When travelers plan their vacation to Los Cabos, they naturally focus on the two main cities of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. This is where the majority of the big resorts and nightlife is, and these areas unsurprisingly have a lot of appeal for travelers.
At the same time, the lesser-known town of Todos Santos is quickly rising in popularity. This beautifully quaint destination is full of character and charm. In fact, after decades of mostly being a surfers’ and backpackers’ paradise, it’s beginning to find itself on the radar of couples and families chasing the perfect relaxing getaway!
This is why Todos Santos should be next on your vacation list:
Beaches That Rival Los Cabos
Travelers that have visited Los Cabos before are well aware the area is home to genuinely beautiful beaches, but decades of popularity mean these beaches aren’t always the private or relaxing activity many would like to enjoy.
Thanks to Todos Santos still being a hidden-gem of Mexico, most of the beaches remain tranquil and uncrowded. Playa La Cachora is one of the area’s most beautiful, it’s tucked away down a short dirt road from Todos Santos, and its covert access means many of the day-trip tourists that visit the town miss it completely.
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Visitors here can’t believe it’s possible to enjoy an almost empty beach after seeing the crowds of Los Cabos’ main beaches. The water here can be pretty extreme but undeniably beautiful, and travelers quickly see why Todos Santos has been a haven for surfers over the past decades.
For the romantics, Todos Santos is on the west coast of Baja California Sur, meaning every stretch of beach is a prime location to watch the sun set with a loved one. Furthermore, the unspoiled setting and lack of super-sized resorts only add to the romantic atmosphere.
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Location, Location, Location
The last thing travelers want to do after landing in the country is to travel for hours on end to their resort. Thankfully, it takes just over an hour from Los Cabos Airport to Todos Santos by coach and is around 15 minutes quicker from Cabo San Lucas Airport.
What’s more, its location is perfect for travelers who enjoy renting a car on vacation and exploring. The town is just off highway 19, which is the main road between Los Cabos and La Paz, so using Todos Santos as a luxury base to explore from puts the whole state within a short drive.
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A Small Town With A Lot Going On
Don’t be fooled by Todos Santos’s small size. The area is home to festivals and celebrations year-round that include:
- The Mango Festival – Held in July each year, this is a super gastronomic event for travelers to experience.
- Gastrovino – Each May, this festival puts on the best of local wines and food for visitors to indulge in. With musicians on hand to set the atmosphere for the luxurious festival.
- Todos Santos Music Festival – Local and national rock acts meet every January to perform and raise money for the area’s social initiatives.
- Nuestra Señora del Pilar – This is a chance to experience the local culture to its fullest! A celebration of the town’s patron Saint, this festival is a mix of concerts, dance shows, and, of course, delicious local cuisine.
There are many more events throughout the year, and for those who decide to vacation in Todos Santos, ask at the reception of your resort for information on what’s coming up.
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It’s A Tropical Oasis
This isn’t a marketing catchphrase where Todos Santos is concerned. The town is a genuine tropical oasis that can trick travelers into thinking they’re in the Caribbean. Thanks to its location at the foot of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, the area is green and full of life! The almost desert-like landscape of the rest of the state doesn’t apply here.
In fact, Todos Santos is seen by many as the successor to the insanely popular Tulum. Both towns share similar roots, having previously attracted backpackers and those looking to vacation off the beaten track.
The difference, though, is Todos Santos has managed to maintain its cultural charm and laid-back vibe. Furthermore, it’s also a super safe place to vacation, with crime here being almost unknown to tourists!
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The Home Of Unique Resorts
It’s no secret Los Cabos has some of the best resorts in all of North America, but a quick look at the accommodation of offer in Todos Santos can bring a smile to any vacation planner’s face. The resorts and hotels here are fantastically unique, and there are numerous interesting styles from Greek-island-inspired suites to traditional Mexican hacienda architecture.
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As well as beautiful design and décor, the luxuries of Los Cabos aren’t left behind on a vacation here, with spas and wellness centers being incorporated into many resorts as well as a wide variety of in-resort amenities and entertainment.
Fans of the ‘Eagles’ might already be aware, but the Hotel California in Todos Santos is claimed by some to be the one sung about in their famous 1976 hit of the same name.
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