(Closed) Resort with unswimmable beaches?! Kinda venting…

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
781 posts
Busy bee

I actually stayed at Sandos Finisterra a few years ago in Cabo. Also on the side of Cabo that you can’t swim in due to the current. We loved the resort. Was absolutely beautiful and we honestly didn’t really notice the whole lack of ocean swimming. We liked being by the pool bar and the action anyways. Perks of being on the quieter beach is that we saw more whales and walking up and down the beach in the morning was the most relaxing thing ever. No vendors out there hassling you etc. Honestly I wouldn’t worry too much about it unless thats a huge deal breaker for you. We could have water taxi’d to Medano beach for 5$ if we really wanted to be in the ocean but we literally didn’t care once we were there! To each their own though! You just have to know that you can’t swim in it going into it. Honestly the waves were so big when we were there I didn’t have the urge to go in it. LOL 

Post # 3
3613 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve never stayed at a resort with unswimmable beaches, but it never mattered, because I’m absolutely a pool person. I like to look at, listen to, and (usually) smell the ocean, but not actually get in it other than walking along the edge with just my feet/ankles in the water. Jellyfish, (not uncommon), shark attacks, (very uncommon, but still…sharks), sharp shells that can slice your foot open, crap people throw in there that can cut your foot open, and just plain ole’ crap (yes, people crap in the ocean). No thank you.

Pool with swim up bar? All the YES!  I know people pee in pools, but that’s a “risk” I just don’t care about, because pool with swim up bar! cool


Post # 4
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I stayed in a few places around the world where whilst not being deemed unswimmable, the beaches were an inferior choice compared to pools (e.g. waves too big. too shallow, rock bottomed, this kind of stuff). So long as there’s a nice pool, it’s ok to just observe the ocean I think.

Post # 5
47407 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think this is just part of the normal research a consumer is oliged to do before travelling to a new destination.

We have been to San Jose del Cabo several times and never missed swimming in the ocean. I did however grow up near a lake, and never have liked the taste of the ocean.

Post # 6
1889 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

For us it would be a deal breaker we absolutely loved swimming in the ocean on our honeymoon 

Post # 7
615 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been to Cabo a number of times and I remember ever swimming in the ocean. I don’t think you’ll be missing anything.

Post # 8
410 posts
Helper bee

Not exactly the same, but we stayed at a resort in Puerto Rico that had ridiculous “hours” for the beach and pool. Like they pack up all the beach chairs at 5pm to get people off the beach and put a rope over the entrance walkway. The pools (multiple) closed at 8pm (pool slide at 5pm). We didn’t realize this when we booked the place only after arrival. Our assumption was to funnel everyone to the casino, but we are not gamblers so this was a damper for us. Also, they had multiple restaurants but only some were open each night. This was also annoying. All in all, we had booked this resort for the proximity to El Yunque for hiking (which is amazing and I highly recommend to anyone). So it wasn’t a total bust. 

Post # 10
781 posts
Busy bee

If you are on the same beach that we were you will be walking distance from the Marina and that whole little tourist area down there. We loved Cabo! Crazy how drastically different the land/area looks compared to the Cancun (Caribbean) side. 

Post # 11
1337 posts
Bumble bee

We went to the Cabo area. I think most of the resorts are on unswimmable beaches. It wasn’t a huge deal, but I was disappointed I couldn’t even put my feet in the water. The undertow errodes the beach  in such a way that creates a super steep enbankment. Not what I’m used to on the East coast. 

Post # 12
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

When we went to Cabo our resort has a roped area that you could swim in, but they recommended you not swim outside of it. It was fine for us. I don’t make a habit of swimming crazy far into oceans, just a lil ways. 

We rented a car and drove to other beaches as well, it is pretty easy to get around Cabo.

Post # 13
829 posts
Busy bee

I haven’t stayed at that resort but at others. A lot of Cabo is like that and is a big reason why I prefer the Mayan Riviera.

Post # 14
8093 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I stayed in Cabo on the pacific side where it was unswimmable. It was actually one of my favourite hotels EVER. My husband isn’t a strong swimmer so we dont really do ocean swimming, but I like to listen to it. It didn’t deter me then nor would it now 🙂 

Post # 15
3350 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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mgrd7531 :  It happens. A lot of the resorts in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii aren’t swimmable. The resort we stayed at on Kauai was on a cliff so didn’t have beach access (though they shuttled guests down to their sister resort which IS on the beach, and we had guests access to everything there).

If you’re a pool-person, I wouldn’t worry about it, but I would definitely be bummed. We loved our resort on Kauai, but the water access defintiely had us considerin if we would stay there again, or at the sister resort.

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