Pichilingue (La Paz), Mexico

Anchoring in the Bay of La Paz, go ashore to explore this most Mexican of the town on the Baja California Sur peninsula. The cathedral of Nuestra Señora de La Paz has paintings rescued from many of the other defunct missions in the region. The seafront Malecón is lively and lovely, with any pastel-colored homes, restaurants and cafes. See the Whale Museum. Venture to nearby highlights such as the picturesque colonial town of Todos Santos, enjoy whale-watching on Magdalena Bay, or snorkeling with immense, gentle whale sharks. Offshore, Espiritu Santo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with sea life and marine mammals.