Venture about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas is the quiet town of Todos Santos. The town named after the Spanish for “all saints”, is a good way to see how a normal small town in Mexico lives on a daily basis.
The journey to this town is just as interesting as you will pass a view of the Pacific when driving up Highway 1. This highway also goes to the mountains where, once elevated, you can see sailboats exploring this side of the Pacific. This is perfect when driving through Highway 1 in the morning.
When you visit this town, make sure to see the Cultural Center and Museum where there is a mostly displayed exhibit of the local history of the town. The museum is a modest one but full of interesting artifacts and photos about the town’s past and prominent citizens. It is also a good idea to see various art galleries where works of local artists are displayed.
Did I mention that this part of Mexico is an artist colony? One of the artist who had decided to set up their studio and gallery here is sculptor Benito Ortega. Here he is showing as his unfinished work.
In the center of town is the Mission Church of Santa Rosa de las Palmas from the 19th century. Not far from the church is the center of town and the famous Hotel California built in 1950 serving as the only hotel, in town. It also has a bar, shop and restaurant. Try the fish tacos from the restaurant and the hotel’s own brand of tequila.
Across the street are shops selling leather goods, jewelry especially silver, Mexican sweats, vanilla and various trinkets.
This quiet little town in interesting. It is not as lively maybe rawdy as Cabo San Lucas. But if you want a change of pace from all that action, Todos Santos is one place you can go.