This beach, like others in Cabo, has resorts that are so close to the shore, you can hang in a hammock and sleep the afternoon listening to the waves meeting the shore, a gull crying overhead, and the gentle breeze as it passes through the palm fronds.
Amazing how one beach, Bahia Palmilla, can take you from stress to relaxed in less than 10 minutes. So beautiful is Bahia Palmilla, that even more resorts are trying to nudge in the already full landscape. But no worries. This coastline has plenty for everyone.
Another crescent-shaped bay that invites you to spend some time relaxing and listening to the surf gently reach the shore as it’s done for millennia. Who would have thought a tiny sleepy fishing village would become a tourist focal point?
Bahia Palmilla is that point and abundance surrounds it. From the grand Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course to the super exclusive One&Only Hotel Palmilla. If you can’t get it here – Cabo doesn’t have it.
Known by the tourism operators as the “longest swimming beach”, we found they meant that you can probably swim for longer along the shoreline than any other area beach. Remember, some of the Cabo San Lucas beaches are downright dangerous for swimming. But not Bahia Palmilla. It’s splendid.
Palmilla is another one of those split crescents – in other words – there’s a rock outcropping that juts into the ocean splitting a beach with sand out to a rocky/reef bottom, and a side that has simply sand as far as you can probably swim (or should).
Because of this, it’s wonderful for snorkeling. Make sure you stay along the rocks as there is nothing to see in the sand, except…well, sand. And with the protected shoreline, this is the beach for families. Even the locals come here on the weekends with their own. Rent a kayak in town and paddle around the bay (bahia). The beach is very near the parking lot.
This is one beach that sports thatch covered beach huts for shade and yes, there are garbage cans. Cabo San Lucas cares about this environment. Don’t search for a restroom because as snazzy as Bahia Palmilla is, there are no facilities. No rental facilities, either – so bring what you’d like to do from town (Cabo San Lucas).
Even though the beach is near the parking lot, it’s a long hike from the highway – so your best bet is by car or taxi. Take the Palmilla exit around kilometer 27, then just follow the signs down to the beach. Look for the taxi stand in the circle drive fronting the hotel. That’s the entrance to the beach.
Bahia Palmilla – BEACH INDEX:
- Sand – medium/fine grain, coral/shell/rock. Golden.
- Facilities -none, but we found you could walk to the hotel, and…
- Shade – beach huts!
- Sports – bring all from town as there are no rentals at the beach. Swimming is delightful here.
- Notes – can get busy on the weekends and holidays, but not crowded. Recommended for families.