In the past, Todos Santos, on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, mainly attracted surfers and backpackers. Today, the desert scenery, relaxing beaches and sleepy-village vibe draw visitors in large numbers. The colorful cottages lining the cobbled streets are becoming souvenir shops and boutique hotels, while low-key luxury resorts dot the beaches. Here’s our pick of the top hotels in Todos Santos – bookable with Culture Trip.
Decorated in a traditional Mexican hacienda style – with exposed wood beams, terracotta floor tiles, whitewashed or warm yellow walls and big ocean-facing windows – all the rooms in this beachfront boutique are breezy and open to the beautiful natural surrounds. Most desirable of all are the ocean-view bungalows, where you can take in the sunset from your private balcony and bed.
A short walk from the shops and restaurants of Todos Santos, yet in a quiet outer street, this former art academy has a handful of cool, high-ceilinged rooms with exposed wood beams, raw brick and comfortable beds draped with heavy Egyptian cotton sheets. There are village skyline views from the rooftop terrace, and at the ocean (a five-minute cab ride away), you’ll find El Faro Beach Club and Spa, complete with an excellent seafood restaurant.
The rooms to book at this Greek island-white beachfront hotel are the ocean kings with soaking tubs. Painted all white and simply furnished with comfortable sofas (adorned with colorful Mexican-textile cushions) and weave chairs, each one offers ocean views from the bed and the bathroom. The latter has an indoor shower, an outdoor tub and a privacy screen shielding prying eyes on the beach.
A five-minute walk from a secluded turtle-nesting stretch of the beach on the northern edge of Todos Santos, Serendipity is a family-run B&B with comfy casitas (small houses) decorated in warm reds and yellows and set in a flower-filled garden. The larger rooms come with full kitchenettes, and breakfasts are generous. Also, the price is excellent for a seaside Todos Santos hotel with a pool.
This good-value B&B in the town center has modestly sized, modern rooms (in polished concrete, distressed woods and raw brick) with artsy flourishes – such as stained glass and Mexican mosaic wall tiles. Wooden balconies overlook a small pool and a sundeck, and the hotel’s location means that, while the beach is 2mi (3km) away, the best of the shops, restaurants and bars are outside the hotel lobby.
With raw concrete villas integrated with a semi-wild botanical garden on the edge of an organic farm, a 15-minute mountain bike ride from a deserted beach, Paradero is a chic, rural eco-retreat. The rooms to reserve are the sky suites, complete with expansive sitting areas and balconies, firepits and roof spaces that open to the star-filled sky. There’s a spa and a whole menu of adventures, from mountain biking and surf lessons to all-you-can-eat taco tours.
Before tourism arrived in earnest, Todos Santos was a haunt for hippies and surfers. Perro Surfero celebrates this – feeling like a Californian surf camp – with al fresco dining, a large open-air communal kitchen and lounge areas with pallet sofas and firepits. Rooms, housed in polished concrete and whitewashed casitas, are small and sparsely furnished but filled with natural light. But no one’s here to stay indoors – the beach is a 10-minute drive away.
Alex Robinson contributed additional reporting to this article.
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