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Cabo's Blue Flag Beaches

Author: Erick San Luis

Sun-kissed swaths of golden shoreline

For those who’d like to visit all of Los Cabos’ Blue Flag beaches, here’s is the beginners' guide to our preferred spots.

Los Cabos is famed for its beautiful beaches. These glorious sun-kissed swaths stretch from the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas to the East Cape north of San José del Cabo. For the first time, we can objectively state that Los Cabos has the best beaches in all of México. How does one quantify such a claim? In Blue Flags, of course.

The blue flag program is one of its kind environmental education and safety program launched by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Blue Flag label is one of the most recognized ecological symbols globally. It is considered a hallmark of sustainable, clean, and safe beaches. 

For those who’d like to visit all of Los Cabos’ Blue Flag beaches (22 at the moment of writing), here’s is the beginners' guide to our three preferred spots.

WAVE-HUNTING IN PLAYA ACAPULQUITO 

This sandy beach is perhaps more of a delight for the thrill-seekers, with its vibrant surfing culture in startling contrast to its name. Known as a surfer’s paradise, Acapulquito is excellent for surfers at all levels. The blue flag season for the local surfers' hotspot lasts all year round, making it a safe choice for your family. Other great things to do at Acapulquito include snorkeling and swimming.

DISTANCE FROM MARQUIS LOS CABOS: 4 miles

THE SNORKELING SPECTACLE OF SANTA MARIA & EL CHILENO 

Known primarily for pristine waters rich in marine diversity, Santa Maria is also very picturesque with its beautiful horseshoe shape. It is also easily accessible with a short walk from a large parking lot, making it one of the most convenient beaches in Cabo San Lucas. Santa Maria has an amiable vibe as one of the blue flag beaches, with a visitor’s kiosk, outdoor showers, and bathrooms. Just a little more than a mile away, Chileno is an excellent alternative for snorkeling, especially if you stay longer than a few days and want to visit both. An early morning trip is best for quiet undersea exploration.

DISTANCE FROM MARQUIS LOS CABOS: 9 miles

LAS VIUDAS, THE HIDDEN GEM OF CABO 

Your private beach dream can come true at Las Viudas. One of the lesser-known beaches of Cabo, Las Viudas, is a quiet and serene day trip location. Bringing your own drinks and food is highly recommended if you plan to spend the entire day here. Whether you want to try water activities or simply enjoying a refreshing run on the beach, this blue flag beach can be the best choice.

DISTANCE FROM MARQUIS LOS CABOS: 9 miles

Renowned for their superior cleanliness, water quality, security, and sustainability efforts, Los Cabos’ Blue Flag beaches are an excellent choice for travelers seeking underwater encounters with marine life or simply hoping for a more pristine seaside escape. - E.S.