Todos Santos is a very popular destination among retirees, because of its relaxed lifestyle, full of ecological tourist activities and water sports. This is the more bohemian and cultural side of Baja California Sur, very different from San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, which are primarily vacation destinations and with a hectic pace, full of tourists for most of the year.
Baja California has much to offer in addition to its beaches. It has beautiful vineyard areas and tons of delicious fresh seafood, to which you will have to get used, as well as fresh fish, oysters and clams. If you enjoy being in contact with nature, here you will have the opportunity to see whales migrating from Alaska, along the coast and the Sea of Cortes during the winter, a sight to be admired.
Todos Santos is located just 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean, 50 miles from the city of La Paz and 46 miles from Cabo San Lucas. Its mild climate has earned it the title of “The Cuernavaca of Baja California Sur” due to its enviable weather with temperatures about 77ºF on average throughout the year. Despite its arid territory, in Todos Santos you will find an oasis of areas where fruit such as mango, papaya and avocado are grown; as well as many nearby beaches such as San Pedrito, Los Cerritos, Los Esteros, Punta Lobos, La Poza and Batequitos. Here is located the famous Hotel California to which the famous song by The Eagles group refers.
How easy is it to settle down?
Unspoiled beaches, a relaxed lifestyle with very affordable and professional health care, in addition to the warmth of its people, have led to the exodus of thousands of American and Canadian expatriates to Baja California. Add to this a mild climate, excellent recreational opportunities, in addition to housing and food at half the cost of the United States, all of which are reason enough for them to come to Mexico.
If you are looking for a place to settle down, which has the environment of a small town near the beach, but is still near to metropolitan areas, Todos Santos is the place for you. It is a town of 200,000 inhabitants that is quickly becoming a meeting place for expatriates. It is a fascinating town where different cultures interact as part of everyday life.
Todos Santos offers you the opportunity to purchase a property overlooking the beachfront or the ocean at a lower price than in Los Cabos and other places in Baja California Sur. This Baja California town is about to be included in the state’s real estate boom. It was named a Magic Town due to its historical, cultural and architectural importance; and in recent years, real estate prices in and around Todos Santos have doubled and even tripled, nevertheless, the price is still much lower when compared to Los Cabos.
The Health Center in Todos Santos is equipped to handle emergencies and has an ambulance for patients to be transported to hospitals in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. In the town you will find local dentists and doctors ready to offer their services, in addition to holistic health professionals. If you need specialized services, you can quickly reach La Paz or Cabo San Lucas by car.
What recreational activities are offered?
If you are a foreigner, you will be amazed by the variety of the community’s artistic activities, as it is home to many festivals and art galleries. There are many recreational activities in Todos Santos, oriented primarily to taking care of the ecology. After your retirement, you have the opportunity to collaborate in the sea turtle nesting areas, or join local bird watching organizations, go hiking, diving, surfing, kayaking, diving, fishing or practice yoga and martial arts.
With a mild climate throughout the year, an excellent group of restaurants serving locally grown organic products, art galleries, and easily accessible from the international airports of La Paz and Los Cabos, Todos Santos is a place where you can unleash your imagination. If you like art, the Art Festival is held every year, during the month of February, where local and foreign artists participate in activities such as the theater, music, dance, exhibitions and culinary samples. There also is a reggae festival, a Latino Film Festival and several festivals in honor of Patron Saints.