Todos Santos, Baja California Sur

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Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Plaza in Todos Santos
Plaza in Todos Santos
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur is located in Baja California Sur
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Location in Mexico
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur is located in Mexico
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur (Mexico)
Coordinates: 23°26′55″N 110°13′24″W / 23.44861°N 110.22333°W / 23.44861; -110.22333Coordinates: 23°26′55″N 110°13′24″W / 23.44861°N 110.22333°W / 23.44861; -110.22333
Country Mexico
StateBaja California Sur
MunicipalityLa Paz
130 ft (40 m)
 • Total6,485 [1]

Todos Santos (Spanish: [ˈtoðos ˈsantos] (About this soundlisten); "All Saints") is a small coastal town in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula, about an hour's drive north of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19 and an hour's drive southwest from La Paz. Todos Santos is located near the Tropic of Cancer in the municipality of La Paz. The population was 6,485 at the census of 2015.[1] It is the second-largest town in the municipality.


The mission at what is now Todos Santos, Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas, was founded by father Jaime Bravo in 1723. In 1724, it was renamed Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz. Located across the street to the southwest from the small town plaza, this mission contains the statue of the Virgin of Pilar, which is the focus of Todos Santos's main festival in November.

During the Mexican American War, the Skirmish of Todos Santos, the last battle of the war, was fought near the town on March 30, 1848.[2]

During the 19th century, following the secularization of the missions, Todos Santos thrived as the Baja sugarcane capital, supporting eight sugar mills at the end of the 19th century. Only one existed by the time the town’s freshwater spring dried up in 1950, and that last mill closed in 1965.

Todos Santos faced a bleak future until the spring came back to life in 1981 and the Mexican Government paved Highway 19 in the mid-1980s. The highway brought tourists and the rich farmlands have been revived. The town now prospers from farming vegetables, chilies, avocados, papayas and mangoes, as well as from fishing and ranching.[3][4]

Contemporary Todos Santos[edit]

More recently, there has been a gradual increase in tourist activity and a boom in real estate development. Handicraft shops, owner-operated art galleries featuring landscape paintings of local scenes (some artists from Guadalajara and other parts of Mexico also exhibit works in Todos Santos), upscale restaurants, boutique hotels and restored colonial buildings have contributed to the gentrification and redevelopment of the town. There are a few annual festivals, including the Festival de Cine and the Todos Santos Music Festival.

The Hotel California is a favorite stop because of the name association with the song made famous by the Eagles, even though the song does not specifically reference this particular hotel, nor any other existing hotel. On May 1, 2017, the Eagles band filed a lawsuit against the Hotel California in the United States District Court for the District of Central California alleging Trademark Infringement in Violation of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125 and Common Law Unfair Competition and Trademark Infringement. The Eagles were seeking relief and damages.[5][6] The lawsuit was settled in 2018: the hotel continues to use the name, abandoned efforts to apply for a trademark in the United States,[7] and now expressly denies any connection with the song or the band.[8]

There are many beautiful beaches within a 15-minute drive of Todos Santos. However, some of the area’s beaches, with rip tides, undertows, and fairly steep drop offs close to shore, are not considered safe for swimming. Playa Las Palmas and Playa Los Cerritos are great beaches for swimming and shell collecting. San Pedrito Point, Los Cerritos and other local surf breaks attract surfers from around the world. There are many accommodations both at San Pedrito and at Cerritos beach.

Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, was named a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2006.[9]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Richard W. Amero, The Mexican-American War in Baja California, The Journal of San Diego History, SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Winter 1984, Volume 30, Number 1".
  3. ^ "Todos Santos History, from accessed 4/05/2013".
  4. ^ "TODOS SANTOS History - Baja California Sur, Mexico".
  5. ^ Blistein, Jon (3 May 2017). "Eagles Sue 'Hotel California' in Mexico for Trademark Infringement".
  6. ^ "Eagles v Hotel California - Complaint - Trademark". Scribd.
  7. ^ Jonathan Stempel (19 January 2018). "Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement". Reuters. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Hotel California History".
  9. ^ "Postcards from Todos Santos, Pueblo Magico - Coldwell Banker Riveras -". 19 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Fallece Félix Agramont Cota, ex gobernador del Territorio de BCS". Octavo día. 2013-05-10. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  11. ^ "Peter Buck in Todos Santos" - YouTube, April 24, 2015


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