Nature meets luxurious nurture at CostaBaja Resort & Spa, situated within the environmentally protected, 550-acre Costa Baja luxury development just outside La Paz. Guests here can choose from a wealth of area activities, including whale watching, touring colonial architecture, sea kayaking and symphony concerts. As for sailing, it's at your front door with the on-site 250-slip marina. For those who haven't quite found their sea legs, the resort offers such landlubber pleasures as a luxury spa and Gary Player-designed golf course. Light-filled guest rooms feature private balcony views of the marina, the surrounding mountains and/or the Sea of Cortez. Open-air Steinbeck's (named for the author) serves fresh international cuisine, while Azul Marino is a top choice for local seafood.