Destinations / JOURNEY
THE NAME OF the quaint Baja village rolls off the tongue with mellifluous Spanish grace. And like its name, Todos Santos has a graceful, easy pace that has made this Pacific-facing town one of the must-see destinations of 2016, according to The New York Times. Founded in 1723 with the establishment of the mission Santa Rosa de las
Palmas, Todos Santos evolved into a thriving sugar-producing town in the 19th century.
The industry brought prosperity to the region and especially to the local sugar barons.
Sugar has long since disappeared here, leaving only crumbling industrial relics and
colonial-era brick buildings and a local economy based on fishing and farming. But after a
period of decline, Todos Santos has risen again and has quietly become a popular destina-
tion for travelers visiting the tip of the scenic Baja peninsula.
With surf-perfect beaches and cobbled side streets lined with galleries and fine restau-
rants, this colorful “pueblo mágico” seduces day-trippers from Los Cabos and overnighters
seeking to explore its many charms and to enjoy a taste of the old Baja Sur way of life.
Opposite: A fisherman’s “panga” on the beach
at Punta Lobos. This page: A Baja buggy struts
past the Hotel California (on right).