La Paz-City of Peace-is clean, attractive, and friendly toward Americans. The growing expatriate community and influx of wealthy mainland Mexicans are helping to support an increasingly sophisticated dining scene, which we explored before beginning our cruise. El Patron on the waterfront can best be described as a combination Ruth's Chris and Chart House. Restaurants such as El Ajibe and Las Tres Virgenes specialize in the region's new "Baja-Med" cuisine, a fusion of Mediterranean, Mexican, and Asian styles using fresh local ingredients. At the entrance to the harbor, the newest of five La Paz marinas, Costa Baja Resort and Marina, also boasts fine dining venues on site.