Situated between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific road, Todos Santos' founding dates back to 1733. It was a sleepy village until the late nineteenth century when the water table was found to be sufficiently close to the top-soil and easy to use for agricultural development.
Initially, sugar was one of the principal crops. When demand for sugar collapsed other cash crops where developed. These include mangos, papayas, coconuts and other tropical fruits.
The valley is green and the atmosphere relaxing. Near-by beaches offer a number of popular surfing swells.
Rumor has it the Hotel California in downtown Todos Santos inspired "The Eagles" popular song with the same name. Though not proven conclusively, the hotel and area conform to the spirit of the song.