Todos Santos is a small boutique town, about 45 Mins – 1 hour via the highway from Los Cabos or an 1 hour and 30 minutes from the airport. For budding artists, honeymooners or those keen for a surf nearby, the area could be described as quaint, artistic, eclectic and cruisy.
The properties are painted with interesting colours and mosaics, streets are cobblestone and there are plenty of boutique shops selling ceramics, jewellery, hammocks and Mexican inspired Knick knacks.
Be sure to reach a rooftop by at least 8pm for a beautiful and amazing sunset. We felt safe in this area and shops weren’t pushy at all – and you can bargain. We recommend taking enough USD or peso because we didn’t really see any ATMs. You can get by with limited or no Spanish.
It is best if you hire a car to get to Todos and to explore the surrounding areas. We recommend booking online before you arrive and choose a reputable company to avoid any issues, many of the car hire companies will pick you up from the airport. We are from Australia and usually drive on the opposite side of the road and we didn’t have any problems. Todos Dos Santo is quite easy to get to you take the toll road which costs roughly $3USD, be sure to have small pesos. There is minimal traffic to worry about, just keep an eye out for goats, horses and other livestock crossing the road.
Todos Dos Santos is famous for the Hotel California and although it has nothing to do with the famous Eagles song, it is a very popular tourist attraction, with it’s own marketplace, restaurant and bar to cash in on its popularity. It’s certainly an interesting story to read about its history. If you visit during during the right months, you can see turtles hatching nearby and it is also possible to swim with the whale sharks in La Paz. Unfortunately we visited at the wrong time of year.
Where to stay
We stayed in Todos Santos which is great because you’re near the shops and restaurants, however if you’re a surfer, you may be better to stay at Cerritos Beach. The hotels there are beachside, with great pools. With limited eating options, you’d be restrained to the hotel. Toss up what suits, but a car would help with either choice.
Guyacura Boutique Hotel
A quaint little boutique hotel with well appointed rooms. Large beds, a desk and cupboard with a safe. The shower is huge, almost outrageously so. They provide products for loccataine, a hairdryer and bottle of water daily. There’s also a tv but no other appliances.
We didn’t use the restaurant or bakery but we went to the rooftop bar. An awesome bar tender there, he has great English and a super entertaining personality and he really made the bar a great place. Limited food on the menu at the bar but we had some good tacos.
Where to visit
El Faro Beach club
This is connected to Guyacura Boutique Hotel but a 5 minute drive away. As a guest, your entrance is free. It’s basically a beach club where you can swim, drink, eat and purchase a spa experience. It’s a lovely place, although not that necessary to visit since the hotel has a pool, though would be great with a big group of friends. The spa treatments were quite expensive (like approx $220 USD) for an hour. Staff here speak excellent English.
About a 10 minute drive from Todos Santos and worth travelling to if you’re keen to surf. For free parking, go to The Cerritos Surf Resort it is in a great spot right on the beach and we’d probably stay here if we visited again. We used their facilities, beach chairs and had a drink whilst watching the surf.
You can easily rent a surf board on the beach, or have a massage there so it’s quite a relaxing place. If you want to hire a surfboard or want a surfing lesson see Tona, he is located on the beach in front of The Cerritos Surf Resort.
Hacienda is a Boutique resort at the beach’s point with an amazing view. It’s catered to a sophisticated older crowd and we loved the styling here. It’s also recently opened to the public for meals in their restaurant La Mision and we had a lovely breakfast meal there.
Where to eat
No frills, plastic seats and tables. Food comes out on plastic plates covered in plastic sandwich bags (to save them washing I presume). You order in Spanish as the staff know no English. We have limited Spanish but managed. The meat cooked on the chargrill and the tacos come out (order corn or wheat) and then you add your toppings. It’s super delicious and really good value.
La Casita Wine Bar
Restaurant at the end of town serving salad, meat dishes, pastas and some good quality sashimi and sushi. We really enjoyed the tuna sashimi as well as the shrimp hand rolls. They give you a basket of bread and basil oil complimentary as well.
We frequented here for breakfast; think granola and yoghurt, French toast, pancakes or scrambled eggs, which come with tortillas, potatoes and refried beans. They serve good coffee, complete with quality latte art, as well as cold drinks and tea. The staff here were lovely too. It isn’t expensive, we spent about $20-$25 on two breakfasts and two coffees.
Restaurant Mi Pueblito
We ate here on our first night and had some pretty good margaritas, tostada and salsa, fajitas and chimichanga. Lovely staff and a good atmosphere. Traditional Mexican fare here.
Todos Santos Brewery
Run by an Aussie couple who visited the area and loved it so much they stayed. They saw the market for pub style food and boutique craft beers. You can order burgers, fried food and Mexican food. We got the ceviche – a huge bowl of seasoned seafood with tostada. At $150 Mexican Pesos, it was good value for the size. Plenty of beers to choose from. Entertainment wise, there was trivia on a Friday and a band on a Sunday and you can also amuse yourself with the board games they have.
If you do visit, we hope you have a wonderfult time, and please feel welcome to ask any questions of us.