Just south of the Tropic of Cancer and only one hour from Cabo San Lucas or La Paz, Todos Santos is nestled above a large palm grove on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur. This colonial town has historic homes, fine art galleries, boutique hotels, bed and breakfast inns, unique vacation rentals and many dining options—from tasty tacos to haute cuisine.
Long known as a cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the town is a desert oasis, one kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains.There are many beautiful beaches within a 30 minute drive of Todos Santos. Playa San Pedro Las Palmas and Playa Los Cerritosare great beaches for swimming and shell collecting, and Playa Los Cerritos attracts surfers from around the world.The town has a friendly, bohemian feel, with lively cafes, contemporary art galleries, and a full calendar of local festivals and events.
Todos Santos History
After the mission period at Santa Rosa de las Palmas, for most of the 19th century, Todos Santos thrived as the Baja sugarcane capital, which is still evident by the ruins of sugar mills. Now the rich farmlands have been re-worked and the town prospers from an abundance of vegetable and chili farming; avocado, papaya and mango orchards,; as well as fishing and ranching.
The Mexican government designated Todos Santos a Pueblo Magico, (Magical Town), in 2006, to preserve its rich history and small-town charm as it grows as a tourist destination.
Places of interest
Todos Santos has relatively few must-see sights, but these historic and natural venues are worth a visit.
Historic District: Rows of colorful, colonial facades line the narrow cobblestone streets of the Todos Santos Historic District. Working galleries, boutique shops, and sidewalk cafes delight visitors and locals alike.
Mission Santa Rosa de las Palmas: The mission Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz was founded by Padre Jaime Bravo in 1723. It is located across the street to the southwest from the small town plaza. This mission contains the statue of the Virgin of Pilar, which is the focus of Todos Santos main festival in October.
Cultural Centre – Centro Cultural Nestor Agundez: Located two blocks up Benito Juarez from the Hotel California, the center has a historical library, gallery, ongoing cultural activities, workshops and a museum of local history and anthropology. This large brick building was a former elementary school and contains faded murals from the mid-twentieth century. View artifacts from the indigenous people through the colonial and revolutionary times. La Coronela (the lady colonel) was a local revolutionary hero whose aged portrait appears here. A bar and hotel restaurant are named after her. Art demonstrations and exhibitions are held here during the annual art festival.
La Poza: A freshwater lagoon just steps away from the Pacific makes a great place for birdwatching and hiking.