4 reasons La Paz, Mexico, should be on your winter vacation radar


Underwater action on the Sea of Cortez. Photo by Alfredo Martinez

1. Great fishing

Thanks to the excellent skippers at Baja Mosquito Fleet and Coras Tours, I caught two pargo (snapper), one cochito bota (triggerfish), one cabrilla (grouper), two hard-fighting barrilete (skipjack tuna), one bizarre looking needlefish and six dorado over my two days on the water.

Finding a school of ravenous dorado, also known as mahi mahi, on my second day and watching the muscular brightly-coloured fish swoop in from all directions to attack the live sardines the captain and I were casting will go down as one my all-time great fishing experiences. And there’s plenty of other gamefish to target, too.


Depending on the time of year, and whether you choose to go inshore or offshore fishing, you can catch striped, blue and black marlin, sailfish, yellowtail, roosterfish, amberjack, yellowfin tuna, jack crevalle, wahoo and sharks.

A handful of triggerfish. Photo by Alfredo Martinez
The author caught this grouper on spinning gear using a sinking jerkbait. Photo by Alfredo Martinez
La Paz Tourism’s Iván Félix with a dorado destined for the dinner plate. Photo by Bob Sexton
The author admires another delicious dorado. Photo by Alfredo Martinez