Todos Santos is one of the most unique towns in all of Baja, maybe even all of Mexico. A quirky mix of locals, fishermen, surfers and New Age spiritualists, the town of ‘All Saints’ has thus far escaped the rampant tourism of the other Cape towns but still has all kinds of things to see and do. Perhaps it’s just that all the ‘lines of convergence,’ uh, converge here. Think Taos, New Mexico, before Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe brought the world there.
Todos Santos’ newfound prosperity does not reflect its history. Founded in 1723, but nearly destroyed by the Pericú rebellion in 1734, Misión Santa Rosa de Todos los Santos limped along until its abandonment in 1840. In the late 19th century Todos Santos became a prosperous sugar town with several brick trapiches (mills), but depleted aquifers have nearly eliminated this thirsty industry. The crumbling, photo-worthy brick structures still remain in several parts of town.
Like many other parts of Baja, Todos Santos is changing. A new four-lane highway will make it easier to zip up from Cabo, and local development (even an 18-hole golf course, as if the gazillion in the Cabo Corridor aren’t enough) is rampant. So come here now before it changes forever.