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Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)
Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)

Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)

star-4.5
1,476 Reviews
Free admission
Hwy 1 Km 11, Los Cabos, Mexico

The Basics

Santa Maria’s wide strip of golden sand and horseshoe-shaped bay tucked between two bluffs make it one of the nicest beaches in Los Cabos.

Most visitors arrive as part of a snorkeling cruise that includes hotel or port pickup and drop-off. There’s also a popular snorkel and kayak combo tour to consider. Excursions typically include free time to enjoy the beach. If you want to spend more time soaking up the Baja tranquility, plan to visit independently.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Cabos

star-5
Great time snorkeling and paddle boarding.
Maria_C, Jun 2021
Snorkeling Experience Tour in Cabo (open bar & lunch included)
We had a great time snorkeling and paddle boarding. Ricardo, Kik, Ismael, Tony and Jose did a really good job! The food and drinks were good. Good for all ages.
star-5
highly recommend!!
BeverlyB, May 2021
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
excellent experience and would highly recommend to anyone. marco was our guide and you can tell he was extremely experienced. i’m not a strong swimmer at all and he was very helpful when the waters in santa maria bay were a bit rough. chileno bay was perfect the day we went.
star-5
Great guys for snorkeling tour
John_S, May 2021
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Ivan and Pepe where outstanding. One of the best trips ever. 5 stars! I would for sure recommend this trip to others
star-5
Fabulous excursion
Carmal_F, Apr 2021
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
It was a great excursion!! The Captain and crew were fabulous. Our 2nd time in LaPrincess. Can’t wait to come back next year!
star-5
Worth every penny
Quinn_H, Apr 2021
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
What a fun adventure! The crew was very attentive and the drinks were fantastic! Lunch was wonderful. Highly recommend this captain and crew.
star-5
Awesome time!
Ricky_L, Mar 2021
Snorkeling Experience Tour in Cabo (open bar & lunch included)
Super fun experience, Amanda the host was super inviting and accommodating and the crew members like Ricardo and the other fellas were awesome to talk to and kept the vibes good. Saw a lot of fish on the snorkel and spotted some whales too. I went solo and would totally do it again!
star-4
Another world!
Mark_E, Apr 2021
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Beautiful fish were everywhere! The experience was delightful. Glad we did it. Water was chilly upon entry but we quickly adapted.
star-5
Great tour
Katrina, Sep 2020
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Due to Covid, it turned into a private tour. Just me and the tour guide. The water at the 1st spot was a little murky but it was due to a recent storm. Maury took great care of me and allowed me to take my time and get comfortable in the water. He even took me to the pharmacy to pick up some needed items. Great tour overall.
star-5
Great Excursion
David_S, Mar 2020
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
Great crew, nice boat. We saw whales while headed to Santa Maria Bay and schools off tropical snorkeling.
star-5
Great two beach snorkeling experience.
Josue_V, Aug 2020
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Good experience. Tour guide was very informative. Due to covid, we were the only ones on this tour. Our guide was very involved in our experience but also gave us alone time. It was the perfect blend. Both beaches were beautiful. Santa Maria was more secluded.. Chileno was more crowded but visibility was better.
star-5
Great snorkeling and tour guide
Travis_N, Dec 2020
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Maury Sanchez was a excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about both snorkeling spots. We saw a lot fish in both spots. He also had a gopro so he took pictures and created a memorial video for us. I would highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Great Snorkeling Your
Amanda_B, Mar 2020
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
Really enjoyed our tour. Super friendly staff, nice boat and well organized. The boat had nets on the front that were awesome to lay out on.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose a half-day snorkeling cruise that includes hotel or port pickup and drop-off.

  • Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water, as the beach offers little shade.

  • Santa Maria Beach has basic facilities, including parking, wheelchair ramps, and restrooms.

  • Snorkeling gear and beach umbrellas are available to rent.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to visit Santa Maria Beach is on a boat tour from Los Cabos. Or, if you’re driving, take Highway 1. The beach is accessible via a well-marked stop off the road, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) east of Cabo San Lucas and 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of San Jose del Cabo.

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When to Get There

Santa Maria Beach can be visited year-round. Winter sees large numbers of tourists, whereas other times of year are less crowded. The middle of the week has fewer crowds, and mornings offer better conditions and calmer waters for swimming and snorkeling.

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Snorkeling at Santa Maria Cove

Santa Maria’s horseshoe-shaped bay is a popular destination for snorkeling cruises that ply the Los Cabos coast. Santa Maria Cove is one of the best spots to snorkel and see colorful coral formations, troves of tropical fish, and maybe sea turtles or manta rays. Its calm, shallow waters and ease of snorkeling from shore make it an ideal snorkeling spot for families.

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