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It's said that Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra were once regulars in the tiny town of Santiago, where children play in the small zócalo, and large stretches of palms have been left largely undeveloped. So little happens here that you will run out of sights to see in a matter of hours, but the small-town feel, the beautiful weather, and the leafy surroundings have been attracting visitors—who just want to get away—for years.
So have we mentioned yet that there aren't very many sights? (The town's 1723 Misión de Santiago Apóstol disappeared long ago.) But Santiago does hold one surprise: if you're traveling down Highway 1, one of the first signs that you're nearing the town is the image of an elephant; indeed Santiago is home to one of only five zoos on the peninsula (the others are all in northern Baja). It is also a nice place to stop and enjoy a good meal.
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