BEYOND LOS CABOS: POSADA LA POZA NEAR TODOS SANTOS
If seclusion is laid back and unspoiled Old Mexico is on your mind (think pre-1970s Baja) drive 90 miles up the western coast of Los Cabos via Highway 19 to Todos Santos. ..more ▼
Home of a growing colony of American and Mexican expatriate artists, this traditional, gentle-paced town lies just inland from the Pacific Ocean at the base of the Sierra Mountains. Clustered near its small historic plaza you will find many charming art galleries, boutiques and handicraft shops tucked within whitewashed colonial buildings trimmed by red clay-tiled roofs and colorful bougainvillea. Sidewalk cafes offer tasty local fare.
Posada La Poza hides two miles outside town down a circuitous, bumpy dirt road that's an adventure in itself. persistent drivers, however, will be rewarded with a delightful seaside gem set amid a beautifully landscaped desert garden facing a dramatic lagoon, sheltered from the rugged Pacific by a line of grass-studded dunes. The seemingly endless pristine deserted beach is worth the trip alone, the quiescent environs also being a magnet for over 70 species of coastal birds, including great blue herons, snowy egrets and pelicans. Indeed the chief sounds heard are the bird calls, crashing waves and silence.
Founded by a retired Swiss banker and his artist wife, the newly opened sanctuary cossets just seven comfortable and simply furnished lodgings. All are air-conditioned and laid out with king/twin beds topped by Swiss linens, shower only baths, mini bars, personal safes, CD players and binoculars for bird and whale viewing. TVs are non-existent, though Internet access is available. Ground-floor junior suites come with scenic decks and private outdoor whirlpool spas, while the top-floor Honeymoon Suite is augmented by a spacious fireplace living room and an indoor hot tub for two.
An artful dining room (El Gusto) offers excellent regional cuisine, with fresh seafood being a specialty. A "tapas" menu is available at the Sunset Bar Terrace. a saltwater garden swimming pool and open-air/in-room massages round out the pleasure of a lazy stay. Junior Suite for one or two, $225, hearty breakfast included; Honeymoon Suite, $480.
Andrew Harpers Hideaway Report - A connoisseurs worldwide guide to peaceful and unspoiled places - An article printed in October 2002 edition of this prestigious publication
PEACEFUL BAJA INN STILL NEAR NIGHTLIFE
In Baja California, we discovered a wonderful bed and breakfast in Todos Santos, near the tip of southern Baja.
Posada La Poza, on the beach beside a freshwater lagoon just outside Todos Santos, is the most peaceful and tranquil place we have found in years of traveling. The grounds include a beautiful pool, a garden of native and introduced plants and a bird sanctuary with more than 80 species. The seven rooms range from $125 to $480 per night. Two rooms have outdoor whirlpool baths; the "honeymoon suite" has one in the room. The dining room overlooks the garden and lagoon toward the beach.
The quaint town of Todos Santos is well-known as an artists' colony. The rowdy nightlife of Cabo San Lucas isn't far away, and the area is famous for its fishing and golfing. However, we didn't want to leave the beauty and tranquility of La Poza.
The Swiss proprietors, Juerg and Libusche Wiesendanger, are fun and friendly hosts. Libusche is an artist known throughout Europe, and her paintings and sculptures are exhibited (and for sale) throughout the grounds.
Jill Maier, Point Richmond.