|Todos Santos ~ Frequently Asked Questions|
Is Todos Santos safe?
Yes! Todos Santos and the entire state of Baja California Sur are extremely safe. Anywhere south of Guerrero Negro in Baja California can be considered safe and you will most likely feel safer anywhere in southern Baja, than you do in your hometown. If you are traveling to anywhere in Baja California Sur such as Todos Santos, La Paz, the East Cape, San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas you should feel free to go ahead with any travel plans you may have.
Can we drink the water in Todos Santos?
All water in Todos Santos comes from an underground aquifer, so theoretically, it should be really pure. The problem is the system of delivery (the pipes) that gets dirty and contaminates the water. In most hotels and restaurants, you will get purified water. If there is the slightest doubt - ask for it. (Agua purificada, por favor). We suggest that you not drink the water from drinking fountains, in private homes or condos or any tap water unless you know there is a purification system installed and you know it is in good working condition. Splurge a little bit and buy bottled water. Why not be completely safe? You shouldn't take the chance of spoiling an otherwise great vacation.
What about the money? Can I use U.S. dollars? Should I exchange my money for pesos. Where do I get the best rate?
U.S. dollars are very widely accepted, sometimes actually preferred, in Todos Santos even at many smaller local stores. BUT...it is a very good idea to have pesos also! If you have no pesos it is a sure bet that you will come upon one of the few places that will not accept dollars. Be aware that you will usually receive your change in pesos. If you are going to be in a remote area, remember to have pesos and plenty of small denomination U.S. bills. Many small businesses, even some of the larger ones, do not keep a lot of change on hand, especially early in the morning. The best exchange rates will usually be at the bank., the worst are usually at airports. There are not many (if any) businesses that accept Canadian dollars, but they are readily changed in most banks and currency exchanges. If your going to change money in a bank remember to take your passport, or a good copy, along with some other form of picture ID.
Can we take our dog to Todos Santos?
Will I be able to use my credit cards in Todos Santos? Can I get cash from the banks with my credit cards?
Yes, to both questions. All major credit cards (except Discover) are widely accepted. American Express cards can be used but are not as widely accepted here as in other countries. In most smaller stores or restaurants, it is best to ask before hand, as not every business accepts credit cards (just as back home). Most banks will render cash advances (pesos) via ATM machines, most bank locations in Baja have ATM's for after hours cash. If you lose a credit card call one of the numbers listed on our Miscellaneous Information page. All ATM's in México dispense only pesos. Never let your credit card out of your sight! This is a practice that should be used even when you are at home.
What can I use as proof of citizenship to enter México?
Basically, you will have to show a valid passport to receive a tourist visa. (See the next paragraph). If you have some questions you feel you need to have answered before your trip, call the Mexican Counsel General's office in Los Angeles, CA at (213) 351-6800 (or any Mexican couselate).
***This statement was taken directly off of The Counsel General of México (Los Angeles) web site: IMPORTANT: Starting from January 1st 2008, all foreign permanent residents in the United States traveling to Mexico for tourism, transit or business reasons should get the immigration form FMT directly through the airline, or port of entrance to Mexico showing a valid passport, official ID and the “green card” if applicable. ***Remember that a recent U.S. law requires everyone returning to the U.S. to have a valid passport.***
What will the weather be like in Todos Santos in March (or any other month)?
Nobody can predict the weather, even in Todos Santos. The weather varies greatly by location, even at the tip of Baja. Remember that it can get windy in the evenings, especially where it is more open to the Pacific breezes. We have an average temperature chart and good weather links on our Todos Santos Weather Info & Links page.
What is the legal drinking age in Todos Santos? What time do the nightclubs close?
The legal drinking age is 18 in all of Baja. There is not a lot of nightlife in Todos Santos. If you want to dance on tables until the wee hours we suggest La Paz or Cabo San Lucas both just a little over an hour away. Many of the bars and night clubs in La Paz and Cabo stay open until the wee hours of the morning, there or four, even five AM. Do not drive back to Todos Santos if you have been drinking!
Will my hair dryer (portable curler, electric toothbrush, etc.) work in Baja?
Yes, if you are from the U.S. or Canada. All of México uses the same voltage as the United States. If you are coming from Europe, or any country that uses 220 volts, you will need the proper adapters.
Will my cellular phone work in Todos Santos?
There is local cellular service that covers most of Todos Santos and Pescadero. Several U. S. cellular services will allow you to roam in México. Only GSM and 3G cell phones will work in most of parts of southern Baja (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) but they may need to be activated for extended roaming service in México. Call your local service provider before you leave to find out if it needs to be activated for use in Baja. If you travel to Baja frequently and you really need cellular service, it might just be easier and cheaper to take advantage of one of the many low priced local cellular promotions that include a phone and a pre-set amount of time. You will then have a phone that you can use whenever you are traveling to México. You can add more time by way of prepaid card, if needed, and you can use it again on every trip.
Can I use my laptop computer to get my E-mail and access the Internet in Todos Santos?
Yes. Bringing a laptop computer into México is a legal and accepted practice with no hassles from Aduana (Customs) agents. With so many people using services such as G-mail, Yahoo mail or others, accessing your E-mail is really easy from almost anywhere. Most hotels and many of the restaurants now have wireless service. There are also a couple of places in Todos Santos that offer computers (with Internet) in case you do not want to travel with your laptop.
Is it safe to walk around town at night in Todos Santos?
Generally, yes, but we still do not recommend it. As you should do anywhere in the world, beware of walking alone on dark streets at night. Don't wear flashy jewelry or carry large sums of cash if you are going to walk around at night. If possible walk in groups and stick to the busier, well lit, areas of the city. Most restaurants and nightclubs will be happy to call a cab for you, if you ask. This may take a little more time than hailing one on the street but it is generally a much safer way to go. You will probably feel safer in Todos Santos than you would in almost any large city in the United States. Remember to use common sense, and be careful. See - Is Todos Santos Safe?
Can you tell me what the taxi rates are?
No we can't, and the local taxis do not have meters. In Todos Santos the taxi rates seem to be reasonable. It always a good idea to check with the front desk at your hotel. They should be able to tell you what the approximate fare should be to your particular destination. Then verify the rate with the taxi driver! Always do this before you get into the taxi.
What about rental cars in Todos Santos?
Rental car companies, everywhere in the world, seem to love playing games with tourists. In Todos Santos a rental car is almost a necessity, depending on where you are staying and the amount of sightseeing you intend to do. If you must have a rental car, you should, if possible, make your rental reservation from the U.S. based office of the company. Do this well before your trip, the rate will usually be better than what you will get locally. Make sure to check with your credit card company (before you leave) to find out if their insurance covers you (and the car) in México. Always buy the liability coverage in México, as most credit card companies do not have that capability. Check the car over carefully and make sure there is a spare tire and a jack - before you leave the rental lot! Make sure to have the rental car check-in agent go over the car and sign off on the damage control form when you return the car. See our Rental Car Information page.
How will I know if I am getting a good deal on that painted cow head or any other fine merchandise?
This is one question that nobody but yourself can answer. A good rule of thumb is, with street vendors, always get at least a 30%/40% discount, sometimes more. In most stores, especially in the malls, prices are fixed just as they are at home. If you are making large purchases or if there are several people in your party that are buying something, you can always ask for a discount. Diamond stores are the exception to this rule, where discounts of up to 70% are fairly common. Basically, it boils down to this, if you’re happy with the quality and price of an item, then you are getting a good deal. It's pretty simple really. Note - Chrome (or Gold) Wrestling Masks and rude tee shirts are usually easiest items to get discounted.
What about hospitals and doctors in Baja?
Very few of the doctors in Todos Santos speak good English. Check with your hotel, many of the larger hotels have English speaking doctors on premises or on call. If not, they can probably give you the name of an English speaking doctor. Write the doctors phone number down and carry it with you. If there is any doubt in your mind about a doctor, a particular procedure or medication, check with your doctor at home, if possible. Always get an estimate (in writing, if possible) of charges before accepting any treatment. Generally speaking, medical service in México is not quite as sophisticated as it is in the U.S. or Canada. Nearby, La Paz has some pretty good hospitals and some excellent doctors.
There is one medical center, right in the middle of Todos Santos that is open 24 hours and has English speaking doctors. It is Saint Luke's Clinic - Open 24 hours - English is Spoken - Emergency Services - Location - Calle Militar s/n - Centro - Tel: (612) 145-1093.
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