Where can you swim in the ocean?   Can you stay in a hotel there?  

Many visitors to the Los Cabos region are surprised that so many beautiful beaches are closed to swimming.   The undertow is fierce and sometimes deadly.   If you’re enjoying the beauty of an unswimmable beach please stay away from the water’s edge.  

For those of you who love to swim and play in the water, here is a list of places where you can swim in the ocean.   The list is organized from Cabo San Lucas (km 0) to San Jose del Cabo (about km 30.)

Here is a  MAP with some of the resorts, showing the expanse from Cabo to San Jose along the TransPenisular highway.  This WIKIMAP is fun to sort for resorts, to zoom in and out, and to fly around. 

Lover’s Beach is accessed via the water (water taxi or kayak) or by climbing over the rocky hills from Solmar Beach .   No resorts.   km 0

Medano Beach is the longest most swimmable beach in the Los Cabos region. Many resorts, beach bars, water sports, etc. Hacienda Beach Club, Cabo Villas, Casa Dorada, ME-Cabo, PuebloBonito Los Cabos, PuebloBonito Rose , Club Cascadas, Villa del Arco, Villa La Estancia, Villa del Palmar. km 0.5 to km 1.5

Welk Sirena del Mar is reported to have a tiny beach where you can snorkel. km 4.5

Playa Viudas is sometimes swimmable and has some rocky areas to explore, but no resorts.  km 11.5 

Playa SantaMaria and Playa Chileno are swimmable snorkeling coves, but no resorts.   Snorkeling tours from Cabo visit these coves. km 12.5 and km 15

Tequila Cove / Playa Bledito / Hilton Cove is swimmable and has some water sports. Hilton & Melia Cabo Real nearby; Las Ventanas, Casa del Mar, & Dreams just down the beach. km 19

Playa Palmilla is swimmable and has easy public access.   Lifeguard and fishing pangas, but no water sports. One & Only Palmilla.   km 27

Some folks swim or play in the water near the surfers at Zippers Beach.  This is really a surfing beach, not a swimming beach. Cabo Surf  km 28 or 29

There is a swimmable play beach near the new San Jose marina just northeast of town, La Playita . El Ganzo resort is nearby.  There seem to be more locals on the marina / boat side (further from town) and more tourists on the estuary side.  Map: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=23....

On the Pacific Side, the only place that is usually swimmable is Cerritos Beach .   It’s on Hwy 19 between Cabo San Lucas and Todos Santos, about km 65.  

Additional links with beach information:

Cabo's Top Beaches 

Cabo San Lucas Beaches  

Cabo’s Best