Get Away To...Snorkel And Dive

Jacques Cousteau once called Baja's Sea of Cortez "the world's largest aquarium," and for good reason: Over 800 species of fish and 2,000 kinds of invertebrates, like massive manta rays, call these blue waters home. Whether you're a seasoned diver or first-time snorkeler, you'll find plenty to explore. Experienced scuba fans can dive 130 feet at El Bajo--a 90-minute boat ride from La Paz--which is famous for its three peaks that rise from the ocean floor. Or take a 60-minute boat ride north to the two rocky islets Los Islotes, where you can swim alongside 350 sea lions that willingly frolic with snorkelers. Those of you who don't want to get wet can spot plenty of wildlife by boat: During the winter months, majestic 52-foot-long grey whales migrate down the Pacific Coast to give birth in this sheltered sea between Baja California and Mexico.

Take off your mask and retire to the affordable and comfortable La Concha Beach Club Resort, just five minutes from downtown La Paz. This part of the peninsula still feels like old Mexico, with its stucco buildings and bright fishing boats bobbing in the marinas. Stroll the open-air market, Mercado Madero, to shop for local arts and crafts, then walk over to the main street, or Malecon, for delicious fish tacos at Bismarksito, the local stand.

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