You can ride the waves, soak up some rays, even settle in for an oceanfront massage. The Baja Peninsula’s coastline is as diverse as the people who visit it, and its many beaches offer travelers the opportunity to make a splash however they like. Here are a few of the beach spots that dot Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Lover’s Beach/Divorce Beach

Los Cabos, Mexico

From Médano Beach or the Cabo San Lucas Marina, you can hop a water taxi (or rent some kayaks) and head to Lover’s Beach, near the photogenic arch at Land’s End. This Sea of Cortez-side stretch of sand is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There’s an abundance of colorful sea life, so remember your underwater camera. Divorce Beach is but a short stroll away, on the Pacific Ocean side of Land’s End. Relax with a book or break out the camera for some Kodak moments—but don’t risk the water. Its unpredictable undertow and strong currents make swimming here verboten.

Médano Beach

Médano Beach

The Facebook photo albums of spring breakers from USC to LSU are filled with pictures taken at this famous beach. Lined with hotels and beach club-restaurants like Mango Deck and Baja Cantina, this is the spot to visit for wet and wild activities like bikini contests, drinking games, and wave runner rentals. It’s also the primary swimming beach in Cabo San Lucas and the easiest to access. There are a number of massage options, so keep your eyes peeled. Some restaurants provide valet parking, but you can also stash your car at the nearby Puerto Paraiso shopping center.

Cerritos Beach

Located along the highway to Todos Santos, Cerritos Beach has proved a sandy playground for the physically adroit. Here you’ll find surfing, bodyboarding, volleyball, horseback riding, and more. Spend the day here, breaking for lunch at the on-site restaurant (there’s free Wi-Fi) or to peruse the surf shop, which also provides rentals.

Chileno Bay

Many of Cabo’s snorkeling cruises make stops at this gorgeous beach—and for good reason. Its reefs are bursting with sea life. Book a trip with Cabo Escape or another provider or exit off the Tourist Corridor, between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. There are palapas for shade, clean restrooms, and—on weekends—rather sizeable crowds.

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