Our picks for where to stay and what to do in this dreamy Baja beach town

Samantha Schoech

Once a secret enclave for artists and surfers, Todos Santos, north of Los Cabos on Baja’s Pacific coast, is most definitely on the map these days. Despite becoming a hot spot, the once-sleepy colonial beach town still casts a spell. It’s one of only 30 communities in Mexico designated as a Pueblo Magico, or “Magical Town,” for retaining its authentic historic and artistic charm. Couple this with the views of snow-capped mountains, sweet waves, and a vibrant gallery scene and you’ll see why so many consider it Mexico’s own Shangri-La.

Hotels

Todos Santos Inn. Built in the estate of an old sugar baron, the hacienda-style Todos Santos Inn is lush and luxurious, filled with verdant courtyards, fluttering mosquito nets, and a twinkling colonial charm. $$.

Posada La Poza. This 8-room hotel, located between the Pacific Ocean and a fresh water lagoon feels like a shrine built for the fine art of lounging. The saltwater pool looks out over the lagoon and on the adjacent beach, hammocks beckon from palm trees. The restaurant boasts an exclusively Mexican wine list. $$.

Rancho Pescadero. This modern, beachfront hotel will lend you surfboards, bicycles, fishing gear, a beach hat should you forget yours. A handcrafted welcome cocktail greets you on arrival. All room include an terrace, balcony or other outdoor space. $$$.

Restaurants

Caffé Todos Santos. The local-favorite for hearty, alfresco pre-surf breakfasts like chilaquiles and cinnamon rolls. $; +52 612 145 07 87.

Café Santa Fé. The owner hails from Milan and this bright, airy town favorite serves authentic Italian food including pillowy fresh ravioli. $$.

Things to do

Snorkel & Kayak in Puerto Viejo. No trip to Todos Santos is complete without some underwater adventure. La Sirena offers lots of trips, as well as surf lessons. $$$.

Save the turtles. During the Tortugueros las Playitas Marine Biologist for a Day program you’ll get to kayak, learn from professional biologists, and help the turtles up close and personal. $$$$.

Nomad Chic. Caftans, textiles, and global jewelry are part of the covetable wares at this impeccably styled boutique owned by Linda Hamilton (there’s also a Nomad Chic outpost at Cornerstone Sonoma, near Sunset’s Test Gardens). This is boho style with an urban-ready edge. $$$