If you’re planning to vacation in lovely Los Cabos this winter, consider scheduling a three-day escape to La Paz, the sleepy capital of Baja California Sur. Located just two hours northeast of Los Cabos, the iridescent outpost of La Paz makes for a perfect mini getaway. In fact, the combination of time in Los Cabos (think of this beach resort as tequila and rock ’n’ roll) and La Paz (Champagne and jazz), will leave you feeling like you’ve had two holidays in one.
Where to Eat
In the middle of the inner harbour lies Azul Marino, an understated, vine-roofed charmer that serves excellent margaritas and ultra-fresh fish tartar. In town, make a beeline for Apostolis, then nab a table in the courtyard and order the fresh fish with potato and garlic purée, tabouleh and beets. Or try the grape leaves filled with rice, meat and spices and covered with white sauce and a touch of lemon.
What to Do
January through April is prime time to snorkel with the polka-dotted, gentle giants known as whale sharks. The largest shark on the planet (they can grow to be 12 metres long and weigh 22,000 kilograms), whale sharks often lurk on a spit of land in front of La Paz, known as el Magote. If snorkelling with these creatures doesn’t appeal, consider a whale-watching or diving tour.
Day Trip to Try
One of the top day trips from La Paz is the boat trip to Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO- protected biosphere. From CostaBaja’s inner harbour, you’ll pass a pink and ochre-striped shoreline of saguaro cacti and several islands full of pelicans and red-breasted frigate birds. After some birdwatching, you’ll arrive at a rocky hump of ledges slathered with barking sea lions. Here, you’ll slide into the salty waters and follow your guide as fearless sea lions come right up to your goggles.