Coastal Charm: Todos Santos’ Bed and Breakfast at the Beach
At one time, the land beneath the best bed and breakfast in Todos Santos was used for chile pepper farming. That was before the three acre property, located on Baja’s Pacific Coast about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, was purchased by Marilyn Martin and her long-time friend and former husband Dave Flora. Flora del Mar, or Flower of the Sea, was completed in 2006, just in time for their daughter’s wedding, and in the intervening years has acquired a reputation as one of the most charming accommodations options in one of the peninsula’s most charming towns.
Todos Santos was the first town in Baja to be designated by the government as a Pueblo Magico, a “Magical Town,” and the former sugar cane capital and present day artists’ colony has long been popular with visitors for its lovely downtown area, vibrant arts scene, first-class restaurants, and superb surfing. Flora del Mar is located a little less than two miles from the center of Todos Santos on the shores of the Pacific Coast, and in addition to its enchanting oceanside locale, warm hospitable atmosphere, and exquisite appointments, is also notable for being the only area lodging with its own tennis court.
It’s the sort of place where you can fall asleep to the sounds of waves breaking, or walk your dog along a secluded beach at first light, and this relaxed, beachfront atmosphere is complemented by comfortable, contemporary Mexican appointments and tastefully accented accommodations. Guests may rent the entire B&B – which consists of four bedrooms, five baths, a living room, and an eat-in kitchen, as well as the pool area and tennis court – or stay in individually decorated suites. A second floor studio apartment is also available, and is outfitted with a private kitchen, and a deck overlooking the ocean.
Warm surroundings and service certainly set Flora del Mar apart, but its greatest strength is its picturesque location. Set steps for from a pristine beach and the meditative sounds of breaking waves, Flora del Mar features a jogging trail that winds through cacti, and coastal dunes from which to watch migrating whales, or some of the Western world’s most memorable sunrises and sunsets. The views are also quite nice from the comfort of the custom designed pool, particularly when the relaxing lap current is activated.
In addition to the pool, tennis court, and jogging trail, the property also includes two dance floors that are perfect for romantic evenings or special occasions (Flora del Mar has the facilities to host weddings, receptions, renewal of vows ceremonies, retreats, family reunions, and team building exercises, as well as other get-togethers and celebratory festivities).
In fact, Flora del Mar has been one of the area’s most popular venues for special events since its opening seven years ago, and its not terribly hard to see why. Who doesn’t want to walk barefoot on an unspoiled beach, watch whales breaching offshore as the sun sinks beneath the Pacific horizon, or dance the night away under a blanket of Baja stars? It’s a magical recipe, particularly when you add a dash of downhome charm, and perhaps just the slightest hint of chile pepper.
Planning a trip to Todos Santos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com.
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