Earlier this fall, Alex and I took a four day trip to Baja, Mexico, spending time in the area’s capital, La Paz and the charming surfer town of Todos Santos (blogged it here, here and here). While discovering hidden beaches, shopping for artisanal goods and feasting on carne asada tacos, we had cameras rolling. I hope you enjoy my first Travel Webisode! Highlights of Baja General: We took a three-and-a-half hour direct flight from Los Angeles to La Paz on Alaska Air, rented a car and began our adventure. We stayed three nights in La Paz and one night in Todos Santos, but if I could have a do-over, I would stay two nights in each place. La Paz isn’t the most charming town, but it is ideally located near the Sea of Cortez, which allowed us to easily spend long days at some of the most tranquil and beautiful beaches I have ever seen (we kept saying it reminded us of Greece). Todos Santos is the whole package – incredible beaches (although most are too wild for swimming), cozy cafes and great artisanal shopping. Here are some highlights and details about places we visit in the webisode: Shop: Weaving Studio in La Paz – Artesanias Cuauhtemoc Calle Abasolo 3315, esquina Oaxaca – La Paz – BCS – Mexico Col. Pueblo Nuevo – Tel.: 612-122-4575 Pottery Studio in La Paz – Ibarra’s Pottery Prieto 625 btw Iglesias/República, Tel. 612-122-0404
Playa Tecolote is a short drive from the town of La Paz and one of the most beautiful spots in the area. We stopped at one of the big beachside restaurants for Pacifico and fried calamari. Sleep: Hotel Mediterrane in La Paz – no frills but a great location, clean room and a rooftop deck, which is quite possibly the ideal spot to drink a margarita and watch the sunset over the water. The Todos Santos Inn in Todos Santos – built in the mid-19th century, this hacienda style hotel has an open courtyard, a great pool and is located in the center of town.