Medano Beach gets most of the attention, but Los Cabos is home to a large number of beautiful beaches. The tourist corridor that stretches twenty plus miles from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo is blessed with two underrated gems in Santa Maria and Chileno, off-the-beaten-path beaches that may lack glamor, sex appeal, and celebrity sightings, but are rich in picturesque vistas and world-class snorkeling opportunities in the protected bays.
Chileno is the best beach in the corridor, with excellent facilities, rentals, and an on-site dive shop. The beach is wide, flat, perfect for sunning, or relaxing in the shade under stands of palm trees. The bay is a study in stunning blues, with safe swimming and outstanding snorkeling and diving. Motorized water sports are forbidden here, so you don’t have to worry about being run down by wave runners while exploring the abundant marina life. Playa Chileno is located just off the corridor highway at the Km. 14.5 marker.
An aerial view of Playa Chileno. Image: Slippery Lizzard Sportfishing.
Located nearby at Km. 12, Santa Maria is less popular than Chileno, but this gorgeous horseshoe-shaped beach is definitely worth checking out, not only for the soft golden sands, but the incredible array of marine life that teems in the small protected bay. Bahia Santa Maria is a marine sanctuary, and the snorkeling is as good as you’ll find anywhere, although you’ll need to bring your own equipment, as there are no rental facilities here. This is a great place for couples looking for a little weekday fun in the sun, or families that want to avoid the madding weekend crowds.