Have A Baja Moment! Summer Adventures in La Paz
With summer heating up, the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez surrounding La Paz are the ideal spot for a great vacation adventure. This unique and rich marine ecosystem, home to more than 5,000 species, has been referred to as “The World’s Aquarium”.
This natural playground is where The Cortez Club has been providing seagoing enthusiasts with fun activities and unforgettable memories since 1995. Nestled on the rocky point of Playa Caimancito, the Cortez Club is an international diving and water sports center, and offers a wide variety of fun-filled, water-based adventures.
The Cortez Club offers many options for beginners as well as advanced divers. Among the most popular sites are the Salvatierra wreck, where the cargo ferry Salvatierra sunk in 1976 after hitting a rock. It is considered one of the best places for novices, and the hull of the boat has formed an artificial reef that attracts many marine species.
For advanced divers, El Bajo is a seamount home to schools of hammerhead sharks and tuna, as well as green morays, octopuses, and mantas. San Rafaelito, meanwhile, is a premier night diving location, and the perfect spot to observe coral heads and small caves where huge parrot fish rest.
In addition to the scuba diving trips, The Cortez Club also has a variety of PADI diving certification courses, and the theoretical portion of your requirements can be taken before your arrival in La Paz. However, if you prefer to take care of all coursework during your vacation, The Cortez Club boasts a staff of dedicated instructors committed to making your diving experience safe as well as exciting.
The dive center is designed to streamline the experience for guests. It has its own private boat ramp and jetty, a fleet of boats, gear rental, a dive store, and of course a multilingual staff. The Cortez Club can also provide photography and video services to help capture your adventure.
With waters reaching nearly 80 degrees in August, the Sea of Cortez is a pleasant snorkeling ground. The Cortez Club offers trips to Punta Lobos at Isla Espiritu Santo, home to a large sea lion colony. Visitors can experience an up-close-and-personal view of these friendly creatures and admire the beautiful natural reef growing near one of the peninsula’s most magnificent uninhabited islands.
If you want to stay above the surface, The Cortez Club offers kayak, sailboat or wave runner rentals. You can also learn how to sail, windsurf or water ski with the help of their knowledgeable onsite instructors.
Sport Fishing with the Mosquito Fleet
La Paz is also a renowned sportfishing destination, and The Cortez Club has its own fleet of boats and experienced captains ready to take you to the best fishing grounds in the area. The Mosquito Fleet has a long tradition. It has served visiting fishermen well since 1984, and caters to all budgets with a variety of boats, from 22 ft. open pangas to larger and more luxurious cabin cruisers. Some of the larger fish you can reel in during the summer season in La Paz include dorado, yellow fin tuna, blue marlin, and wahoo.
Spearfishing is a challenging year round activity that can prove enormously satisfying to those with the proper training, and The Mosquito Fleet is one of the few places in Baja to offer spearfishing instruction. Courses are structured on three levels, to provide expert instruction to both beginners and more advanced undersea hunters.
After long days of adventure on or under the Sea of Cortez, it feels great to relax in a spacious, beautiful vacation rental. Here are a few of the best beachfront lodgings located near The Cortez Club:
La Concha Condominiums are conveniently located next to the Cortez Club and are only a few minutes away from downtown La Paz. The units feature king-sized beds and amazing views of the bay.
In the nearby Costa Baja Complex, you can choose from one or two bedroom condos, as well as a three bedroom villa overlooking the beach and the double-basin marina. When you are not out playing with The Cortez Club, rest amidst the expansive accommodations, or enjoy more laid-back activities at the tennis courts or the private beach club.
Playa de La Paz is an exclusive beachfront development within easy walking distance of The Cortez Club. The residences include two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, plus a dinning area, kitchen, and a large terrace perfect for relaxing with cocktails and enjoying stunning views of the Sea of Cortez.
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