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Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla)
Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla)

Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla)

Highway 1, San José del Cabo, 23410

The basics

A long stretch of sand ensures there is usually plenty of room to spread out on Palmilla Beach, which is sandwiched between turquoise water and a line of resorts. Unlike popular Playa de Amor, you don’t need a boat to get here, making this a popular option for independent travelers. The top activities here take advantage of all that calm, clear water: Think paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling, and sand-castle building for visitors of all ages.

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Things to know before you go

  • Lifeguards are on duty at Palmilla Beach, which earns a “Blue Flag” rating for sustainability.
  • Umbrellas, paddleboards, and kayaks can be rented on the beach.
  • Ample parking is available on-site.
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How to get there

Playa Palmilla is located in the community of Palmilla, between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Follow the main road towards the One & Only Palmilla Hotel, and look for a parking lot on the left. Playa Palmilla is 4.3 miles (7 km.) from San José del Cabo, and 16.7 miles (27 km.) from Cabo San Lucas.

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When to get there

Since this popular beach gets busy towards mid-day, arriving before 10am is the best way to ensure a prime sunbathing spot. (The limited fixed palapas get snatched up first thing.) If you’re looking for the best light for photography, try sunrise, as the East-facing beach catches some of the day’s first rays.

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Snorkeling at Palmilla Beach

With the chance to snorkel right of the beach, Palmilla Beach has bright tropical fish, a small reef, and protected water. Angel fish, puffer fish, and eels tend to cluster near the rocks, so take care when swimming nearby, especially on windy or wavy days. Snorkels, masks, and fins can be rented on-site.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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