The Area

Todos Santos

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Todos Santos

Located at the southern end of Baja’s 800-mile peninsula, one hour north of Cabo San Lucas, the magical village of Todos Santos is a cultural vortex for artists, adventurers and aficionados of the good life. Residents and visitors, alike, find simplicity and engaging culture in this lush oasis surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and the desert landscape. The town’s name, which means “All Saints," has roots back to 1723 when the mission was built by the Jesuits. Today an interesting cast of characters populates this peaceful and safe town that bustles with art galleries, gourmet eateries, and boutiques. Colorful houses are painted in bright pinks, greens, yellows and blues; unassuming entryways reveal enchanting courtyards, secret gardens, and quaint cafes. Rooftop palapas call for sunset margaritas with ocean views; local watering holes offer cold cervezas and fine tequilas. The bounty of produce grown locally and fish from the sea means delicious farm-to-table cuisine and fresh daily catch.

While local creativity abounds, artists from around the world flock to the village, dubbed Pueblo Magico, for inspiration and residence, as many of the old sugar baron estates have been converted into studios and galleries. There is also a myriad of art, yoga, meditation, writing and acting classes available to all. An annual music festival, film festival and food & wine festival adds to the cultural panache. Todos Santos also sports stunning beaches with gentle breaks for new surfers or secret spots for the pros. Gray whales make the pilgrimage each year to birth their calves nearby, so the Pacific waters are filled with the spouting and breaching leviathans. The backcountry terrain hosts 30-plus miles of trails for single track mountain biking or hiking.

Todos Santos is the perfect place to reconnect and recharge, an antidote to the plugged-in, fast-paced lifestyle. Here, the laid-back residents celebrate nature, a return to the land and the magic of this very special place.

Key Facts:

  • The coastal town sits at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains.
  • Todos Santos is one hour north of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19 or one hour southwest of La Paz; both have international airports.
  • As of 2010, the population was 5,148, making it the second largest town in the municipality.
  • The mission, at what is now Todos los Santos, Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas, was founded by Father Jaime Bravo in 1723.
  • During the 19th century, Todos Santos thrived as the Baja sugarcane capital. The last mill closed in 1965.
  • In the mid-80s, the new paved Highway 19 opened up the town to travelers and new residents like ranchers, farmers and fishermen.
  • The famous Hotel California is located in Todos Santos
  • Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, was named a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2006.
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Kamal Schramm Rodriguez
Claude Vogel
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