La Paz Selected As One Of The World’s Greatest Places 2021

The Mexican seaside city of La Paz is two hours north of the popular Cabo San Lucas and its busy resorts, but with its laid-back vibe,

it might as well be a world away. Visitors can take a relaxed stroll on the malecón, a three-mile-long pedestrian walkway right along the Sea of Cortez, lined with ocean-inspired sculptures and open-air cafés. The newly opened Baja Club Hotel, by boutique Mexico City developer Grupo Habita, occupies a colonial-era former private mansion.

 

Epic marine-life encounters are the main draw to La Paz and its surrounds—these are the waters Jacques Cousteau referred to as “the world’s aquarium”—and there are plenty of boat excursions to choose from. On uninhabited Espíritu Santo Island, just offshore, the glorious Camp Cecil de la Isla has luxe canvas tents with a canopy of stars overhead. With new American Airlines direct flights from Dallas and Phoenix, La Paz is primed to welcome many more guests this year. —Terry Ward

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Mexico’s Newest Billionaire Escape You’ve Never Heard About

Cabo may have the glitz and glamour, but La Paz is evolving into Mexico’s under-the-radar hideaway for the world’s seafaring billionaires.

 

Located 110 miles from Los Cabos International Airport, the beach city does not boast a single five-star hotel, luxury fashion boutique or celebrity chef restaurant. Instead, it’s La Paz’s access to the Sea of Cortez, the UNESCO-protected waters referred to as “the aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau, that is luring some of the world’s largest superyachts.

 

Their destination? Puerta Cortes, a gated, 500+ acre resort five miles from downtown La Paz where ocean-view rooms start at $130 (compared to Cabo, where rooms at luxury hotels average more than $1,000 per night during the same period). Despite the lack of 800-thread count bedding and a Pilates studio, Puerta Cortes boasts something no Cabo property can: 70 marina slips that can accommodate yachts up to 280 feet.

 

That may not be big enough for Steven Spielberg’s 282-foot Seven Seas, which routinely anchors just past the dock on the bay, as did David Geffen’s yacht on New Year’s Eve. Larry Ellison, Bill and Melinda Gates and billionaire Dennis Washington all dock or anchor at the resort. The draw? Once-in-a-lifetime access to marine life, beyond-blue waters and a scene-free assortment restaurants, shops and activities.

 

“This is the kind of place where Bill and Melinda Gates can walk down the Malecon [the three-mile beachfront walkway in downtown La Paz] without anyone bothering them,” says Jeffrey Curtiss, an English ex-pat who moved to the area full time in 2005. “Unlike the eternal spring break feeling at Cabo, the wealthy don’t feel threatened here and can be close to wildlife.”  

 

They don’t just want to see marine life, they also want to protect it. Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio produced Sea of Shadows about the Sea of Cortez’ most endangered marine mammal, a small porpoise known as the vaquita marina. Christy Walton, widow of John T. Walton (son of Walmart and Sam’s Club founder Sam Walton), owns a home in La Paz and dedicates herself to both land and maritime environmental initiatives.  

(courtesy Hollywood Reporter)

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Super Mega Yachts at La Paz

Some of the worlds biggest yachts come to La Paz!

(with the exception of one!)

 

Venus is a super yacht designed by Philippe Starck‘s design company Ubik and built by Feadship for the entrepreneur Steve Jobs at a cost of €105 million. Jobs died in October 2011, a year before the yacht was unveiled.

The minimalist yet eye-catching exterior style of Venus is reminiscent of an Apple product, like the iPhone or iPad.

NOT FOR CHARTER

Ostar – is a 52 meter Feadship, build in 1998. She can accommodate 11 guests and has a crew of 12.  She has a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure. The motor yacht is designed by Andrew Winch Design.

NOT FOR CHARTER

Rising SunFrequented by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Beatrice, the Princess of York, the Rising Sun offers a living area of over 8,000 square metres over five levels and 3,300 square metres of deck space lavishly layered in teak. Jacuzzzi bathrooms and countertops fashioned out of onyx gives the yacht a particularly sumptuous atmosphere.  To further ensure the absolute comfort and enjoyment of every guest onboard, the luxury yacht is also equipped with a full gymnasium, a wide-ranging wine cellar and a sauna and a spa. The basketball court on the main deck doubles up as a helicopter pad when required and the private cinema features an enormous plasma screen offering limitless entertainment to royalty and celebrities alike.

NOT FOR CHARTER

LOVER LIPS

With a cozy size of 32 feet, this yacht has not been frequented by any celebrities! It is however furnished for down to earth human types who have a zest for life and who realize that a yacht experience is not expensive.

THIS ONE IS AFFORDABLE AND FOR YOUR CHARTER

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Panga-A Historical Sketch

“Discovering the Rich Maritime History of Pangas in Baja California Sur”

🌊 Dive into the Deep: The Panga Legacy in Baja California Sur 🚤

Unveil the maritime magic of Baja California Sur with our journey through the rich history of the panga! 🏞️ From humble beginnings to becoming an iconic symbol, explore the evolution of these versatile fishing boats.

🔍 Origins and Innovation: In the mid-20th century, local fishermen sought an affordable alternative to larger vessels. Thus, the panga was born – a flat-bottomed, shallow-draft boat designed for navigating the diverse coastal waters of Baja California Sur.

🚀 Adaptability at its Core: Pangas quickly became the vessel of choice for artisanal fishermen due to their simplicity and functionality. As needs evolved, so did the panga, with modifications to accommodate modern technology while retaining its traditional charm.

🌟 Icon of Baja’s Culture: Today, the panga is more than just a boat; it’s a symbol of resilience and resourcefulness. Open-decked and powered by outboard motors, these boats are the lifeblood of local communities, sustaining traditional fishing practices while embracing change.

🎣 Thriving in Every Tide: Pangas play a pivotal role in sustenance fishing, commercial endeavors, and even the burgeoning tourism industry. Explore the vibrant marine life of Baja California Sur through recreational fishing trips and scenic boat tours.

🌎 Challenges and Conservation: Despite its storied past, the panga faces challenges such as overfishing and environmental threats. Join hands with local communities working on responsible fishing practices, community-based management, and conservation efforts to ensure a sustainable future.

👉 Join the Journey: Embark on a virtual voyage through Baja California Sur’s maritime history with the panga. Experience the beauty, culture, and resilience that these boats represent in the heart of Mexico’s coastal treasures.

#BajaCaliforniaSur #PangaHistory #MaritimeLegacy #SustainableFishing #DiscoverBaja 🌊🚤

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Travel Guide From Kayak

Get more ideas on what to do on the La Paz Travel Guide.

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