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Not far along the tourist corridor, just after a half-mile dirt road lies Las Viudas Beach. This beach is filled with striking rock formations constantly shaken by the ocean waves. This beautiful landscape creates both a spectacle you have to experience and a place for calm and peace. 

Its secluded nature makes this the perfect beach for a quiet retreat. Walking between the rocks allows you to experience up close the little ecosystems that they create. While the constant clash of the waves becomes the perfect soundtrack to enjoy your favorite book, a relaxing meditation, or celebrate a romantic picnic.

Be wary of possible currents and agitated waters, and make sure to walk far enough off the rocks before getting ready to dip more than your feet into the water. 

Here are the items you can’t miss if you are planning in visiting Las Viudas Beach

Aside from a small parking lot and portable toilets, you won’t find any kind of amenities on this beach. Make sure to grab everything you may need to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

  1. Sunscreen: Los Cabos is known for its sunny weather. You want to make sure you always have a high-SPF sunscreen with you. A hat and sunglasses can also help you protect your skin.
  2. Food and water: There aren’t any restaurants alongside the beach. If you are expecting to spend your evening in Las Viudas; make sure to pack more than just a snack.
  3. Beach bag: Bring a beach bag to carry all your essentials, such as sunscreen, towel, and water.
  4. Shade and a place to sit: While on most beaches you can find people renting out parasols and beach chairs, even this can be hard to find in Las Viudas, make sure to take this into account and bring your own if possible.

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Congratulations, everyone! We just made it through another blistering summer.
My name is Pastor Rick. I’m the founder and pastor of Cabo Beach Church—which is now going on its fourth year. My own faith journey started decades ago on a beach in Santa Monica, California.   I was in a hard season of life.  I had just filed for bankruptcy on my third tech start-up that wasn’t able to turn the corner to profitability and ran out of financing options, as it was smack

in the middle of the 2000 dot-com bubble. Remember that doozy?

In the months following my bankruptcy filing, I spent a lot of mornings surfing and walking the beach, wallowing in the doldrums. One ordinary morning, I had come out of the ocean with my board in hand. As I put down my board and picked up my towel, I noticed a woman sitting 20 yards away—alone—and in a perfect little bubble of harmony. She just had a glowing peace upon her.

As I started my walk home, she said out of nowhere, “Have you ever read this book?” Holding it up, I read the cover: “Prayer of Jabez” by Dr Wilkinson. In short, the premise of the book is to unleash the power of prayer by asking God for something continuously for a month while repeating the prayer of Jabez. Priscilla—the woman on the beach—handed it to me, saying she was simply “paying it forward” after her miracle had taken place.

I read the book front to back that day, and I began thinking about my old dream and what had propelled me to work like a raving maniac for the last decade: a desire to eventually move to a small surf town in Mexico. (I grew up listening to James Taylor, by the way!) Long story short, I found that beach paradise I prayed for within two years—and 23 years later, I’m still there. Two years and now 23 years later I’m still in that beach paradise I prayed for years ago.  

My faith journey continued to grow—albeit with long hiatuses and plenty of misadventures, which I know now were all part of God’s plan to truly help me find a real relationship with him and stand tall above the weeds of religiosity.  Eventually, my path led to a Bible-based seminary program.  Thereafter, I received a calling—my first assignment from God—to co-pastor a church in one of Cabo’s poorest colonies. I realize now, I wasn’t there to teach anyone, but to learn from people who were truly dependent on God for everything. It was truly the best internship for a young pastor: I learned and witnessed real humility and faith every day.

During Covid, as all the churches had been shut down by government ordinances, I felt led to go down to the beach and start a Sunday service that would provide for ample social distancing. With the city’s blessing, we brought some umbrellas and a small speaker system, and presto: we had ourselves a fine little beach church.

Almost four years later, we’re still gathering at Las Viudas Beach on Sundays at 10am.  The old speakers that played recorded music have been replaced by live music and a lot more umbrellas along the way. I couldn’t have dreamed of pastoring a more beautiful church on the planet.  A beach church in Cabo just feels so perfect.  
Our congregation is a mixture of spiritual seekers, as well as mature believers young and old, but the common denominator is that everyone is so authentic and genuinely grateful.  It’s like the ocean air just comes in and washes away stuffy stereotypes, judgment, and condemnation every Sunday.

I still pinch myself that this spiritual journey started that early morning in Santa Monica when I started asking God to live in a beach paradise—and believing in the power of prayer.  

Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you. I hope you come join us on a Sunday morning.  I promise you it will be a unique fun experience and perhaps  a place for  you to  learn and grow in your faith.


It all begins that one morning you step out of your home and feel the change in the atmosphere. There’s no breeze.  And there’s a warmth that wraps around your body and reminds you that there’s a beach nearby awaiting you. The radiant and unforgiving Baja sun announces that summer is here. Perhaps a week before it had been windy, and it feels as though the weather changed in the blink of an eye. As you get in your car, the seat might burn your bottom and the A/C takes longer to work its magic, so you roll your windows down until it does. On the Carretera Transpeninsular, you start spotting pickup trucks with surfboards tied to the back, speeding past you to catch a couple of waves before work. To some, summer means higher electricity bills and two showers a day to stay fresh. For others, it means vacation time. To me, summer means longer days and a slower pace. This endless summer is home.

Growing up in a small town known for its year-round sunny days can shape you as a person. We were raised in a town where people pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to vacation. Having the beach within walking distance of my home has always made me feel like a billionaire. When I was little, on special occasions, my mom would pick us up from school with the beach bags packed in the trunk. We’d change into our bathing suits in the car and go to the beach instead of doing homework. Before all the nightclubs and fancy hotels, Medano Beach was our backyard. No matter how much sunscreen my mom applied, our skin showed who we were. We were children who grew up by the sea, and we had the tan lines to prove it. When we’d visit my family in the city of Guadalajara, they’d be appalled when they saw us walking towards them in the airport wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops? In the city? If only they knew my feet would always feel trapped in closed toe shoes. They belonged and always will, bare and in the sand. 

Years later, the last school bell of the year would proclaim the arrival of summer. As a kid this meant pool parties, trips to Los Barriles, and what felt like infinite days on the beach.

As a teenager, I’d wear my bathing suit under my school uniform. Skipping class to catch waves was normal for the cool kids. But I wasn’t that cool, so I waited for classes to be over to jump in my car and drive to El Tule with my friends for a quick dip on the days we didn’t have soccer practice. We’d have to be home before sunset. Back then, summer meant bonfires and flings. 

But then it was time for college. It’s common for locals to leave town after graduation. Most of us end up going to either Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana or Mexico City. We moved to these cities in search of better opportunities. I remember looking at college brochures and realizing how small Cabo felt and how big the world really is. After a tearful goodbye, I put on closed toe shoes and left.

Most of us would fly back to Baja when the semester was over. Back then, summer was a time for reconnecting with high school friends at the Nowhere Bar, drama, and love stories. Being a young adult in Cabo is fun. The same way Medano Beach felt like my backyard when I was little, the party scene in downtown Cabo was the new playground. 

The flight back to the city was packed with familiar faces. Nothing would make me feel more powerful than walking back onto my college campus after a long summer home with a perfect tan, sun-kissed hair, and incredible memories. 

As our early twenties turned into late twenties, things changed. The pandemic found us Cabo Kids scattered around the world and brought us home. It made me reconsider everything: my values, my plans, and my goals. I remembered where my feet belonged. After I received a job offer at the local radio station, I decided to move home. 

Many of my friends did the same, and for a while, as the Baja summer arrived, we felt like kids again. Before the world settled into this new, post-pandemic pace, we’d work remotely from a pool or the beach. We’d end our work days with trips to Acapulquito, where some would surf and others, like me, would read or gossip on the beach.

With September just around the corner, we’d say goodbye to the Baja summer and hello to peak season. This meant shorter and busier days for the locals, as in one way or another, all of our jobs are related to tourism. We were taught since we were very little to work hard and be welcoming to the visitors and to make sure our English is perfect, as we are all tour guides of sorts. Flights filled with Americans remind us that it’s time to roll up our sleeves and work, and they also represent abundance. 

The pace picks up, and the beach feels far away because we are occupied with real estate or timeshares to sell, weddings to plan, houses to decorate, or articles to write. Medano Beach is far from the barren, idyllic beach it used to be. It’s filled with life and fun but it’s different. We go camping once a year- if we’re lucky- and just thinking about drinking a jarrita at Nowhere Bar gives me a headache. Leaving the office after the sun has set isn’t what I pictured my life in Cabo would be like.

One day, I woke up and realized my feet hadn’t touched the sand in weeks. It’s still there. All we need is for things to slow down a bit to be able to enjoy it.

And then it happens. Days start to feel a little longer and the sunsets more magical. I feel my friends getting restless, pitching our favorite summer plans in the group chat. From my terrace, I see people carrying surfboards, and I think about finishing up this article so I can grab my bikini and head to Las Viudas for a swim. It’s still light out. These are the clues that my favorite season is here and a reminder that it doesn’t ever really end. This endless Baja summer is home.


All the beaches in Los Cabos have something different for you. Which one is going to be your new favorite?


This swimmable and family-friendly beach is located in the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The peaceful waters of the Sea of Cortes make it a perfect place for water sports and activities such as jet skis, parasailing, flyboarding, stand-up paddling, and more. The stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-visit.

Location: In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas.

Tips: Be prepared to be approached by a lot of souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, just respond with “No gracias.” 


Read more about Medano Beach.


Santa Maria Beach is a stunning horseshoe cove with unique coarse coral-colored sand and abundant marine life, making it an ideal place to go swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Alongside the shore, you will find Palapas providing some much-needed shade and the perfect spot to have a picnic with your family.

Location: Follow the signs which read PLAYA SANTA MARIA and exit at Km. 13 of HWY 1. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area.

Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right or left side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience. Make sure you arrive early so you can beat the crowded snorkeling tours that arrive during the day.



Palmilla Beach is known for its family-friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. You will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes and the exclusive One&Only Hotel. A favorite of the locals, it’s ideal to take a slow walk or sit to read a book. The beach area on the left is roped off with buoys for safe swimming, and the area on the right has tide pools and rocks that you can explore.

Location: Take the PALMILLA ramp exit at km. 27 and turn into the residential community (towards the ocean). You will wind down until you arrive at the beach entrance on the left side, in front of the Del Mar community gate. If you reach the One&Only Hotel you have gone too far.

Tips: Palmilla Beach is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa.



This is one of the best options for swimming due to its calm waters, and its beautiful reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Public restrooms and showers are available, as well as a handicapped ramp that takes you right to the beach.

Location: Follow the signs for PLAYA EL CHILENO near Km. 14 of HWY 1. 

Tips: Snorkeling visibility is often better in the early mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear and shade!



This iconic beach has won a place in the history of the surfing scene in Los Cabos, being the home of many different events over the years. Its different breaks for different levels of experience make Costa Azul the perfect place to visit. Even in winter when the waves are calmer, Costa Azul remains one of the best beaches in Los Cabos to swim and snorkel.

Location: At the southwest of San José del Cabo, between km 28 and 29 on the Transpeninsular Highway.

Tips: If you want to try your hand at surfing but have no experience at all, Costa Azul is home to many surf lessons to get you started.



Near Cabo San Lucas lies this place of peace and beauty, walking across the shore you’ll find rock formations that create a spectacle as the waves break on them. Even if this makes for a less-than-ideal place to swim, it creates an atmosphere of magic and relaxation that makes you want to stay the whole day. 

Location: Playa Las Viudas is located at km 11.5 along the Tourist Corridor and is accessed by a dirt road that continues for just under a half-mile toward the ocean.

Tips: Las Viudas is a small beach with few amenities, so arrive early and prepare everything you may need.



Famous for being the closest surfing spot to Cabo San Lucas, the beautiful rock formations that adorn this beach make it an incredible place for exploration and relaxation. Even if the waves are a bit too harsh for beginner surfers, it counts with a picture-perfect view of the iconic Los Cabos’ arch.

Location: Just at the entrance of the Tourist Corridor, turn right at the Misiones del Cabo turn-off from Kilometer 5. Follow straight until you reach a security checkpoint where you can park and walk the rest of the way to the beach.

Tips: Take precautions before going for a swim as you may find agitated waters.

monuments beach


Escape to a small and discrete space hidden among most beaches in Los Cabos. Cabo Bello is a well-known residential area close to Cabo San Lucas that provides easy access to this picture-perfect beach. Its smooth white sand leading to the bright blue waters of the pacific ocean makes for the perfect sport for a relaxing retreat.

Location: In the community of El Tezal just 2.4 Km from Cabo San Lucas along the Transpeninsular HWY.

Tips: There are no services alongside the beach so make sure to bring everything you are going to need.

cabo bello beach

Why should all the divers have all the underwater fun? The Cabo Submarine is ideal for those of all ages that want to explore the ocean, but would rather stay dry!  The top deck on this 60 foot semi-submersible vessel always stays above the surface, so at any time you can be topside seeing the stunning rock formations at Land’s End, or 8 feet bellow where you can observe the abundant marine life of the Sea of Cortez through the big clear windows. For more information: Cabo Expeditions » www.caboexpeditions.com.mx (624) 143-2700 » info@caboexpeditions.com.mx Family Games: Paint Ball Get your adrenaline pumping as you and your family run around the obstacle-filled paint ball field with a view of Land’s End. Located close to Cabo San Lucas, the sport is appropriate for both kids (7 and up) and adults, and it can be played at any level, so there’s guaranteed fun for everyone. There’s a palapa restaurant where you can buy drinks and food or you can bring your own. Paint Ball or Gotcha Cabo San Lucas » (624) 129-5648 » Facebook: @PaintballOrGotcha » hcampoy@hotmail.com Pirate Cruise The Cabo Legend is a 100 ft twin masted brig wooden sailing ship with plenty of deck space to eat, drink and be merry. The ship has an area with limited seating for those looking to escape the sun, and the deck is where all guests enjoy the salty air and keep watch for pirates. The Buccaneer Queen was built in 1968, born as an exact dummy of an ancient galleon that sailed many years ago. It has also served as a stage for many commercial spots and in 1995 it was in the movie “Cutthroat island.” Go cruise along the famous Cabo San Lucas Arch, Lovers Beach, visit Chileno Bay and the coral reefs and fall in love with the marvelous sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Shortly before leaving the dock your crew will give a short presentation to familiarize you with the area that you will be traveling to. Wild Cabo Tours » www.wildcabotours.com » (624) 105-0177 Take a Ride with a Camel Camel LOW Camels are one of the friendliest and most loving animals you will ever meet. When you are with them, you lose track of time and get entranced by their gentle, peaceful and fun personalities. The tour is packed full of fun and includes a challenge field where you will participate in many games and activities that will teach you about this wonderful species while you are having fun petting and interacting with them. Some of the camels are young and are specially trained to be ridden by kids. The tour takes place in the El Tule canyon. The moment you arrive to this amazing place, you’ll immediately feel captured by its magic. Situated in the middle of the desert, the canyon features an oasis on the bottom which keeps the vegetation lush and green. And of course from here, you’ll never lose sight of the breathtaking sparkling Sea of Cortez. Wild Canyon » www.wildcanyon.com.mx » (624) 144-4433 Meet the Locals at Ciclovia If you’re looking for a fun morning event that won’t break your wallet, check out Ciclovia, now entering its seventh year. Held each Sunday morning from 7 to 11 a.m. on downtown Cabo San Lucas’ main drag, Boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas, Ciclovia is a free family-friendly event that closes a stretch of the street to cars, providing a safe space to get out and be active. It’s the perfect place to bike, walk, run, skate… and mingle with locals. If you’re missing your pet, the Los Cabos Humane Society has an information booth on the route along with dogs to walk. It’s the perfect way to give back and show some love to a four-legged friend. Visit Playa Las Viudas While El Medano, Playa del Amor, Santa Maria and Chileno get the raves and many visitors, kids love the tidal pools and stunning rock formations at secluded Las Viudas. While it’s not a swimming beach per se and has no services, it’s ideal for spending a morning exploring the teeming shore life and hanging out in the pools. Bring shade, towels, water, snacks and sunscreen. The public entrance is well signed and accessible from either side of the highway near Km. 12. Enjoy! Cross the Longest Hanging Bridge in the World on an Off-road Runner The Los Cabos Canyon Bridge is the longest wooden pedestrian and ATV hanging bridge in the world that can be called without doubt an engineering wonder. The bridge is 1,082.67 feet long, 6.56 feet wide and it stands at 164.04 feet above ground in its lowest point. It was built in approximately two years with Mexican technology exclusively, developed in collaboration with MAM Geotecnia (Mexicana de Anclas Mineras).Its #5, 2″ Swedish steel cables allows the Los Cabos Canyon Bridge to hold up to 300 people or 50 ATV’s simultaneously. As you cross the bridge you can   watch the brave bungee jumpers, the Sling Swing as it falls and the riders on the longest zip-line, which passes just 3 feet away! The Off-road Runners tour is comprised of 5 different areas within the 100 hectares covered by the park: Ocean view, Brook, Beach, Canyon and Mountain. By experiencing these different types of terrain, you’ll get a good idea of what Baja off-roading is all about. Wild Canyon » www.wildcanyon.com.mx » (624) 144-4433 Sunsets and Stargazing The town lights of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo make stargazing less stellar than Pacific Side or East Cape beaches. For spectacular sunsets and stargazing, head out to Playa Migriño, about 30 minutes from San Lucas on the Pacific Side. Once close to your destination you’ll descend down a steep hill and then bank to the right with the bridge in the near distance and Migriño on your left. Exit on either side of the bridge where you’ll see dirt roads leading to the beach. Drive in, pick your spot, and prepare to be enthralled with the stunning sunset and an umbrella of stars once twilight arrives. Take a flashlight, drinks, snacks and enjoy an unforgettable and peaceful experience. It’s golfina sea turtle nesting time so don’t be surprised to see patrols out or turtle tracks, too. Scavenger Hunt in Cabo This fun challenge begins at a special meeting location where you will be given a clue that will take you to a secret destination and to your next puzzling clue. Track down the locals for help as your team continues to unlock clues and participates in the interactive challenges; all while discovering the landmark sights of Cabo San Lucas  as well as some hidden spots. This is a moderate outdoor  3 to 4 hour activity adventure and is recommended for ages 7 and up. aMAZEin Cabo Race » www.amazeincaborace.com » 624-104-3271 » info@aMAZEinCaboRace.com Hire a Babysitter Los Cabos is a very family friendly destination, but there are also plenty of things you might want to do without the kids, like having a golf day with your significant other, burning-off some steam with a night out in the town or maybe all you need is a few hours to yourself to go to the spa. Hiring a trusted babysitter could be a great idea, whether it’s for just one night out without the kids, or maybe you would just like an extra set of hands during your entire stay. Baja Babysitting is a professional service that specifically caters to English speaking tourists. Baja Babysitting » www.bajababysitting.com » (624) 157-7016 Baja Baby Gear Travelling with a little one is not that easy, but having the right gear certainly helps! There is a limit to what baby gear you can bring with you, so if you’re missing certain things you left at home such as a potty seat, a bathtub, or even a highchair, Baja Baby Gear is a reliable company that has these and more items available for rent. Baja Baby Gear » www.cabo.bajababygear.com » confirm@bajababygear.com » (855) 369-BABY    ]]>