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Sailing in Baja Mexico – Mitch Mandell

(From FabulousTravel.com) BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO — Sure, sailing the Caribbean is nice but how many crystal clear coves can you anchor in before you’ve had enough’ As the Corona beer ads say,” it’s time to change your latitude.’

La Paz in Baja California, Mexico is just the place to begin.

Step aboard as the three amigos (Maury Barth, Dick Gross and I) take you on a three day cruise on the Sea of Cortez.

We arrive in La Paz Wednesday evening and grab our pre-arranged taxi to Marina Palmira. Technically, our three-day trip isn’t scheduled to start until the following morning, but we are able to board our 36ft catamaran the night before to go over the craft, take stock of the provisions provided by the Moorings’ staff, and get a good nights rest before shoving off.

I’ve been sailing regularly for about ten years, but nearly all my sea time has been three to six hour day sails or buoy racing. The sailing organization I belong to in Marina del Rey, California, Fairwind Yacht Club, has several 27 to 30 foot monohull sloops for this type of sailing. However, pulling up to the marina in La Paz and seeing our home for the next three days was a bit intimidating. These 38-foot ‘Cats’ are nearly as wide as they are long and it reminds me of those giant motor homes seen crisscrossing the roads of America. My shipmates, both Moorings veterans, assured me sailing and maneuvering these ‘RV’s of the Seas’ is a piece of cake.

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Sailing in the California Baja

La Paz Sunshine

One of the most popular features of La Paz is its ease of access to the tranquil Sea of Cortez, a playground for sailing enthusiasts.  The marinas of La Paz host vessels of all kinds, from two-person dingys to 150-foot yachts. Clear skies allow sea goers spectacular views of the white sand beaches and sparkling, clear water. While many visitors arrive at La Paz on boats they have sailed from other shores, sailboats and other ocean craft are available for rental at the local marinas.

Baja Seafaris

Kayaking in La Paz, Mexico

The calm waters that surround La Paz make it a perfect place to explore by kayak.  Whether adding some fitness activity to your getaway, or just observing the wildlife including sea lions, pelicans and dolphins, kayaking is a great activity suited for the entire family.

Guided kayak excursions and rentals are available on the shores of La Paz.

Kayak Baja

Tour Baja

About La Paz, Mexico

With seemingly endless stretches of beaches, clear blue skies, diverse marine life and stunning scenery, the laid-back city of La Paz awaits your arrival.  Located on the coast of Northwest Mexico, La Paz is an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the easygoing Old Baja atmosphere.  A destination for families and adventure seekers alike, La Paz invites visitors to enjoy an action packed week of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, or simply relaxing and soaking in the warm rays of the sun on the Sea of Cortez.

With vibrant, welcoming shops throughout the waterfront malecón, friendly locals and enticing but affordable culinary options, the city retains its authentic character, allowing guests to discover its hidden gems as they explore the area. Adults may admire the hand-crafted weaving and pottery available in the shops, and children will be delighted by the playgrounds along the way.

As the stunning sunsets glow across the sky, the evening brings more options for entertainment and celebration. The town square features live music almost nightly and street performers can often be found along the waterfront.

Dining In La Paz, Mexico


As a port city, La Paz has long been exposed to cuisine from around the world. Aside from the many Mexican dishes available in the town’s restaurants, diners can also find the influence of European, Asian and international cuisines.

In recent years the culinary movement of Baja Med has influenced the plates of La Paz, featuring Mediterranean dishes with traditional Mexican flavors.

The Sea of Cortez provides a bounty of fresh fish and seafood that can be found in intricately prepared restaurant dishes or simple taco stands.

Palm-thatched beach huts and street carts offer fresh tacos, sweet coconut ices and brightly colored augua fresco, among other outdoor delicacies.

Try a Pina Colada sprinkled with nutmeg—a La Paz specialty.

The restaurant options in La Paz offer something for every palette and price point. Some options include:

Caffe Milano (Italian)

Azul Marina (International)

Palermo’s (Italian)

El Patron (International, Cantina)

El Tecolote (Seafood)

Café Gourmet (Coffee, Deserts, Light Fare)

Buffalo BBQ (Barbecue, Steakhouse)

Nuevo Pekin (Chinese)

La Pazion de la Pazta (International)

La Coronela (Mexican, International)

La Boheme (French)

Rustico Tratoria (Italian)

Las Tres Virgenes (Mexican, Baja Med)

Carlos and Charlie’s (Mexican, American)

El Zarape (Mexican)

Super Pollo (Barbecue)

Toks Restaurante (International)

Sushi Factory (Japanese)

TrocaderO (International)

Sushi Zone (Japanese)

China Express (Chinese)

Gorillas Grill (American)

McFisher (Seafood)

Tailhunter’s Fubar Cantina (Seafood, Cantina)


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