Delta, United Airlines, American and US Airways offer one-stop flights from Reagan National to San Jose del Cabo, with early January fares currently starting at around $490 round trip. La Paz is about a two-hour drive from Cabo.
WHERE TO STAY
Carretera a Pichilingue Km 7.5, Centro
Modern oceanfront hotel about 15 minutes from downtown, with 115 rooms, each with private balconies, complimentary WiFi and easy access to the beach, pool and the on-site marina and golf course. Rooms start at $149 a night.
Seven Crown La Paz
Alvaro Obregon No. 1710
New family-owned hotel right off the Malecon. Rooms start at around $90 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Open for 25 years, serving contemporary interpretations of traditional Mexican cuisine, with influences from Asia and other cultures. Try the signature tamarind salad with fresh local strawberries, and the Damini, a cocktail with a liquor made of local herbs mixed with lemons, sugar and mint on crushed ice. Entrees start at $15.
Marquex de Leion at Madero
Open-air restaurant on the Malecon, specializing in all types of seafood, including fish and shrimp tacos and chocolate clams. Tacos start at around $3. It’s the sister restaurant to Bismark, located in the main plaza.
WHAT TO DO
Runs a wide variety of group trips into the Sea of Cortez, including snorkeling, diving, whale-watching, camping, kayaking and land tours. Day trips to Espiritu Santo Island, which includes snorkeling with the sea lions, a catered lunch on an Ensenada Grande Beach, and use of paddleboards and sea kayaks, cost $110.
The largest and most environmentally-responsible adventure travel expedition operators in the region. Its eight-day, seven-night whale shark research tour runs $1,795 (double occupancy) and includes accommodations plus meals and snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and research participation. Also runs a variety of multi-day sea kayaking, sailing and multisport excursions.