Side Trips

Todos Santos - Miraflores - Santiago - San Antonio - Buena Vista - El Triunfo


Todos Santos
Todos Santos is approximately 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas on highway 19. Half the fun of an excursion to Todos Santos is the pleasant drive up the coast. This is a beautiful one-hour drive through the mountains and along of views of the blue Pacific can be enjoyed during much of the drive. The road is in excellent condition.

Todos Santos is the perfect place to escape the crowds of Cabo with quite streets, a few quaint shops, and several places to pull up a warm plate and a cold drink. Todos Santos offers a good selection of artist galleries with something for everyone. The town is easily explored on food. Today Todos Santos is known for being somewhat of an artists colony with several shops featuring the work of local artists.

If you are looking for beaches, you'll love Todos Santos beaches. They offer an excellent shell collecting. The town does offer some excellent empty beaches both north and south of town, but most visitors head for downtown to explore the heart of this very special village.

Todos Santos is a nice stop on a one-day tour of the southern tip of Baja California Sur.



Miraflores is located 25 miles north of San Jose del Cabo and is several hundred years old. Miraflores has many local shops leather products and the natural Hot Springs located just outside of town. The Miraflores area also produces some of the most incredible sweet basil to ever come out of mother earth. This is a quiet, relaxing drive and a great way to enjoy the unusually lush surroundings.



Located approximately 30 miles north of Los Cabos Airport. The area is known for farming, fruit orchards and a small zoo, the only one in Southern Baja. Santiago dates back to 1723 when an Italian padre built a mission there, but was abandoned later that century.

There are many working farms and ranches in the area, so do not be too surprised if you see some real cowboys in this area. Palm leaves, used to make palapa roofs, are a main product of the village and can be seen in various stages of production as one drives through town.

A small zoo is one of the main focal points in town, and a fox, monkeys, coyotes, parrots and duck can be viewed in the park. There is also a small, very rustic, museum containing colonial artifacts and local fossils.

San Antonio

San Antonio, small mining town, is 18 miles north of San Bartolo. Once at time San Antonio served briefly as the capital of South Baja when Loreto was destroyed by a hurricane. Many old buildings, the church, and the remains of the exhausted mines make San Antonio a great choice for some photos. There's some abandoned mines that they give off large smoke stack that dominates the town skyline.


Buena Vista

Looking for a coastal adventure, sport fishing, windsurfing and the tranquility of the beaches have made this area of the East Cape famous. Buena Vista is located right on Baja Highway One, an hour north of Los Cabos. There are several places where you can pull your car right up towards the beach, and swim in the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Los Barriles is a great lunch or early dinner stop if you are on a day trip from Los Cabos. There are several restaurants just off of the highway where you can enjoy a good meal, and even a cold drink.

El Triunfo

Small mining town 4 miles north, El Triunfo is still home to some small scale miners who work the local mountains. El Triunfo is located almost due north from Cabo San Lucas. Although it can be reached by taking Baja Highway 1 north past Los Cabos airport and Buena Vista, if one is coming from the town of Cabo San Lucas Highway 19 is probably the faster way to get there.

Gold and silver were first discovered here in 1862 and soon prospectors from Mexico and the United States set up a camp and a mining operation. A hurricane in flooded all of the local mines and the area was soon after left almost deserted. There is talk of some larger mining operations returning to El Triunfo.

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