La Paz Mexico
Why visit La Paz, Mexico?
La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur with a population of around 200,000. It is a traditional Mexican city, a port city with fishing as its main industry which has managed to escape becoming one of Baja Sur's americanized tourist destinations. The upside is that the lack of popularity makes it a nice break from the "same thing, different place" resorts and a great place to find hotels at bargain prices. Well, for now anyway.
La Paz currently has an 18 hole golf course, a 1,700 acre resort and large new aquarium under construction. That and the more frequent stops by cruise ships signal the beginning of changes under the sign, "coming soon".
The current state of the "Tourist Zone" consists of the Malecon. Its Malecón, a wide waterfront sidewalk stretching from the Marina De La Paz to Playa Coromuel, is the highlight of the city. Here you will find locals and tourists gathering to walk, bike, hang out, listen to live music, and watch the sun go down in all of its stunning display. It’s known as one of Mexico’s grandest Malecóns. More than just a sea wall, the Malecon is lined with a sidewalk and parks for strolling and socializing.
On the southwest end of the Malecon is the Marina La Paz where cafes line the walk way and an ever growing number of condominiums and vacation homes are constantly being built.
The area’s beautiful beaches include El Tesoro, El Tecolote, Balandra, Coromuel, Caimancito, and Pichilingue. A ferry at Pichilingue offers service to Mazatlan and Topolobampo in the State of Sinaloa.
While the beaches and water sport activities are plentiful here, La Paz has other attractions that merit seeing. Among them are its art galleries, cathedral, museums, and festivals.
Centro Cultural Esperanza Rodríguez is actually an art gallery focusing on the state’s women artists, but often featuring international artists as well.
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz is the city’s cathedral, located on the Plaza Constitución's west side. Built in 1861, the building replicates the architecture of California missions.
The Library of the California offers exhibits of rupestrian paintings as well as documents on the history of the area’s missions and parsonages.
The Anthropology Museum displays see remnants of the Peninsula’s early inhabitants, as well as rupestrian paintings.
The Mexican “Carnaval” is celebrated across the country and La Paz’s Carnaval is considered one of the best festival’s around. Mexican Catholics dance, sing, have parades, and participate in outrageous activities with
the purpose of getting all the crazy energy out of their systems to ready themselves for Lent. If you are in the area just prior to Lent, this is definitely something to see and participate in!
Just two hours by boat from the La Paz marina is the Isle of Espiritu Santo, an uninhabited natural reserve. From trekking its volcanic rock formation to collecting seashells on its beautiful beaches, it’s a peaceful haven for anyone. While no people live on the island, there are camps there that offer their guests kayaks, paddle boats, snorkeling equipment, etc. Fishing in the Sea of Cortez is also a highlight of the Isle of Espiritu Santo as is diving amongst the marine life such as manta rays and whale sharks.