Lover’s Beach – Playa del Amor

Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

lovers-beach-cabo-estradaWhy: The views of Médano Beach and the entire coastline from Cabo San Lucas to Punta Ballena are spectacular. This gorgeous beach is framed by evocatively eroded granite rocks that date to 30 million years ago. The neighboring Divorce Beach is equally beautiful and accessible by walking through a gap in the rocks to the Pacific Ocean side.

When: Lover’s and Divorce Beaches are lightly populated in the morning, and both are perfect spots for picnic brunches. You’ll have to pack your own supplies, however.

Where: Playa del Amor is located on the half-mile Land’s End headland, and it is only accessible by water. Water taxis (called pangas locally) are the cheapest transportation option.

Warning: While safe swimming and excellent snorkeling are available off Lover’s Beach, visitors should avoid the water on the Pacific Ocean side due to strong rip currents.
Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine Issue 44, Summer 2016. Photo above by Francisco Estrada – PhotoMexico.com

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Playa del Amor or Lover's Beach in Cabo San Lucas

Playa del Amor or Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas – Photo 1990 • Joseph A. Tyson

Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine 35, Winter 2013/2014
Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor) While Médano may very well be the most-visited beach in all of Los Cabos, there is none more iconic than Lover’s Beach. This is the shoreline you see in the shadows of the arch at Land’s End. It’s also an excellent spot to visit if you’re interested in diving or snorkeling. The abundance of vibrantly colored sea life is nicely on display. This is also an ideal picnic spot for couples, particularly after a tandem kayak ride. Just remember to bring your own food, water, and other supplies. Or come with Cabo Adventures (www.cabo-adventures.com) and Cabo Expeditions (www.caboexpedi tions.com.mx), who offer various Lover’s Beach–bound outings. Lover’s Beach is accessible only by water. Hop aboard a panga (water taxi) or rent a kayak or wave runner from Médano Beach. Los Cabos Magazine 35, Winter 2013/2014

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Behind the arch, spanning Cabo San Lucas Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Lover’s Beach affords a unique opportunity to swim and snorkel in the bay and admire the crashing waves on the Pacific side (Divorce Beach to locals), where swimming is very dangerous. This awe-inspiring, secluded beach is not to be missed. There are no services available on Lover’s Beach and access is only by water taxi or glass bottom boat from the Cabo San Lucas marina, and from Médano Beach, where kayaks are also for rent.

Once known as Playa de Doña Chepa, Lovers Beach is another must, but to get to this hidden cove you’ll need some kind of floating transportation. Easiest is to hire a water taxi at the marina. The captain will take you on an informative tour of the diving areas around the arch (El Arco), point out Lovers Beach, then go around the popular point for a wonderful view of the dramatic area where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

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Couple walking along the bay side of Lover’s Beach, Cabo.

June 13, 2013 – Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) was named as one of
the”Ten Best Beach in Mexico” by Travel Age West. www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Mexico/Info/Ten-Best-Beaches-in-Mexico/#.V9WoDZMrJIY

We suggest you pack a lunch of your choice, some water and plan on spending the better part of the day enjoying Lovers Beach and the striking wind and water shaped rock formations. Ask your skipper to come back for you at a pre-determined time…all for one price. Be most careful here, the powerful waves and currents of the Pacific make swimming quite dangerous. Swimming and snorkeling should only be attempted on the Sea of Cortez side of Lovers Beach.

Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine Issue #29 – Summer 2012
Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) / Playa del Divorcio (Divorce Beach) – by Ashley Alvarado

Playa del Amor or Lover's Beach in Cabo San Lucas, with Divorce Beach in the background.

Playa del Amor or Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas, with Divorce Beach in the background.

We don’t need a guide’s explanation to understand why these sister beaches are must-visits for the tourists who daily arrive to Los Cabos. You can view the iconic arch-shaped rock formations at Land’s End from Médano Beach, but we suggest a closer look. Grab a water taxi from Médano or the Cabo San Lucas Marina for around $15 U.S., rent a kayak and paddle over, jump on a rented wave runner, or buy tickets for one of the city’s many cruises. Cabo Mar (www.cabo-mar.com), Tropicat (www.tropicatcabo.com), Cabo Escape (www.caboescapetours.com), and EcoCat (www.caboecotours.com) are just some of the companies offering tours past the arch. Make sure to bring your camera.; crew members are always happy to snap pics of you and your family in front of the arch and other sights. Lover’s Beach faces the Sea of Cortés, with waters that are rich with sea life and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Walk from the Sea of Cortés side to Divorce Beach, which faces the misnomered Pacific Ocean. This beach offers many breathtaking vistas but resist the urge to swim here; it’s simply too dangerous. Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine Issue #29 – Summer 2012

Lover’s Beach – By David Mandich

Playa del Amor or Lover's Beach in Cabo San Lucas, with Divorce Beach in the background.

Playa del Amor or Lover’s Beach in Cabo San Lucas, with Divorce Beach in the background.

Cabo San Lucas is world-famous for the breathtaking spectacle at Land’s End as well as Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach). One really hasn’t been to Cabo until one stands near the arch and feels the incredible forces of nature and its beauty at work here. You will be impressed by the towering majesty of the rock formations, the caves, Lover’s Beach, and the clear azure tropical waters. There is great snorkeling on the bay side, running from Lover’s Beach to the marina breakwater just outside the entrance to Cabo San Lucas harbor. This marine sanctuary is great for viewing a wonderful variety of colorful tropical fish as well as game fish. So have a mini-adventure—rent snorkel gear, take a water taxi—be sure to arrange your return trip as well—to Lover’s beach, explore, snorkel and enjoy.

You can also get to the arch and Lover’s Beach by renting a kayak at El Médano beach. Or, you might want to climb aboard one of several dive boats to be found along the waterfront. You will enjoy a pleasurable round trip excursion to the arch and game preserve, with all the SCUBA or snorkel gear provided (and even lunch if desired). Just get there—anyway you can. To not experience the arch at Land’s End is like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine Issue #8