Sea of Cortez, Baja California – Mexico
Mexico combines stunning desert vistas with perfect sailing in the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California. The famous French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau once defined the waters of this region “the world’s aquarium,” and “the Galapagos of North America,” because of the wide variety of undersea marine life found in these calm bays and unspoiled offshore islands.
A fleet of 5 catamarans and 1 monohull sailboat lies at the exclusive Costa Baja resort in La Paz, in a top-class marina with dive shop, supermarket, restaurants, a fine golf course and a beach club.
La Paz means “peace” in Spanish, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this laid back coastal city that lies at 24 degrees 8 minutes north latitude and 110 degrees 18 minutes west longitude.
Although it is the region’s commercial and political center, La Paz remains a relaxed, easy-to-love port with a provincial atmosphere. Set amid ancient laurel trees and coconut and date palms, La Paz is surrounded by ochre colored desert.
Streets radiate from the city’s northwest facing waterfront, the Paseo Alvaro Obregon. Running parallel to Paseo Obregon is the city’s stunning malecon, or waterfront promenade. Several blocks inland is the city’s main square, which features a pink quartz gazebo, tiled walkways and 19th century cathedral.
The city also features an assortment of resort hotels, golf courses, fine restaurants, as well as museums and restored colonial-era buildings.