Balandra Beach (Playa Balandra)
Balandra Beach can be visited independently or as part of a La Paz sightseeing tour. Full-day tours from Los Cabos visit Todos Santos, Isla Espiritu Santo, and Balandra Beach. Travelers who want to avoid the hassle of renting a car or navigating public transportation can opt for a tour, including snorkeling and kayaking excursions, that includes transport. Plan to carry enough food, water, and supplies for a day at the beach, as there are few amenities here.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds, especially during high season.
Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water, as the beach offers little shade.
Stand-up paddleboards and kayaks are available for rent.
The beach has basic facilities, including parking and palapas.
How to Get There
There are several ways to reach Balandra Beach, located about 45 minutes north of La Paz. Buses depart from the Malecon bus terminal in downtown La Paz. Or, if you’re driving, take the Baja California Sur La Paz-El Tecolote highway. Some tours include round-trip transport.
When to Get There
Balandra Beach can be visited year-round. Winter sees large numbers of tourists; during this time, plan to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and take advantage of the beach’s limited parking. Other times of the year are less crowded.
La Paz Islands
No trip to Las Paz is complete without a visit to the islands. Don’t miss Isla Espiritu Santo, Isla Partida, or the area’s resident sea lion colony at Los Islotes. Motor boats (pangas) leave from Tecolote Beach, just a few minutes north of Balandra Beach. Relatively untouched and teeming with wildlife, the area as a whole makes for an excellent day trip from La Paz.
- Isla Espiritu Santo
- Sierra de la Laguna
- Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park
- San Jose del Cabo Church (Parroquia San José)
- San Jose Estuary (Estero San José)
- San Jose del Cabo
- Palmilla Golf Club
- Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla)
- Cuadra San Francisco
- Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno)
- Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)
- Sand Falls
- Medano Beach (Playa Médano)
- Cabo San Lucas
- Land's End