Insider Guide to Todos Santos
Our picks for where to stay and what to do in this dreamy Baja beach town
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.
Hotel San Cristóbal. Texas hotelier Liz Lambert translated her signature brand of cool into this 32-room beachfront property in Todos Santos. Standout touches include colorful,1970s-style ceramic tiles and a great vinyl collection. $$$$.
Rancho Pescadero. This modern, beachfront hotel will lend you surfboards, bicycles, fishing gear, a beach hat should you forget yours. A handcrafted welcome cocktail greets you on arrival. All rooms include a terrace, balcony or other outdoor space. $$$.
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. $$.
Posada La Poza. This 8-room hotel, located between the Pacific Ocean and a fresh water lagoon feels like a shrine built for the fine art of lounging. The saltwater pool looks out over the lagoon and on the adjacent beach, hammocks beckon from palm trees. The restaurant boasts an exclusively Mexican wine list. $$.