Day Trips, Cabo San Lucas
Todo Santos is 50 miles north of Los Cabos up the Baja Coast. It takes well over an hour to drive there due to the winding road and spectacular ocean views. It's best to drive it slow, on our way back we saw a large heard of "bulls" yes, I think they were all "bulls" - there is a bullfight arena in Cabo. Besides "bulls" we saw a herd of goats, being herded by a dog that looked very much like he belonged in Australia herding sheep. Both herds were very close to the highway.The town of Todo Santos is very colorful. It's a laidback art colony made up of local artisans as well as artist from the US. The art is pricey, even though some of it was worth it.
Missionaries founded Todos Santos in the 1730s, about the same time as San Jose del Cabo. The main focal points of Todos Santos are its Moorish looking church and history museum at the Casa de Cultura, plus the town plaza and the numerous art galleries. Since the mid-1980s, the area has grown as a tourist / retirement destination.
If you have a chance, rent a car and head north to Todos Santos. The roads are very well maintained. Instead of watching for deer, you have to watch out for cattle crossing the road. But the small town has several restaurants and small shops to visit. The Hotel itself seems to be a historic site. Theirs a bar and restaurant on the premises.
If you get a chance visit San Jose in the evening hours after most of the tourists have left for Cabo. We went at aroung 8:00 P.M. and felt like we were the only tourists there. There were lots of locals with thier children enjoying the square. We felt like we were experiencing real Mexico (I know that seem impossible in the Cabo area), most of the street vendors were gone, and the town had a more relaxed atmosphere.
We enjoyed a trip to Pedragal which is the area high above in the hills above Cabo that has some fabulous villas. There was one villa under construction, so we pulled up (and I mean way up) and parked in the driveway. We went on our own personal tour. The house was built around boulders and had a spectacular view.
The view from Pedregal is spectacular. Below you will see most of Cabo San Lucas including the harbor.