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Todos Santos is a coastal palm oasis one hour north of bustling Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. It’s a bohemian artists colony that feels at once timeless and avant-garde. This is a place that calls to people and for many different reasons. Some come in search of the México of yesteryear, a throwback to the novels they read growing up. Others seek to join the exciting arts scene; this is one of the most important art markets in the Baja Peninsula if not the whole country. Authors, poets, and all stripes of creative types retreat to Todos Santos. It is a sanctuary, a quiet place to reflect or retire. It is one of the most charming towns in all of Baja. A Magical Town Being named a pueblo mágico in 2006 by the Ministry of Tourism helped place Todos Santos (its name means “All Saints”) on the map. There are more than 100 of these magical towns in México, and they’re recognized because of their outstanding histories, legends, important events, and ancient charm. The government invests in the infrastructure, dedicates resources to develop the communities, and promotes each pueblo mágico as a tourist destination. The program involves improving a town’s overall image while maintaining and emphasizing its customs and traditions. Townspeople are encouraged to use local or traditional building materials. This is evident in Todos Santos, where old brick buildings are restored and new structures built with aged brick, especially within the frame of the historic district. 24 Los Cabos Magazine | Summer 2016 When I asked one transplant from British Columbia, Canada, what brought him to Todos Santos, the operative word in his description describing Todos Santos was small. “In Todos Santos, you feel a sense of community. Here you can make close friends…genuine friends with like interests. There is a certain rhythm and tempo that is slower. That is the real heartbeat of the town, what many seek when coming to Todos Santos, but,” he hastens to say, “visitors need to learn to slow down. There are day-trippers and overnighters, but they need at least a week to allow time to From top: Rogelio Pérez; Joseph A. Tyson The Colony Todos Santos is a pueblo mágico, an artists retreat, and much more By Sandra A. Berry Todos Santos is a haven for artists and those who seek inspiration. L I F E S T Y L E


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