Last week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to La Paz, Mexico with some sweet friends and fellow bloggers for a relaxing weekend getaway courtesy of the Mexico Tourism Board.
Located near the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the peaceful coastal town of La Paz is tucked away on the gorgeous, clear waters of the Sea of Cortez. We went snorkeling. We swam with sea lions. We dined on a private island. We walked along the beach as the sun set over the ocean.
I never dreamed that my blog — my home on the web where I’ve shared photos since high school — the one about my husband, my dogs, my love for photography and also traveling would send me to places like Los Angeles, New York, and certainly not Mexico!
Is it safe to travel to Mexico? That is what I kept asking myself every day last week! Should I take my camera? My laptop? Ipad? Will they be safe in the room? What about my passport? Will I feel safe in the airport? Am I going to get sick from the water??
In the end, I decided to take a chance. I packed it all. Everything I’d normally take with me in the states, I brought to Mexico. Laptop. IPad. Canon 7D. My favorite lens. My wide angle lens. All into the backpack it went.
And I’m so glad I did. I would’ve been heartbroken to be in this beautiful city without my camera. I felt 100% completely safe the entire time I was in Mexico. The airports were safe, easy to navigate, and they even had free Wifi. (Just buy something at Starbucks in the airport and the username and password is on the receipt — the same login worked for all three airports we traveled through, coming and going.) Most travelers had iPads and iPhones themselves.
The resort, Costa Baja, had a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The in-room safe was large enough for my laptop, iPad, passport, and even my big camera with the even bigger lens. Plus the wide angle lens. Although most days I left my iPad and laptop charging out in the room, without worry.
And everyone, everyone spoke English.
The open-air lobby at the Costa Baja Resort had an unlimited supply of chilled bottled water for the taking, along with in-room mini fridges to keep them icy cold. We were assured that all the water at the resort was purified, and after the first day of skepticism and strictly adhering to bottled-water only, the second day of La Paz’s warm temperatures persuaded me to give the ice a chance. I lived! Although I still insisted on brushing my teeth with bottled water.
Here was my room at the Costa Baja.
My view from the balcony.
And check out the large, crystal clear glass shower…
This is where I wanted to live.
Here’s a photo I snapped with my phone from one of the leaf-shaped loungers. They would get all nice and toasty and perfectly warm from the sun. I would dip my toes in the pool and take in the view. They were completely enveloping.
This is the view I’m talking about.
I’m still in a totally mellow and completely dreamy state from our short stay here. I’ll be back next week with some photos of our trip to Isla Espiritu Santo, snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, sunset at the Malecón, and even lunch at the famed Hotel California. Have a beautiful Friday!