Best Weekend Escape: La Paz, Mexico

Outside chooses the top vacation spots of 2013

Just another day in Mexico.     Photo: Michael Hanson

Far from the worries of mainland Mexico and just two hours from Los Cabos International Airport, which is connected to all major U.S. cities, La Paz is an easy escape on the gorgeous, fish-filled Sea of Cortez. Stay at Posada de las Flores (from $150) and stroll the city’s six-mile-long malecón out front, stopping at fresh-air restaurants to have a margarita and watch the sun set. Then explore empty beaches like Balandra, 18 miles north, go whale-watching on Magdalena Bay ($45 per person for two hours), dive among whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez (visit funbaja.com for a quote), or head to Isla Espiritu Santo ($110), where you can swim off the sandy cove at pristine, private Ensenada de Pescadores.

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