La Paz, The Peace, on this inlet of the spirits on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja, possesses all the nasty edges of John Steinbeck’s descriptions in The Pearl. Yet there exists a soft and luminous glistening here that is irresistible. Possibly it is the sustained quaintness that calls from the Malecon, or maybe the steady calm that comes from the Sea. Locate La Paz just shy of 1,000 miles from San Diego, CA or a 16-hour overnight ferry-trip ride from Mazatlan. The sleepy village on the Sea of Cortez is located near the bottom of the Baja peninsula facing an inlet of marine magic which makes up the Espiritu Santo Islands. Sea of Cortez: the World’s Aquarium.