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Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno)
Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno)

Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno)

Hwy 1 Km 14.5, Los Cabos, Mexico

The Basics

Chileno Beach is a popular destination for those looking to do a bit of underwater exploration or visitors who just relax on the sunny shores of a secluded spot. Visit independently or make your way to this hidden beach on a tour to the area—options include sailing, snorkeling, and kayaking excursions—and take advantage of having a local guide and all your equipment provided.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Unlike other Los Cabos beaches, Chileno doesn’t have bars and restaurants—come prepared with snacks and drinks.

  • This beach is considered an excellent spot for snorkeling, with plenty of colorful fish.

  • Since its waters are calm, the beach is ideal for families with young kids.

  • There are restrooms near the beach, but amenities—including rental stands—are otherwise limited.

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How to Get There

Chileno Beach, located just off Los Cabos’ tourist corridor, is accessible by bus from both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo—tell the driver to drop you off at Bahia Chileno. From the bus stop, it’s about a half-mile walk down to the beach. If you decide to rent a car and drive, there’s an ample amount of free parking. Most sailing and snorkeling tours depart from the Cabo San Lucas marina.

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When to Get There

There are no set hours of operation at Chileno Beach, but arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds. Like most beaches, Chileno is a popular spot for locals on the weekends and is less busy during the week. Also, during whale-watching season (December–April), you might be able to hear a humpback whale singing if you listen closely while underwater.

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Nearby Santa Maria Cove

Another favorite spot for snorkeling, Santa Maria Beach boasts pristine white sands and similar conditions to Chileno; many tours combine the two locations since they’re just around the bend from each other, and some scuba-diving excursions include dives at both. The areas are home to sea turtles, some species of moray eels, starfish, sea fans, sea urchins, sea horses, and sponges.

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