The Cortez Club
Epic diving, outstanding facilities, and exceptional day trips in La Paz and Espíritu Santo
- Plenty of pelagic action with seasonal whale sharks, mobula rays, and sea lions
- Exciting non-diving day trips for whale watching, snorkelling, yacht charter, and watersports
- PADI courses from beginner to pro, including exciting specialities
- Incredible options for lodging, including a selection of outstanding local resorts and glamping at Camp Cecil
The Cortez Club offers intrepid and adventurous escapes into the Sea of Cortez with PADI courses and guided diving in La Paz and Espíritu Santo National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to explore stunning seamounts, sea lion rookeries, and craggy yet vibrant reefs - home to wildlife in all sizes. Or, opt for more adrenaline-inducing adventures, with high-speed drift diving, wreck penetration, or trips to the region’s far-flung sites like El Bajo - known for encounters with hammerhead sharks. When you aren’t busy blowing bubbles, take part in other exciting activities, including whale and wildlife watching, whale shark snorkelling, and watersports.
About The Cortez Club
Perfectly maintained facilities, attractively priced scuba bundles, and exclusive members-only discounts make the Cortez Club one of the best values for money in La Paz. You'll enjoy comfortable boat rides to dozens of offshore dive sites, with year-round pelagics and stunning underwater landscapes. Plus, additional excursions to the region's sea lion rookeries, seamounts, and shipwrecks. Nearby, opportunities for snorkelling with marine megafauna, stunning white sand beaches, and desert adventures abound. From the moment you arrive, you'll be looked after by an expert team of instructors, divemasters, and customer service staff - happy to help with whatever you might need above or below water.
Getting to La Paz is a breeze, with regularly scheduled domestic flights and busses from San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Start or continue your underwater adventure here with PADI courses, or explore the stunning Sea of Cortez with trips to all the legendary dive sites that earned this region’s title as the “aquarium of the world”. Land lovers will find plenty to do here as well, with local shopping and delicious authentic Mexican cuisine, nightlife, and a lovely seaside promenade to wander. You'll also find a wide variety of lodging here, with quaint family-style guesthouses, five-star resorts, and everything in between.
Explore the resort
The Cortez Club is based in La Concha beach resort, but works with a wide variety of local resorts, hotels, “glampgrounds” and guesthouses - to offer the very best rates and most comfortable accommodations to its divers. The shop itself makes for a perfect place to start or continue your scuba education, or kick back and relax when you aren't out adventuring - you’ll even find a restaurant and gift shop on site. This highly renowned dive centre has been in operation since 1995, offering some of the region’s very best facilities, with spacious and air-conditioned classrooms, wireless internet, and all the modern amenities you'll need to care for personal equipment and underwater cameras. Plus, exciting daily offerings with courses and excursions around La Paz.
Unlike more developed destinations in the south, La Paz has retained much of its quiet coastal charm and offers an authentic glimpse of daily Mexican life. From The Cortez Club, you'll have close access to a variety of local shops and restaurants, with meals and groceries to suit every budget and personal preference, including plenty of western favourites. You'll also be close to multiple beautiful beaches, with opportunities for tanning, beachcombing, and self-guided snorkelling. Rent a bike or explore town on foot for a chance to take in all the sights, sounds, and smells of the real Mexico. Or, for a totally different Baja experience, head to Camp Cecil for a night under the stars in Espíritu Santo.
Diving with The Cortez Club
The Cortez Club is Baja California’s only PADI Five-Star Gold Palm Resort, backed by decades of experience diving in the region. Their passionate and professional international team offers a wide variety of PADI courses and guided experiences for divers of all skill and comfort levels. Advanced and adventurous guests can take their experience further, with perfectly organised day trips to the region’s farthest-flung sites, famous for their powerful currents and hammerhead sharks. No matter which experience suits you best, you'll have access to professional-quality rental equipment, spacious custom dive boats and meticulously maintained facilities, plus plenty of hands-on training and guidance.
La Paz is one of Baja California’s most breathtaking dive destinations, known for its craggy current-swept reefs, seamounts, and sea lion rookeries. This region's main attractions are its pelagic species, with California sea lions, mobula rays, and sharks frequently spotted throughout the year. But there's plenty of small stuff to find here, too, with macro creatures like nudibranchs, and seahorses hiding out on the reef. While most of La Paz and Espíritu Santo's very best dive sites are suited to intermediate and advanced underwater explorers, newbies can enjoy their time here too, with opportunities for shallow reef diving and training dives in sheltered bays and lagoons. Other in-water activities include seasonal whale shark snorkelling and whale watching.
- Join the Cortez Club for an annual membership, including deep discounts and special members-only activities.
- Visit between December and March for the best chances of snorkelling with whale sharks.
- Pack plenty of lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and sun protection for exploring the surrounding desert.
- Don't miss out on this region's whale watching, with humpbacks, orcas, grey whales, and other species making seasonal appearances.
Diving in La Paz
Whale sharkOctober - May
Hammerhead sharkOctober - February
Manta RaysMay - October
Devil rayApril - January
WhalesJanuary - April
Plentiful reef life
Seals & sea lionsSeptember - May
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-star IDC Gold Palm Resort
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