On a long beach with calm water, this older resort (built in 1984) has a water-sports center and a notable restaurant. If you can, splurge on a condo unit with a separate bedroom and kitchen. These are in a separate apartment-style building with an elevator, within walking distance to the beach. There's also a daily shuttle to town.
Regional art and accents add color to the modestly furnished rooms and suites, while balconies deliver exquisite coastal scenery.
The romance suite tempts couples with a king-sized bed and jacuzzi; the three-bedroom condos are an excellent option for larger groups or families.
Scented soaps, shampoos, and hair dryers headline the bathroom amenities.
Tile floors, vintage wood furniture, and intricately patterned rugs and carpets contribute to the lobby’s warm, traditional look.
Gorgeous Sea of Cortés views are featured from the roomy, palm-shaded pool, and from the tables and chaise lounges which surround it.
In addition to swimming areas for adults and kids, the resort beach is swimmable, and rental kayaks are also available.
The Nautilus Spa is on-site, but independently operated. Full-body massages are the most popular therapy, but special area massages designed to treat hands, feet, back, and neck are also on the wellness menu.
Nautilus’ fitness equipment includes cardio-focused exercise machines and a full-set of dumbbells.
A stately old-fashioned ambiance distinguishes the on-site restaurant, which even has a piano for special occasions. Tables are available poolside, and romantic tables in the sand can also be arranged.
Basic breakfasts are typically included, but may be upgraded upon request. Seafood, steaks, and Mexican favorites are the house specialties at the restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner.
The palapa-topped outdoor bar is only a few steps from the swimming pool, with shaded tables nearby at which to enjoy the cold beers or umbrella-garnished cocktails.
Set a few minutes outside La Paz, near Playa Caimancito, La Concha offers convenient access – for those with rental cars – to both the downtown district and the stunning series of beaches which stretch northeast of the city. For those who eschew rentals, free daily shuttle service is offered daily to the downtown area, as are taxis to the downtown bus terminal (Paseo Álvaro Obregón, between Independencia and 5 de Mayo), which offers frequent trips to regional destinations like Todos Santos and Los Cabos.
Nearby luxury development CostaBaja (3-minute drive along the Carretera a Pichilingue) features a resort, marina, and Gary Player designed golf course, plus several excellent restaurants. Azul Marino offers a wonderful al fresco setting overlooking the marina, with fresh seafood as well as tasty pizzas and pasta. Steinbeck’s, named for the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who visited the area in 1940, showcases mesquite-grilled steaks and seafood.
Belly up to the beachfront Palapa Azul bar at Playa El Tecolote (20-minute drive along the Carretera a Pichilingue) for beautiful views of the Sea of Cortés and the uninhabited offshore island of Espíritu Santo.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Very few beachfront resorts with gorgeous views boast rates this low. Even by La Paz standards, the rates are outstanding. The rooms may look a bit dated, but the pool, the beach, and the views are superb. Water-based activities may be arranged through the front desk, or through local adventure company, The Cortez Club, which has an office on-site.