March 13 Sunday
I arrived in La Paz at sunset (seems to be my habit), and I’m anchored adjacent to the channel in the vicinity of The La Paz marina. For the next two days I appreciate the marina amenities and what has become my favorite Mexican town.
La Paz is town has about 250,000 residents, a melting pot of just the right size for Spanish and Gringos. It is the jumping off point for cruisers visiting the Sea of Cortez. It has a large harbor with plenty of anchorage area, multiple marinas, and meets the needs of the yastitas, whether they visit for a few days, or liveabord for seasons or longer. The daily 8 am net is the local newspaper, and the Club Cruceros is the gathering place for yastitas who live in and about the harbor.
La Paz translates as “The Peace”, and I find the inhabitants living their namesake. Sebastian Vizca , a Spanish explorer, visited here in 1596, and named it La Paz, so I guess the culture hasn’t changed in the intervening 400 years.
I’m ALMOST happy that the unfortunate engine problem has forced me to return to La Paz for a few days.