The mission Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz was founded by Padre Jaime Bravo in 1723. It is located across the street to the southwest from the small town plaza. This mission contains the statue of the Virgin of Pilar, which is the focus of Todos Santos main festival in October.
During the 19th century, Todos Santos thrived as the Baja sugarcane capital, which is still evident by the ruins of sugar mills. Now the rich farmlands have been re-worked and the town prospers from an abundance of vegetable and chili farming - avocado, papaya and mango orchards - as well as fishing and ranching.
The Mexican government designated Todos Santos, a Pueblo Magico, (Magical Town), in 2006 to preserve its rich history and small-town charm, as it grows as a tourist destination. There are many beautiful beaches within a 30 minute drive of Todos Santos. Playa Las Palmas and Playa Los Cerritos are great beaches for swimming and shell collecting, and Playa Los Cerritos attracts surfers from around the world.
Tourist have been coming up from Cabo San Lucas for the day for many years now to take in the art, culture and food. Slowly, as they have decided the pace and rthyum of their lives was too much, they bought land, built casitas and houses, and tried to keep this a secret as long as they could. There is something that just draws you in and won’t let you leave. Book your stay for a week or longer and you will never be the same I promise you.