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Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017

52 Los Cabos Magazine | winter 2017 O U T D O O R S The water conditions at Playa Palmilla are absolutely perfect. afternoons, when families drop by after work. As at neighboring Santa María, swimming and snorkeling are extremely safe (this, too, is a favorite of tour boats), although beachgoers will need to bring their own masks and fins. Construction is also under way at Playa Chileno, with the new Chileno Bay Resort and Residences development scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) Where: km 27.5 (at the Palmilla exit) on the Tourist Corridor Why: There’s a reason the 2.4-mile swim portion of the annual Ironman Los Cabos triathlon is held in the waters off Playa Palmilla. The water conditions are absolutely perfect. That’s why local fishermen still launch here, and why in the old days, area ranchers would load their cattle from Punta Palmilla, swimming them out tied to pangas to hoist on to transport ships lying just offshore. The scenery is magnificent: sea and sky seeming to merge beyond the rocky point in a vast canvas composed of every hue and tint of blue imaginable. Palmilla Beach is open to the public (as all Mexican beaches are by law), but is most conveniently accessible for guests at One&Only Palmilla, long considered one of the region’s benchmark ultra-luxury resorts. It should be noted that the safety and service standards required of Blue Flag beaches necessarily translates to rather numerous regulations: no camping, no bonfires, and no pets except guide dogs, to name but a few. There are also no boisterous seaside restaurants and cantinas, although those seeking buckets of icecold cervezas and dog-friendly frisbee spots can always head to Mango Deck (www.mangodeckcabo.com) and the “anything goes” atmosphere of Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. Y


Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017
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