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  Beaches of Todos Santos  

Todos Santos is blessed with mile after mile of beautiful Pacific beaches.

Todos Santos Beaches
Playa La Poza and Playa La Cachora - Looking north.

Playa Los Cerritos - The safest swimming beach near Todos Santos.
Playa Los Cerritos
 
Just south of Todos Santos
Playa Pescadero/Playa San Pedro
 
Beautiful beach near Todos Santos - Photo courtesy of Todos Santos Eco Adventures.
Playa Las Palmas
 
Punta Lobos, if you want to fish in Todos Santos this is it.
Punta Lobos
La Poza - Todos Santos - One incredible  beach.
Playa La Poza
Todos Santos surf spot.
Playa La Pastora
 

The beaches of Todos Santos start just a short distance from the center of downtown and extend for miles in either direction.  Some of these beautiful beaches are rocky, some are coves while others are simply mile after mile of white sand.  Most of the nearby beaches are easily accessible by car (with map), most are a pretty easy drive from the city center  Take a map, easily available almost anywhere in town, as the beaches are either unmarked or badly marked.  Some of the more remote beaches may require a 4x4 vehicle, as the farther away from town you get the dirt roads have a way of turning into soft sand or an overly rough and deeply rutted combination of sand and hard packed dirt.  

One thing that is very important to remember about the beaches of Todos Santos - there are no lifeguards (Playa Los Cerritos is the exception) and some of these beaches can be totally void of other humans - hence - nobody to save you if something happens to go wrong!  The Pacific Ocean can be very powerful and very unpredictable so always use extreme caution before entering the water.  Playa Los Cerritos and Playa Las Palmas (center stretch of the beach - not near the rocks on either end) are the only beaches near Todos Santos that can be considered safe for swimming. 

BEACHES (Playas) - Starting from the North and working South.

Playa La Pastora:  Not the easiest beach to get to, only because of the rough road and lack of signs, Playa La Pastora is located about 5 miles north of Todos Santos.  Playa La Pastora is a favorite with surfers, as the waves are sometimes good here when no others spots are producing.  When it does get big, this is the place to go for experienced surfers as it can get pretty big and retain its shape.  When that is the case you will likely find that Playa La Pastora will become pretty crowded with surfers.  Novices should not enter the water here, especially alone.  Access is by way of Topete street which turns into Horizonte which turns into the coastal road, going north.

Playa La Cachora:   This beach is popular with whale watchers, beachcombers, skim boarders, exercise aficionados and the local turtle conservation group, as it is one of the many nesting places, along the Pacific, for several species of sea turtles.  The surf fishing can be excellent here with the best time being early morning.  No Swimming Please!  Access from town is by way of Topete street (go west) to La Cachora road that also takes you to El Hotelito.

Playa La Poza:  One of the more popular and out of the ordinary beaches in Todos Santos, mainly because of the freshwater lagoon.  Playa La Poza is a bird watchers paradise as the lagoon attracts an amazing number of birds.  This beach is good for surf fishing, especially in the early hours of the morning.  Sunbathing here is a pleasant experience and there is a great restaurant at the nearby hotel, Posada La Poza.  Egrets, herons, gulls, frigates, ibis, different species of ducks, cormorants, pelicans and sandpipers are just a few of the birds that frequent the beach and lagoon.  In late December through March gray whales, humpback whales (and others) swim along the coastline sometimes very close to the shore.  This is an experience (and photo opportunity) that is not all that common in this world.  If the ocean is very calm experienced swimmers can enjoy a refreshing dip in the Pacific.  Not an experienced swimmer, then - No Swimming Please!  Stay out of the lagoon, as it too can be dangerous and it's deeper than you might imagine.  Access from Vidal street in town, then follow the signs to Hotel Posada La Poza.

Punta Lobos:  This is the beach where the local fishermen ply their trade.  They launch their pangas, through the waves, early in the morning and spend up to eight hours (or more) fishing on the Pacific.  This is where you can most likely buy fish (the freshest you can possibly get) in the early afternoon.  You may also be able to arrange a fishing trip from Punta Lobos, but you had better brush up on your Spanish, as very few of the fishermen speak any English.  If the whales are present and the fishing is slow, it is possible to get the fishermen to take you whale watching.  This beach is pretty close to town so it is possible to get there on foot, but it is quite a walk.  This is a great place to take the kids to let them see some locals who are really hard workers and very dedicated fishermen.  There is a colony of Sea Lions that hang out just around the south point.  No swimming please!  Access from Vidal street in town, (head south) or from highway 19 at Km. market 54.

Playa Las Palmas - aka - Playa San Pedro:  Playa Las Palmas is a smaller, rather secluded beach, maybe one half mile long, that is usually void of any crowds.  The beach is gated, and the walk in is significant, but easy enough, through a pleasant palm grove.  There are ruins of an old ranch house by the gate.  The beach has a small lagoon that can be a good area for bird watching.  Playa Las Palmas is protected by rocky points at both ends of the beach.  This is a great area to spend a day hiking, swimming (use the middle stretch of the beach), body surfing, skim boarding or just plain relaxing.  Take all necessities (food, drink etc.) as there are no concessions at all.  Driving south, toward Pescadero, there is a small (almost invisible) turnoff at Km. 57 maker - just across the highway from the research station, then follow the dirt road to the gate.  They sometimes close the gate at 6 PM, so be prepared to drive out by 5:30 PM.  Pack your trash out - leave only footprints, please! 

Playa San Pedrito:  Located at the north end of Playa Pescadero, this beach is popular with surfers, body boarders and fishermen. The rocky point at the north end of the beach produces some pretty decent waves given the right conditions.  The same rocky area, close to the north point, also produces the best fishing.  There used to be a pretty popular campground here though it's been closed for quite a while, although there are usually some folks camped on the beach here.  There are several beachfront accommodations just a little south of the point.  Access is by way of entrance road just south of the Pescadero Pemex station.

Playa Pescadero:  Playa Pescadero is a beautiful long stretch of sand with great waves when the conditions are right.  The beach is named after the small town of Pescadero, which is very close.  The whales come in close to the beach here from December to April and surf fishing can be very good all along this beach.  There is plenty of new development along here including the new high end resort of Rancho Pescadero.  The beach is backed up by many new homes mixed among the chile fields and mango orchards that come very close to touching the Pacific.  Access is by way of several entrance roads near the Pescadero Pemex station.

Playa Los Cerritos: This is the safest swimming beach (usually) for miles in either direction, it's also the beach with the most development going on.  There are usually lifeguards on duty here.  Playa Los Cerritos has a very nice beach club, with full restaurant and drink service, that makes this the beach of choice for many locals and visitors alike.  You can even get a beach side massage at the beach club.  The beach is good for surfing (beginners to intermediates) with surfboard rentals available with great skim boarding thrown in for good measure.  There is some good fishing here, the rocks at the north end of the beach seem to produce the most fish.  Easy access from highway 19, at the Km. 64 marker.

Some of the local taxis (not all - ask at your hotel) may be hired to take you to a local beach, drop you off, and then return to pick you up at a predetermined time. 

Also see:  Todos Santos Activities - Todos Santos Fishing - Local Businesses - Todos Santos Maps
Videos: Todos Santos Video Library  -  Todos Santos Fishing Videos

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