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Playa El Medano – Cabo San Lucas

From the condos at Playa El Medano, Cabo San Lucas

If you’re coming to Cabo, the main drag, chances are this is the very beach you’re going to be coming to. It’s the main beach in Cabo and young people flock here from every corner of the globe. Cabo has become a Spring Break destination mainly because it’s easy to get to from the United States, and because it is just so stunningly beautiful, like many of the people who come here to hang out. Remember that Playa El Medano isn’t like your beach back home. So take care in keeping aware of your surroundings. Even the locals do.

El Medano means “The Dune” and is Cabo’s main beach. What a wonderful beach just to relax in full view of the Land’s End rock formations and Arch. And you can see Land’s End from anywhere on the beach.

Land's End rock formation Cabo San LucasThe beach stretches almost two miles so it’s one of Cabo’s longest beaches. This is the best swim- ming beach in Cabo San Lucas.

Plus, if you get hungry, no worries. Playa El Medano is packed with great restaurants and Mexican bars right on the beach. You can stroll a bit and check them out, then make a choice of where you want to eat. Our tip? Choose the one where all the people are gathered.

Yachts at Playa El Medano, Cabo San LucasIn addition to good eats, you’ll find a diversity of water fun not found on any other Cabo beach. From beach volleyball to wave runners, kayaks to small catamarans – it’s all here. You can rent a small sailboat and sail in the bay. Water ski boats will run you along the shore. And because of the gentle surf, you can rent a boogie board and spend the afternoon impressing your significant other.

If you want great snorkeling and diving, ask at any of the hotels for a trip to El Arco, the Arch, where you can catch some of Cabo’s best marine life.

So Playa El Medano is definitely not the place to come to get away from it all… as it’s all here. Happy Hour lasts most of the day – just find a bar on the beach. While you’re sipping, you’ll note El Medano is the best beach for people watching. Wow, look at the bodies. It’s fun to see the many beach vendors show their wares along the strip and the tourists trying to bargain for a souvenir to take home.

But El Medano is a family beach as well. With more and more families coming to Cabo San Lucas, the area is adapting. Swimming areas are roped off along the beach. In other areas you’ll find parasailing and windsurfing. Though not a family sport, take the gang down near the area and check out the fun! You’ll have a front row seat on excitement.

To get to Playa El Medano, from the downtown area walk around the marina past Puerto Paraiso and Marina Fiesta all the way to the end – then hang a left at the channel entrance. You’re here! Parking is scarce (especially during Spring Break, so if you’re coming by car, prepare to walk at least a few blocks.)

Playa El Medano – BEACH INDEX:

  • Sand – medium to fine grain, rock/loam mix, golden.
  • Facilities – throughout the entire beach.
  • Shade – umbrellas abound.
  • Sports – all water sports. Arrange on beach with local operators.
  • Notes – this place packs out during Spring Break – even at night, when the bars get full. Best bet is to come during North American winter months.

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