La Paz, The Peace, regarding this inlet of the spirits on the southern point of Mexico’s Baja, features all the extreme edges of John Steinbeck’s descriptions in The Pearl. But without doubt there is a soft and luminous glisten here that is irresistible. Perhaps it is the sustained quaintness that calls from the Malecon, or maybe 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 base of the Baja peninsula facing an inlet of aquatic magic that makes up the Espiritu Santo Islands. Sea of Cortez: the World’s Aquarium.