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Lauren and Michael’s Wedding

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It was a fun family wedding celebration at Villa Santa Cruz on Sunday night for Lauren & Michael. With perfect weather, an incredible sunset, and a group of 100 guests that danced the night away, the celebration was loud and lively yet included many personal details that gave the day an intimate feel. Here is a glimpse into their special day. With sand beneath their bare feet, the couple stood before their friends and family and exchanged vows and rings under a colorful chuppah canopy,…

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True Happiness – Jenna and Adam’s Wedding

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Over the weekend, a gorgeous wedding took place at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico. Jenna and Adam radiated happiness on Saturday afternoon as they exchanged vows on the sand and became husband and wife in front of an intimate group of 55 guests. It was a special event for us at Villa Santa Cruz because the beautiful bride, Jenna, is the sister of Villa owner, Jessica. It was such a joy to share the property with…

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Love in the Air for Ross and Rachel

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Love was in the air last night at Ross and Rachel’s wedding at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel in Todos Santos. Ross and Rachel celebrated their love in front of a small group of friends and family in a beautiful beach ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars. Take a peek into their special day.Ross and Rachel had a few moments to themselves before the ceremony for a private photo shoot around the Villa.  Ross was so enamored with his beautiful bride. Shucking…

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Elegant Beach Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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What an elegant wedding it was for Laura and Mike last Saturday evening. Arriving at Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos from snowy Calgary, Canada, the couple was excited for the beach wedding they had always dreamed of. With an understated elegance and thoughtful detail, their wedding was personal and intimate with touches of Mexican charm. Take a look through the photos below to catch a glimpse into their special day. The boardwalk path was beautifully decorated with white luminarias, leading the guests to the…

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Surf Sunset and Tequila Wedding

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Kylie and Dave’s fun surf wedding at Villa Santa Cruz had the perfect Baja feel – casual and festive with authentic Mexican touches. Exchanging vows in front of 65 guests, the couple stood beneath a surfboard trellis and pledged to love each other when “the surf is firing, and when the ocean is glass.”  The natural elements of the landscape beautifully decorated the ceremony – the waves rolled in, the sun swept soft light across the property and bright red bougainvillea petals popped against the…

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Intimate Beach Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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Adam and Justine’s Saturday evening beach wedding at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, was a beautiful and intimate affair. Having visited Todos Santos one year ago, they knew it would be the perfect place to invite their friends and family for their wedding celebration. We were thrilled to help create such a lovely day for such a lovely couple.  Keep reading for a peak inside their magical wedding day! After the ceremony, guests gathered around the pool for cocktails and appetizers. As…

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Congrats to the Happy Couple

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We send our warmest congrats to Jon-Michial & Catherine Carter who wed at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, on Saturday evening. With bare feet in the sand, the couple exchanged emotional vows before 40 of their closest friends and family. Under the warm October sun, the waves rolled in, creating an idyllic beach scene that featured the bride in a slim sheath gown. The bridesmaids were a sight in long purple gowns and the groomsmen’s serrano pepper boutineers brought in a pop…

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Weathering the Storm (2003 – 2005)

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Here is the third installment in the crazy history of Villa Santa Cruz.  If you have not read the first two entries, make sure to check them out first - History Post #1:  The Journey Begins! Buying the Property (2001 – 2002) and History Post #2:  The Lettuce Debacle and Breaking Ground on the Villa (2002 – 2003).  Enjoy! Weathering the Storm (2003 – 2005) As the summer of 2003 approached, Matt and John’s only choice was to lay low and recover from the frustration and…

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Grand Beach Wedding in Todos Santos at Villa Santa Cruz

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Congratulations to James & Brianna, who were married at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos on Saturday evening, March 16, 2013. With 100 guests in attendance, the wedding was fun, festive and fancy! The couple exchanged vows in the late afternoon under a beautiful canopy draped with gauzy white fabric. Blue glass hearts hung from wrought iron hooks that lined the aisle and gave the ceremony a distinctive Mexican feel. The crashing ocean in the background provided a soothing soundtrack.…

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Villa Santa Cruz in the New York Post (March 12, 2013)

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Check out this great write up for Villa Santa Cruz in the New York Post! We enjoyed hosting travel writer, Jennifer Ceaser, at the Villa in October 2012.  And, now that the road paving project out to the Villa is almost complete, we hope no one will get “lost in Baja” again! See the article below, or click this link to read it online.

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The Lettuce Debacle and Breaking Ground on the Villa (2002 – 2003)

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We are proud to post the next installment in the adventure of Villa Santa Cruz.  If you have not yet read the first entry about how Matt & John found the land, check it out here –  Blog Post #1:  The Journey Begins! Buying the Property (2001 – 2002). Happy Reading! The Lettuce Debacle and Breaking Ground on the Villa (2002 – 2003) Matt and John were deep in it. It was September 2002 and they were now the proud owners of a very raw 45 acre…

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The Journey Begins! Buying the Property (2001 – 2002)

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When guests arrive at Villa Santa Cruz, often before they even make it upstairs to their guest suite, they want to know the story of the Villa. They pepper us with questions like: Who owns it? How did you find the property? Did you renovate or build from scratch? Who was your architect? Where did you find the furniture? How do you run everything “off the grid?” The history of the Villa, the incredible risk and hardship involved in its evolution, the depth of relationships…

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Features Todos Santos and Villa Santa Cruz

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Looking for the perfect destination wedding locale? Want something off the beaten track? Beachy? Mexican? Then, look no further than Villa Santa Cruz and Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico – featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons this month as the #2 hot spot in their “Where to Wed” Guide for 2013. As a beachy boho Mexican town, Todos Santos offers couples a picturesque beach wedding without the crowds of Cabo San Lucas.  And, Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, provides the ideal backdrop…

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Villa Santa Cruz Featured in National Geographic Traveler – December 2012/January 2013 Issue

Villa Santa Cruz is featured in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler as one of four Mexican eco-lodges along the Pacific Coast. The article highlights the “growing number of eco-lodges intent on . . . being friendly to Earth,” an idea that we strive to achieve every day at Villa Santa Cruz.  With our solar power systems for both the Villa and pool, reclaimed architectural pieces and home-style meals prepared with local ingredients, we keep our carbon footprint small and let the beauty of…

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Romantic Beach Wedding in Todos Santos at Villa Santa Cruz

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We send our warmest congratulations to New York couple, Katherine & Mason, who were married on Saturday evening at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico. A select number of close friends and family joined them on their special day, making their wedding both intimate and elegant. They married under a palo de arco arbor lightly draped in gauzy white curtains, while being serenaded by a local Todos Santos guitarist, Tolin. Katherine looked gorgeous in her wedding dress,…

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Jump into the Todos Santos Art Scene at Studio N.E. Hayles

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Whether you live in Todos Santos or are just passing through on vacation, the beautiful landscapes and warm light are sure to inspire your creative side. With spectacular surroundings – the crashing surf, green mountains, unique sunsets – it is no wonder that Todos is an artist haven, home to more than 31 artists. While you should definitely tour through the many art galleries in town, one of the best ways to experience the Todos art scene is to jump right in and create your…

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Sushi Lessons at Villa Santa Cruz

Sushi has a certain mystère that makes it feel impossible to master at home. So many unknowns are involved….how do you work with seaweed? how do you make that perfect sticky rice? how do you it roll up tightly? what is spicy tuna? Even thinking about the practicalities of preparing sushi at home makes me throw up my hands in frustration and head to a restaurant. Luckily for our guests at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, sushi is made easy through lessons…

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Summer Rain and Sunsets in Todos Santos

With barely any rain over the last three years, the Baja desert was dry, dusty and thirsty. The aquifers were low, the landscapes were brown and the sand was hot to the touch. But, the month of August changed all that by bringing glorious rainstorms to Todos Santos and Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach. Raindrops in the Pool.The rain fell in sheets for several days, washing dust off the agave at Villa Santa Cruz, greening up the desert brush and cooling down…

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Gourmet Cooking Lessons with Chef Dany Lamote at Villa Santa Cruz

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One of the very best things about visiting Baja and Todos Santos is the amazing food. From the abundance of fresh produce and seafood to the chefs who magically whip these ingredients into gastronomical delights, visitors to our area are in for a treat. And, if you are looking for a way to take your culinary experience to the next level, we have just the thing – gourmet cooking lessons at Villa Santa Cruz with Chef Dany Lamote, head chef at the legendary Hotel California.…

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Beachy Boho Wedding Bliss!

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, is an amazing wedding venue for a bride and groom with beachy boho style! Just take a look at Kea & Lorrin’s fun and festive wedding from Saturday night. The couple’s funky and creative details brought the wedding to life – we love the seating chart mounted on a custom surfboard, their colorful sparkle sombreros and tasty margarita cupcakes made with tequila! With a simple wood trellis decorated with strands of beach…

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Villa Santa Cruz Featured as Ideal Venue for an Authentic Mexican Beach Wedding

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Considering a destination wedding in Mexico? Look no further than Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur. Recently featured on The Destination Wedding Site, Villa Santa Cruz is highlighted as an ideal venue for an authentic Mexican beach wedding. Their post vividly describes the experience at Villa Santa Cruz, noting that it is “probably what most people picture when they close their eyes and try to imagine the perfect beach wedding.” We certainly agree! Click the image below to…

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Small, Intimate Wedding on Spectacular Supermoon Eve at Villa Santa Cruz

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Congratulations to Sara & Tim who tied the knot on a gorgeous Cinco de Mayo night at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico. With an intimate guest list of just immediate family and close friends, their wedding ceremony and celebration was personal yet understated with elegant details. They stood beneath a rustic palo de arco wedding trellis draped in gauzy white curtains to exchange vows while the surf gently rolled in behind them. After their officiant/best man,…

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Villa Santa Cruz Showcased as Top 10 Desert Getaway by Outside Online

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is featured on OutsideOnline.com as one of the Top Ten Desert Getaways in the world. Coming in at #4, we are thrilled to represent Todos Santos, Baja Sur on a list that includes locations in the United States, Chile, Bolivia & Namibia. The write-up in Outside Online highlights the eco-friendly nature of the Villa (solar electricity, organic vegetable garden) and wonderfully describes the guest experience at Villa Santa Cruz. Here are a few of our favs: It…

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Neil Patrick Harris Officiates Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico was proud to have hosted the beautiful wedding of Emma Bates & Joshua Zar on Saturday, April 28, 2012, with celebrity officiant Neil Patrick Harris. NPH shared his love of Villa Santa Cruz by sending out this tweet to his 3.2 million Twitter followers. Check out the lovely write-up and photos on the infamous, Pink is the New Blog, in which blogger Trent Vanegas describes the Villa as “one of the…

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US State Department Recognizes Safety of Baja Sur – Finally!

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The US State Department has finally recognized what we have known for a long time – that Todos Santos is one of the safest regions in North America. When you visit Villa Santa Cruz, Todos Santos Hotel on the Beach, you will relish the privacy and seclusion of the Villa, enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean and leave your cares the moment you walk through our grand front entryway. Although the State Department may be late with its recognition of the safety of the…

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Todos Santos Artist Studio Tour

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Our pueblo of Todos Santos, a bohemian artist community, was in true form on Sunday, February 12 when over 30 local artists opened their studio doors and welcomed in the public for the 3rd Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour. From Villa Santa Cruz, Todos Santos Hotel, we headed into town and started the tour at the neighborhood café, Cafelix, to receive our self-guided tour map and official red wristband. We also browsed Cafelix’s Visions Gallery which had on display one work from each artist on…

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Yacht Charter in La Paz with Baja.com – Beauty in our Backyard

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Thanks to our friends at Baja.com – a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel advice on Baja California, Mexico – we spent the day aboard a spectacular yacht in the Sea of Cortez, explored the beautiful Balandra Beach and swam with whale sharks. While our guests at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, are usually quite content enjoying the Villa and Todos Santos, this day trip to La Paz is a “must do” for any guest of Villa Santa Cruz and any traveler…

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Food & Wine Pairing Event Wildly Successful – Benefited Todos Santos Orphanage

Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, hosted a lovely Food & Wine Pairing Event to benefit the Hogar del Nino, the orphanage in Todos Santos. From the sales of dinner tickets, silent auction items, raffle tickets and individual donations, the evening raised an astounding $7,000 USD that will be put to great use at the Hogar. We are grateful for the efforts of dedicated event coordinators, Nancy Naigle, Nancy Serfas, and Lisa Welsch, who put together such an elegant and successful evening. Seventy…

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Fun Beach Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot by Chris Plus Lynn Photographers

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is the perfect backdrop for a hacienda-style wedding. Todos Santos based photographers, Chris+Lynn, captured the true essence of the Villa with a beachy, cowboy inspired wedding shoot. Read the excerpt below from their blog and then click the link to see all the fun. We love shooting in Mexico, and we love exploring new venues. So we were super-excited to discover what must be one of the most romantic boutique hotels in Baja, just a few minutes…

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Greening Up the Garden

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The Villa Santa Cruz garden has a new look this year. In the spirit of being “green,” we scoured the property and found all sorts of discarded building materials that we repurposed to create raised planting beds. You can see that old concrete blocks hold our zucchini plants, a spare tire contains our cabbage plants, and extra roof tiles surround the spinach and sunflower seedlings. When you walk through the garden, you can brush up on your Spanish vocabulary – all the signs that name…

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Love in the Moonlight – Katie & Oliver’s Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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Villa Santa Cruz was aglow on Saturday, September 10 to celebrate the union of bride and groom, Katie & Oliver. With a calm breeze in the air and beautiful afternoon light filtering through wispy clouds, the pair exchanged vows on the dunes before 35 of their closest family members and friends. The bride was truly a sight in a lovely sheath style gown, next to her darling flower girls who blew bubbles throughout the ceremony. After the ceremony, the newly married couple joined their guests…

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When Life Gives You Mangoes…

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When life gives you mangoes, it is time to get creative in the kitchen! With over 40 mango trees on our property at Villa Santa Cruz, our trees are just dripping with fruit. In fact, the entire Pueblo Mágico of Todos Santos is overflowing with mangoes. We love to incorporate mangoes into the meals we serve our hotel guests – fresh mango slices at breakfast and mango salsa to liven up fish tacos at lunch. Here is our favorite mango salsa recipe. Enjoy! Mango Salsa…

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Downward Dog, Anyone?

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, was the ideal setting for 20 yogis from San Diego to take a deep breath and find their inner calm. From July 16 – 20, the Villa was the main headquarters for a Yoga Retreat organized by Asana in Paradise. The Retreat’s yoga instructor, Roxanne DePalma, led morning and night classes on the Villa’s Roof Terrace and at the Pool. Combined with a week of warm weather and delicious meals prepared by Todos Santos local Dominique Sawyer,…

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Sunset Photo Shoot with Sofft Shoes

Villa Santa Cruz was ready for its close-up yesterday evening when the internationally recognized shoe company, Söfft Shoes, came to do a photo shoot for its Spring 2012 collection. The team arrived just before sunset and headed out to the beach to take advantage of the beautiful golden light of Todos Santos. The model, Gabriela, was absolutely stunning as she posed on the winding path that leads from the hotel out to the beach – the Villa’s version of a runway! After hundreds of camera…

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Salute to the Summer Solstice

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With clear skies, a warm breeze and a peacefulness that only summer can bring, this is the kind of day that you wish would last forever – and, since today is the Summer Solstice, it almost does just that. On this longest day of the year, we have 13 hours and 32 minutes of daylight in Todos Santos. At Villa Santa Cruz, the sun won’t set until 8:10pm, leaving an impressive amount of daylight hours to get in a game of beach bocce ball, nap…

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Day Trip to El Triunfo: An Unexpectedly Delightful Day

Itching to get out on the open road and explore a new area of Baja Sur, we decided to take a day trip to El Triunfo, a small historical mining town about 1 hour northeast of Villa Santa Cruz and Todos Santos. Up in the mountains, the town itself is very quiet and very quaint, but with some surprisingly notable things to see. With only a few restaurants, some mining ruins, and a lovely mission, you need just a few hours to get a good…

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Cinco de Mayo – An American Invention?

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For many people living in the United States, the 5th of May, or Cinco de Mayo, is a day to let loose and celebrate. With visions of margaritas and cervezas, crazy sombreros and delicious Mexican food, for many Cinco de Mayo is a day to leave work early and hit the neighborhood cantina for a Mexican fiesta. The irony is that while the Americans are partying it up in the USA, it is just a normal day in Mexico without fanfare, parties or even as…

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Farmers’ Markets

There is little else that can convey the community feel of a town as well as a Farmers’ Market – and we, in Todos Santos, are lucky enough to have two of them each week. The Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings at La Cañada del Diablo brings together a variety of delectable food products, goods and flowers. Enjoy the many delicious treats available, including chile jams, homemade tamales and fresh donuts. And, don’t forget to peek your head inside La Cañada for authentic Mexican furniture,…

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Taking the Plunge: Learning to Surf

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When giving tours of the Villa to guests, the pièce de résistance, without doubt, is the spectacular view from the Roof Terrace. With sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, our guests glimpse pinpoints of surfers in the waves and then turn to us and ask, “Do you surf?” We sheepishly look at the floor, avoid eye contact, shuffle our feet, and barely whisper, “No, not really.” We then ramble off a litany of excuses like “We’re so busy” or “I once had a bad experience…

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Asana in Paradise Yoga Retreats – July 2011

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We are excited to host two back-to-back Yoga Retreats in July – reserve your space now, they are filling up fast! July 16 to July 20th & July 20th to July 24th. Organized by a San Diego based group, Asana in Paradise, these retreats promise to be a relaxing, luxurious and fun-filled few days at Villa Santa Cruz.  Visit their Facebook page for more details and contact information.

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History of Villa Santa Cruz

This is the story of how we came to be… In 2001, Villa Santa Cruz founders Matt Canepa and John Brown, came down the Baja Peninsula on a surf trip and camped just north of Todos Santos and the famous La Pastora surf break. They knew immediately that the area was special and fell in love with the white sand beaches, ocean views and solitude of such a private beachfront spot. After discovering that the 45-acre property, known as Rancho Santa Cruz, was for sale…

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Welcome

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Bienvenidos to the Villa Santa Cruz Blog!  Please check back for updates and news from the Villa and Todos Santos!

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