Todos Santos Pages
Travel Writer Joe Cummings

"Todos Santos Climate" by Joe Cummings
(from Cabo:La Paz to Cabo San Lucas, 3rd edition, Moon Handbooks, copyright ©2000, reprinted with permission)

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Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, Todos Santos has perhaps the coastal Cape Region's most comfortable climate. December through February nights are cool, days warm-warmer, in fact, than most areas along the Cortez coast, which is exposed to the prevailing north winds. Mulegé and Loreto, for example, can drop to as low as 15° C (59° F) in Jan.-Feb. while Todos Santos remains in the 20s C (70s F). In March and April the air around Todos Santos begins warming up but the ocean reaches its coldest annual temperatures (still comfortable for swimming).

baja pacific coast
Rugged Pacific Coastline

Increasing air temperatures in June interact with the cooler seas to bring a marine fog in the evenings; visitors are often surprised how cool the nights are during this month. Although the air is relatively dry most of the year, the months of July, August, and September can become humid enough that the heat index may reach uncomfortable levels on days when there is no rain or cloud cover. At the same time, because of its location on a meseta facing the Pacific, the town receives the ocean's overall cooling effect and hence summer temperatures are always lower than in Cabo San Lucas, San José, or La Paz, all of which are heated to greater or lesser degrees by the warmer Sea of Cortez. When it's 38° C (100° F) in La Paz, for example, Todos Santos will register just 32°C (90° F).

highway from los cabos
todos santos street
Highway 19 from Cabo San Lucas
Calle Juarez - Todos Santos

July through September are peak rainfall months, although the Sierra de La Laguna partially blocks the heavier storms coming from the Mexican mainland that affect Los Cabos. The November 1993 storm that inundated San José and Cabo San Lucas and caused millions of dollars of damage, for example, barely touched Todos Santos. In September 1996, Todos Santos wasn't so lucky; a small hurricane came ashore and took down several roofs and utility poles. But few such storms ever reach the town.

The rain tapers off in October as temperatures descend a bit. November usually brings beautiful, sunny weather with an abundance of greenery.

Todos Santos is located on the Tropic of Cancer in the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico just one hour
north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz. Long known as a cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the
town is a desert oasis, 1 kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains. Since
the mid 1980's, the area has become a tourist / retirement destination and home to numerous art galleries, artists,
fine restaurants, elegant hotels, unique vacation rentals and local festivals.

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