We left Bahia de Muertos and motored up the flats to Balandra. Spending the night there we learned it's somewhat like a bipolar friend. When things are good, it's great. But when things are bad, it's a nightmare.
I had heard that the Corumel winds described as a "nice cool breeze at nights to cool the La Paz area down". What we did not expect was from 6pm to 10am to have 20-30 knots howling at us with jagged rocks 100' to leeward.
Since then the Corumels have been more subdued, but they can start anytime before or after sunset and can be weak or pack a nasty punch. A protip for anyone headed to La Paz: don't get lazy with your ground tackle and don't leave anything out at night that can blow away.
The water so far in La Paz has been mill pond flat. The Pacific swells don't get up this high but again the Corumels with their wind and chop are waiting for you at night time. Plus, La Paz "harbor" itself has a ~3-4 knot tidal speed so the apparently flat conditions don't necessarily translate to benign, especially when you tack on that La Paz is sitting happily in the hurricane belt.
We've only been in La Paz for a few days so I'm reserving judgement, but it's definitely more boat friendly than mainland Mexico. Our galley freshwater pump broke the day after we dropped anchor and we were able to find a replacement within a couple of hours: completely unheard of for the majority of Mexico. In fact I can honestly say that Lopez Marine in La Paz might be the only store in Mexico that sells those products and much else.
Everything from dentists visits for the family to engine oil changes for the boat, it's time to take care of ourselves and of the boat that has taken such good care of us.
Plus, we get to check out this La Paz'atively cool city, meet new friends, and hopefully catch up with some old ones as well as they trickle in from the jungle-heat of the mainland.
And we also ran into Bryan on Vela, which is nice because there aren't a ton of "underage" sailors out there like ourselves. And when two parents in their mid 30's represent the young crowd in any given scene, that might paint a picture for you non-maritime people as to the demographics of the cruising community.
In Bahia de Banderas there was surfing, kite boarding, and paddleboarding. Regardless of age, there was a youthful element at play that so far seems a bit absent in La Paz. Maybe we'll find more as we keep looking around but it does seem like the kind of place that sailors go to retire.