Mexican charm lures snowbirds
Costabaja Resort and Spa project short drive from downtown La Paz
Some say chivalry’s dead. But not in La Paz, where the old-fashioned values of the residents are part of the Mexican city’s well-known charm.
The locals have become part of the appeal for Western Canadians exploring their options for a sunny second home.
Connie and Mike Roche bought a townhouse at a development called CostaBaja Resort and Spa that’s a 10-minute drive from downtown La Paz. It sits on a private beach and features the only golf course in Mexico designed by professional golf star Gary Player.
While the resort provides everything needed for a relaxing retreat, the Roches aren’t shy about slipping into town for a knee-deep experience of La Paz, a city with more than 400 years of history.
“It’s authentic,” says Connie, a retired nurse. Mike is a lawyer.
“The people are so friendly and polite. It’s almost like it’s set back in time to see the chivalry and their polite attitude.”
Connie is taking Mexican cooking lessons. She and Mike are building their Spanish vocabulary, which has helped them create a network of both Canadian and Mexican friends.
“We do all our shopping in town at Mexican style markets,” adds Connie. “We really enjoy the culture.” Connie says the Roches spend as much time as they can at CostaBaja.
“It feels like home,” says Connie.
“Each time we come it’s harder to leave.”
The Roches bought a twobedroom unit with an office in Costa Baja’s townhome development called Las Colinas, which in Spanish translates to ‘the hills.”
This development is located along the 10th and 11th fairways of the golf course and includes views of the nearby Sea of Cortez.
The townhomes in Las Colinas are both one and twostorey layouts. They are decked out in warmcoloured stucco and stone.
The Roches’ townhome points west looking out at the water.
“It’s rustic looking,” says Connie. “We furnished it in a Mexican country theme to make us feel like we’re in Mex-
Connie and Mike Roche. BACKGROUND: Connie is a retired nurse while her husband, Mike, is a lawyer from Western Canada. The couple bought a two-bedroom townhome in La Paz, Mexico called Costa Baja Resort and Spa. The couple enjoys its second home for a number of reasons, including the recreational opportunities at the resort and the culture in its surrounding area. Mike’s an avid windsurfer who enjoys zipping across the nearby Sea of Cortez and golfing at the resort’s 18-hole course. This is the only course in Mexico designed by pro golf legend Gary Player. Connie enjoys exploring La Paz, where she’s taking Mexican cooking classes. ico and not San Diego.”
The townhome has patios on both sides of the unit — and as Connie says, “sunshine every day.”
A full-sized pool is only a short walk from their townhome and Connie says “it’s better than having your own pool—because you don’t have to look after it.”
Beyond the townhomes, the resort offers home options in the VistaMar villas and condos. These homes are crafted in a contemporary Baja design boasting wooden trellises and large private terraces with natural stone tile.
The project is currently in its second of nine stages of development. The first phase includes completion of a 250-slip marina and a luxury hotel.
There are many ways the Roches stay active at CostaBaja.
Mike is an avid windsurfer and makes good use of the large bodies of water within the region.
He’s also a golfer and enjoys lugging his clubs out on the resort’s par 72 course, which comes with spectacular views. Fourteen out of the 18 holes offer a view of the Sea of Cortez.
The resort also offers a number of dining opportunities such as Steinbecks, an open-air restaurant features a selection of smoked chicken and fresh fish.
There’s also restaurants at the beach bar, the golf club house, and establishments called Azul Marino and La Barcaccia.
Residents of CostaBaja can also unwind at the health and wellness centre, offering more than 60 therapies for skin and body well-being. Visit costabaja resort.com
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Connie Roche, above, and her husband, Mike, purchased a townhouse at CostaBaja Resort and Spa near La Paz in Baja California Sur in Mexico.
The ocean glimmers in the distance at Las Colinas Hillside townhomes at CostaBaja Resort and Spa.
The living room in a VistaMar villa at CostaBaja Resort.