Todos Santos Beach: Where to go swimming in Todos Santos
What's the best Todos Santos beach?
If you're coming to vacation, you're going to want to go to the Todos Santos beach! Interestingly, when you're in town, you won't even be able to tell you're near the beach. The town is built up away from the coast, so you'll need directions to the best Todos Santos beaches. Also, the area is notorious for dangerous breaks and dangerous currents, so only go swimming at beaches that you see other people swimming at, or that you know for sure are safe to swim.
The top 5 todos Santos swimming beaches
Punta Lobos BeachThis is hands-down my favorite Todos Santos beach. It also happens to be the fisherman's beach. The fishermen of Todos Santos land their boats by timing their entry with a wave, and then driving full-speed toward the beach and pulling their motor out of the water at the last minute as the boat beaches on the sand. For that reason, I would only go swimming in the afternoons or on a Sunday. They'll be coming in pretty steadily between 1 and 4 pm.
The thing that's so special about this beach is that a rock point protects the beach from incoming waves. The water is deeper than at other beaches, quickly becoming waist deep, then shoulder deep, so it's a lot easier to swim than at Los Cerritos where you'll be pummeled by incoming waves regularly.
If you go on a Sunday in the summer (July through October), you'll be blessed to find the whole town there, with big pop-up shade tents, their 4WD pickups parked next to the water, music playing, and tables and chairs set up.
2. Los Cerritos Beach
This is the most popular Todos Santos beach for non-locals. The water is shallow and the bottom is sandy and free of rocks, so it's perfect for kids. The waves break far out and then come in as white-water, so it's a great spot for boogie boarding or long-boarding on a foam board. Surfers also love this spot and you can see some really talented surfers tearing it up out there. You can also rent surfboards or boogie boards right on the beach. If you're hungry, you can eat at a restaurant that's right on the beach. It's pricey, but you also get beach chairs and umbrellas, so sometimes it's worth it just for that if we don't want to drag a bunch of equipment to the beach.
3. La Pastora Beach
This Todos Santos beach has a rocky bottom and is mostly used by surfers. This seems to be where the biggest, best waves come in, so you'll find the best surfers out here too. It's a beautiful place, with miles of nearly deserted beach in either direction and pristine mountain views behind you. There is no development on the beach, so you'll need to bring your own equipment.
4. Balandra Beach
This beach is actually north of La Paz. But it's so stunning, it's absolutely worth a visit, and is only about an hour and a half from Todos Santos. It's a protected bay off the Sea of Cortez, and the water in the entire bay is only about shin-deep. This is the perfect spot to bring your toddler so you can actually sit-down and relax while your baby plays in the endless baby pool. Even if you don't have kids, it's a must-see beach because the landscape is completely otherworldly. The surrounding desert is so dry and tree-less, just gray desert shrubs, and then the water is turquoise-blue and the sand is white. The bright colors and contrasts are just gorgeous. If you walk around the rock point on the right, you'll see the famous balancing rock.
Todos Santos beach
The entire coastline of Todos Santos is one long stretch of beach, but the majority of it isn't safe for swimming. Make sure you go to one of these beaches for safe swimming on your vacation.