TODOS SANTOS-PUEBLO MAJICO
Baja is an isthmus, a cape, a peninsula; so water-bound the original Spanish explorers assumed it an island. It is a world unto itself, with dozens of plant species the grown nowhere else.
The Baja peninsula is longer than Italy, stretching eight-hundred, seventy-six miles long. It is a place like no other, with it's archipelago and prehistoric cave paintings protected by the United Nations as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Todos Santos is a natural paradise where mountain, desert and sea create a majestic scene, that can be experienced simultaneously. The Southern Baja peninsula hosts several unique eco-systems that are special to this area. For this and other reasons the Mexican government has declared Todos Santos- Pueblo Majico. An honor bestowed on few villages. There are no others on the Baja peninsula.
History of Todos Santos
Todas Santos dates back to the year 1723. It was a prosperous region due to the abundant water and fertile soil. Sugar cane, corn, fruits and various other vegetables supported life in the area. The sugar cane industry flourished until a great drought occurred in the early 1950's, where eventually only one processing plant remained open in 1974.
Todos Santos was rediscovered in 1984 when the new road connected it to Cabo San Lucas. Artists, and other creative people who savored the unique and tranquil lifestyle of this authentic Mexican village, began arriving to settle there.
One of the most interesting aspects of Todos Santos is it's history and how it has been preserved. There is a continual refurbishing of the old classic buildings by today's artisans.
A little known fact Many years back, when the padres decided to travel the Baja and deliver several hand-carved, hand-painted statues of various saints to the individual towns all up and down the Baja, they did not realize the daunting task of which they had committed. After traveling and delivering these relics to several towns in Baja, and upon finally arriving in Todos Santos, they realized they were too tired to travel on and complete their task. All of the remaining statues were left in Todos Santos, to eventually find a permanent home on the tops of several downtown buildings where they can be seen today.
The town of Todos Santos (all saints) is on the Pacific Coast about 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and easy to reach by car. This area is truly an oasis of palm and fruit trees, producing delicious mangos, papayas, avocados, and more. The fields of agriculture, and the quaint growing village, sides up with miles of pristine, unspoiled beaches. It attracts beach aficionados, bird-watchers, hikers, wild-life enthusiasts, kayakers, surfers, fishermen, scuba divers and people who enjoy snorkeling.
The town is a seaside artist's retreat. With all the antiquities, along with the Mission Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Todos Santos (circa 1723), facing a centuries' old plaza, one can see the charm. To quote Jill Logan, a local artist and owner of one of the leading art galleries in town, "Todos Santos has the quality of light equal to Taos, or the high Andes in Peru." Everywhere you look there's a bit of antiquity waiting to be sketched.
This charming town also offers awesome restaurants, ranging from Thai food and a varied choice of Italian offerings, to the ever authentic Mexican fare. You can also pick up a little simpler selection at the ever-popular street kiosks serving traditional fish tacos, and other tasty Mexican dishes.
Todos Santos is host to the annual Art Festival in February and the Film Festival in March.
Cultural events and artist's workshops take place at the Casa de Cultura near the main plaza. Courses in yoga, tai chi, medication, and dance exercise (including Zumba); along with massages, facials, manicures, etc., are all available in town. The shopping in Todos is fun with unique items not seen in Cabo.
The blue Pacific is a calving ground for Grey, Fin Back and Pilot whales, and a spectacular viewing of migration annually from the Todos Santos area. The marlin, tuna and dorado grow here in abundance and record world-class size.
Sweeping vistas of beaches, on the road leading out of town to the south, are truly appreciated for their beauty. This pristine scenery disappeared years ago from California. Rated as one of the ten most beautiful drives in the Western Hemisphere, one is sure to marvel at the fortune of having discovered this little slice of paradise still available.\
One can own a beachfront, or ocean-view lot, at a fraction of the price found in Los Cabos and other parts of southern Baja, including the East Cape. Todos Santos has Baja's most desirable year-round climate, averaging 75 degrees F. A laid-back ambiance and easy access from the international airports of La Paz and San Jose del Cabo, puts Todos Santos in a position to become Baja Sur's next real estate story.
It was recently selected by the Mexican government, as a "Pueblo Magico". This designation is bestowed upon a town that possesses historical, cultural, and architectural significance. This reflects the unique value it offers to the tourism industry. As a Pueblo Magico, Todos Santos will receive continued international promotion by the Mexican Federal Tourism Bureau, which is already driving increased visitation to the area.
Scenes From Todos Santos
Church In Square Behind Hotel California
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