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For small crowds and big excitement, visit Todos Santos—one of Mexico’s self-proclaimed “pueblos mágico,” which translates to “magical towns.” We break down what to do, where to eat and how to relax.
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The Best Things to Do in Todos Santos
From the turquoise waters of Cancun to the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Mexico is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular—and beautiful—travel destinations. An hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas in the Baja California Peninsula, lies a magical place that hasn’t attracted hordes of tourists like its more famous neighbour—yet. If you’re looking for a region in Mexico that still feels untouched, look no further than Todos Santos. Located on the Pacific coast side of the peninsula, this small town has everything you’d want in a sunny getaway—mouth-watering sea-to-table cuisine, stunning beaches and old-world architecture—without the crowds. If you’re already staying in Los Cabos or nearby La Paz, this list of the top things to do in Todos Santos should convince you to add a few more days to your itinerary.
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The Best Place to Surf in Todos Santos
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, Los Cerritos Beach is the perfect place to live out your Point Break dreams once and for all. Located 10 minutes south of Todos Santos, this serene paradise boasts gentle waves, warm waters and sandy bottoms (nothing’s worse than falling on jagged coral). In a word? Gnarly. See the good people at Mario Surf School to get hooked up with some lessons. While it’s difficult to stand up on a surfboard the first time around (trust us), you’ll be able to balance after an attempt or two!
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The Best Place to Shop in Todos Santos
The artisans at Corazón Zapoteco are keeping alive one of Mexico’s most vibrant traditions: Zapotec rug weaving. This colourful practice dates back more than 2,000 years to the ancient Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca. The process remained largely unchanged until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, when weavers began using wool instead of cotton. At this family-run shop, plants, flowers and a tiny, legless insect called cochineal are used to dye the yarn, which are then—using a horizontal foot loom—woven into intricate and eye-popping designs. Every symbol carries a meaning too: the four points of a diamond on a Zapotec rug, for instance, typically refers to the four elements of earth, water, air and fire.
Travel tip: Corazón Zapoteco is the first stop of LocoMotion, a sightseeing tour through Todos Santos by group bike. Other stops include the town’s historic church, a local tequila tasting and a traditional Mexican food preparation class.
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