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Last January 2011, Marilyn Martin and I held the first ever tango festival in Todos Santos Mexico. Although a small turnout--perhaps a total of 40 people participated--a great time was had by all. Here's a few of the comments we received:
- Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!!
- ...great way to enjoy paradise.
- This was the most fun tango festival I have ever attended.
(Click here for all reviews.)
This year, we are scheduling the 2nd Annual TodosTango the week just before Easter--i.e., March 30, 31, and April 1. Our goal is to:
- Enjoy tango together with friends in a quaint little Mexican village.
- Bring tango to the local Mexican and expat community of Todos Santos at an extremely affordable price.
- Have experienced tangueros like yourself show up and provide inspiration and instruction.
Thus we have created a special weekend of inexpensive tango classes milongas, and receptions (see schedule).
This is a great opportunity for you to get away from the winter cold and enjoy a few days of hiking, surfing, whale watching, tennis, eating, shopping and relaxing in sunny Mexico, while still getting in one of the most important activities in life--dancing tango.
Village of Todos Santos (L.A. Times article)
Todos Santos is a small dusty Mexican village on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula. At one time financed by sugar production, beautiful colonial style buildings and homes were constructed, but fell into ruin in the 50's when both sugar prices and the water table dropped. In recent years new agriculture, artists and crafts people have moved into the area and are restoring the town creating beautiful hotels, B&Bs, galleries, gourmet restaurants, quaint Mexican cafes and easy access to whale-watching, bird-watching, surfing, tennis, pristine beaches, fishing, hiking and biking.
Owner of the magical/mystical Flora del Mar B&B (just 2 bumpy miles from downtown), Marilyn Martin has two passions--dancing tango and saving stray Mexican dogs! Flora del Mar will be the headquarters for this event with a "Get Acquainted Tango Reception" on Thursday and and the Closing Reseption on Monday. (All other activities on Fri, Sat and Sun will be in town (see schedule).
- Carlos & Tritia (Portland, Oregon)
- Clay Nelson (Ashland, Oregon) & Nancy Heyerman (Medford, Oregon)
- Isabelle (San Diego)
- Kenny Bell (Sacramento)
- Roy Wright (Ashland, Oregon)
There is no pre-registration. All classes and milongas are 50 Pesos each (or $5 U.S dollars) to be paid by donation at the door of each event.
If you think you'd like to attend, add your name to the list by clicking on the following link:
To see who's on the list click here:
Flora Del Mar has a small practice dance floor, pool, tennis court and can house up to 16 people. Marilyn will offer a discount on lodging if you give the code word "Todos Tango".
Hotel Casa Totas: New hotel near center of town. I haven't see it yet, but looks beautiful on their website, has reasonable rates and I've heard really good things about it.
Maria Bonito (no website): Near downtown has clean inexpensive rooms with twin beds or a king for approximately 500 pesos/night ($44). Marilyn (just click on her name) will help you make the arrangements.
Contact Tori and Oscar regarding their charming guest casita (one bedroom, kitchen, living room, view of the palms) located at the edge of town just a five minute walk to downtown. Discounts are available if you are with Todos Tango (firstname.lastname@example.org).Also, just moments away, Monica Velazquez offers Todos Tango discounts on excellent massage therapy and rich facials- contact Monica at email@example.com.
Numerous other hotels can be found at: ww.todossantos.cc/accommodations.asp.
The airport in La Paz is closer (LAP--about an hour away), but the airport near Cabo San Lucas (SJD--about two hours away) is cheaper, larger and easier to get to. From SJD, you could rent a car, or take a bus. To catch the bus, look for the shuttles lined up outside the terminal which will take you to the local bus terminal. (Just ask almost anyone and they will direct to the shuttle busses). Cost is about 100 pesos or $8. At the bus termianl, book a seat to Todos Santos. (These are nice air conditioned busses, leaving about every hour and cost around 150 pesos or $12). If you are staying at Flora del Mar, Marilyn will come and pick you up at the bus terminal in Todos Santos. Check with Marilyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Additional Information You Should Know About
Although Todos Santos has some first rate hotels and restaurants, still, this is Mexico and some other things (like roads, cafes, shops etc) can be just a bit more "rustic" than in the states. E.g., my favorite restaurant, Miguel's, has the best chile rellenos I have ever tasted along with great margaritas, but also has a dirt floor, "quaint" bathrooms and maybe a dog or two wandering around!