La Paz, The Peace, regarding this inlet of the spirits on the southern point of Mexico’s Baja, features all the nasty edges of John Steinbeck’s depictions in The Pearl. And yet there is a soft and also luminous glisten here which is irresistible. Possibly it is the preserved quaintness that calls from the Malecon, or even the steady calm that comes from the Sea. Discover La Paz just shy of 1,000 miles from San Diego, CA or a 16-hour over night boat ride from Mazatlan. The sleepy village on the Sea of Cortez is located near the foot of the Baja peninsula facing an inlet of marine magic which makes up the Espiritu Santo Islands. Sea of Cortez: the World’s Aquarium.