The draw of San Quintin on foreigners dates back to the late 19th century, when an English land settlement company was authorized by the Mexican Government to colonize the eastern shore of the bay. Crops were planted, especially wheat, with the intention of sending flour back to Britain. The colonists built a grist mill, a pier and the beginnings of a railroad to ship their finished product to San Diego. A prolonged drought, however, brought the dream to an end and the colony failed.
Evidence of the English past can still be seen at the Old Mill Hotel where century-old pier pilings still stand upright in the water. The "English cemetery" also has many old graves marked with fading crosses faintly inscribed with British family names of those who never made the return trip to their motherland. The cemetery is now used by the local community whose Hispanic and Indigenous family names far outnumber those of the English.
San Quintin is presently populated with people who have come from all over the Mexican mainland to work in the agricultural industry. The local farms have made Baja famous for its tomatoes, onions, squash, broccoli, strawberries, wheat and more. The fertile fields and long growing season make the area ideal for farming.
Along the highway, you will find shops that cater to all tastes - North American, Mexican and sometimes Chinese. There are many roadside stands that sell fresh sea food, fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious snacks of carne asada, fish, and shrimp tacos. You will find several gas stations, internet cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, clinics, and other services in the area.
Be sure to check out San Quintin's beaches! They are a great place to walk, look for clams and beautiful shells, and to spend an afternoon in the water. Surfing and wind surfing are also excellent. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle explore the rugged shoreline and tide pools, or just take a scenic drive along a beautiful beach.