Todos Santos Beach: Where to go swimming in Todos Santos

What’s the best Todos Santos beach?

If you’re coming to vacation, you’re going to want to go to the Todos Santos beach! Interestingly, when you’re in town, you won’t even be able to tell you’re near the beach. The town is built up away from the coast, so you’ll need directions to the best Todos Santos beaches.

todos santos beach

Also, the area is notorious for dangerous breaks and dangerous currents, so only go swimming at beaches that you see other people swimming at, or that you know for sure are safe to swim.

The top 5 todos Santos swimming beaches

  1. Punta Lobos Beach

    This is hands-down my favorite Todos Santos beach. It also happens to be the fisherman’s beach. The fishermen of Todos Santos land their boats by timing their entry with a wave, and then driving full-speed toward the beach and pulling their motor out of the water at the last minute as the boat beaches on the sand.  For that reason, I would only go swimming in the afternoons or on a Sunday. They’ll be coming in pretty steadily between 1 and 4 pm.

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Tropical Storm Lidia

Well it’s September! That means the rainy season has started. We had our first big storm on August 31st.

Rainy season in Todos Santos Baja

Lidia dumped two times our annual rainfall in ONE day! Twice our annual rainfall!

In Cabo San Lucas, where there is a lot of development in arroyos she did a lot of damage.

Here in Todos Santos, the entire town is away from the beach and far from arroyos, so we were very lucky.

Rainy season in Todos Santos Baja

We jumped in our car and set out to check out the running arroyos. Do not try driving through arroyos at home!

catching Tadpoles

Rain means frogs lay their eggs! Frogs come of hiding and lay their eggs in the puddles that form. We scooped up some eggs and took them home to watch them grow.

Rainy season starts in September in Todos Santos, Baja

Rainy season starts in September in Todos Santos Baja

I’ve spent just as much time as the kids staring at these little creatures. Turns out we have two different kinds! Frogs and toads! The little frogs already have four legs and are hopping out of their pond sit along the banks.

The toads are bigger. I can’t wait to watch them develop!

At first I felt a little guilty about trapping these wild animals and nervous about killing them, but the original puddle we scooped them out of is now dried up. Their brethren probably didn’t make it.

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Translating in Todos Santos

I’m launching a translation service!

Has it ever happened to you that everyone’s being polite and generous and as a result no one gets what they want? It could be something simple, like you just want to stay home and eat in, but you think the other person wants to go out, and because you don’t want to impose your desire on the other person, you both say you want to go out when really you both want to stay in, and so no one gets what they want, which all along was the same thing: staying in!

This could be a polite Midwestern thing, so maybe it hasn’t happened to you. If not, kudos to you for being so bossy. Just kidding, we all wish we were as self-actualized as you.

Random photo of Carlos prepping banana leaves to make tamales.

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Stepping away from the treadmill: a month of get-togethers

no more hustling: a month of get togethers

It’s been a month of get-togethers and kid-fun!  Carlos and I have been thrilled with the chance to step away from work and reconnect with our kids, friends, and family.

We visited Carlos’s second mom Alejandra in Cabo.  She’s the one under the blanket.

Back story: Carlos grew up in a family of 9 kids out on a ranch, far from schools.  His mom sent him to live with her friend in the city of Cabo San Lucas so he could get an education when he entered first grade.  What a heart-wrenching decision!

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Where to eat chilaquiles in Todos Santos

My sweet friends and their one-year-old visited for 10 days.  It was my first time seeing them as parents.  I’ve known Christine since 4th grade, so I watched with wonder as she bent down to Phaedra’s level to fix her hat, or converse with her.  How is this the same person with whom I played Nancy Drew, sought out mud puddles, and played Barbies?


Eating breakfast in todos Santos

Naturally with visitors in town, we went out to breakfast a lot, and each time we went, se me antojaron chilaquiles.

se me antojaron means “to be appetized by”, or “be in the mood for”

So I went with it and got chilaquiles at every place we went to.  A clear winner stood out, and we ended up going there twice!

chilaquiles are a pile of nacho chips, wet with red sauce (or green), and topped with fried eggs



La Esquina’s fabulous garden hang-out space

The Tour

1. La Esquina Cafe: Everyone’s favorite place to hang out in Todos Santos.  Built by the town’s favorite yoga teacher and her landscape-artist husband, La Esquina has a beautiful garden, friendly staff, and everyone knows your name.

2. Alma & Manny’s: This place has won the hearts of Todos Santos. She started 2 years ago with a pot of tamales on the side of the road, and now she has her own restaurant, dishing out good food for dirt-cheap prices.

3. Caffe Todos Santos: This cafe opened 20 plus years ago, before there was much of an immigrant community at all.  Everyone raves about their coffee.  Their chilaquiles were awesome!  The chips were light and crispy, and yet perfectly moistened by the sauce.  The winner!

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Tamales, estilo Ranchero!

My husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law often complain about the state of tamales these days. “Pura masa“, they often say–all dough, no filling. They just don’t make things like they used to, do they?

We finally decided to take matters into our own hands. Ooh, what a busy, delicious day!

First we had to fatten the rooster. We got him up to 8 pounds.

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