"TODOS SANTOS" Todos Santos by balieyes

Todos Santos Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 3 photos

Todos Santos is located on the Tropic of Cancer in the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico just one hour north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz. Long known as a cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the town is a desert oasis, 1 kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains. Since the mid 1980's, the area has become a tourist / retirement destination and home to numerous art galleries, artists, fine restaurants, elegant hotels, unique vacation rentals and local festivals. Todos Santos sits beside the Pacific coast and straddles the Tropic of Cancer, one hour north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour southwest of La Paz. The Sierra de La Laguna mountains, Pacific Ocean and the Baja desert all meet here.
Some come to surf the many fine breaks that the area offers.
Some come to view the amazing variety of original art in the local galleries.
Some come to experience the Tropic of Cancer and the iridescent sunsets.
Some come to walk the nearly deserted beaches, not yet developed, no condos to be found.
Some come to absorb the gentle pace - the slow persistent calming pace of life.

The main wave off of the islands of Todos Santos is called Killers for a reason. This is an experts-only wave that gets absolutely monstrous in the wintertime. Bring the biggest board you have because you are going to need every inch of it when it is on. Brad Gerlach recently won the Billabong XXL competition (and $68,000) after getting towed into a 68 foot beast earlier this year. You will need to hire a boat driver in the harbor at Ensenada to get out there. It used to cost about 10 to 15 dollars per person, but with the rising popularity of big wave surfing these days plan on paying more. If you get out there and find yourself chickening out of the big stuff, the aptly named surf spot Chickens and Thor’s Hammer are both options that are usually much smaller than Killers.

  • Last visit to Todos Santos: Dec 2000
  • Intro Updated Aug 19, 2007
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