The Three Faces of Baja Sur

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Should clients just want to spend the day, book the Todos Santos–Magic Town day tour through Transcabo, which starts at $69 pp. It includes a stop at several landmarks, plus time to have lunch and go shopping and exploring on their own.

relaxed in la paz Vibe-wise, the capital of Baja California Sur is somewhere in between Los Cabos and Todos Santos; it’s not boisterous or glamorous, but there’s nothing sleepy about it, either. Its hotels are reasonable, its beaches are beautiful and there are plenty of great seafood restaurants waiting with the catch of the day and a cold cerveza. La Paz is just 2.5 hours away from Los Cabos, although clients can just fly into La Paz International Airport.

Its long boardwalk stretches along the main beach and is an idyllic home base from which to spend a day enjoying the sea, shopping at nearby stores and admiring the beautiful bronze sculptures of whales, doves, dolphins and other denizens of the region. At any given time you’ll run into local artisans and farmers displaying their products at open-air markets and fairs. It’s important that clients set out to explore other area beaches, however, as they are spectacular. A popular one is Tecolote, which faces Espiritu Santo Island. In fact, La Paz is the jumping-off point to visit this island and Isla Partida, both famous for their rocky landscapes and rich marine life surrounding them. Another must-stop in the area is Puerto Balandra, a coastal area with several clear bays, a saltwater lagoon and, most impressively, a unique rock formation shaped like a giant mushroom.

Lindblad Expeditions has an 8-day Journeys in the Sea of Cortez option that has clients hopping on the National Geographic Sea Bird in La Paz for eight days of eco discoveries. They’ll visit the different habitats of Isla San Jose, snorkel off the shores of Isla Ildefonso and Catalina and explore the secrets of Isla Espiritu Santo. What’s in store: blue-footed boobies, a variety of whales, kayaking past sea lions and wildflowers in bloom. The Sea Bird comes with a library and a generous fleet of kayaks and Zodiac boats. Rates start at $4,250 pp dbl.

Clients also have their share of accommodation options in La Paz. There’s CostaBaja Resort & Spa, which offers clients access to the first Gary Player Signature golf course in Mexico; 14 of its holes have the Sea of Cortez as their backdrop. Golf widows can pass the time at the spa, treating themselves to choices such as a Desert Heat Body Wrap. Those with their own vessels can “slip” right into the resort’s state-of-the-art marina. A standard room at CostaBaja starts at $159 per night.