretches for about 3 miles along the Sea of Cortez. If you are an early bird, you can see the sun rise over the ocean with often stunning colors during the winter months. The beach is very broad so even during peak holiday periods, it can appear almost empty, particularly between the big hotel properties. On the west end, there is a funky beach restaurant that's very popular with the local crowd called Zippers. On the east end, past the estuary lagoon, is the new marina where you can swim with dolphins and eat at the Container restaurant with magnificent views of moored yachts & boats. There are numerous hotel, timeshare, and condo properties on the beach and a few bargain places to stay a block or so off the beach. The beach itself is not considered to be a safe swimming beach but you see people in the water all the time with some spots better than others -- you just need to exercise some common sense and stay in close when the waves are big. It's common to see whales cruising out in the bay and if you are lucky, see them breach! You can also see small rays jumping in the dozens as hundreds cruise up & down the beach along the breaking waves. Beach activities include horse back riding, jet skis, ultralight rides, long walks, wading, and swimming. There is also surfing at the west end of the beach by Zippers and rentals & lessons at the Cabo Surf Hotel just around the bend (which is accessible at low tide). Nearby you can swim with the dolphins, go fishing, ride ATVs or shop. The beach zone is next to San Jose's estuary and offers a safe place to walk and observe the numerous species of birds that migrate south for the winter months. It's also walking distance to the town square and the historic district.

If you are looking for a fun, relaxing, totally safe beach front vacation in Mexico, then Playa Hotelera is the place to go! This is a great family beach and location compared to the singles oriented action and craziness that Cabo San Lucas offers 18 miles further west.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
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274 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
“Huge gorgeous beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

This definitely a beautiful beach, very wide, open, nice white sand, very walkable in both directions if you are staying in the hotel zone. You can see the occasional sea lion or dolphin swimming off shore. Very blue water. This is NOT a swimming beach. In some areas of this beach you can play in some of the shallow surf but be careful, the waves can take you away in an instant!

Visited August 2013
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Scarborough, Maine
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98 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Beautiful, but no swimming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Waves are too dangerous for swimming-- wading is OK in some areas, but be careful of large waves.

The granite sand beach is lovely, but very hard on your feet. The light-colored sand was not hot in April, but VERY scratchy. Bring beach shoes for long walks.

We found baby sea turtles (black little cuties!) on the beach (April 16).

The beach is populated by white-clothed salespeople hawking a variety of wares. Their prices are good, but they can be annoying if you just want to enjoy a stroll on the beach.

The horse poo on the beach is unpleasant in some areas-- just walk beyond the horse ride salesman.

Visited April 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A nice beach to walk along.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

A wide expansive beach to walk along. We started at the north end, at the Estuary, and walked down to Zippers beach restaurant, at the south end.
The waves can be big here, and there is under tow, so not ideal for swimming. The Hotels along this beach are mostly all inclusives, but the beach never seemed to crowded. There were horse back riding outfits here, so you can ride a horse if you like.
A nice beach to spend the day on. There are better swimming beaches, further down the hotel corridor, or along the east cape road.

Visited February 2013
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Monterey, California
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Whales, Pelicans, and Sea Turtles!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

While staying on the beach in San Jose del Cabo, my husband and I took long, daily walks on the Playa Hotelera. Some days we walked down to the Estuary, and on other days we walked in the other direction, toward Zipper's restaurant. This year we saw whales spouting, dozens of pelicans skimming the water and flying in formation, and two baby sea turtles in the shallow water. They were apparently among the last of the hundreds of turtles that were protected in the turtle sanctuary, hatched, and released in December. The beach is very long, clean, and uncrowded, with very few vendors compared to the mobs at the beaches in Cabo San Lucas.

Visited January 2013
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