• Discover the rich history of Baja California Sur and the establishment of Todos Santos.


History

A HISTORY OF THE LAND. A HISTORY OF THE SEA. In the sixteenth century, mutineers, explorers, and pearl hunters all arrived on the shores of the peninsula, only to depart, unaware of the treasure they had left behind in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur.

 

It wasn’t until 1697 that the Jesuits founded the first permanent mission in Baja California Sur, and twenty-five years later, Todos Santos was established as a mission outpost to the Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in La Paz.

With its underground aquifer and lush tropical setting in the middle of a desert, Todos Santos was a literal and figurative oasis. Thanks to the fertile ground, it flourished. The families that cultivated it—Santa Ana, Villarino, Dominguez, Salgado—raised livestock, harvested fruits and vegetables, and transformed Todos Santos into the sugar cane capital of Baja.

Todos Santos thrived for nearly two centuries until revolution, drought and WWII brought the downfall of the cane sugar industry. When the sugar mills closed in the early 1950s, many local families were forced to seek opportunity elsewhere, leaving the town isolated and hollow.

But some things never left. Todos Santos is still the natural, historical and architectural wonder that earned its designation as a Pueblo Mágico. And indeed there is a spell, one that has drawn people in for hundreds of years. Now that the economic drought is over, sustainable small production farms grow where the sugar cane once did, and the magic remains. And in the last two decades there has been a quiet resurgence as people discover that magic once again.


History of Punta Lobos
Punta Lobos

At Punta Lobos, local fishermen set sail for snapper, sierra, tuna, yellowtail, halibut, and dorado. The panga boats leave by seven and return midday. Here, you can buy fresh fish on the beach as the fisherman return from the sea before the rest of the catch heads off for the Punta Lobos and Todos Santos cooperatives, local markets, cafés, and beyond.