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Have A Baja Moment! Summer Adventures in La Paz

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.

Scuba diving

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.

Summer Adventures in La Paz

Experience wreck diving in La Paz with the professional staff at The Cortez Club

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.

Water sports

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.

Summer Adventures in La Paz

A close encounter with a friendly Sea Lion is one of the more memorable moments you can enjoy during your trip to La Paz.

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.

Summer Adventures in La Paz

A Mosquito Fleet cabin cruiser can make your next fishing trip a more comfortable adventure

Spear Fishing

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.

Vacation Rentals

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.

Summmer Adventures in La Paz

Relax after your sea adventure in one of the beachfront properties at La Concha Condominiums.

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.


CostaBaja Marina

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. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at


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About Kennia Thackaberry

Kennia Thackaberry was born and raised in the quiet city of La Paz. Her love for Baja started at a young age and grew deeper after exploring the peninsula with her family on many camping and hiking trips. Through her work as a freelance writer she shares her knowledge and passion for the beautiful place she calls home.

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