Todos Santos, Mexico
The Relaxation Seeker, The Surfer, The Beach Bum
On Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas gets all the attention. It also gets all of the partiers. If you’re in need of a more relaxing holiday, head an hour up the coast from Cabo to Todos Santos. There’s great surfing and hiking, delicious food and an emerging art and design scene. Consider this a guide to three days filled with hidden gems.
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Spend the rest of the day:
The locals say breakfast begins with a fish taco, and when in Todos Santos… Start the day with a late breakfast. Stroll the town’s main street and take your pick of small restaurants and food trucks. Birria, in front of Parque Los Pinos, Manito Aguas, at the Pemex gas station, and Santo Chilote are great options. Then, it’s time to explore the town. Todos Santos has a young, exciting energy, with many creatives planting roots there. There are art galleries and boutique shops to serve all tastes. Nomad Chic and Zocalo stock fashion and accessories from Mexican designers. AR Galeria and La Sonrisa de la Muerte celebrate the diversity of artists in the area.
Sampling local brews (and chips and guac, natch) on the back patio at Todos Santos Brewing. Along with a diverse selection of beers, they make their own sodas as well (try the Jamaica Fizz, which features hibiscus flower). Then, after some relaxing and a refresh at your hotel, head to the beach for sunset and dinner at The Green Room just outside of town. Definitely try their private-label mezcal.
This morning, take a hike or grab two wheels for a mountain bike adventure. Todos Santos may look like it’s in a desert, but it’s actually a dry jungle, which means oases abound in the region. You’ll go from cacti to palm trees within a few hundred metres. If you’re staying at Paradero, morning hikes are one of the complimentary activities and their guides are extremely knowledgeable about the local terrain. Consider packing snacks if your hike will lead you to the coast, so you can enjoy some beach time.
Spend the rest of the day:
At the spa. There are few in the area, and many offer traditional Mexican wellness therapies on their menus. Aena Spa, at Guaycura Hotel and Beach Club, offers a prehispanic massage that uses ancestral techniques in the service. Paradero’s spa has its own temazcal on the property and baths for a cold plunge after the sweat session. Enjoy dinner at Paradero’s restaurant. The constantly-changing menu is focused on Mexican coastal cuisine. Sit around the bar to see the authentic Oaxacan clay oven in action.
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Today’s mission: sunshine and relaxation. Todos Santos is known for its surf, which means you can partake in it, or simply watch from the sand. Los Cerritos beach is the best known, has ideal waves for surfing and is one of the safest playas on the coast (not all beaches are safe for swimming, so be sure to check with your hotel’s staff before you head out). This one is also close to town and can be reached by walking or a short bike ride. Pack a picnic!
Doing exactly what you’re already doing. Head back to town and your hotel mid-afternoon to prepare for dinner at Jazamango (make reservations ahead of time). You’ll want to get there a bit early to check out their bakery before it closes. The farm-to-table restaurant is the creation of acclaimed Mexican chef Javier Plascencia. You’ll want to explore the menu, so plan on sharing a bunch of dishes. And wear something loose to accommodate!