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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Slow Down in Todos Santos


3. What to Do

Playa Las Palmas is an expansive beach that's free of crowds.  

Skip the beaches in town for a serene, secluded experience on the white-sand Playa Las Palmas, where you’ll find palm groves, a freshwater lagoon, and no one in sight. You can arrange a ride from your hotel, but it’s wiser to pick up a rental car at the airport in San Jose del Cabo and keep it for your entire stay. Either way, head south on Highway 19 and then turn right at marker 57, across from El Jardín Botánico Campo Experimental. From there, drive west for two and a half kilometers until you hit the sea, and keep an eye out for freely roaming horses.

Take part in the region’s most amazing natural phenomena by volunteering with Tortugueros Las Playitas, a local nonprofit dedicated to protecting the native leatherback sea turtle population, much of which had to flee Cabo San Lucas as it became overdeveloped. Schedule your volunteer shift in advance of your trip; depending on the time of year, you’ll be tasked with monitoring hatcheries, assisting in beach clean-up, or, if you’re lucky, watching the baby turtles hatch and make their way to the sea.

Spend an afternoon window shopping on Todos Santos’s main drags, Benito Juarez and Colegio Militar, where you’ll find a plethora of craft shops and art galleries that attract international collectors. Be sure to spend time in Galería de Todos Santos, a pioneer on the local art scene when it opened in 1994; it displays exclusively the work of Baja artists. Head to El Tecolote Libros (Calle Juarez and Hidalgo; 612-145-0295) if you're looking for English-language reads on the region; in the back of the shop there’s an eclectic gift shop filled with authentic Mexican art.

Published on May 10, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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