On the other side were the mountains – very green despite the desert climate.
It was the rainy season and yet until the end of our trip the weather stayed hot and dry. A hurricane was approaching as we were leaving Baja California, but thankfully we escaped the storm on time.
When the tropical storms or hurricanes arrive, the rainwater gathers in the otherwise dry and empty river beds that descend from the mountains. But most of the time you won’t even see a drop of water.
As everywhere in Mexico, the distances are long and the best plan is to rent a car from the airport. Mr. Jonas surprised me with a Fiat 500, a very romantic choice.
The first destination was Todos Santos (yes, All Saints)
However, Todos Santos does match them to some extent: the desert, lots of cacti, happy and noisy local guys, gringos…
Most bars and restaurants close around 9 and the nights are usually very quiet.
It’s perfect for stargazing because the town is small and there’s no light pollution. The Tropic of Cancer is very close to Todos Santos. Google Sky Maps is an interesting app that shows you the constellations around.
The town was founded in the 18th century by missionaries. Most of the buildings are quite old, many of them have been converted into hotels, but still maintain the traditional style of the past – huge gardens with tropical flowers and palm trees, fountains, exotic birds …
Todos Santos is a few miles away from the beach, so we hopped in our cute Fiat.
There’s so few people living in Baja California and almost no tourists (especially if you compare it to the rest of the Mexican beach resorts), and on the other hand there are so many beaches around.