Los Cabos is a place that has it all, from mountains and deserts, to divine beaches. It is truly a destination that offers something for everyone. Recently, The Blue Flag Program presented three Los Cabos beaches – Palmilla Beach, Chileno Bay, and Santa Maria Beach with this coveted international accreditation.
Just what is is The Blue Flag Program? This program is owned and run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-government and non-profit organization. In order to obtain this accreditation, the beaches must fulfill 33 criteria divided into four categories: Environmental Information and Education, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety and Services.
Located along the 20-mile stretch known as The Corridor, Palmilla Beach rests inside a tranquil crescent shaped bay. It’s the best swimming beach near San José del Cabo and with over a mile of protected shore it’s the longest swimming beach in this area. Great for families, snorkeling, kayaking, and just relaxing. Parking is very close to the beach and pangas as well as cruisers are available for charter. Snorkeling and diving equipment can be rented at the dive shop located just before the One&Only Palmilla hotel grounds.
The calm turquoise waters of Chileno Bay are extremely popular. Also located just off The Corridor and situated in between Palmilla Beach and Santa Maria Beach, Chileno is ideal for swimming and all other water activities. There’s a reef that’s perfect for snorkeling and spearfishing. Float in the sparkling waters or wade in the tide pools to view all kinds of marine life – fish, sea turtles, sea urchins, starfish and more! During whale season, you just might hear the sweet singing of a humpback whale if you hold your head under water. Palm trees, palapas, and private umbrellas provide shade while a paved parking lot, restrooms, and showers are added amenities. Snorkeling cruises arrive daily shortly after noontime and if you want to avoid large crowds come during the week.
Santa Maria Beach
Santa Maria Beach is the closest to Cabo San Lucas and is tucked between two bluffs. The peaceful horseshoe-shaped bay has amazing azure waters and sand the texture of pink rice. This protected marine sanctuary is excellent for swimming, snorkeling, and has dive sites offshore. Look for the beach access sign along The Corridor and follow the dirt road to the parking area. The beautiful protected cove is just a short walk from here. Come during the morning to see a glorious underwater world of colorful tropical fish. Like Chileno, snorkel cruises arrive midday. Shade is scarce so rent an umbrella as well as snorkeling gear, at the entrance or bring your own.
So what are you waiting for? Come visit one or even all three of these remarkable Los Cabos beaches that have received this incredible distinction! Contact us at ThompsonEvent.com to assist you with any or all of your planning.