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Most people would assume a beach resort would offer swimming right from the sand, but in Los Cabos, which includes the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo along with the tourist corridor in between, there aren’t many. Most beachfront properties face the crashing waves of the Pacific, considered too dangerous for a swim. Fortunately, there are some resorts that sit on sandy stretches that edge calm, turquoise water. If that’s what you’re looking for, be sure to book one of these.
One of the best luxury resorts in Cabo, Casa Dorada Los Cabos offers an unbeatable location in the heart of it all. It’s set right on Medano Beach, the most swimmable stretch in Cabo San Lucas. While multiple bars and eateries are hosted on-site, you’ll be within walking distance to a wealth of shopping, dining, and nightlife venues downtown. In addition to swimming, many water-based activities can be enjoyed from here, including trips out to famous Land’s End and Lovers Beach. There are two free-form pools surrounded by lush greenery, plush lounge chairs, and fire pits to gather around on those chillier winter evenings. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of decadent treatments at the on-site Saltwater Spa. The spacious suites boast huge terraces with ocean views and high-end amenities like Jacuzzi tubs and well-stocked minibars.
Located along an inlet of the Sea of Cortez, The Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort offers a long swathe of beach that’s for safe swimming in the calmer, protected waters. It’s a beautiful stretch of sand, ideal for building castles and long walks too. The popular family-friendly property hosts two enticing pools, a large infinity pool surrounded by palms and the Dolphin Terrace Pool that overlooks the sea. There’s a pool concierge that will bring you drinks and light bites, fresh towels, or even something to read. In the winter, humpback whales are often spotted and you can see them closer from the built-in binoculars at the whale-watching terrace with its built-in set of binoculars. Families can take advantage of the free kids’ club for ages four through 12 which includes a wide range of activities from pinata-making and painting to cooking lessons. Several outstanding restaurants are on-site like Fenicia for Italian fare and El Meson which serves local cuisine.
The five-star Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa sits on swimmable Medano Beach while being perfectly situated for just about all of Cabo’s most popular activities, from boat tours to Lovers Beach to bigger thrills like parasailing. There’s a beautiful swimming pool that includes concierge service for nearly everything you need, from hats to sunscreen along with multiple dining outlets, including casual bites at a taco bar and upscale restaurants like Neptune which serves French fare in an elegant atmosphere. Families will love it too – parents can enjoy a break while the younger ones take part in supervised activities through the Kids in Paradise Club.
A top-rated all-inclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas, Paradisus Los Cabos is popular with families and couples who want to enjoy swimming from the beach. It sits right on the sand, edging those dazzling aquamarine waters, and also hosts a huge pool with plenty of cabanas and seating to go around. The stylish rooms stretch toward the Sea of Cortez on two sides, with one for families and the other adults-only, ensuring more peace and quiet. The one for the grownups has its own restaurant and pool, with some suites that provide swim-up access. There are more than a dozen restaurants on-site, including authentic Mexican, contemporary Asian, and rustic Italian cuisine.
Offering one of the most tranquil spots on popular Medano Beach, one of the most popular swimmable stretches, Hacienda Beach Club & Residences also provides stunning views of iconic Land’s End and the turquoise sea. It’s made up of contemporary-style apartments, many of which are privately owned, providing a more authentic “local” stay. The setting is quiet and refined but it’s easy to reach the area’s lively parts on foot for a wild night out. In addition to swimming off the beach, there’s a gorgeous zero-entry infinity pool with an adults-only level, a gym that hosts complimentary classes like Pilates, yoga, and TRX training, and a reasonably priced upmarket restaurant serving Mexican cuisine.
One of the most luxurious properties in Cabo, the One&Only Palmilla attracts plenty of celebrities and VIPs of all types. Guests not only enjoy one of the only swimmable beaches in the area, but the extra-special treatment that includes a personal concierge, butler, aromatherapy turndown service, and some of the region’s best dining. The ultra-spacious rooms feature amenities like authentic adobe fireplaces, tequila bars, and opulent bathrooms with marble showers. There’s a world-class spa, two swimming pools, and multiple acclaimed restaurants, like the steakhouse by Michelin-star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. There’s even a “Director of Romance” who can make special dreams come true for honeymooning couples.
ME Cabo by Melia is a beachfront hotel that provides access to Medano Beach while being just over a 5-minute walk to the bars in downtown Cabo. A sexy, trendy hotel that’s centered around a huge pool terrace, it’s home to a DJ that spins house music practically non-stop, the stress-melting Korpo spa, and a fitness center. There’s a poolside restaurant and swim-up bar for grabbing a bite or ordering bottle service while lounging around the pool, along with an international bar and eatery. Rooms are modern and spacious, with the standards featuring fully-stocked minibars, and flat-screen TVs while suites also come with concierge services, free breakfast, and a welcome amenity like wine or snacks.
Located just outside downtown Cabo right across the bay from Land’s End and secluded Lovers Beach, Riu Palace is jam-packed with beautiful views and entertainment. An all-inclusive, it hosts a half-dozen restaurants, a wide range of activities, and fun after dark every night. You’ll have direct access to a sandy, swimmable beach, two pools (one for activities and one for relaxation), hammocks, and swim-up bars. The Renova Spa hosts a sauna and hydromassage as well as offering beauty treatments, while the spacious rooms have drink dispensers, minibars, and balconies or terraces.
Set in a gated area on Medano Beach, Pueblo Bonito Rose is an upscale, all-inclusive resort with its own private section of the public sands that edge swimmable waters. It’s centered around a huge freeform pool with lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas, while the entertainment team offers activities like trivia and water aerobics. There’s a tranquil spa with massage rooms and a beauty salon with a menu that includes manis and pedis. It also hosts a large fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio equipment, weight-training machines, and flat-screen TVs. You’ll find multiple eateries on-site, with the main restaurant serving a buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch, and themed dinners like Mexican, Italian, and carnival. The spacious suites feature balconies, flat-screen TVs, and kitchenettes.
You’ll have miles of beach practically all to yourself by booking the Four Seasons Los Cabos. It’s not for those who want to experience the downtown party scene, but it’s ideal for those seeking to escape the crowds by heading in the opposite direction to what’s referred to as the “East Cape.” It feels as if you’ve been let in on a secret most don’t know about, nestled along the Sea of Cortez, known for its abundant marine life and calm water for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. All rooms boast fabulous sea views and some even come with plunge pools. There are multiple pools and a spa offering a wide range of services, from side-by-side couples’ massage to beauty treatments, while dining includes five sophisticated eateries and bars. There’s even a golf course and sports center with a gym, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
The all-inclusive, adults-only, Breathless is located right on the beach where the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk and Médano Beach meet. Guests enjoy views of the hillside enclave Pedregal on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other. It hosts an outstanding spa, an infinity pool, and a wealth of on-site bars and restaurants from the VIP rooftop lounge Purple to the Barefoot Grill. There are theme-oriented activities and events, including burlesque and fashion shows, tequila tastings, and massage lessons, while a romantic, private dinner for two can be arranged right on the beach. All rooms have balconies or terraces with ocean views, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars.
Villa la Estancia is the most sophisticated of the three Villa properties in Cabo, aimed at more of an adult experience with the others offering more family-friendly amenities. It sits on Medano Beach for swimming and has a large section of sand with lounge chairs and umbrellas cordoned off for guests but the downtown party scene is a little farther away. There’s a large freeform, zero-entry pool and swim-up bar, two full-service restaurants, and all rooms have private balconies or terraces, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs. Villas are apartment-style, complete with full kitchens.