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Tourists Visiting Los Cabos Warned To Be Cautious On Popular Beaches

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Travelers heading to Mexico typically choose between Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and luxurious Los Cabos for the ultimate beach vacation.

All are incredible but are not without their flaws.

Whether it's unsightly crowds, hurricane season, or various beach hazards, expectations should always be tempered.

Scenic views of Medano beach

Right now, as travelers begin flocking for summer vacations, the city has recommended all beachgoers to remain cautious at popular beaches in Los Cabos.

This might come as a surprise since so many Cabo beaches have earned the prestigious blue flag, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans.

That's the case as of June 14, 2024, as jellyfish have made their home in Cabo's pristine waters.

Waiving The White Flag

Travelers shouldn't necessarily give up on vacation in Los Cabos right by waiving the white flag, but that's exactly what many beachgoers will find along Cabo's shores.

los cabos scenery

Of course, like many popular beach destinations, a color-tiered flag system has been put in place to let visitors know certain risks of that particular beach.

In this case, it's one of man's most common nuisances – jellyfish.

This aquatic alien has been causing figurative headaches and literal rashes on many tourists across the globe, and now it's Cabo's turn.

White flags are posted at Medano Beach, El Corsario Beach, and Palmilla Beach, which signifies the notable presence of these spineless sea creatures.

Jellyfish in blue water

To pile on to tourists' annoyances, yellow flags have been posted at Santa Maria Acapulquito Beach, La Ribera Beach, Hacienda Beach, El Surgidero Beach, and Acapulquito Beach, warning of strong currents.

Invasion of Medano Beach

It's not just one single sighting that gives lifeguards the green light to post a white flag. No, it's a plethora of sightings putting swimmers health at risk.

While this breed of jellyfish is no more than an annoying rash, that doesn't mean it's pleasant. Especially after splurging on one of the most expensive destinations in Mexico.

Playa Medano in Cabo

If you have Cabo in your sights, then you are probably aware of Medano Beach.

And if that's the case, then you are simultaneously aware of how un-swimmable many of Cabo's beaches are. Medano is one of the most popular for swimming due to its beauty, safety relative to other beaches, and location.

Well, that is until lifeguards decided to post a white flag at one of the most sought-after beaches in all of Mexico.

Lined with stunning all-inclusive resorts and breathtaking waters, this gorgeous beach is typically numero uno on travelers' wishlists.

Medano beach in Los Cabos

Unfortunately, it may have to stay there as there is no timetable for pesky jellyfish to make their way elsewhere.

On the bright side, jellyfish are strictly marine animals, so you're perfectly safe indoors at your cushy resort with all the top amenities.

The problem is that the views are spectacular, so you may have trouble resisting the temptation to bypass the white flag warnings.

Ways To Avoid Stings

Jellyfish sting on tourist's leg

Los Cabos is stunning; there's no way around it. However, visiting the most swimmable beach in Cabo doesn't mean you have to dive right in.

There are plenty of ways to experience this iconic vacation hotspot, but perhaps no more than hiring a tour guide to take you by boat to the famous ‘El Arco' (the Arch).

Boating across Cabo's beautiful waters ensures you stay safe from one of the ocean's most bothersome animals.

Despite white flags, nobody is stopping you from hopping aboard a boat, kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply lounging in the sun.

El Arco in Los Cabos

Jellyfish can pop up anywhere in the water, no matter how shallow. It's best to take the flag warnings seriously to avoid risks of contact.

What To Do If Stung

You know where this is going…

We've all heard the old wise tales of what to do if stung by a jellyfish. You know, find somewhere private and see how good your friendship really is by asking them to urinate on the wound.

In a day and age where science has never been questioned more, this old wise tale may create more problems than solving them.

Jellyfish near tourist on beach

According to, rubbing cool vinegar or placing hot water on the affected area is the way to go.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs are also said to help, which is easy to keep on hand.

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Saturday 15th of June 2024

Does placing or lightly rubbing ice on effected jellyfish stung help with pain, etc?