May is expected to be an exciting month here in La Paz and at CostaBaja with great weather and a variety of events. You can practically guarantee a sunny day and warm temperatures that make the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez inviting as water temperatures climb into the upper 70's in May.
With the warmer water, sport fishermen are excited too. Dorado and yellowtail are being reeled in just a few miles from the CostaBaja marina. A great way too cool off is a day trip to the protected islands, where you can swim with the sea lions or explore these unique geological treasures.
If you have not yet experienced the magic of La Paz and the CostaBaja community we invite you to contact our sales team, they will be happy to help you arrange your visit to our little slice of paradise.
Mother's Day at CostaBaja
Unlike Mother's Day in the U.S. and Canada, where Mom's day floats with the calendar, Mother's Day is fix in Mexico and is May 10. CostaBaja and the community of restaurants surrounding the marina will be offering a number of options to help you honor and celebrate.
The 5 Star hotel will be offering a spa special through the month of May. Order any spa service and get 50% back for future spa services and products. Be it a full body massage, manicure or facial; delight your mom with the pampering she deserves.
The Mosaic Restaurant at the hotel will be featuring two Mother's Day specials. From 7AM to 10AM enjoy a breakfast buffet for just $220 pesos. For those late risers, you can enjoy a special Mother's Day Brunch at 10AM with live music beginning at noon and continuing until 5PM. Come enjoy this special brunch for just $375 pesos per person.
For dinner, the three marina-side restaurants, Azul Marino, Odayaka Sushi and La Barcaccia, will make a great place to treat mom like a queen, with menu specials and surprises. La Barcaccia will be offering live music from 4PM to 6PM and from 9PM to 11PM with "Los Rukis". Mom will get flowers, a free cocktail and desert. Seniors get an additional 15% discount. Reservations are a good idea, call 612-106-7279.
However you plan to celebrate your mother, we invite you to include CostaBaja in honoring her.
Real Estate News
This month we shifted gears as winter melted away into spring. April brought a record number of guests to enjoy our CostaBaja community, the magic of La Paz and the Sea of Cortez.
At the end of April the Mexican Congress passed a new Constitutional Amendment, which is now in the hands of the Senate, that will allow foreign ownership within what is today called 'the coastal/border restricted zone'.
Once it passes the Senate and is ratified by state government, foreign investors will have the same rights as Mexicans to own a piece of coastal heaven like CostaBaja. This will reduce yearly costs and will likely cause property values to rise, as foreign ownership becomes easier.
Flights to La Paz
Last month Aeromexico announced it would begin direct service from Los Angeles to La Paz on June 20, 2013. The Thursday and Sunday flights will take about 90 minutes non-stop from Los Angeles International Airport to La Paz and fares are advertised at $5900 pesos or about $480USD.
Founder's Days in La Paz
La Paz history dates back to the early days of Spanish exploration and the famous explorer Hernan Cortez. This year, La Paz is pulling out all the stops, celebrating 478 years with a city-wide fiesta, second only to Carnaval.
Where as Carnaval is all about fun and frivolity, Founder's Days are about enjoying the culture of Baja California and Mexico. The nearly month long series of cultural and sporting events have become increasingly popular, and this year will welcome more than 25 ambassadors from around the world.
The festivities will begin on Thursday, May 2, with opening ceremonies on the Malecon at 3PM at the kiosk on the Malecon. At 7PM join the 'Taste of Baja Sur" event at Playa Coromuel with the flavors of many of the fine local restaurants, mariachi music and the performance of tenor Alberto Angel 'El Cuervo'. Tickets are available in advance for $500 pesos per person to benefit local developmental charities.
Hernan Cortez stepped from his launch onto the beaches of La Paz on May 6, 1535 and the event will be re-enacted on the beach just north of the kiosk on Saturday at 9PM. A myriad of other cultural exhibitions plays and performances will ensue around the city, focused on the coming weekend, but some continuing though the 24th of May.
Sporting events are also part of the Founder's Day festivities and will include the Dos Mares 500 off-road race May 3-5, a half marathon and a mountain bike race on Sunday, May 5.
A Little about Tequila
Like other liquors, tequila has specific standards for the 5 different grades and salt and lime might be considered unnecessary or even offensive when enjoying truly fine tequila.
White or Silver tequila is taken directly from the second distilling of the blue agave, only grown in central Mexico. Gold or Joven tequila must contain at least 51% agave, but can also contain a blend Mezcal, white and other aged tequila. Reposado or 'rested' tequila must be made of 100% agave and be aged in white oak for 3 to 12 months. Anejo tequila is the first of the 'fine' tequilas as it must be 100% blue agave and aged more than 12 months. Extra Anejo makes for a very special occasion or gift, as it is aged 3 years or more in white oak and averages about $170USD per bottle and can run more than $500 a bottle for something special.
With more than 40 labels you can enjoy the different tastes and bouquets of Mexico's contribution to fine liquor at Steinbeck's Restaurant, located in the resort hotel.