For couples looking for a destination wedding experience that offers a serene, private location, this is the perfect resort. While some airlines offer flights to the La Paz airport, the resort is only a two hour drive from Los Cabos International Airport.
The 550 acre property offers several rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception venues. Most couples prefer a beach wedding ceremony, but some desire a mountain top setting overlooking the ocean at sunset, and both can accommodate several hundred guests. A wedding at the grand pool provides a grand staircase for the bride’s entrance.
Costa Baja offers a full time wedding planner on-site for the couple. Weddings are often customized with the flowers sourced locally and the menu prepared by the resort’s chef. While there are several packages available, couples can customize the menu to reflect their food preferences and their story.
Most couples opt to stay in one of the ten luxurious “Super Suites” at the hotel, which includes a bedroom, living room, outdoor bathtub and wrap around terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortez or the Marina. Guest rooms, condominiums and townhomes are also available for wedding guests on the property.
The marina surrounding the resort offers the amenities of what can be found at larger resort properties, including several restaurants that can satisfy any palate, from sushi to Italian. The restaurants located on the hotel site can provide a custom chef tasting menu at the signature restaurant Steinbeck’s. Breakfast is offered daily at the more casual Mosaic restaurant in the hotel. And, like most resorts, the property offers poolside snacks and a bar.
In planning activities for wedding guests or a honeymoon, the hotel concierge can make arrangements through Fun Baja, which is located at the marina. Top excursions include fishing, scuba diving, city tours, and snorkeling with the gentle giant whale sharks. Some of the can’t miss activities include a visit to Balandra Beach, a 15 minute drive provides a quiet respite that is populated by the locals and visitors in the know for kayaking among the mangroves and a beach walk to see the naturally sculpted mushroom rock. If couples are looking for more of a party scene, then a visit to Tecolote Beach, lined with open air restaurants serving fresh seafood, music and is typically fairly crowded, especially on the weekends.
La Paz is the capitol city of Baja California Sur, Mexico and a visit downtown shouldn’t be missed. Guests can visit the Mercado Market for fresh seafood, produce, locally crafted souvenirs, and fresh squeezed juices.
The local culinary specialty, which can be prepared and eaten in the market, is manta ray. Chefs dry it with salt, sauté and serve it in tacos with tomatoes and onions. True to the Cabo area cuisine, tacos of all seafood varieties are found in most of the local restaurants.
Downtown La Paz also boasts a 5k promenade for strolling, jogging or exercising along the seaside route at the exercise stations. The downtown district is lined with boutiques for shopping and most are locally owned and operated. If meat is on the mind, then most recommend trying the barbeque at J&R Ribs. If a Catholic Church wedding is a must, couples can request the Santa Rosa historic church in the heart of downtown, but it must be reserved at least six months in advance.
A visit to La Paz would not be complete without a boat tour to Isla Espiritu Santo, a private beach for homemade lunch, kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxing. Isla Espíritu Santo is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has the most intact ecosystem of any island in the Sea of Cortez. The area is home to coral reefs and over 400 species of fish. Along the way, visitors should make a stop at Los Islotes (a set of three rock formations) to snorkel and play with a den of more than 400 sea lions, or as they call them, the puppies of the sea. Juvenile sea lions will pose, swim, race and play chicken with their visitors.
Costa Baja offers on-site activities as well, including a 95 acre golf course, with 14 of the 18 holes offering an ocean view. The course is one of the first Gary Player signature golf courses in the world.The hotel provides a palm-fringed, freeform outdoor pool with an adjacent children’s pool. In addition to exercise equipment, the fitness center includes a rooftop lap pool. And, if there are families in the wedding party, children, ages 3–10, have access to a kids club.
Espiritu, the resort’s spa, offers guests unique treatments that aim to harmonize the body, mind and spirit for a journey of inner and outer wellness. The spa utilizes a fusion of aromatherapy, local herbs, Chakra, Reiki, hot stones, quartz, reflexology, Ho’oponopono, and self-made elixirs to blend the new and ancestral techniques for custom spa treatments. The signature Damiana Ritual, based on a local, ancient plant with therapeutic benefits, begins with a foot massage with oranges, a cleansing of the aura with local Copal incense, a reading of the body’s energy that indicates the custom aromatherapy treatment needed, and followed by a full body massage, facial, body wrap, and scalp massage using pure almond oil, Mexican lavender and Damiana extract. The spa can also accommodate hair and make up for the bridal party if needed.
By Kim Padgett