Balandra Beach
Balandra Beach
4.5
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This stunning cove is a favorite among locals who come to relax amongst the white sand dunes. The calm, crystal-clear waters are shallow and perfect for beginner swimmers and families. Hike up the neighboring mountain to truly soak in the beauty of Balandra Beach. As part of a protected area, there are restrictions on the number of daily visitors permitted and limited parking available—walking in from the nearby Tecelote Beach is a viable option. You can also visit as part of a boat tour that takes you to various attractions along the coast, like San Rafaelito where you can spot sea lions. – Tripadvisor
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  • Eme
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Balandra is beautiful!! It’s one of those beaches you have to at least visit once. We love to lounge and drink under the sun so this beach was perfect for us the parents lol. There is no waves in this beach my kids said it felt more like a lake they did few like it was a little boring for them but they still managed and had a good time snorkeling w the fishes. There’s 2 time slots from 8-12 and 1-5 they only allow 400 adults at a time they do not count for the small children. We rented a car a drive from Cabo and went in the afternoon and got there at 12:30 and there was already a long line of cars we were probably one of the last cars they let in. I recommend getting there an hour before, take your own food and drinks as there is no vendors inside. Before getting inside the parking lot while in line there’s vendors renting umbrellas and chairs as there is only about 15 palapas inside. If you can I recommend renting an umbrella and chair. If you will be visiting vegetal beaches throughout your trip it may be better to buy an umbrella ($30) for your trip. Would definitely come back again and stay a few days in La Paz before getting to Cabo.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Compass105540
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach
    Views were amazing and the water is so clear and warm. Waist deep water throughout the entire area. You are also can rent two person kayak for $25 an hour. I would suggest purchasing an umbrella for the beach before you get there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Delfino
    Umatilla, Oregon55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth all the Hype, DO NOT buy a pass online to visit.
    There is no charge to enter, we were scammed by the Cortez Club into buying “parks pass”. The beach is breathtaking. You are able to see the fish and walk along them. The early birds get the “palapas” aka the shaded canopies. We rented a paddle board for $20 bucks an hour. We did see puffer fish in July, be careful where you step. The bathroom situation is odd. Bring coins and expect to use a dry toilet. If you go #2, you sprinkle limestone over it. If you are going from Cabo, go during the week.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Frank379
    Los Angeles, California17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic beach! Must see! BYO Everything
    Balandra is a set of 7 beautiful and pristine beaches. It is a MUST see in the area, so try to go at least once while staying in La Paz. We got on the line for the afternoon session (1pm-5pm) at about 11:35am. It was a Saturdays, so probably one of the busiest days. We were maybe the 15th car in line at that point. They let us in around 12:40pm. You want to get there early if you aren’t bringing your own umbrella, so you can snag one of the free palapas. This would be a long afternoon without any shade. Honestly, it’s best to travel with your own umbrella in this region, as most of the beaches either have limited palapas or charge for their use. We got the fist palapa by the rock formation, and it was such a beautiful spot everyone invaded our space in order to get their Instagram photos, or get by to wade over to the mushroom rock. I don’t blame them, bc it was a great spot. Just a little annoying at times (there was a lack of personal space. So, if you want to be undisturbed, don’t choose that first palapa. There is no cell service and no facilities there, so bring a cooler with ice, drinks and any food you need. The water is crystal clear and the sand is white. The water isn’t very deep, even during high tide. Check the tide schedule before you go, bc I think its waaaay better at high tide. I swam across to the beach directly across the water and back (about 1/2 mile each way). There was only an area in the very middle where the water was just over 6ft deep during high tide. We went once, and that was enough bc there are so many other beaches to see that you don’t have to wait on line to get in to. Playa Tecolote is very close to there and is an awesome beach for swimming and chilling out.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Alberto V
    Tres Rios, Costa Rica9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Please HELP the stray dogs
    Balandra is amazing. But it is located in the middle of nowhere and there are 4 or 5 stray dogs that were abandoned there . The people who take care of the place feed them (as much as they can) but it’s not enough and they do look malnourished so if you can, please take some food and fresh water for them. This place is just magical, as shown on the pictures. The view from the top is amazing. The beach itself might get a little crowded but if you walk a little further down (take an umbrella with you) you can probably get a nice stretch of beach to yourself.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • TravelingFool88005
    Las Cruces, New Mexico1,517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful! Do the view point hike for sure.
    This beach is open 8-12 and 1-5. We got there about 10 and went to the beach and the overlook. We left at 1130 and there was already a line for the afternoon time. Bring water sandals. The rocks are sharp. You may want sneakers for the overlook. There is a dry toilet. And they sell water and umbrellas at the front entrance.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
  • kingthos
    San Francisco, California243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach time at Balandra!
    Go in the morning shift to avoid long lines! The beach is pristine! The agency (state/gov?) that runs the beach does a great job! To keep it clean and enjoyable they allow access in two shifts, 8-12 and 1-close. The long crescent beach allows for spreading out to enjoy the sun. The water is shallow and clear. You can rent Kayaks and/or SUP to paddle around. There is a trail to a view point above the beach which is easy to moderate depending on your age and physical fitness.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Pete N
    Portland, Oregon177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING!
    Worth the visit! As has been stated, plan to arrive early prior to your entry time. Amazing sandy beach and wading in the water is special. Rented a 2 person kayak for 400 pesos(cash only) and was worth it. Recommend doing the short hike to viewpoint for excellent photo ops.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 January 2024
  • absolutetravel
    Sydney, Australia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning beach
    Part of a swimming with whale sharks tour we did. We stopped at Balandra for lunch. Stunning, stunning beach with fine white sand and clear, clean waters. The part we were on could really only be accessed by boat so it was completely deserted. The beach is protected and they are rightfully careful about how many people can visit each day. Try and go, it’s so worth it!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
  • Emily W
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clear water and beautiful views
    Balandra beach is beautiful and not to be missed! We arrived early and secured a palapa--this or an umbrella is really necessary. The sun is hot! As the tide went out, you could walk across the bay and the water was clear. So beautiful! We also hiked the path to Tecolote beach, which had amazing views.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2024
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Jose Manuel V
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Since we were here in March 2019, it has become a protected conservation area. There are no fees to park or enter at the time of this review. The only cost is the restroom.

We came on a Monday morning. There are two time slots. We came at 8am. We left at 5 am from Cabo and 2.5 hours later we arrived to get in line at 750am. Prior to entering we were greeted by a conservationist and shared:

1. Please take care of this land for us, don’t rip anything or take anything from the area.
2. There are no fees to pay. Anything you pay is not related to us (them).
3. Keep music down to a reasonable sound level.
4. Please leave it as you left it.
5. Please exit beginning at 1145am.
6. Follow the parking attendant instructions when you arrive. (A short distance from the entrance).

It was an amazing experience and yes you will get nibbled by small fish. The feeling can be described as a little more than a mosquito bite.
Written 10 June 2024
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Paula M
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
The beach is absolutely beautiful to look at however there's some kind of bacteria in the water that if it attacks you it feels like multiple needles punching your skin and it is quitepainful. It wasn't fish bites, my rash was on large area of the skin. I got attacked instantaneously on both legs on the entire surface area that was under water.
Written 9 June 2024
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DeVineCopy
Newport Beach, CA155 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
To get into Playa Balandra there are two entry slots: 8 am to 12, and 1-5 pm. Cars line up outside the entrance in a dirt road to the right if the entrance road. Today we arrived at 11:30 am and got in line for the 1 pm slot. There were already about 40 cars already lined up. They let a max of 450 people in so we were glad we had come early. After waiting 1.5 hours we got to the front and they would not let us in. Our RV is 24 feet long and they said no RVs. We were super disappointed because we had not read this anywhere. Left and went to Tecolote which is beautiful too.
Written 16 April 2024
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Scott H
Birmingham, AL197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful shallow water cove. The pictures don't do it justice. Limited amount of visitors in each time slot from 8-12 and 1-5 so get there early. This was our first visit and we enjoyed it immensely. Next time we plan on renting one of the kayaks and going to one of the several secluded beaches across the bay.
Written 10 March 2024
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Jena S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Otherworldly! So thankful for the tip we were given about this beach. Words and photos can’t really do it justice. So beautiful and though it can get crowded, we went on a Saturday and there were several spots that felt like you were on a secluded, completely private beach. Do the short hike up for the 360 views then enjoy the beach and walking far out into the shallow, crystal clear water. Beautiful experience we will cherish forever!
Written 27 February 2024
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Ashleigh M
Tweed Heads, Australia222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This little piece of paradise is exquisite to look at. However, very touristy with time slots for your visit so be careful to check these out. Water is fresh , really cold in the morning before the sun really heats you up. Other than kayaking not a lot to do so take a good book to relax. Very shallow waters all the way across. First on the beach will grab the free huts otherwise grab/take an umbrella because it does get very hot. Worth the 30 min drive out of town and does have plenty of hiking trails where you can view the entire area from above. It really was picturesque.
Written 26 February 2024
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Mood C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Spent the day here with the family. Short taxi ride from La Paz. Beautiful beach. Super shallow so it's great for kids to swim. Unfortunately there's no services or washrooms in the parking area.
Written 23 February 2024
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Emily W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Balandra beach is beautiful and not to be missed! We arrived early and secured a palapa--this or an umbrella is really necessary. The sun is hot! As the tide went out, you could walk across the bay and the water was clear. So beautiful! We also hiked the path to Tecolote beach, which had amazing views.
Written 22 February 2024
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shanebo
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Would give it five stars if we went when tide was in. Recommend checking that before leaving. Had no problem getting in mid week for the 1pm, showed up at 12:40pm.

Written 19 February 2024
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SB
Palo Alto, CA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Worth the visit. You may need to park and walk in so be prepared. Very busy beach with lots of people around so try to go early. Gorgeous views, and worth the drive to get there.
Written 9 February 2024
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