Is the Hotel California in Todos Santos really the one in the Eagles song?
Sadly, it is not the hotel made famous in the song. For a full explanation, please see our Todos Santos Hotel California pages. The Hotel California, La Coronela Bar and Restaurant and Emporio gift shop are open for business.
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Where's the beach?
Todos Santos, while a coastal town, is not directly on the beach. Most of the nearby beaches are about 1 km from town proper. The Pacific Ocean is VERY dangerous here. People drown nearly every year. Unless you are an expert swimmer, you should only swim at the safer beaches and with other people present. For a detailed map to the nearby beaches, please see our Todos Santos - Pescadero Beach Map pages.
I only have one day to visit Todos Santos, so should I come on Sunday?
Sunday is not the best day to visit if you want to experience all that Todos Santos has to offer, unless of course you are coming for a specific event that occurs on Sunday. Many restaurants, shops and galleries close one day a week and that day is Sunday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the best days to visit for a day trip as nearly everything is open all day.
What are the dates of the Todos Santos Art Festival in 2012?
The 2008 Todos Santos Art Festival dates are February 4 - 11. Visit our Todos Santos Art Festival page for current info and the current year's schedule of events (if available.)
What are the dates of the Todos Santos Reggae Festival in 2007?
Sadly, there was no Reggae Festival in 2007. We all hope to see it return in 2008 but nothing firm has been announced. The 2006 Reggae Festival dates were February 11, 2006. The Reggae Festival no longer occurs. Sorry.
What are the dates of the Todos Santos Film Festival in 2012?
The film festival is typically held the first week of March, and we list the dates on our home page as soon as they are confirmed..
How can we get to Todos Santos? Is there an airport nearby?
Todos Santos is fortunate to have 2 international airports with 1 - 2 hours drive. Visit our How to Get Here Page for more info and photos.
What about the water? Can I drink it?
Todos Santos is blessed with an abundant supply of clean potable water. The water, as it comes out of the underground aquifer, is very safe. But it is best not to drink it right out of the tap as the municipal delivery system leaves much to be desired. Many of the underground pipes are in poor repair and leak. If water can escape the pipes, contaminents can enter. We suggest you use bottled water (inexpensively available in 5 gallon containers called garafones) for drinking, washing food, and brushing teeth. If you cook with tap water, be sure to boil it for at least 5 minutes and you should be safe. Also, if you wash with tap water, be sure your dishes and glasses are thoroughly dry before using them.
What about the electricity? Can I use all my high tech gadgets?
Todos Santos has ample electricity and it is the same as in the US, 60 hz 110 or 220 volts. Outlets are identical although you may need a 3 prong to 2 prong adapter as not all outlets are 3 prong. Note also that grounded outlets were virtually unheard until foreigners began building homes here. Older Mexican construction will most likely not have grounded outlets. Also, the power can suddenly go off without warning at any time, but especially when it is raining. Lastly, the voltage fluctuates a bit so most people use line conditioners on their sensitive expensive equipment such as computers, high end stereos and other electronics.
Will I be able to access the internet while I am visiting?
You certainly will. Todos Santos has several internet cafes with high speed wireless access and many businesses offer connectivity while you are on the premises. Many hotels and vacations rentals offer high speed internet with your occupancy. You have abundant options for DSL internet access at cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels in the center of Todos Santos. Check the latest issue of El Calendario de Todos Santos for all the options.
How can I find out what's happening in town before or during my visit?
That's an easy one! We are very fortunate to have a reliable seasonal publication in town, El Calendario de Todos Santos, which includes tourist info, a calendar of events, articles of general interest about town, Baja and Mexico, as well as the most accurate and up to date map and list of businesses in town. You can pick up a copy at most locations in town or you can view a summary of the issue online at the link above.
Is there really an "official" Todos Santos website?
We've run across that while searching for info on Todos Santos and were curious too. So we did a little investigating. Todos Santos has no official tourist office, no chamber of commerce and no government office capable of funding or authorizing an "official" website. It appears that this moniker is just an arbitrary, yet clever, marketing ploy and has no basis in fact.
Todos Santos is located on the Tropic of Cancer in the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico just one hour
north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz. Long known as a cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the
town is a desert oasis, 1 kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains. Since
the mid 1980's, the area has become a tourist / retirement destination and home to numerous art galleries, artists,
fine restaurants, elegant hotels, unique vacation rentals and local festivals.
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