If you’re up for adventure outside of Cabo San Lucas, Balandra Beach could be just the place you are looking for.
This stunning, secluded beach is located approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes northeast of Cabo San Lucas, on the Baja California Sur peninsula, outside of the town of La Paz.
Even though this beach is located on the eastern side of the peninsula, due to the geography of this particular cove of the peninsula, this beach actually faces west. Check it out on Google Maps.
White sand, clear water, and perfect swimming conditions are some of the reasons why people love Balandra Beach, but the dramatic scenery is the most important reason to travel here!
Desert mountains surround turquoise blue water here, with the shapes of the mountains forming many natural coves, each with its own beach. This location is rather remote and there are not many people on these beaches, so they are quite private.
Balandra Beach became a Natural Protected Area in 2008, which means there isn’t any development in this area; no hotels or condos, just natural mountains and crystal blue waters, and nearly empty beaches containing only a few beach umbrellas and food vendors.
The water is very calm, so it’s perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking, just floating, or for people who like to wade into the water but don’t like to swim. Because the water is so clear, you can see what you’re walking into, and a lot of people like that. However you do need to watch out for baby stingrays!
In most places of this shallow bay, the water is only knee-high, and when the tide goes out in the afternoon, the water gets even shallower. You can actually walk from one side of the bay to the other. You can walk from the main Balandra Beach to one of the smaller, deserted beaches on the opposite side of the bay, or walk to the right along the main Balandra Beach and you will reach yet another small, deserted beach. It’s fun to explore all the small coves!
For amazing views of the bay and spectacular photo ops, grab your tennis shoes and climb the trails on the surrounding mountains.
You can rent paddle boards or kayaks from a trailer near the parking lot that has a sign that says ‘Bienvenidos’ (Welcome). There’s plenty of space in the bay to paddle around, and the water is very still so you won’t have to worry about battling against rough waters.
When you’re done at the beach for the day, head into town for lunch or dinner. La Paz has plenty of great food, drinks, art, and outdoor activities to keep you and your family occupied!