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Dive Review of Cortez Club in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

Cortez Club, Oct, 2013,

by Larry Schnabel, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7184.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]Costa Baja is a 5 star hotel- probably best in La Paz. service and accommodations at hotel excellent. Near Marina and in walking distance to two local and pretty good restaurants ( but these more expensive than in town since they are located in an upscale marina).Cortez Club facilities are a bit seedy but they are very good boat operators , know where the dive sites are and very knowledgeable re sea life. La Paz was just getting over a big storm when I arrived , so vis not quite as good as usual and saw no hammerheads at the sea Mount where they often swim. But it's a quick trip from LAX on Aero Mexico (2hours) and for those wanting luxury in accommodations Cota Baja is the hotel- includes a Gary Player-designed golf course. I have dove about 4-5 times with Cortez and find it always reliable and well run. It is attached to a hotel ( La Concha) which has much cheaper rates than Costa Baja and if you have spent nights in both places as I have you will immediately see why. But if you don't mind some privation and are intent on cheap accommodations, La Concha is right adjacent to Cortez Club ( Cortez at no extra charge picked me up and dropped me off each day in the Marina a very short walk to Costa Baja).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Carib and Mexico, Cocos, Galapagos, Maldives, Viet-Nam, Greece, Italy, gr. Barrier Reef, PNG, Yap, Palau, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Solomon Islands , Thailand-Burma, Kona, Maui , Fiji, bermuda[Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 45-80 Ft/ 14-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Just stay somewhat close to dive guide and come up with somewhere around 500 psi. Dive guides pretty much left us alone once they were convinced we were experienced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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