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Discover two Inspirato villas in the laidback community La Paz, which overlooks a tranquil lagoon on the Baja California peninsula. Three-bedroom Villa de Portico offers access to the amenities of CostaBaja Resort and Spa, which include a beach club, several restaurants, and spa. Villa del Sur, which is part of the gated development of Playa de La Paz, offers indoor and outdoor living spaces that maximize ocean views.
The untouched marine ecosystem surrounding La Paz draws snorkelers, scuba divers, sport fishermen, whale watchers, and more from all over the globe.
La Paz means "peace," which you can definitely find while lying on these private white sand beaches. But what distinguishes La Paz from other Mexican destinations is the abundance of exotic marine life, which prompted Jacques Cousteau to call these waters "the world's aquarium." Swimming alongside one of the gentle, school-bus-sized whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also escape to a kayaking sanctuary on the island of Espiritu Santos to swim with sea lions, or land a trophy marlin in La Paz's celebrated fishing waters. And don't miss the capital city, a seaside gem with the romance and charm of southern Baja with the beauty of less tourism.
La Paz is considered one of the world's premier diving and snorkeling spots, thanks to the biodiversity in the Sea of Cortez. Underwater attractions include caves, sunken ships, unique rock formations and a variety of sea life.
For some enchanted adventure, boat to the uninhabited island, Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can dive, snorkel and swim with the playful sea lions that live on the northern tip of the island.
La Paz has a rich international culture dating back over 500 years. A day on the Malecon boardwalk or visiting historical sites is a must. Indulge in the local cuisine and nightlife or shop at the city's boutiques and galleries.
Located near downtown La Paz is the Serpentarium, an outdoor exhibition featuring a wide array of regional species of snakes, arachnids, reptiles, birds and fish that is sure to entertain and educate everyone in the family.
The resort's beach, Vista Mar, offers beautiful sands and great snorkeling access. But consider driving 20 minutes to the isolated Balandra Beach area, or 25 minutes to Tecolote Beach, for water sports and beach-side restaurants.
The blue waters of the Sea of Cortez are teeming with fish. If you want big "game," La Paz is famous for its swordfish and marlin. And the area boasts great opportunities to snag tuna, sea bass, roosterfish, Wahoo and mahi mahi.
Renowned Spanish explorer Hernan de Cortez discovered the area that is now La Paz in 1535. At first, he referred to the area as Bahía y Puerto de Santa Cruz. After he and some 300 colonists took control, he renamed it La Paz, or "City of Peace."
Locals here are known as "paceños," and you don't have to be born in La Paz to earn the designation; expatriates also have the title. Paceños are known for being laid-back people who spend weekends on the beach and evenings strolling the Malecón at sunset.
If you find yourself behind the wheel in Mexico, note the correct way to make a left hand turn. You will pull over to the right hand lane and stop. Cars will pass you on the inside lane. When that traffic is clear, you can turn left.