Playa El Médano (Medano Beach)

#8 in Best Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas
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Key Info

Avenida del Pescador

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Recreation, Sports, Swimming/Pools, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Playa El Médano is Cabo's most crowded beach, with crystal blue waters and plenty of beachside watering holes attracting hordes of sunbathers. In addition to taking it easy with a drink, Playa El Médano also offers some active attractions, including beach volleyball, jet skiing, kayaking, boogie boarding and parasailing. From the nearby boat port you can also take snorkeling tour or a panga (boat) out to the iconic El Arco.

Despite the crowds, Playa El Médano and its waters remain very clean. Recent travelers appreciated the soft sand, clear water and the fact that they could actually swim in the ocean here. Beachgoers were also pleased with the variety of nearby eateries and bars for when they got hungry or were craving a drink. The only downside visitors mentioned was the numerous (and persistent) vendors trying to peddle souvenirs.

Playa El Médano, situated just south of downtown and east of the marina, is free to visit and there are no set hours of operation.

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#1 Land's End (El Arco)

Located at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas and sandwiched between Playa del Amor and Playa del Divorcio, these rock formations were created from the rough winds and seas of the southern Baja Peninsula. Sea lions frequent the area (especially along the Los Frailes rock formation), and Land's End remains excellent for couples looking for a romantic spot to see the sunset.

Recent travelers said this area is particularly picturesque (making for great photo ops) and the best way to see it is from one of the water taxis or boat tours (some even offer glass-bottom boats so you can check out the sea life as well). Some do note some setbacks to the area, though. For one, there are very few vendors or facilities, but that also makes it an ideal place for peace and quiet. Travelers especially warn against swimming on the Pacific Ocean side of Land's End, as the surf can get very rough, pulling swimmers away from shore and out toward the ocean.

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