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Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017

Los Cabos Magazine | winter 2017 51 O U T D O O R S Chileno (opposite page) and Santa María (right) bays earned Blue Flag status. venient and Blue Flag–mandated features, including palapa-shaded beach areas, paved parking lots, public toilets, recycling containers, handicap access, informative signs, and—a rarity in México—lifeguards. But a checklist of Blue Flag amenities only hints at the experience of visiting one of these elite seaside destinations. Here’s a brief overview of the highlights at all three. Playa Santa María (Santa María Beach) Where: km 12.5 on the Tourist Corridor Why: FEE has no aesthetic guidelines, but visitors to any of the local Blue Flag beaches will encounter scenes of breathtaking natural beauty. That’s certainly true at Playa Santa María, a horseshoe-shaped stunner bounded by elevated outcroppings that protect the enclosed bay (in reality, little more than a cove). The crystalline waters within are home to a marine sanctuary teeming with colorful tropical fish, and Bahia Santa María is a popular anchor-dropping destination for local snorkel tours. A construction project is currently in progress on the Cabo San Lucas side of the bay, and a 39-acre property called Montage Los Cabos is expected to open in 2018. Bahía Chileno (Chileno Bay) Where: km 14.5 on the Tourist Corridor Why: Chileno has always been a favorite of locals, as much for its enormous expanse of immaculate golden sand as its picturesque bay, in which small clustered rock formations provide a vivid visual counterpoint to a dozen shades of dazzling blue water. Large crowds bask en masse every weekend, but Chileno also gets busy during weekday


Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017
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