Just 120 miles up the road from Mexico’s bustling Cabo San Lucas sits La Paz, a small city known as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez. Deemed the aquarium of the world by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, this body of water is home to hundreds of fish species as well as a third of the world’s marine animals, including orcas, sea lions, giant manta rays and elusive whale sharks. And now, waterfront property Puerta Cortés (formerly known as Costa Baja) has debuted as a five-star resort, spa, marina and luxurious residential community after undergoing a $5-million renovation and rebranding.
Las Colinas boasts 72 hillside homes priced from $400,000 to $750,000, with views of the sea, marina and golf course. Vista Mar, meanwhile, features 60 oceanfront condos ranging in price from $500,000 to $1.4 million. Ownership amenities include controlled access with 24-hour security; such concierge services as housekeeping and grocery delivery; and access to Blue Cortés Beach Club, El Cortés Golf Club, Pueblito Marinero and private, residents-only pools. Owners can also opt to place their property in the vacation rental program.
El Cortés is a remarkable course designed by golf legend Gary Player offering sweeping sea vistas from nearly every hole. Those who don’t want to tee off can relax by one of the many infinity pools or on one of the white sandy beaches. Boating enthusiasts will enjoy Pueblito Marinero, a marina with a capacity for 250 vessels from 30 to 225 feet. Other activities include kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, island hopping and spectacular game fishing. Dining options abound at Pueblito Marinero, where guests dine dockside and chefs use locally sourced seafood and produce to create international menus with Mexican flair.