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.
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