After a spectacular seven days sea-kayaking the Sea of Cortez (more on that in another post), Todd and I decided to see all that the southern most portion of Baja Mexico had to offer.  That’s how we found ourselves bouncing down the Carretera Transpeninsular headed from La Paz to Todos Santos in a tiny, rented tin can.  From what I understand, the highway has since been widened to 4 lanes.  The fact that there are no shoulders and that detours and / or road damage can occur with almost no warning apparently hasn’t changed.

Although Todos Santos is tiny, it’s one of those artist and surfer communities that is coming into its own where you can find galleries and eateries in neat old buildings.  Given the fact that Todd is really not much of a shopper, I don’t have much commentary on the galleries.  We did have some fun food pit stops here, however.  The food find that really stands out as a Life Bus moment is Restaurante Miguel’s.  If I could have designed my perfect rustic, Mexican, beach restaurant, Miguel’s would be it.  Thatched palm roof, dirt floor, no real walls … just thatched half walls and great chile rellenos … and beer!   A relaxing, Jimmy Buffetesque kind of place where you can kick back, enjoy a good meal, and soak in your Mexican vacation.

Todd and I also enjoyed an excellent lunch at Cafe Todos Santos.  The building is an eclectic old structure with lots of open, airy seating.  We had some great salads and they actually bake all of their own bread and cookies here.  Although we didn’t stay at the Todos Santos Inn, I wish we had!  This is a great, small inn housed in an old authentic hacienda.  The location in town is great and it is a beautiful, quiet property.  Todos Santos Inn

So, when exploring the Baja Peninsula, make time for a pit stop in this artisan community.  I think you’ll enjoy it!