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
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • 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 July 25, 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 July 27, 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 September 5, 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 September 19, 2023
  • TravelingFool88005
    Las Cruces, New Mexico1,545 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 November 28, 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 January 3, 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 January 31, 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 February 9, 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 February 21, 2024
  • Ashleigh M
    Tweed Heads, Australia222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pristine
    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.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2024
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Uri V
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We went to Balandra Beach on Sep 14. At the entrance there is a line of cars in front of a road block. They allow a car enter once amother car leaves the area. Once you enter you can't drive to the Balandra Beach, you can only go to Playa Escondido. The beach there is ok. The local tour agency told us that the Balandra isn't closed but they only allow 120 people to drive in and it fills our pretty quickly in the morning. You can also take a water taxi from Escondido to Balandra Beach and it costa you 2000 pesos for 4 people (price tag at a restaurant at farest left side of Escondido. Hopefully this is helpful to whomever decides to go there.
Written September 14, 2020
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Diegoxmoreno
Quito, Ecuador16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Bad experience. 40 minutes away from La Paz, it was closed. They open at 5am, and allow only 120 visitors per day. At least the road to Balandra is nice. There is a lack of information available online about the restrictions, so I hope this post can help you and save you the trip there.
Written March 15, 2021
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Bernardo B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We woke up today early and decided to take our chances to get in.

At 8:00 AM sharp we were at OXO buying our snacks and drinks.

We arrive at 8:34AM at balandra after a complicated way considering the construction at the road.

We were lucky, they told us that only five more persons will be allowed considering the 220 MAX persons occupancy allowed.

The occupancy is only once counted, meaning that even 10 persons get out they will not allow any one else inside. Is only 220 total a day.

Our beach neighbor told us that they arrived at 5:00AM to be allowed to enter at 8:00

So my recomendación: Arribe at most 8:00AM. We were very lucky, but a lot of persons were left out.

It sounds too early buy you won’t regret.
Written October 25, 2020
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Matt S
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We took a boat in (700 pesos per person) for a two hour tour. This is the way to go if you ask me. They only allow 200 people in per day, so people line up at 5:30am to get in. Screw that. Our boat left from a nearby beach, then we went to one of the seven beaches in Balandra Bay. We had a 700 foot-long stretch if fine white sand and clear shallow water completely to ourselves (8 people total) for an hour and a half. No, you don't get to spend all day there, but since it got insanely hot in the afternoons, that was fine with us.
Written May 31, 2021
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triptime
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Stars are based on visits from previous years. I wanted to let folks know that due to covid, they are restricting the number of people allowed to park at Balandra Beach. We went last week and sat in a line of about 6 cars (on a Tuesday around noon). They would let one car in for every car that came out. This is probably good for the beach and makes it a better experience, but planning to go early isa good idea. We decided not to wait and left.
Written November 5, 2021
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David S
Sunbury, OH51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We arrived a day early to La Paz for our tours with Whale Sharks and Sea Lions, so we decided to venture out to some of the local beaches to sightsee and enjoy the warm weather. Fortunately for us we awoke early in the morning and got to the beach around 8:00 AM. Little did we know at the time that they were counting cars and was not allowing many more after we got there. The beach is so nice and the water is crystal clear all across the bay. You can easily walk to the Mushroom Rock from the beach and we even walked across the bay to the other side ( it's a lot farther than it looks BTY). Sand is soft and easy on your feet, but we highly recommend aqua shoes or sandals if you want to get pics around the Mushroom Rock because the rocks in the water are painful if you happen to step on one or you want to get close for a photo. Could easily spend quite a bit of a whole day there, but we moved on to other beaches after about 3-4 hours there.
Written December 23, 2020
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Paradise813936
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was a very interesting beach! The water was very shallow, even at high tide, so you could walk around the point to get to the next point with the mushroom rock. However, we chose to hike over the ridge - not difficult, and on to the next ridge. We were rewarded with beautiful views, lots of flowers and cacti, and even a roadrunner (bird). Back on the beach, there was an impromtu band playing (pretty poorly, but a LOT of fun) and vendors selling enormous donuts, empanadas, fresh fruit, and beverages.
Written February 11, 2020
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aidualcma
Mexico City, Mexico202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Amazing beach!!! Out of the 57 countries I have had the chance to visit, this is for sure it is the best and most beautiful beach I have been to. The colors of the water, the different bays, the cleanliness, the protection of the beach to avoid crowds and damage of the nature is amazing.
Please be careful to arrive really early in the morning (around 5am) because they only allow 120 persons per day. If you do not plan to arrive that early, the only way to enter is with a private boat tour from La Paz.
Written January 4, 2021
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JenS_SLC
Salt Lake City, UT57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Got there at 8 in the morning and were told that they had already met capacity of 70 for the day. I begged as we had driven up from Cabo and really wanted to spend the day here, no budging at all. After about 5 min of all my sob stories I offered $20 for our 2 cars of families. That was easy! Gate suddenly opened and the rule of 70 didn’t apply. The beach is beautiful. Bring sunscreen and water.
Written January 21, 2021
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Jamie H
227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This is a pretty free beach with snorkeling and kayaks to rent. The bathrooms are very clean and off the main parking lot. They allow limited access in turns (8 am-noon & 1-5 pm) only 400 people at a time. Very limited parking at the beach. We arrived at 12:30 for the 1:00 turn and we were one of the last cars to park at the beach lot. When you pull up join the line of cars, do not waste time driving to the gate, they will send you to the back of the line. They have limited palapas for shade. Bring everything you need there is nothing sold at the beach (food, water, towels, sunscreen chairs. ). Check the fise table. We went at low tide and had to walk very far out. pretty hike up the hill and to mushroom rock.
There is limited handicap parking.
Written December 30, 2022
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