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

Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)

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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Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
$70.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
My guide was exceptional....
My guide was exceptional. I was traveling alone and he took care of me like he would for a family member. It was individualized as I have issues with my legs. I felt save and comfortable. The beach was incredible. Will recommend and will do this again. Thank you Michaud.
Sandra_A, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Los Cabos

star-5
Great excursion
Jimmy_R, Jul 2022
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
Great excursion, started on time , crew was great with great service and lots of fun. It was not too long or too short , just right amount of time. Would recommend this to anyone
star-5
Carlos was anazing!! He...
RUSSELL_S, May 2022
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Carlos was anazing!! He made us feel very comfortable and was extremely knowledgeable. If we go back to Cabo we will reach out to him again!!
star-5
Great experience!
Vedant_J, May 2022
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Great and relaxing experience! Luis did a great job finding the best areas for snorkeling and guided us through it. He provided since great restaurant recommendations as well! If you are looking for a relaxed snorkeling experience, I would highly recommend it!
star-5
Family Fun
SirOsei_S, Apr 2022
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
This was a fun family experience. Although we couldn’t snorkel in the designated area due to rough waters, we still had fun at Lover’s Beach. The crew was great and attentive.
star-5
Best Shore Snorkeling in the Area
Teri_B, Mar 2022
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Maury is a wonderful guide, who literally took us by the hand to show us a gorgeous array of fish, little (tame!) sharks, coral, and a great little locals beach. Word to the wise: bring your own towel, but the guys provide water and energy bars- perfect for a half day jaunt.
star-4
Lots of fun, hosts we're...
Tracy_L, Mar 2022
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
Lots of fun, hosts we're fun and helpful. They were full of energy and laughter. Snorkeling time seemed too short. Whales we're incredible!!! Seen more whales than we've ever seen on a whale watching boat.
star-5
Great!
Kate_C, Mar 2022
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Had a great time, very happy to have absolutely everything we could need. Saw lots of marine life, overall very enjoyable and would recommend.
star-5
Don't miss this experience
Cyndonna_K, Feb 2022
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
One of the best snorkling trips ever. Carlos "the Spartan" made the day perfect. He gave helpful tips to get in and out of the water, provided great equipment, swam to the bottom which encouraged the fish to swim close, and even found a sea urchin which I got to hold. Carlos was knowledgeable about the area, the fish, the bays. Thank you Carlos.
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 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
Perfect experience for the family.
Colleen_N, Jul 2021
Snorkeling Catamaran Tour at Santa Maria Bay
Great staff, attentive, helpful and fun! The boat and snorkeling experience were awesome! We got to see the arches and a lot of fish.
star-5
Great time! Great tour guides!
Jonathan_E, Feb 2022
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
David and Ivan were incredible tour guides! We would recommend to anyone! When we come back, we would do it again in a Heartbeat!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)?
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Attractions near Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María):
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What else should I know about attractions in Los Cabos?
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As well as visiting the Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: