last week as you may have seen on instagram i took an amazing trip to hotel san cristóbal in the beautiful place that is todos santos in Baja California. In addition to the fishing community that’s the mainstay of modern life here, the area around Todos Santos is a rich farmland that evolved from sugarcane crops to a diverse source of avocados, chilis, papayas and much more. hotel san cristóbal has carved out a beautiful little oasis here, down a winding dirt road that lands you in a virtual peaceful paradise for lovers of sand, surf and sea.
just about 2-1/2 hour plane ride from los angeles, todos santos is a relatively sleepy town, and unlike the flashier cabo san lucas, is a place to come, chill and be one with the ocean. at least that’s what i did, reading a total of three books poolside, all the while feasting on margaritas, and san cristóbal’s excellent mexican tapas from the pool bar — like fish tacos, ceviche, guacamole, queso and daily specials that kept me one happy camper — all served by the friendliest staff who generously allowed me to practice my spanish with them. there’s also an excellent restaurant, benno with amazing fresh seafood and more amazing mexican and Mediterranean fare. and just a few minutes down the highway is the charming town of todos santos, with taco stands, art galleries, gift shops, mezcal and gourmet food shops — so be sure to pop into town, too. i went into town for just a couple of hours, so i highly suggest checking out designlovefest’s post with loads of great suggestions for good food and shopping.
there’s also plenty to do around the hotel, too — salsa, surfing classes, yoga in their beautiful chapel, pottery and cooking classes and a weekly bonfire on the beach complete with s’mores — it all depends on just how busy you want to be. i wanted to be utlra lazy and got my wish with no protests (the beauty of traveling solo). it was quiet, just the end of offseason, but the weather couldn’t have been more perfect — lovely warm (80-90 degree-ish) with a nice ocean breeze and plenty of kerplunks into the pool and floating in those pretty pink donuts that are the perfect accessories to all that ocean blue.
hotel san cristóbal is part of the bunkhouse group and the sister hotel to other pretty places to stay like hotel san josé and hotel saint cecilia in austin, texas, the phoenix hotel in san francisco and el cosmico in marfa, texas to name just a few. all designed beautifully with aesthetic-loving interior junkies in mind. tireless attention to detail and a commitment to creating authentic culture have earned bunkhouse properties a unique place in the hearts and minds of those of us who visit. oh, and did i mention, dogs are welcome? at hotel san cristóbal you’re usually greeted by cash, the hotel dog host extraordinaire. the gorgeous striped robes only add to the decor, as do the colorful bedspreads and amazing tile floors and showers. everything is white-washed and modern, and yet fits into the desert landscape that is todos santos perfectly. oh, and if you happen to be looking for the ideal place to wed, i can’t think of a more romantic location. i can’t wait to see you again soon, hotel san cristóbal.
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