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SPOTLIGHT: TODOS SANTOS
Setting x Style: The Beautiful Boutique Hotels of Todos Santos
by Chris Sands
Todos Santos has a sense of style that is all its own. Bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, the charming coastal town has evolved from its industrious days as a sugar cane capital, and is now one of three places in Baja to be legally designated as a pueblo mágico - literally, a magical village.
This evocative honorific perfectly captures the unique aesthetic of downtown Todos Santos: a festive whirl of colorful art galleries, red brick buildings housing bookstores and bodegas, and restaurants serving first-class fare, some amid a clutter of surfboards.
Luckily for overnight or longer-term visitors, this enchanting combination of chic appointments, laid-back attitude, and stunning natural settings - the inimitable Todos Santos style - also distinguishes some of the town's best boutique hotels.
Posada La Poza
There are a few moments driving down the long, winding, dirt road to Posada La Poza when you might question where you are going, and whether anything good can possibly be at the end of a road this bad. But the off-the-beaten-path route – with its enormous ruts and rocks – is an essential part of the journey, and only heightens the sense of wonderment when you finally arrive at your destination.
To say Posada La Poza is a feast for the senses is an understatement. Visually, it’s breathtaking. The property looks west over a magnificently nurtured and sculpted garden – home to over 30 types of palm trees, 50 kinds of cactus, and 100 species of birds – to a large freshwater lagoon, and the vast Pacific Ocean beyond.
6th Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival
The Los Cabos International Film Festival returns for its 6th edition on Nov. 8, with an inaugural red carpet gala and screening at the Pabellón Cultural de la República in Cabo San Lucas. The celebrity and paparazzi studded galas receive much of the attention, but the heart of the festival consists of curated screenings at Cinemex Theaters at Puerto Paraíso, and behind the scenes conferences and programs designed to promote mutually beneficial collaborations between the North American film industries. Thus, the LCIFF’s long-running tagline: “Come See What the Neighbors Are Doing.” Three new prizes were announced this year, and winners in all categories receive the coveted Ballena de Los Cabos, the whale-shaped award created by jeweler Daniel Espinosa that was first unveiled in 2016. For more information about events and screenings, visit cabosfilmfestival.com. Read more…
50th SCORE Baja 1000
Without doubt, the Baja California peninsula’s most iconic annual event is the Baja 1000, a high-octane, high-adrenaline off-road challenge for motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and other four-wheel vehicles that unfolds over 1,000 miles of rugged terrain. When the event premiered in 1967 – as a race from Tijuana to La Paz – it was under the auspices of the National Off-Road Racing Association. Following the OPEC Oil Crisis in 1973, there was a change in organizers, and since 1975 the Baja 1000 has been run under the SCORE banner. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary race, and as a consequence, the race will utilize its most traditional start and finish spots, running a 1200-mile point-to-point course from Ensenada to La Paz. Read more...
FEATURED VACATION RENTAL
This Month’s Featured Vacation Rental? All Signs Point to CalyCanto Casitas in Todos Santos
Few local lodgings can match the coastal charm of CalyCanto Casitas in Todos Santos. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range that forms the spine of Baja California Sur, these chic, eco-friendly accommodations offer elegant tropical appointments and stunning views in a boutique community set on five gently sloping acres of desert terrain. Read more…