Sep 27, 2004, 3:52 PM
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Todos Santos has a "quaint" town square, and a whole lot of "artsy fartsy" stores. Many, many so-called gringo artists try to sell their paintings, hand made dust collectors in their stores, also book stores, ice cream shops, bohemia coffee shop, knick knak shops, t shirt shops, etc, etc.
Re: [brabramowitz] Todos los Santos vs. La Paz
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The Hotel California is there, but not because of the Eagles music. Sorry.
Also, "Shut-Up Franks Bar is there and sells his bumper stickers.
Many people from the San Francisco town in the USA live there since they feel it is Mexico's equivalent.
Since I am not an expert on Haight Ashbury, nor San Francisco, my comments are only valid from my personal likes and dis-likes.
I never liked hippies, nor their entourage.
I visit Todos Santos only for the food at the Todos Santos Hotel. Santana's Restaurant in the courtyard of this very small, but lovely 3 or 4 room hotel.
Namely their pizza! It is truly the best found,so far.
Also the Greek salad is worth the 218 mile round trip from Los Barriles.
The Pacific breeze is also very nice.
Todos Santos was discovered many years ago.
There are many gringos there year round, but rarely fish in the Pacific Ocean due to the difficulty and danger getting thru the curl waves going out, and the "E" ticket ride surfing fully thru the waves and up onto the wet sandy beach.
Absolutely guaranteed to scare the hell out of you.
Go take a drive to it and decide for yourself.
La Paz is my favorite city in Mexico.
Population must be 250,000 by now. Or possibly more.
It has everything one would want in a big Mexican city.
My guess is that there are 3000 to 4000 extranjeros living in or close by.
I am very comfortable driving in La Paz.
Probably because I have lived here so long, and know my way around it.
But always remember, both of these places are in BCS, Mexico and is still classified as "frontera".
You must get the 6mos temporary car permit for your automobile to visit the mainland, if you have USA or Canadian plates. Mexican frontera plates, no problem.
This is a peninsula, but the ferry service makes it equivalent to an island over here.
Again, drive and visit. You may feel differently.