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
- 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
Very nice marina/beach resort. Very clean, good service, extremely well kept grounds and pool. We were there in mid-March so weather and ocean temps were cooler, low to mid 70s F. Rooms are very nice but possibly a touch small. We didn’t try the onsite restaurants because we enjoyed dining in town. Rent a car or plan to spend 120-150 pesos to get into the heart of town. Hotel has a nice relationship with a nearby scuba dive shop, Cortez Club. We dove with some very large sea lion colonies and snorkeling is also offered.
We stayed here five nights, and it was LOVELY! Far exceeded our expectations, we weren't sure by the photos online if it would be as good as we hoped, but it was better. The room felt spacious, bed was comfortable, lots of space for our stuff. The bathroom is sort of spread out with the toilet area closed but the sink and shower quite open. Wasn't a problem for us, we quite enjoyed the huge shower area. Immaculately clean, and good ac and darkening curtains. Good sized patio with furniture & excellent view seen from the bed also, what a wonder to wake up to. Room service menu was okay, could use a little updating especially the English so you know what to expect and the room service food was great at times and so-so at others.
We had a tour of the one bedroom suite, and OMG that is where we'll stay next time, it's absolutely amazing and luxurious.
Service at reception and concierge is good but could be much better. Housekeeping did a great job and were very sweet. Spent some time in the spa and it was wonderful as well. We'll be back, won't stay anywhere else in La Paz, we felt quite spoiled.
The beach club (which is not a part of CostaBaja but close by) had major parts tarped over and being worked on so we didn't spend time there, even though we wanted to use the hot tub. Enjoyed the restaurant at the beach club for breakfast as it was better than room service and Mosiac. (Try the fruit platter!) It cost about the equivalent of $15 for a day pass to the beach club, well worth it during a time of non-maintenance. Note the beach club is all outdoors or open air, no where to go for AC if it gets hot.
The pool and facilities were very lovely and clean, we walked down from the pool to the beach, sunned ourselves on lounge chairs and moved under the shade.
Being February the resort was not crowded and was very quiet and chill. Even though we had to take a taxi into town there is enough here with two marinas and the beach club and restaurants to keep us here if we just wanted to be lazy for a day. A relaxing and family atmosphere, upscale and not a party place, just what we wanted. We felt completely safe at all times.
The spa was wonderful, we had massages, reiki and hair treatment.
My husband and I booked a room here at the last minute for our final night in La Paz. I’m so glad we did; it was the perfect place to spend our last day.
From the moment we stepped into the resort, we knew we were in for a treat. The lobby is large, welcoming and smells wonderful. The staff were really friendly and were able to get us an early check-in.
The wifi wasn’t great but that’s the only complaint.
Will definitely return for a longer stay next time.
Although the Hotel is in the best and cleanest area of La Paz, the flies were an abomination while we were there!! It is way to quite for a resort, pool bar service was okay at best, front desk help were like robots, and the concierge put no effort into her job. When we asked her questions, she seemed like she was too busy to answer. Very disappointed. Rooms were clean, and grounds were kept up very well. Loved the marina and the restaurant Azul Marino! Fabulous food, top notch. 15 dollars for the breakfast buffet at the resort is about 6 dollars too much! NOT enough choices for that price, its ridiculous! We probably would never go back, just on flies and service alone.
We spent one night at this hotel. Our first room had cigarette smoke coming in from next door so we requested to be changed. They gave us a nice room on the pool side for no extra charge. room is nice, bed comfortable, pillows great. Too busy, loud and crowded with tourists tho. Restauarants were really slow and poor service. Had to keep running down the waiter to get service, the rest of our food, our check, etc. (Mosaaic). Gym is small and hot. Pool was full of kids making a lot of noise. Much quieter down on the other end.