The 6 Best Baja Beaches

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  • 1. El Tecolote

    El Tecolote
    Charles-Edouard Coste
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Located 15 miles north of La Paz on the beautiful Baja California, El Tecolote Beach is literally at the end of the road, just after Playa Balandra on State Hwy 11.

    El Tecolote has an unusually long stretch of fine white sand (about 8 miles) with shady palapa beach umbrellas and some beautiful shells if you care to collect them. It is one of the few beaches in the area… read more »

  • 2. Playa Balandra

    Playa Balandra
    Nathan Dugal
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    Located 30 minutes from La Paz near the tip of Baja California, Playa Balandra is a an idyllic crescent-shaped bay. The sweeping bay is often cited as the most beautiful beach in Mexico.

    White sand dunes and clear turquoise waters are backed by red hills dotted with prickly cactus. The white sand is very soft and warm. Just offshore is the Isla Espirito Santo adding to the scenic view.

    The sheltered lagoon… read more »

  • 3. Playa del Amor

    Playa del Amor
    © Daniel Conde

    Near the popular tourist town of Cabo San Lucas is Playa del Amor, also known as Lover's Beach, one of the the most striking beach in Mexico thanks to its natural geology. The golden sands here are surrounded by two imposing rocks that rise out of the sea, but it is just around the corner that you'll find the main feature; a huge natural rock arch named El Arco.

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  • 4. Coronado Island

    Coronado Island
    Kirt Edblom
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    Many beaches may claim to have white sand and turquoise waters, and many do. But few have either to quite the same degree as the beach on Isla Coronado in Baja. Just a short boat trip from the popular coastal town of Loreto this beautiful little island is easy enough to get to but never busy.

    The crystal clear water here makes it a great spot for snorkeling with tropical fish… read more »

  • 5. Divorce Beach

    Divorce Beach
    Karen Blaha

    Located on the very southern tip of Baja California Sur, among the stunning rock formations of Cabo San Lucas, is Divorce Beach (Playa Divorcio). A beautiful stretch of near-white sand backed by high cliffs this beach is adjoined by the much better known Lover's Beach, or Playa del Amor.

    It is in fact quite difficult to separate the two beaches, but basically Lover's beach looks back towards the town and… read more »

  • 6. Playa Santa María

    Playa Santa María

    Close to the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Playa Santa Maria curves around a small bay of clear calm waters facing roughly southeast. Primarily made up of a broad expanse of coarse pale sand mixed with shingle, it is edged by high rocks which help to keep it sheltered from offshore winds.

    A relatively quiet beach by the standards of the region, Playa Santa Maria is situated within… read more »