How we Found Ourselves in Mexico

How do you decide where your next move is going to be with only four days left in Ireland? See whatever airlines have 2 spaces available to a cheap destination! That is exactly how Andy and I roll. It was a Tuesday night, we were sitting in our nice and cozy rental home about a mile away from the Galway Bay when we were trying to decide what place would be next for us.

La Paz Mexico is where we ended up and it was the best under pressure decision we have ever made. We found a flight with British/American Airlines that would take our points and we only had to pay $800 out of pocket. It sounds expensive, but with a flight that would be leaving in four days time, the cost would have been about $2,200 not including taxes and baggage. The flight was from Dublin to London, London to Dallas, and then Dallas to San Jose del Cabo.

Neither one of us had been to Baja California Sur before, so this was something we were really looking forward to. After a horribly long flight from London to Dallas on a crowded and very hot plane, we were so happy when our flight to Cabo was practically empty. Andy and I to this day still talk about how awesome that flight was. We were arriving in Mexico at sunset, and we looked out the windows and saw the pinks and purples of the sky. The clouds and mountains were playing tricks on our eyes, we couldn’t tell which was which as we had no clue that Baja was so mountainous.

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After a huge fiasco with the rental car companies (that deserves a short blog post on it’s own), we were finally on our way to Cabo San Lucas to check into our hotel. While booking this hotel, we thought it was close to the airport (as the website had said it was), but really it was 20 some minutes away, so we took our time on the dark desert roads. The next morning is when we started planning on where to stay during the rest of our trip. We knew we did not want to spend the whole time in Cabo because we wanted something a bit more authentic and had more culture.

One location that really peaked our interest was staying in a yurt in Buena Vista, near the cost of Cortez. Unfortunately the owner had not responded back to us in time, and we were also worried about the wifi connection, because he had stated that it goes from time to time. We wanted something a tad more reliable for our blogging needs. Andy had contacted Simon from a real estate company in La Paz, he told us he had a house available that would fit our needs and that we could meet him there later that day. We packed up and left for La Paz!

On the Road again… to La Paz!

We met up with Simon and he showed us the rental home, and we instantly fell in love with it. An all stucco home painted dessert orange with clay tiles. The inside was open and airy, the blue kitchen tiles took our breath away and we could picture ourselves cooking many delicious meals there. The back porch was closed in for privacy with a lounge to soak in the hot Mexican sun. We quickly negotiated a deal with Simon, signed the papers and went home to Casa de Kremer for the next three weeks!

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La Paz has so much to Offer…

La Paz is the largest city and the capital of Baja Sur – so there is plenty to keep yourself busy. Even though Andy and I had found ourselves in the city during the ‘slow season’ we still were able to enjoy quite a bit of activities. Which included finding tasty restaurants with refreshing margaritas, beach outings at Balandra, and many strolls down the malecón.

Winter is a wonderful time to head to La Paz and over to Isla Espiritu Santo which is an amazing island just a short boat ride away from La Paz. Isla Espiritu is recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere and world heritage site for it’s unique biodiversity. Over 800 different species of fish (that is 39% of the world’s fish species!), coral reefs, sea lions, whales and dolphins call Isla Espiritu home.

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February and March (in our opinion) would be the best time to visit Isla Espiritu because that is when the whales come back to Baja for different reasons. The gray and humpback whales come back to breed and the blue whales to feed. Also the whale sharks come back and you can set up a tour to swim with these gentle giants!

In the end La Paz is a great place to head to, lots of culture, fun and beauty all around. We cannot wait to head back down to the Baja Peninsula to head on over to Isla Espiritu and swim with the whale sharks and drink our body weight in tequila again.

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