La Paz, The Peace, on this inlet of the spirits on the southern point of Mexico’s Baja, has all the harsh edges of John Steinbeck’s depictions in The Pearl. But without doubt there is a soft and luminous glistening here that is irresistible. Perhaps it is the sustained quaintness that calls from the Malecon, or perhaps the steady cool that comes from the Sea. Discover La Paz just shy of 1,000 miles from San Diego, CA or a 16-hour over night ferry trip from Mazatlan. The sleepy village on the Sea of Cortez is situated near the bottom of the Baja peninsula facing an inlet of aquatic magic that makes up the Espiritu Santo Islands. Sea of Cortez: the World’s Aquarium.