The beautiful legacy, vision, and community known as Santo Tomás began over 58 years ago with a handsome young couple named Paulina and Bob. They had a dream to build a ranch and farming community along the breathtaking coasts of the Sea of Cortez. In the early 1960’s, Paulina’s father, Francisco was awarded some colonization (land) rights by the Mexican Government because of his participation in the Mexican Revolution of 1910. As Francisco and his daughter Paulina considered their options, they thought the land grant would be good ranching land in an area known as El Tigre, but as that option did not work out, Paulina and Bob felt drawn to the ocean and found a nice property in the area of Desemborque (the delta) where the Rio Acencion enters the Sea of Cortez.
In 1964 the family finally received the title for the land. Not only was the land a rich part of the Sonoran Desert surrounded by good ranch and agricultural lands, but it included miles of pristine beachfront property. At the time, the couple had two young children and they wanted to name their property after their daughter. As they struggled to find a name that felt just right, Grandfather Francisco suggested that they name the land after their three-year-old son Thomas, and so the land of Santo Tomás was officially born. They worked hard to make their dream a reality and soon there was 50 head of cattle, a well, a ranch house, and a windmill. Sadly, the husband died at an early age, but Paullina knew she must continue to build their dream. She envisioned the creation of an entire community that would be fun and safe for families from all around to come and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the ocean. Paulina worked hard and in 1971 she invested some money and put in a road over the dunes to the beach. She put in a new well, some ramadas on the beach, and a small country store and restaurant, as well as six cabins, which unfortunately are gone now. As Paulina got older, and in spite of her valiant improvements, the community and business began to fizzle out by 1978.