Though Los Cabos is associated with beach holidays, there are critically few beaches where you can swim due to rough waves. Still, the shoreline between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo cradles several safe pockets to take a plunge. If you know the directions, you'll find the spots appropriate even for the youngest swimmers.
Best beaches in Los Cabos (swimmable)
El Medano Beach
Playa El Medano tops the list of swimmable beaches in Los Cabos. This extremely popular location is situated in Cabo San Lucas and is cherished for its crystal-clear waters, which are usually calm. Here you can rent watersport equipment and join a boat tour to the Land's End. Surrounding resorts, restaurants, vendors, and beach clubs galore lure visitors too. Not surprisingly, El Medano Beach is always packed. But if you don't mind crowds and commerce, this place is just perfect.
Located on the tip of the Land's End, Lover's Beach or Playa de los Amantes boasts the pure beauty of its natural rock formations. The beach is typically featured on The Arch boat tours. You can also visit the nearby Divorce Beach (Playa del Divorcio). But unlike Lover's Beach, the latter is not recommended for swimming as you can easily get swept away by a strong riptide.
Chileno Bay Public Beach
Another place to satisfy the need for time in the water is Chileno Beach (Playa el Chileno) which sits halfway to San José del Cabo. The beach is surrounded by some of the finest resorts in Los Cabos and is groomed every day. Also, Chileno's calm bay claims to be the best snorkeling spot in the area, with colorful tropical fish, sea urchins, lobster, and stingray sightings. Besides all the perks, the place is still less touristy than El Medano, except on weekends when the beach is more crowded than usual. So better come on weekdays.
Playa Palmilla, known for hosting a swimming part of the Ironman Triathlon, is tucked in the vicinity of San José del Cabo. This low-key spot (which is quieter than other beaches listed above) has fewer amenities and is accessible mainly by car. Yet, this privacy could be taken as a perk rather than a drawback. There are some traditional Mexican shelters, called palapas, and umbrellas for rent, but you will need to bring your blanket, snorkeling gear, and snacks, as there aren't any restaurants nearby. Palmilla is also a popular fishing spot. You might even buy some freshly caught fish from one of the local fishermen's boats and cook it at your place later.
Non-swimmable beaches: Pedregal & Costa Azul
Los Cabos has other famous beaches, such as Pedregal Beach in Cabo San Lucas or Costa Azul Beach in San José del Cabo. Despite great popularity, these two spots are off-limits for swimmers. However, these two locations are excellent surfing destinations. If you're not into extreme watersports, feel free to walk to the beaches to sunbathe and enjoy the sceneries.
Best time for resting on Cabo beaches
The climate in Cabo is quite warm and pleasant throughout the year. However, most people prefer to hit the beaches between April and September when warm sea temperatures make for the best swimming and sunbathing experience. In early April, you could still see migrating whales with calves. Mid-May through late June is considered the most comfortable for hot-weather activities. Later into the summer, the weather gets hot and humid, but beach resorts' rates drop slightly.