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The Cape: A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas to Host an Exclusive Surfing Retreat

Los Cabos’ newest luxury boutique hotel celebrates its unparalleled location on popular surfing spot Monuments Beach with niche package, available May 19-22, 2016

(LOS ANGELES; February 23, 2016) – The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is partnering with new adventure travel production company MANSA VIDA—founded by pro-surfers Rob Machado and Tim Curran—to host a surfing-inspired retreat,exploring the sport, music, and art of surf culture. Led by surfing industry veterans, including Curran, friend and fellow pro-surfer Damien Hobgood, iconic surf photographer Tom Servais (and with potential special guests ranging from Rob Machado to musicians and athletes from the MANSA VIDA network), the immersive, three-night retreat will celebrate all things surf culture. Taking place May 19-22, 2016, the multi-day experience includes overnight stays at the new luxury resort; a hands-on surf workshop with the pros; a live acoustic performance by Curran held on the hotel’s rooftop (the onlyrooftop lounge in Cabo San Lucas); screenings of cult surf films (followed by Q&A sessions with the pros); and an informative surf photography viewing and discussion with Tom Servais (previously senior staff photographer for SURFER Magazine).

The Cape A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

Located directly along Monuments Beach—a world-renowned surfer’s destination—and near Cabo San Lucas and the southernmost tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula, The Cape is the first Mexico property from the sophisticated lifestyle brand Thompson Hotels and a natural partner for the surf pros, who often vacation in Los Cabos to hit its famed breaks. Both champion surfers, retreat co-leader Hobgood is a ten-year-plus veteran of the World Championship Tour known for his penchant for tackling high-risk surf, while Curran is also an established singer/songwriter having opened for the Foo Fighters, among other celebrated artists. Servais is revered as one of the most prolific and talented surf photographers, having worked in the industry for 25-plus years.

“We were inspired to host a retreat like this after (fellow MANSA VIDA founder) Rob and I went on a surfing trip through Mexico. We were surfing, playing music, and surrounded by this amazing and talented group of photography and film professionals,” says MANSA VIDA co-founder Curran. “We want to offer folks the chance to explore surf culture just like the world’s top surfers do. And The Cape, with its surf-inspired vibe and incredible location right on Monuments Beach, is the perfect place to do it.”

The Cape A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

The Cape + MANSA VIDA Surf Retreat Package Includes:   

  • Three Nights at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel– room options vary; can include but not limited to:

o   The Surfer Villa – a three-bedroom, two-story luxury villa with a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen; gaming room with pool table; expansive, private outdoor patio with a plunge pool and barbecue; and sauna

o   Deluxe King Room – featuring a private balcony with hanging daybed; bespoke mid-century, Latin                            American-inspired furnishings; free-standing, copper-leafed tub and rain shower

  • Surfing Workshop with Curran and Hobgood– guests will hit the waves side-by-side with Curran and Hobgood, where they can test out the pros’ surfboards and experience hands-on coaching; pending surf conditions and open to surfers of all levels
  • Film Screenings on The Rooftop– cult surf films will be screened at the sixth-story rooftop lounge overlooking the Sea of Cortez and downtown Cabos San Lucas; followed by Q&A session with the pros discussing the art and craftsmanship of this niche genre
  • Photography Exhibit with Tom Servais – led by the renowned surf photographer, guests will view a collection of iconic surf images taken by Servais over the last few decades; followed by a Q&A session with Servais on capturing the culture and action of the sport
  • Live Acoustic Concert on The Rooftop – led by singer/songwriter Curran, guests will enjoy a live acoustic show at the hotel’s rooftop lounge
  • Daily Morning Yoga – often a fundamental part of surf culture, each day will begin with beachside yoga classes led by a resident teacher
  • Daily Breakfast– hosted breakfast at the resort’s casual beach-house inspired restaurant Ledge, complete with ocean views and fresh local produce
  • Surf SWAG– guests will receive assorted sporting gear from the pros’ sponsors
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfer – from San Jose del Cabo airport

The Cape A Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas

Available for booking now, “The Cape + MANSA VIDA Surf Retreat” package is in limited supply and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages start at $3,981 for three nights (in a double occupancy room; single traveler rates are available for $2,921 for three nights). An optional five-night package (in a double occupancy room is available for $5,920). Posted rates do not include tax and resort fees; pricing can be adjusted to accommodate larger groups. To book this experience, please call The Cape directly at 877.793.8527. More information is available at

About The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel debuted June 26, 2015, and is located in the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California Sur, Mexico, situated along one of the most desirable stretches of white sand in Los Cabos: the world renowned surfers’ paradise known as Monuments Beach. The all-new luxury hotel features 161 guestrooms, all with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and the destination’s famed icon, The Arch—a stunning natural phenomenon of granite carved into an arch by centuries of wind and sea exposure.

The Cape is the first Thompson hotel to open in Mexico and it effortlessly blends the upscale urban aesthetic synonymous with the brand with a distinct 1960s Baja-meets-Southern California vibe. Guests enjoy two pools, including an infinity pool with swim-up bar and another built within a natural rock formation found on property; a six-story-high rooftop lounge and garden with unmatched views of the city and sea—the only rooftop bar in Cabo San Lucas; an intimate spa and fitness center with a private outdoor cabana for treatments with an ocean view; and a diverse array of chef-driven food and beverage destinations. One-, two-, and three-bedroom Suites or Villas are available, including four, two-story Penthouse Suites with private rooftops and plunge pools and the premier Surfer Villa—a two-story luxury suite ideal for a luxe vacation, private event, or intimate wedding. Every guestroom on property offers unobstructed ocean views, as well as outdoor terraces—many boasting hanging daybeds for enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Room rates start at $599 per night. To reserve, guests may visit The resort is located at Carr. Federal Libre Transpeninsular Km. 5, Misiones del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., 23455. Follow The Cape on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes the newly opened Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico and the recently opened The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including The Beekman in Lower Manhattan, Thompson Nashville, and Thompson Seattle. Thompson Hotels is a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please


Pro surfers Tim Curran and Rob Machado are the founders of MANSA VIDA, an adventure travel production company that offers exclusive “day-in-the-life”-inspired adventures to destinations around the globe, in tandem with pro athletes and artists. Trips range from surfing the world’s best breaks with pro surfers to capturing photos in Patagonia with the industry’s best photographers, always with the unique selling point that guests will travel right alongside the pros they admire. Partners range from pro surfers, skateboarders, and snowboarders, to Grammy-award winning musicians and cinematographers—all from within Curran and Machado’s personal network of friends and professionals. Packages range from $1,000-50,000 pending personality and package. Both champion surfers, Machado is a Surfer Hall of Fame inductee and has been named one of SURFER Magazine’s “Top Ten Most Popular Surfers” in its annual Surfer Poll since 1996, while Curran is also an established singer/songwriter having opened for the Foo Fighters, among other celebrated artists. Curran is considered one of the pioneers of surfing’s late 1990s “Aerial Revolution” and was a regular on the World Tour of Surfing and a champion at several international events, including in Chiba Japan and Lacanau France. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) -855-BAJA-411 or email us at



Letting it All Hang Out at Land’s End: 5 Great Los Cabos Adventures

Letting it All Hang Out at Land’s End: 5 Great Los Cabos Adventures

One of the best things about Los Cabos is that the area offers an incredible array of activities for all ages and all tastes. If you like relaxing pursuits like golf or sailing, shopping or seaside spa treatments, you’re in luck. There is certainly no shortage of tropical, sun-soaked diversions.

Then again, if your idea of fun isn’t par putts and umbrella-shaded lounge chairs, but exciting excursions and outdoor expeditions, you’re definitely in luck. The region’s incredible geographic diversity—from desert and mountain terrains to the confluence of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean—is perfect for both land and sea based adventures.

Here are five of our summer favorites, guaranteed antidotes to the dog days of August.

Los Cabos Adventures

Looking for summer adventure? Try soaring like a superhero with Cabo Flyboard.


Flyboarding was invented in 2011 by a French jet ski champion named Franky Zapata (no relation to Emiliano), and if you’ve yet to try this popular new pastime, here’s how it works: you strap yourself into a pair of boots attached to a board, which itself is attached to a jet ski by means of a long hose. The jet ski driver/instructor throttles to generate power through the hose, enabling  you to twist, turn, and levitate up to 35 feet above the water. Cabo Flyboard is the top outfit in Cabo San Lucas, and after a few test runs with their instructors, you’ll be ready to try a few flips and other maneuvers perfect for impressing the bikini and board shorts clad crowds on Medano Beach.

Los Cabos Adventures

Cabo Adventures’ mountain biking tours offer a perfect introduction to the flora and fauna of Baja California Sur.

Mountain Biking

Want a great workout and a perfect introduction to the flora and fauna of Baja California Sur? Try top tour provider Cabo Adventures’ mountain biking excursion through a protected nature preserve 30 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. The desert terrain is challenging, but intrepid participants are rewarded with spectacular scenery, ranging from 50 foot high Cardon cactus to gorgeous Pacific Ocean vistas. Bikes, helmets, gloves and water bottles are all provided, and knowledgeable guides are on hand to point out indigenous wildlife and unique properties of local plant life.  Afterwards, take the gloves off for a traditional Mexican feast, followed by a celebratory tequila tasting.

Los Cabos Adventures

The 6 star ASP sponsored Los Cabos Open of Surf is held each June, but good waves can be found year round.


Surfing is a year round pursuit in Baja Sur, although the top spots varying from season to season. Summer is the perfect time to ride the waves off Tourist Corridor beaches like Acapulquito, Monuments and Playa Costa Azul, the latter home to the Zippers surf break that draws the world’s best each June for the 6 star ASP sponsored Los Cabos Open of Surf. Summer and autumn also see excellent waves at East Cape gems like Shipwrecks and Nine Palms, while winter visitors will want to grab their boards and head for Pacific Coast beaches like Los Cerritos, La Pastora, and San Pedrito. Los Cerritos is the most popular place for beginners, with lessons offered by Mario Surf School and High Tide Sea Expeditions (instructor Alan Blyth is the former surf champion of Mexico).

Los Cabos Adventures

A snorkeler explores the fish rich waters of the Sea of Cortez with High Tide Sea Expeditions.

Snorkeling and Diving

From colorful puffer and parrot fish to manta rays, dolphins, sharks and whales, the incredible underwater diversity of the Sea of Cortez—it’s home to over 800 species of marine life—famously led Jacques Cousteau to dub it “the aquarium of the world.” Cabo Pulmo, a protected marine sanctuary with eight fingers of living coral reef, may be Baja Sur’s best known dive destination, but outstanding snorkeling and diving conditions may be found at dozens of Los Cabos sites, most notably Pelican’s Rock, Neptune’s Finger and The Point near Land’s End. Many local boats offer afternoon snorkeling expeditions, including “three bay” tours that showcase the fish rich waters of Cabo San Lucas, Chileno and Santa Maria Bays. 

Los Cabos Adventures

At Baja Buggys, off’-road adventurers must tackle beach, desert and mountain terrains.

Off-Road Racing

The peninsula is famed for punishing off-road races like the Baja 1000, and those keen to experience high-speed runs in rugged conditions will find opportunities aplenty in Los Cabos. Wide Open Cabo offers arrive and drive racing programs, as well as single and multi-day jaunts in authentic, custom made Baja Challenge race cars. Tour highlights include lunch runs from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos, with memorable pit stops at the legendary Hotel California. Thrill-seekers will also want to buckle their seatbelts for Baja Buggys’ All Terrain Xrail Adventure, an exhilarating  jaunt across disparate terrains that that begins on the beach in Migriño and winds through a 300 year old mountain village. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at


Who is Mike Doyle and What is He Doing in Los Cabos?

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

“Life is like a wave, so why not take a big one and get a long ride all the way to the beach!”  Mike Doyle

Who is Mike Doyle? For the third year, Los Cabos is home to the annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race. So, who is this guy and what is he doing in Los Cabos?

Mike Doyle circa late 1960's

Mike is a champion surfer and paddler from the 1960’s. Today, Mike is also known for his custom surf and paddleboards and for being the author of his own highly popular story, the autobiography “Morning Glass.”

One of the defining characteristics of Mike Doyle and his surfing style is his attachment to the tradition of ‘The Waterman.’ This term refers to someone who embraces surfing, paddling, rowing, and rough-water swimming as well as possibly being skilled at diving, fishing, spear fishing, tandem surfing, lifeguarding, and handling outrigger canoes. Sort of a ‘renaissance’ approach to surfing.

Today, such notions in regards to surfing and paddling are sometimes considered to be old-fashioned and unimportant…yet it is quite possible that it was this approach that separated Mike Doyle from other surfers.  Mike saw the importance of learning and understanding the water, believing that knowledge about the ocean, the tides and even the etiquette of water activities were extremely important.

Mike started surfing when he about 13 years-old. Mesmerized by the older surfers he saw when he was just a tyke, Mike decided at a young age that surfing was for him and he was determined to learn and be the best he could possibly be at the sport. Mike’s surfing career took off when he was voted “Best Surfer” by Surfer magazine in 1965 and 1966. He earned the nickname”Ironman” for his participation in surfing, tandem and paddle races all in the same day and usually winning at least two of three competitions. In 1968, Mike won the coveted Duke Kahanamoku Contest at Sunset Beach, Hawaii and the world surfing title in Peru. He holds the honor of inventing the first snowboard and the soft surfboard.  Today, Mike lives every surfers dream by splitting his time between San Diego and Cabo San Lucas where he surfs and paints scenes of the ocean and the flavor of Baja.  And, he has become wildly successful at another aspect of surfing and boarding.

Today, Mike Doyle custom surfboards are among the best that money can buy. Mike has been studying, designing and crafting surfboards for more than 35 years and is recognized not only for handcrafting individual boards but for designing and producing customized selections for surf shop owners. Mike Doyle surfboards are shipped all around the globe. The company logo states “Working closely with the individual surfer during the ordering process to ensure that we tailor a board to each surfer’s specific needs.” It is this commitment combined with Mike’s extensive experience that make Mike Doyle surfboards so famous within the industry.

It was a natural progression that Mike would come to be involved with the Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race. In 2012, after two very successful years, the race will be even bigger and better than ever before. Hennessey’s Stand Up Paddle World Championships has joined forces with the race (The 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships) for what is sure to be an outstanding event — and with none other than Mike Doyle as the SUP championship ambassador.

Who is Mike Doyle: surfer, author, creator, artist and ambassador of the The 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships Photo courtesy of Cabo Surf Shop

Who is Mike Doyle and what is he doing in Los Cabos?   To find out more, or for tickets and entry information about this year’s, “3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships” please view the event information here: is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at




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The Beaches of Los Cabos

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

If you are vacationing in Cabo, chances are at some point on your trip you will go to the beach. Depending on your group and your personal interests, the beaches of Cabo have an endless array of activities available Whether you are looking for relaxation, partying, or just a nice scenic view, the beaches of Cabo have it all.

The beautiful Medano Beach

Medano Beach

Without question, Cabo’s most popular beach is Medano Beach.  Medano offers up a little bit of something for everyone. A fun place to go in the afternoon, if you’re looking for more of a rowdy, party time on the beach, is the famous Mango Deck. Mango Deck is a large bar on Medano Beach with a stage in the front. The team working at Mango Deck ensures that everyone present has a blast – shots are constantly flowing, drinks are always 2 for 1, and nearly every hour there are wet t-shirt competitions, booty shaking competitions, and the dance crew jumps on stage to show the crowd some serious moves. The music at Mango Deck is loud and the only agenda is fun. Billygan’s Beach Club is another fun establishment on the beach with loud music and good times to be had by all.

If you are seeking something a little more sophisticated, you can stroll next door to the famous Nikki Beach for more good music, dancing, cabanas, and their pool bar. The Office (owned by the same people who own Edith’s Restaurant), is right next door to Nikki Beach and has excellent margaritas and a hearty menu. Another, less noisy, option is the Medano Beach Club, a classy establishment with an excellent menu and fantastic views of the famous Medano Beach.

For the more active, surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and jet skiing are three activity options available that do not require reservations. Generally, you can just walk to the beach and rent a board from one of the many activity vendors on the beach.  Medano Beach is a great place for SUP and jetsking because it is surrounded by rocks on one side, enclosing it like a bay, so there are very few (if any) waves. At the end of the rocks enclosing Medano Beach is the famous El Arco, Cabo’s one and only Arch. A great workout is to SUP to the Arch and back.

If you are a first time visitor to the beaches of Los Cabos, venturing out to Lover’s Beach, or Playa del Amor, is a must. Lover’s Beach is home to the famous El Arco, which sits at the end of the rocks enclosing Medano Beach.. A great workout is to SUP to the Arch and back. It is also the place where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet – making it a very romantic spot. Lover’s Beach is located on the Sea of Cortez side of the rocks, and the arch is the official marker for Land’s End.

On the other side of the arch, a short walk from Lover’s Beach, is the comically named Divorce Beach. This beach is a pummelled by the rough, crashing waves of the Pacific and, unlike Lover’s Beach, is not at all suitable for swimming. Divorce Beach experiences rip tides, strong currents and big crashing waves that can actually knock you over should you choose to attempt even a brave walk along its shores. Lover’s Beach is definitely the safer of the two beaches.  There are no vendors or services of any kind available on Lover’s Beach or Divorce Beach and you can only get to them via boat – either a private boat, water taxi or one of the glass bottom boats from Medano Beach or in the Cabo San Lucas Marina, but they should not be missed.

Pedregal Beach

Pedregal Beach sits at the base of the Pedregal hill, on the Pacific side of the peninsula. This beach is open to both Pedregal residents and visitors, though its secluded location affords it a lot of privacy.
The Pedregal is one of Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive real estate developments. It has gated entrances, with one main entrance. Access to Pedregal Beach is via the main entrance of the Pedregal real estate development.

Playa Solmar

Playa Solmar is on the Pacific side of the peninsula, running from Land’s End to Pedregal Beach. Like Divorce Beach, Playa Solmar is not a good beach for swimming. Rip tides, undertow and large waves are characteristic of Playa Solmar, so don’t plan on swimming if you visit this beach. Famous for its sunsets and whale watching, Playa Solmar is definitely more of a walking beach. During whale watching season, don’t forget your binoculars and definitely try to remember a camera when you visit this beautiful stretch of beach.

Playa Solmar is also the home of a number or resorts, making it an ideal location at which to stop and enjoy a meal or a drink and to watch the sunset. To get to Playa Solmar, you can go through any of the resorts situated along the beach, which include Solmar Suites and TerraSol Beach Resort.

The Corridor

The majority of the beaches along the 20-mile Los Cabos Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are not suitable for swimming. Most have too steep of a shore line and are less than ideal for snorkelers. There are only three beaches along the corridor that are acceptable for swimming: Playa Chileno, Playa Santa Maria, and Tule Beach.

Playa Chileno

Playa Chileno is located along the corridor around the kilometer 14 marker. Protected for snorkeling and swimming, this beach is very popular for tourists and is also the only beach along the Corridor that has bathrooms. It tends to get very busy on the weekends, especially during high tourist season, so if you want to avoid the crowds you may prefer to go during the week.

Popular activities at Playa Chileno include snorkeling, diving, kayaking, SUP, swimming and spear fishing — Chileno is not known for surfing, as it has very few waves. There is a large reef near the beach that makes it ideal for snorkelers, and snorkeling tours frequent the beach daily. On the beach itself there are both umbrellas available for rental and palapas built into the beach. There is also a palm grove nearby should you want additional shade. Chileno is a particularly flat beach, which makes it great for long walks or runners/joggers in the morning and evening. Vendors are also scattered around the beach selling a large variety of food, drinks and trinkets.

Playa Santa Maria

Playa Santa Maria is located at kilometer 13 on the Corridor. One of the reasons this beach is protected for snorkelling and swimming is because of the masses of marine wildlife that can be found here. The waters of Playa Santa Maria lie between two naturally occurring bluffs, allowing for an abundance of wildlife to make this beach home. As a result of all the marine life here, snorkelers frequent Playa Santa Maria, both by boat and via the shore. This is also a popular beach for families as there are not many waves, making it ideal for swimming.

Santa Maria is in a relatively secluded location and is a long walk from the highway, giving its beach-goers a lot of privacy. However, this beach has very little shade and no services, so come prepared.

Sunset at Tule

El Tule Beach

Playa Tule is a very popular beach for locals. It sits at the end of an arroyo (dry river bed) at the km 16.2 marker. To get to the beach you need to drive under the Puente Los Tules (Los Tules Bridge). During the hot summer months it is not unusual to see Tule’s beach-goers hiding in the shade under Puente Los Tules. Because Playa Tule is in an arroyo, the ground is very soft and breaks apart easily. It is important that whatever vehicle you take down to Playa Tule is equipped for driving on the soft, dried arroyo–4 wheel drive is highly recommended.

El Tule may appear to be good for swimming, however it has a few risks people should be wary of. Firstly, there are many large rocks under the water’s surface which are not easy to see, an obvious hazard for swimmers. A strong break also comes in from both sides of the beach because of the low lying shape of the arroyo, which also accounts for the large quantities of driftwood that wash ashore onto this beach. The driftwood and the shape of the arroyo make El Tule a very popular place for bonfires. It is not at all uncommon to drive by at sunset and see people crowded around bonfires along the beach. This beach is a fun local hangout, but make sure you come prepared with the right vehicle and be aware that there are no services.

Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach is named after the Japanese fishing boat that sunk off shore and washed onto this beach in the 1960s. The boat sat there for many years, but has recently been removed. Shipwreck or no, this is a very popular beach because of its proximity to several large resorts and the Jack Nicklaus golf course, in addition to having a very well-known swell, making it popular with surfers.

Located off of Kilometer 11 on the highway, the beach is not close to the highway so be prepared to drive after you get off. Once at the beach, be aware that while swimming is possible, it is not recommended. There are a lot of rocks and some fairly strong currents on this beach.

Monuments Beach

Monuments Beach is located just off of the Kilometer 5 marker on the highway, beneath the famous Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant and at the very end of the Tourist Corridor (closest to Cabo San Lucas). This beach is not one that is usually frequented by tourists unless they are visiting Sunset Da Mona Lisa. Among locals, however, this beach is very popular as it is considered to be an expert surf spot. Known for its challenging point break, this beach is not for weak swimmers or beginner surfers.

If you want to swim at Monuments Beach you can enjoy the pools of Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, which look out onto the beach. If you are lucky and the conditions are good then you sometimes snorkel and swim at Monuments Beach, but certainly not every day. The beach itself is ideal for sunbathing and exploring.

Playa Las Viudas (Widow’s Beach–Formerly Twin Dolphin Beach)

This beach is a popular beach for people looking for maximum privacy. Due to the beach’s countless coves and inlets, there are many places where you can sun yourself without anyone else seeing. Scattered with volcanic rock formations, this is also a beautiful beach with seemingly endless photo opportunities.

Originally named Twin Dolphin Beach because of its juxtaposition to the Twin Dolphin Hotel, this beach is now referred to as Playa Las Viudas, or Widows Beach, as the Twin Dolphin Hotel was closed in 2006. Access this beach from the 11.5 Kilometer marker on the main highway of the Corridor. There are no services on Playa Las Viudas, so come prepared and bring everything you need. As beautiful as this beach is, it is not recommended for swimming given the large number of rock formations and the strong tides and waves.

Playa Bledito Beach (Tequila Cove Beach or Playa Cabo Real)

Tequila Cove Beach is located near the Hilton and Meliá Cabo Real hotels on the Corridor at Kilometer 19.5. This beach is great for swimming and a number of water sport rentals are available. Playa Bledito is a long, flat, vast stretch of sand with no rocks in sight, making it an excellent beach for running, long walks, horseback riding or even just building a sand castle. Because this is such a long beach that backs onto several resorts, it has a few different names but all refer to the same beach–Playa Bledito, Tequila Cove Beach or Playa Cabo Real will all get you to the same spot.

This is a popular beach due to its close proximity to the surrounding resorts of the Hilton, Meliá Cabo Real, and the world famous Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort. Despite the luxurious resorts surrounding Tequila Cove, you do not have to be staying in one of them to use this beach. Playa Bledito offers its visitors bathrooms, restaurants, great swimming, an abundance of sea life, water sport equipment rentals and close proximity to some of the finest resorts in the world.


Playa Westin is located at Kilometer 23.25 on the tourist corridor. It is very close to Cabo San Lucas and sits between the Westin Regina Resort and Playa Buenos Aires. This beach has no services and is scattered with volcanic rock formations. The waves at Playa Westin make it a dangerous for swimming but the rock formations make it beautiful to walk along and take pictures of. A golf course runs along the majority of this beach, so if you are looking for privacy, this is not the beach for you.


The Palmilla Beach is an excellent beach for tourists, though it is a little off the beaten track. This beach is very private and secluded – access to this beach is only through the Palmilla Resort itself, however this privacy and seclusion is one of the things that makes Palmilla Beach such a great beach. Palmilla Beach is in a cove, so there are very few, if any, waves, making this beach very popular for jet skiing, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.

Located at Kilometer 27, Palmilla Beach is very close to San Jose del Cabo and has some of the best swimming conditions in Los Cabos. Its protected waters also make it a great place for water taxis to await customers and for fisherman to fish and bring their boats in. In addition to being a great beach for swimming and water activities, Playa Palmillia is also an excellent beach for sunbathing and relaxing due to its long stretches of sandy beach and the comfort of the food and services available at the nearby Palmilla Resort.

Costa Azul

Playa Costa Azul, or Blue Coast Beach, is located at Kilometer 29. This beach has just about everything a beach goer needs for a good day at the beach – long stretches of sand; a great beach for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities; restrooms; multiple surf breaks catering to intermediate and advanced surfers; a surf camp; cabanas you can rent for the day; a restaurant and even stores. If you come to Playa Costa Azul you can easily pass a full day at this busy beach in total comfort.

Playa Buenos Aires (Good Air Beach)

Playa Buenos Aires, or Good Air Beach, is several miles long and is well known for both its beauty and for being particularly hard to find. This beach has no marked sign and is accessible from multiple parts of the highway — you can reach it from Kilometer 22 or Kilometer 24 on the highway, and then drive down the arroyo from the old highway. Playa Buenos Aires runs into Playa Cabo Real and is part of a long network of beaches. Although this is a beautiful beach, it is not a beach for swimming and it offers nothing in the way of services, vendors, food or equipment rentals. You should ensure you bring everything with you if you plan to visit this beach.

Acapulquito Beach (Old Man’s Beach)

Accessible from Kilometer 28, Acapulquito Beach, or Old Man’s Beach, is a small beach and a popular surf spot for locals. While it can be a good beach for swimming, its popularity with the surfers makes it difficult to swim, as you will need to watch for surfers the whole time. This beach has a few services nearby, including surfboard rentals, a nearby restaurant and a few shops.

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