Just east of the previous location of the now demolished Hotel Twin Dolphin, this horseshoe-shaped gem tucked between two bluffs is a protected marine sanctuary.
Perfect for families with very good swimming, snorkeling and dive sites offshore.
Like Chileno Bay, snorkel cruises arrive mid-day. Shade is scarce, so rent a beach umbrella, along with snorkeling gear, at the entrance. Access: Km. 13, follow the road to the parking area, about a quarter of a mile in from the highway.
At Km. 13 is yet another must see beach at Bahía Santa María next to the former location of the exclusive Hotel Twin Dolphin. As of December 2007 the Hotel Twin Dolphin has been demolished as the Chileno Beach Club project continues.
Look for the beach access sign and follow the dirt road to the parking area. It is a short walk to this beautiful protected cove. As you gaze out to the azure sea you will see the peaceful horseshoe shaped beach with sand the color and consistency of pink rice. Relatively secluded, Bahía Santa María is a protected marine sanctuary, so bring along a bag of bread or tortillas and feed the multi-colored creatures of the deep. This is an excellent spot for snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach.
Bahia Santa María - Santa Marina Beach - A Protected Marine Sanctuary
A horseshoe-shaped, beautiful aquamarine bay flanked by craggy rock promontories, Bahía Santa María is a must-do for any visitor to Los Cabos. Snorkeling and swimming are excellent, especially during the morning. This is a good beach for families, but watch for occasional swells. Santa María is a protected marine sanctuary and a wonderful place for kids to learn about underwater life. Gorgonians (sea fans) line the rock walls and abundant colorful tropical reef fish make snorkeling exciting for first-timers. Another way to see Santa María is by boat on a snorkel tour from Cabo San Lucas. There are no facilities and little shade—bring a beach umbrella, bottled water and snorkeling gear.
Access: Kilometer 13, east side of the Hotel Twin Dolphin, with a well-marked turn-off and a bus stop at the entrance. The beach is a long three-block walk in from the highway.
Source: Los Cabos Magazine Issue #10 - 2006
As of December 2007 the Hotel Twin Dolphin has been demolished as the Chileno Beach Club project continues.