Planning a getaway to a laid back beach town in Mexico? Todos Santos is a quaint and enchanting small town on the Pacific side of the Baja California Sur about an hour north of Cabo. Located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, it is tucked in between the dry heat of the desert and the cool breeze of the ocean, which makes the town feel so entrancing. It was actually designated as a “Pueblo Magico” (a Magical Town) by the Mexican government for its authentic and historic charm, which it also has in abundance.
With about 6,500 locals and an absolutely adorable downtown, Todos Santos is very walkable, peaceful and friendly. There is no shortage of art galleries, chic boutiques, charming shops full of local flair like Mexican blankets, silver, lovely leather sandals, and locally made beaded jewelry. A central meeting spot called Plazo Centro (what the locals see as the town’s center, even though its west of town’s geographic center), is picturesque and a great spot for people watching.
When we arrived in Todos Santos we went to Jazamango, an open-air restaurant located at the edge of Todos Santos. We had a lovely meal of margaritas and pizza. I had some homemade vegetable soup that was the soup du jour and Scot enjoyed their grilled cheese sandwich. Like most restaurants in Baja, we were seated outside. The view of the gardens was romantic and beautiful and the open bar and kitchen filled the air with excitement. Jazamango is located on the outskirts of Todos Santos but they do have a little cafe downtown where you can grab a couple of bites to go.
Some of the other locations in town that I suggest for food are Oystera, an oyster bar that was absolutely gorgeous with modern hints. We did not have the opportunity to eat here however we did walk in and take a look at the menu and the restaurant. I have a friend that visited and said that it was a lovely experience. We will have to pop in for a bite the next time we come.
We also dined at Santoro, a very cool restaurant on a rooftop with phenomenal views. The restaurant was decorated with boho looking macramé chandeliers that created a really cool ambience. Scot had to try their shrimp burger, which is not a burger with shrimp on top but an actual burger made of shrimp, and I had some of the best chicken fajitas I’ve ever had in my life. Of course to go along with that, we had to have a couple margaritas because margaritas are a requirement when you are in the Baja, and we were okay with that!
Another recommendation from a friend was Taller 17, a tiny coffee shop located on a side street near the plaza. With pastries baked right onsite and made fresh daily, I grabbed a couple of their heavenly baked goods to have for breakfast in our room.
We took a ride to Doce Cuarenta Cafe which was located on a side dirt road. When you think you’re getting lost… keep going! Doce Cuarenta has a wonderful coffee and wine selection and a great atmosphere.
Some of my favorite Todos Santos shops were Nomad Chic and Saguaro. They were both beautifully styled with stunning designs and locally made products. I had to pick up a necklace from Saguaro to bring home, which will always remind me of our time in Todos Santos.
We did not get to go to a beach in Todos Santos but recommendations from locals were Punta Lobos and Playa Todos Santos. Most of the beaches off the coast of Baja California Sur are too rough to attempt to swim in but if you’re interested in swimming or surfing I suggest you go a little bit south to Cerritos Beach. I was also told by a friend about a restaurant called The Green Room that is right on the beach with incredible sunset views. It’s definitely on my list to visit when we come back.
I really enjoyed Todos Santos, the people, the atmosphere, the food, and even hotel California, which is not the hotel California in The Eagles song, was very cool to experience. The bohemian small town vibe where everything felt a little slower was indeed magical, and I can’t wait to go back.