Cabo San Lucas' Medano Beach, or Playa el Médano, is the most popular swimming and recreational beach in the area. Beginning on the east side of the harbor and extending along Cabo San Lucas Bay, "The Dune Beach," as it is sometimes called, has become a primary destination spot for travelers and locals alike.
Arguably Cabo's busiest beach, Playa el Médano's clear blue waters and stunning scenery offset the bustle of beachgoers and vendors. Swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and boogie boarding are just a few of the activities enjoyed by Medano beach enthusiasts, with panga boat rentals available at the nearby port.
The beach boasts several miles of safe swimming beach that stretches all the way to Villa del Palmar on the east end of the bay. In direct proximity to the town, Playa El Médano is at the center of hotels, restaurants, bars and retail establishments all competing to make your stay more enjoyable.
Yet despite the crowds, Playa el Médano remains a clean and safe beach to swim and relax. According to U.S. Travel News, Medano Beach ranked #8 in Things To Do In Cabo San Lucas, with visitors noting the "soft sand, clear water and the fact that they could actually swim in the ocean here." Beachgoers will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of nearby eateries and bars offering every imaginable cuisine and cocktail, from fresh seafood and Mexican specialties to popular American favorites. The beach also enjoys the presence of individual food and beverage vendors selling ice cold drinks, raspados (snow cones), and snacks.
Although many of the fishing and sailing charter services are located in the central marina, Medano Beach offers an assortment of water-based activity rentals, including wave runners, kayaks, and stand up paddle surfboards. Parasailing and motorized hang-gliding tours are also available for the more adventurous, with incredible views of Land's End and local landmarks seen from the sky.
Playa el Médano is free to visit and there are no set hours of operation, with Cabo's Best ranking it the safest swimming beach in Cabo San Lucas. Favorably located where all the action is, The Dune Beach is perfect for those wishing to relax as well as mingle with the vibrant social life of Cabo San Lucas. With soft white sands to stretch out on and beautiful clear waters to swim in, Medano Beach is truly a paradise for ocean lovers. Culinary enthusiasts will appreciate the convenient array of restaurants, bars, and cafes located along the beach and within a short walking distance, while fans of water sports can partake in a variety of activities provided by local businesses. History lovers will appreciate Cabo San Lucas's colorful past, rich with stories of sunken Spanish Galleons and pirate lore, with rumors of treasures buried along the coastline persisting to this day.
Medano Beach has long attracted tourists and residents seeking a colorful change of scenery. Without sacrificing the benefits of a busier metropolitan area, Cabo San Lucas has the advantage of a gorgeous beach and relaxed attitude in Playa el Médano.