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About todos santos

ABOUT TODOS SANTOS

Todos Santos, recently declared a Pueblo Magico, is located an hour north of Los Cabos and an hour south of La Paz, near the tip of the Baja California peninsula, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. With the government’s declaration of new Pueblo Magico status, millions of dollars continue to pour into the area to preserve it’s architectural and cultural heritage, as well as improved municipal infrastructure.

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The Sierra’s provide underground water used to irrigate dozens of orchards of mangoes, avocados, papayas, guavas, coconuts and other types of fruits. Todos Santos Baja California has always been a perfect place to get away from crowds and fast paced life in Cabo and for the wealthy elite of La Paz who come here to escape the heat and humidity on the gulf.

A natural paradise where desert meets the Sierra Laguna mountain range, the Southern Baja peninsula hosts several unique eco-systems that are special to us. In December visitors watch the Whales migrate along the coastline.

Todos Santos (All Saints) is on the Pacific coast about 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. As you enter by car, you will be delighted by this Oasis of palms & fruit trees producing delicious mangos, papayas, avocados & more. These fields of agriculture and the uniquely quaint village press up to miles of pristine, un-spoiled beaches, attracting beach aficionados, bird-watchers, hikers, wild-life enthusiasts, kayakers, surfers, snorkelers, scuba-divers, fishermen and an array of others.

In 1723 Father Jaime Bravo established Todos Santos as the mission of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de La Paz. It eventually reached mission status & was named Santa Rosa de Todos Santos in honor if its benefactor, Dona Rosa de la Pena. The population of La Paz mission was transferred to Todos Santos Mission, and then unfortunately, it was abandoned in 1749.

Since then, it has carried the name of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Todos Santos. The village itself continued to prosper during the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century on sugar production.

Sugar production lasted nearly 100 years and most of the beautiful colonial style buildings and handsomely-built homes were financed by sugar monies. Many of these buildings fell into ruins in the 1950’s when the water table dropped drasticallyand water supplies dried up, causing a great loss of cane crops. This along with the low prices of sugar after WWII caused a great financial decline for the area, forcing many of the families living here to move elsewhere to survive.

Now the rich farmlands have been re-worked as the town prospers from an abundance of Poblano chili farming, Avocado, Papaya & Mango orchards (and Organic Vegetables) Fishing & Ranching, and since the early 1980’s there has been an influx of tourist activity due to the paving of Mexico Highway 19 from La Paz through to Cabo San Lucas. In more recent years, many Fine Artists, artisans & crafts people have moved into the area, causing Todos Santos’ reputation as a well-known Cultural & Artistic center

What Makes Todos Santos Unique?

Beaches – This lovely community is home to three world class Surf spots. Playa Los Cerritos, Playa San Pedrito, and Playa La Pastora are beautiful sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing or beachcombing. Note that all other Pacific Side plublic beaches are NOT swimmable due to riptides and undertows. If the locals post a no swimming sign, we advise you take their advice.

Inglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar – This beautiful mission that was founded by father Jaime Bravo in 1723 and contains the statue of the Virgin of Pilar which is the focus of Todos Santos main Festival in October. It is located at the southwest edge of the main plaza.

Whale Watching – each winter the California Grey Whales make the 8,000 mile trek from the Bearing Sea in Alaska to the warm lagoons of southern Baja California. From late January through March these gentle giants occupy the coves and inlets of Baja and many will continue their journey south to the cape where they will birth their calves and feast on the abundant plankton of the nutrient-rich Sea of Cortez.