Posted on May 16 2016
On a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico, we decided to take a day adventure to explore Todos Santos. Todos Santos is north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Ocean side. About a 90 minute drive up the coast. Once known for the Hotel California and an artist’s retreat for expatriates, this quaint beachside town is a place you will never forget. With no jet skis, time shares, condos or night clubs, it is an amazing destination to visit and stay.
Heading out for our early morning journey in our rented Jeep, my husband, Kevin, a few friends, and I set out to find new adventure. Getting to Todos Santos is really pretty easy. While you could hire a driver, we found the new highway that runs along the coast very easy to navigate. No traffic and a beautiful drive. Our first stop was at a little known restaurant and bar, called Art & Beer. While the internet reviews aren’t exactly 5 star, if you are up for one of the most unique places you will ever see, stop by. The property is a series of bungalows with art strewn all over the property that can be viewed via a wood walking path. Cocktails were very big, very fresh and the staff was very nice. One of those places that you wonder how it stays in business, but I hope it is around for a very long time and you all get to see it some day. Leaving the El Pescadero area we hit the road and landed at a fairly well know surf spot called Cerritos Beach. We visited two properties that are side by side, the Mayan Village Resort features rustic, palapa style huts right on the beach. The main hotel, Cerritos Surf Colony is a more modern property with studios and multi-room accommodations. Things to know - the road to Cerritos is not well marked. Use the kilometer markers on the highway to know when to turn. You will see the motel and huts from the main road but it is a drive down a dirt path to get there so don’t get discouraged. Now, back to paradise. From the moment we stepped foot onto the property I was in LOVE. This is the quintessential definition of the “perfect” place to get away. The huts are a single room with a sliding glass door opening to the beach. Cute, romantic, amazing. No bathrooms in the huts so you will be using the communal facilities. They were very nice, clean, better than most camp grounds I have been to. From there we made our way to the pool area of the larger hotel, Cerritos Surf Colony for a cocktail. The pool and outdoor bar was very updated, even had large daybeds with umbrellas for guests to use. I think the entire time we were there we saw maybe 6 people. Talk about quiet! Room rates range from $130 per night for a hut, up to $500+ for a multi-room unit, but prices will fluctuate based on season and occupancy so make sure to call to get your best rate. Fronting the resort is one of the most beautiful stretches of Pacific Beach you will ever see. At the north end is the best surf break and where you will see tons of locals hanging out with shade awnings, having a cerveza, surfing. There is a place to rent boards and get lessons right in front of the resort as well. Next stop was for lunch in downtown Todos Santos at Los Adobes. In a hidden courtyard behind a 100 year old adobe building, the restaurant is under a covered patio and surrounded by a beautiful garden. The food is fresh, flavorful and the mole sauce is probably one of the best I have ever had. Plan some time to walk around the village after lunch. There are tons of great little galleries, jewelry and local curio shops.