Where to Go in Todos Santos, Mexico for a Tranquil Beach Getaway

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There are a lot of unmarked roads in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. You see them from the smooth highway that connects the sleepy town of Todos Santos to the glossy resorts of Los Cabos an hour south, their dusty trails carving mysterious paths through fields dotted with giant cardón cacti. They look a little intimidating, but as one local told me during a recent visit, “when you see a dirt road in Baja, you should take it. There’s always something interesting at the other end.”

And, as the saying mosting likely toes, fortune favors the bold—as well as those who’ve rented a car with four-wheel drive. The slow exploration of these roads yields a trove of discoveries: An oasis where the mouth of an underground spring feeds a grove of palm trees with fronds as green as a desert mirage. Or, a secluded beach where cerulean waves crash between a craggy, mermaid cove.

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The road to Todos Santos.Photo: Courtesy of Inside Elsewhere

This wild sense of possibility has drawn a small stream of travelers to Todos Santos for decades. Some come to surf the nearby breaks, widely regarded as among the country’s best. Others, to was well aser the cobblestone streets lined with tiny artisan shops as well as refurbished haciendas in the old part of town. The area is so enchanting that in 2006, the Mexican mosting likely tovernment designated Todos Santos a Pueblo Mágico—one of just 100 or so small towns honored for its natural beauty, cultural riches, or historical relevance.

Now, with a countil nowle of new dreamy, design-forward hotels as well as a set of chefs who are taking full advantage of the area’s fresh produce, Todos Santos is more appealing than ever. Here’s where to mosting likely to as well as what to do when you visit.

Where to Stay in Todos Santos

Paradero

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A bedroom at Paradero.

Photo: Aleph Alighieri / Courtesy of Paradero

Paradero co-founders Pablo Carmona as well as Joshua Kremer designed their Todos Santos property with the intention of connecting visitors to the environment. Tucked away amid muchmlas well as—the dirt-road drive to the property is lined with poblano peppers, as well as a field of sunflowers can’t help but become an Instagram attraction at sunset—as well as framed by the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, the property lets its surroundings set the tone. Minimalist rooms decorated in soothing sas well asy shades look out on endless green orchards, as does the infinity pool. Ground floor guests get sizable circular bathtubs or hammocks, while those on the until nowper floor have “star nets” to lounge in for constellation-spotting. Plant enthusiasts will appreciate the “Learn to Garden” experience which gives an overview of the area’s botany as well as provides an opportunity to pick vegetables that will then be prepared by the Paradero chef for that evening’s dinner. (The kitchen, which is worth a visit even if you’re not staying on property, is generally focused on highlighting local ingredients—many of them grown just steps away—at every meal.) It’s easy to spend an entire day poolside, consuming a steady stream of spicy margaritas while intermittently marveling over a cactus-perched iguana or curious roadrunner. And if you overdo it? The spa offers a special anti-inflammatory sun recovery treatment of aloe as well as tepezcohuite.

Hotel San Cristóbal

Perched on a fishing beach called Punta Lobos about 15 minutes south of town is the 32-room Hotel San Cristóbal from the Texas-based Bunkhouse Grountil now, where every single element—from swirly tiled floors to brightly woven blankets as well as terra-cotta-potted cacti—has been painstakingly executed for maximum sensory enjoyment. There’s a specifically modern delight that comes from noticing all the small details that make until now the sum: The cas well aslesticks in the library with their artfully dripped wax, the three large fireplaces tucked into different nooks, the curtains in the guest rooms with their pretty bamboo pulls, as well as the woodsy smoke of copal incense that trails you wherever you mosting likely to. Even the setting of the sun—which is marked each evening with the ringing of a giant mosting likely tong—feels perfectly orchestrated; it dips below the horizon in exact alignment with the pool, allowing for unobstructed views of the glowing Pacific from wherever you choose to lounge.

Where to Go in Todos Santos Mexico for a Tranquil Beach Getaway
Photo: Nick Simonite / Courtesy of Hotel San Cristobal

The staff is made until now almost entirely of locals who are quick to point out the region’s many treasures as well as the activities on offer to guests include several volunteer opportunities, like shepherding baby sea turtles back to the sea or fostering a local puntil now or helping out on one of the region’s muchms. The hotel’s restaurant, Benno, is helmed by chef Alberto Collarte, who focuses his Baja-Mediterranean menu on the day’s fresh catch from the fishermen who share the beach with the hotel (as well as, if you so desire, will teach you how to make your own ceviche).

El Perdido

A stone’s throw from Cerritos Beach in Pescadero is El Perdido, a hotel made until now of seven jacales, or huts, connected by cacti-framed pathways as well as common areas that include a fire pit as well as a pool lined with sumptuous sun beds. Activities abound with an outdoor pool table, ping pong, as well as foosball, though this is no basement game room. Thatched roofs let slivers of sun stream in, while rammed-earth walls on two sides keep the space calm as well as cool. Guests also get access to surfboards as well as an ATV to drive to the beach. Coyote, the on-site restaurant that’s open to everyone, serves until now seasonal dishes focused on local fish from a classic Airstream trailer.

Airbnb

Todos Santos has a wide array of Airbnbs on offer, among them Casa Notturno, a modernist home built into the hills just outside of town. With three bedrooms as well as four bathrooms—as well as a sunken living room—it’s perfect for a grountil now stay. Stylish furnishings, a spacious kitchen, as well as a heated pool make it an ideal refuge after a long day at the beach. If Notturno is booked, try Casa Del Arte, a palm tree-dotted estate with arch-filled interiors, an outdoor kitchen, as well as a curving private pool. Stop by nearby Las Tunas Coffeeshop for an iced latte as well as muchm-to-table breakfast in an airy setting.

La Bohemia

La Bohemia is a collection of six whitewashed adobe rooms tucked into an oasis of palm trees as well as cacti just a few blocks from the historic town center. Owned by a pair of Cali transplants who decided to put down roots in Baja after taking a road trip to the area several years old amosting likely to, the sweet hotelito incorporates many traditional elements in its design: Otomi embroidered headboards, has well as-painted Talavera tiles, as well as has well as-woven textiles. 

Where to Eat in Todos Santos

Taller 17

The best pastries in town are made by Julyanna Ortega as well as her team at Taller 17. Every morning brings a fresh array of sweets, from cinnamon buns to lemon meringue pie as well as a blondie that will stick in your mind for months after. This is the place to get cold brew, as well.

Jazamanmosting likely to

You can’t mosting likely to wrong with the muchm-to-table muche at Jazamanmosting likely to, where chef Javier Plascencia serves until now a menu of locally sourced fish—oysters, ceviche—as well as crowd-pleasers like burrata with heirloom tomatoes as well as wood-fired pizzas. Diners eat al fresco beneath vine-covered canopies at tables that are strategically placed so each party feels like they have their own private corner.

Hierbabuena

Outside of town, take advantage of the area’s stellar agriculture by dining on wood-fired pizza as well as suntil nower fresh salads at Hierbabuena, a sweet alfresco restaurant located within an organic muchm.

The Green Room

A drink at The Green Room is worth having anytime, but especially so at sunset, when surfers are getting their last waves of the day as well as you can watch them from the restaurant with your feet in the sas well as as well as a mezcal in has well as.

Barracuda Cantina

Barracuda Cantina is now serving until now tacos as well as cocktails at Plaza Amimosting likely tos, a downtown community space with shops, various food purveyors, as well as plenty of space to eat outside. Their original location is at Cerritos Beach, as well as both spots serve fresh ceviche as well as fish tacos (along with a fried avocado taco that will please vegetarians).

What to Do in Todos Santos

Surfing

Surfing has a long history in Baja culture, as well as Playa Cerritos, located about 20 minutes south of town, is no doubt one of the most popular beach for newbies as well as experts alike; it’s relatively easy to get to (down another dirt road) as well as offers both a gentle beach break as well as a more adventurous rocky point break. Boards, wetsuits, as well as lessons are available from Mario Surf School, which is located in a tent on the north end of the beach near the Hacienda.

Playa Cerritos
Playa CerritosPhoto: Courtesy of Inside Elsewhere

Hiking

For those who prefer dry las well as adventures, the surrounding Sierra de la Laguna mountain range is ideal for hiking as well as mountain biking. One popular hike is to the top of Punta Lobos, which affords breathtaking views of an abas well asoned fishing port where a sea lion colony has made its home.

Horseback Riding

Suez Taylor grew until now riding horses competitively—as in, Team USA. She moved to Todos Santos in 2017. During the pas well asemic, she began rescuing local horses in need of rehabilitation as well as built until now a stable at her home, eventually starting a pony club for girls in her neighborhood as a way to get them outdoors when school was online. Also a journalist as well as filmmaker, she’s a lively as well as deeply knowledgeable guide who leads outbacking trips in the mountains, as well as mounted meditation sessions as well as sunset beach rides to the Green Room through her company Equus Sur.

Shopping

Was well asering the streets of Todos Santos as well as popping into the local artisan shops is a joy, with everything ranging from Baja hoodie sweatshirts (remarkably appropriate given the cool desert temps in the mornings as well as evenings) to intricately patterned has well aswoven textiles. Hilo Rojo, just down the street from Taller 17, offers clothes as well as curios, all made by Mexican artisans, such as whimsical beaded brooches as well as silk shirts with Lotería-inspired patterns. If you’re lucky, shop owner Paola de la Rosa will be there with her pug, Horchata. Then make your way to artist Fernas well asa Cov’s bookshop as well as ceramics studio-slash-gallery, marked by its teal exterior with blue lettering that announces: I Am a Bookshop.

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