CostaBaja Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The first five-star resort in La Paz
- Multiple open-air restaurants and bars
- Panoramic sea views from room balconies
- Attentive, English-speaking staff
- Great for avid golfers and fishermen
What To Know
- The 10-minute shuttle to downtown La Paz is free
- The beach club is a short golf cart ride from the main hotel
- Part of a 550-acre resort/residential community
- No bathtubs in rooms, but glass-enclosed showers
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It’s all about the pristine water at the five-star CostaBaja Resort and Spa, set on the Sea of Cortez only 10 minutes from Baja’s capital city, La Paz. The straightforward rooms nod to the surroundings with stained wood and deep blue headboards; they also feature glass-enclosed showers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and balconies with views of the resort’s adjoining 250-slip marina. The vibe is mellow, but there are all the expected amenities (an 18-hole golf course, a 60-treatment spa menu, three pools, five restaurants) and lots of activities. But if you want to lounge by one of the infinity pools or sip refreshing cocktails from one of the few outdoor bars, you can do that, too. The open-air Steinbeck’s (named after John Steinbeck, whose novel The Pearl was inspired by a visit to the area) serves a range of beef and seafood dishes and has an extensive tequila list (more than 400 labels).
In the Area
Schedule a tee time at the nearby CostaBaja Golf Club, which is the first course in Mexico designed by Gary Player. The par-72 course includes 14 oceanside holes and has views to the west that provide spectacular sunsets. For a bit of nature, visit the uninhabited Isla Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve just minutes from the hotel. And active types should take to the bright waters around La Paz, which are famous for their sportfishing; swing by the thatched downtown offices of Tailhunter — the company takes novices and experienced fishermen on boat trips to catch tuna, dorado, yellowtail, sailfish and marlin. Looking for some nighttime entertainment? The Orquesta Sinfónica de la Escuela de Música del Estado is a small but robust symphony orchestra, and it’s been going strong in La Paz for more than a decade.
How to Get There
The hotel is set in really nice grounds and as soon as you enter, you feel more relaxed.
The location is by the marina, outside of town and with great views of the mountains and the sea.
The Top Floor Sea View Rooms are definitely something that I would recommend and the pool area is a great place to spend an afternoon. The only criticism I'd have of the pool area is that it has a great bar but there was generally only one person there so this guy would be taking the order, serving drinks, collecting the food and then serving that. It should really have two people there as it was common for there to be no-one there at several times throughout the day.
The lobby area was great but some members of the front desk were not always on top form or overly helpful which means that the first impression was not always the best.
Our first time to La Paz and we loved it! The resort is not in the historic, local city center or the Malecon. It’s tucked away in a newer area with marinas and walking distance to several, small, local restaurants. We were happy we stayed in a top floor suite as it had a soaking tub, huge balcony with lounge chairs and a kitchenette- perfect to relax after our days on the water. We didn’t use the hotel
Pool, instead we went to the pool club next door- the hotel has a deal with them. Great drinks and nice pool there.
Staff at the resort were very accommodating and compared to US prices for small resort stays, we found this lovely location a great value. Definitely get out on the water- it’s like the Caribbean-we swam with whale sharks one day (unbelievable), and has a marine biologist guide take us to Espiritu Santo, Balandra beach and swim with sea lions another day. We also spent most of our last day in town wandered the malecon and had great, local lunch before heading home. Hope to go back again!
Wonderful property with many amenities to take advantage of. Friendly and welcoming staff all over the resort. My wife felt safe and enjoyed walking the marina area. Just wish the room had a refrigerator.