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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Slow Down in Todos Santos

There’s new development and a growing tourist scene here, but this Baja Peninsula haven for surfers and artists still offers plenty of unspoiled charm.


1. Where to Stay

Rancho Pescadero offers 27 suites spread over 15 waterfront acres.  

Kick back in a cabana on a private beach at Rancho Pescadero (from $200), a fifteen-acre luxury oceanfront resort located a short drive from the center of town. In the morning, wake up to a delivery of tropical fruit and coffee before taking advantage of free yoga sessions and complimentary surfboards for riding the legendary waves. At the spa, opt for the temazcal ritual ($100 for an hour, up to six people), a eucalyptus-laden sauna session followed by an herb-infused wrap.

Get a heavy dose of color at the Hotel California (from $110), where eleven rooms and suites are splashed with vibrant shades of green and gold in addition to artwork from around the world. Though it bears no relation to the Eagles song, the hotel has become a local hub for live music on Friday and Saturday nights, when guests and residents dance around the courtyard fountain with stiff margaritas in hand.

Check into Todos Santos’s newest property, Hotel Casa Tota (from $90), located in the town’s center. The boutique’s simple design philosophy means neutral tones and locally made artwork in its fifteen stylish rooms, all of which surround a palm-tree-lined pool. After a day at the beach, grab a couple of Negra Modelos from the honor bar and head for the rooftop lounge.

Published on May 10, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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