WELCOME TO LA PAZ
"We like to give you here some general information about our lovely city,
the capital of the state of Baja California Sur.
Even so the population has grown from 36,000 to almost 300,000 people in the time of
1985 to 2007 it is still a very charming city with the typical homely small town character.
Best of all, it is not a tourist trap as you find at the typical vacation oriented places.
Sure, we have some tourism here, but the normal visitor to La Paz and vicinity is ecological
oriented and also looks for some quiet and cultural enhanced vacation.
Of course there is nightlife here too.
Just visit one of the nice discos or places where you can dance to life music like
Las Varitas, Tequila y Mariachi and much more; just go and explore.
Some like it hot and this you can find at La Ranchita or Lord Black.
(Don't get caught by your wife)
When you worked up a real appetite, there are so many taco stands and great restaurants
to attack you waistline. Try the Rancho Viejo, just one block from the Malecon at Marquez de Leon street.
It is a 24 hour place with fantastic food, from the Taco to a full meal. It is delicious and very inexpensive.
Oh, and right across from the lighthouse at the municipal pier is a fantastic ice cream parlor with a lot
of different flavors. They have a special ice cream machine, there are no more calories in the ice cream.
They are all frozen out. At least this what you can tell your spouse when you have one scoop more. HA
If you look for something right in downtown, there are plenty of eateries at the Malecon.
Las Brisas prepares very good meals, or sit at the patio of La Perla restaurant,
enjoy a fine dinner and watch the incredible sunset. The La Panga at Marina Palmira is the
place to enjoy a good meal with harbor atmosphere.
If you like to see more boats and meet interesting people, try The Dock Café at Marina De La Paz.
Great food and great prices!
If you have a special occasion, why not go for an extra elegant dining to the Los Arcos
restaurant right at the first floor of the beautiful hotel.
If you want to get rid of all the calories, you have many options to do so.
How about a kayak tour
for a day or even a whole week or a combination of sailing and kayaking.
You have your mind on Scuba Diving or like to swim with the seals at Los Islotes?
This is so unforgettable and you can tell even the grand children about it.
Buceo Carey will be glad to take you on a day trip to the overwhelmingly
beautiful island of Espirito Santos and Partida. If you make a pre reservation for a diving or snorkeling trip and mention
that you come from the Baja - Web site, they will give you a 10% discount. But you have to tell them that you have the
information from here or you won't get it.
Enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches, the colored mountains, the turquoise water and the
incredible blue sky and ocean. Snorkel through the arc at the seal island and see the pups
frolicking, coming right up to you, mother will eye you skeptical just to make sure you don’t
want to hurt her baby and thousands of fish will encircle you. Indulge in it. It will stay
forever with you.
But if you are more inclined at exploring the beaches, there are plenty of places to go.
Try the fantastic bay of Balandra with the shallow very well protected water or see
Playa Tecolote close by. Just the drive out there is fantastic.
The road leads along the waterfront where you find many pristine public beaches and coves,
just inviting you to stop and have a little splash in the water.
If you want to see more of the La Paz area, you really should go to Las Arenas and Bahia de Los Muertos,
or as they call it now, the Bay of Dreams.
Find the road to San Juan de Los Planes, going off from the road to Los Cabos and just stay on it.
You will climb to 1.200 m before the road leads down and you have a fantastic view of the Los Planes
valley, Isla Cerralvo and the white coastline.
Just keep going through the village of Los Planes, then along endless cacti forests until the road
ends at the beautiful bay. It is a lovely place to swim, snorkel and beach combing and if
ou worked up a real hearty appetite, the Giggling Marlin Restaurant
right at the beach will take care of your craving.
If you are now ready to go out of the sun and have some cultural experiences, La Paz has a
beautiful big theater where you can enjoy concerts, shows, ballet and many other kind of entertainment.
There are plenty of galleries with changing exhibitions, small shows and piano concerts at the
renovated Juarez Theater in downtown and lots of entertainment along the Malecon, especially on a
weekend. At 5 de Mayo is a great antropological museum with a small but nice exhibition and free of
An absolute must is a visit to the weavers. Here you see how the wool is spun, dyed with natural
colors and woven into fantastic artful blankets, wall hangers floor mats, table cloth and so on.
You will spend hours just to admire the craftsmanship and the artistic products.
Best of all, the prices are very very low. Some of the work is comparable with the Indian Craft up
north, but what you pay there in Dollars will be the same here in Pesos. So, if you have a
blanket up north for $ 250 Dollars, you will have it here for 250 Pesos. This let you and your
purse put on a really big smile.
Like to see more art and craft?
Ibarra’s Pottery is the place to go. You will watch the transform of a ball of mud into the
most beautiful delicate piece of lovely crafted, artful dish. It is fantastic to see how sensible
hands creating an immaculate unique object.
In case you like to get goose bumps, but not from the air-condition, have a visit to the
Serpentarium. Here you can see different kind of snakes, lizards, turtles, spiders, scorpions,
centipedes and many typical Rain Forest species. It is worth going there and not only to get a
shudder running over your spine. More and more people stop with their RV here in La Paz, just to get a way from the
rowdy tourism and all the time share sales people down there in Los Cabos.
We have a few nice trailer parks direct in town and a little outside. Most of them are taking also permanent RV's and not
only short term visitors. There are more retired "Baby - Boomers" coming down to live in a great climate where the
Social Security goes a much longer way than up north. Also, many people don't want to go to the hassle of buying a
property and building a house and since you live most of the time outside anyway in this great climate, it really makes sense.
There is a gorgeous set up just a little out of downtown, 11 Miles north at the inner bay of a Paz. But it is only for
Permanent RV's ( http://www.geocities.com/everhardo/RVliving.html )
There you find really generous spaces where you can
have your own little garden if you like or a big patio if you don't have a "green thumb". It is just 100 yd to the water to
launch your fishing boat or go swimming and collect clams for dinner.
With the high speed wireless internet connection you can do your book keeping (or watch the naughty sites) and if you bring
your receiver, you have satellite TV from up north, getting the signal from 2 satellites.
( About 400 Stations with an FTA receiver )
There are so many amenities, you should have a look when you are in La Paz the next time.
After a long day in the sun or a beautiful enjoyable evening you need a place where you can snore a
La Paz has a wide array of lodgings from a simple room to a luxurious villa.
Right in downtown is the great Hotel of Los Arcos and also at the Malecon the new 7 Crown with his
excellent rooms. Just at the end of the sea promenade it Hotel El Morro and a few km more the
La Concha / Howard Johnson hotel, right at the beach.
If you have a boat or like the harbor atmosphere, Hotel Marina will be your dream place.
Crown Plaza is the most upscale hotel we have here in La Paz. Located at the inner Bay just a
little north of downtown. It is very quiet, first class in everything, from the elegant rooms
to the excellent cuisine at the fabulous restaurant.
If you want something “down to earth”, the vacation rentals of the
HACIENDA DEL SOL
might be the place for you.
At a lovely tropical setting at the inner Bay of La Paz are fully furnished Cabanas/Studios,
Palapas and Bungalows in different sizes. It is a place where you feel home right there and the
host love to tell you all about Baja, where to go and what to do. You also find kayaks to paddle
around and if you like to, grab a bicycle and go on a tour.
The best part is, that the prices are way below a simple hotel room, but there is a little draw back.
Since the owner is very active at the local
Red Cross and the Old Folks Home in town, he uses the place as a fund raiser for these needy
organization and he expect from you to bring something with you. May be an old T-shirt, a pair of
shoes or pants you don’t use anymore or what
ever you can spare. So, before you shower the “Good Will” up north, put a little aside for down here.
Having a small purse but want to be right in the center of town? Las Gardenias will be the place you
are looking for. Just a couple blocks away from the waterfront and the post office, you will have
nice clean accommodations for a reasonable price.
Just 2 km after the Malecon on the road to the ferry port is the excellent hotel
Palmira /Araiza Inn with 120 rooms in different categories. They also offer plenty of space for any
kind of convention.
But if you are just traveling through and need a place for a short stop over, Hotel Oasis on the way
south to Cabo will be the place.
They’re much more accommodation then listed here and much more to say and see about La Paz.
If you have something specific in mind or looking for, just drop us an e-mail, we will give
you all the information you want.
Just click: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask your
Also if your establishment in La Paz is not mentioned here and you like to have it included,
use the same e-mail and tell us all about you or call in La Paz 123-5440 and ask for Eberhard.
So, may be we will see you down here some day for your best vacation ever."
La Paz (the Peace) received its name in the 16th century for its
Tourism, Fishing & Gov. Offices
The capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz
(the peace), was founded on the 3rd of May in 1535 by Hernán Cortés.
Located on the beautiful bay of La Paz, it is famous for its spectacular
sunsets. You will find magnificent white and sandy beaches such as Coromuel,
El Caimancito, El Tesoro, Eréndira, Pichilingue, Balandra and El Tecolote.
On most of these beaches there are restaurants and bars nearby. While
sightseeing, it is a must to visit the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de
la Paz built during the last century and the City Theatre where you
will find art galleries and libraries. Nestled in the gardens of the
theatre you will see the Rotonda de Los Hombres IIustres and the Four
Windmills, symbol of old La Paz. You can't miss the Government Palace
and the Legislative Palace, the Museum of Anthropology and History,
and the Library of the Californias.
LA PAZ is the capital of Baja California
Sur since 1830 after the destruction of the then
Capital, LORETO by a Hurricane, and also is the largest city in
southern Baja. It is located on a large, natural bay, and some of Baja's
most beautiful islands are just a short distance offshore. For a big town,
La Paz has a very nice, warm feel to it.
The waterfront area of La Paz is particularly beautiful, and the
sunsets across the bay are usually quiet spectacular! Local families and
tourists often gather on the Malecon at water's edge to enjoy this nightly
The large harbor attracts sailboats from all over the world! There
are many great beaches for swimming and sunbathing north east of the city,
just a short drive from downtown. More remote beaches (and quite
spectacular) can be found south east of La Paz, in the Bahia Los Muertos
The weather in La Paz is excellent almost all year around! However,
since it is located within the Tropics, it can be affected by the tropical
storms that are sometimes generated in the warm Pacific waters during summer
and early fall. Daytime temperatures are usually warm and pleasant, and
evenings are delightfully cool.
The modern visitors will find a large
variety of goods and services to keep them entertained. The vast majority
of the population here is gainfully employed in a variety of service related
industries, so there is usually plenty of activity going on all throughout
town. Except, of course, during the traditional 'siesta' period after lunch,
when many residents and business owners tend to relax or catch a little
One of the great advantages of La Paz is its close proximity to raw
Baja nature. One can travel a relatively short distance in any direction
from town, and be smack dab in the middle of nowhere in short order. If
one has to live in a big town, but still wants to enjoy the splendor
of Baja's wilderness, La Paz is numero uno!
CARLOS FIESTA'S HOT TIP: ISLA ESPIRTO SANTO and ISLA LA PARTIDA are located just a dozen miles north east of La
Paz, and are truly and island paradise! Renting a panga for a sea cruise,
a picnic, or a snorkel excursion is a great way to spend a day.
The small island on the very north end is called Los Islotes, and swimming
with the local seals is a real treat!
La Paz has more fabulous beaches than any other large city in Baja! Up
the coast, along the offshore islands, as well as northeast, east, and
south of town. It is possible for the Baja traveler to find beautiful beaches
with plenty of activity, or completely secluded beaches where there isn't
a soul for dozens of miles!
beaches outside of La Paz are excellent for camping and for R.V.'s. Most
of the access roads to these beautiful beaches are in good condition. These
popular playas can get very busy on weekends, and very quiet during the
week. In addition to camping with nature, there are a few camping facilities
available near town.
Fishing - Boating, La Paz is a big fishing and boating town. The waters
off La Paz are full of fish, and the further south and east one goes, the
more the fishing improves. Many Baja travelers enjoy boating out to the
local islands for a day or two, they're just a short distance from town.
Heading up or down the coast is also a great way to explore the local waters.
There are three good marinas right near town, offering all of the necessary
boating services. (see 'MARINAS' under TRANSPORTATION section). Pangas
can also be rented on the beach in downtown La Paz, or further north at
PLAYA LA PAZ,
in town, along the Malecon, from the entrance to town, up to the marina.
These beaches are clean, convenient, and offer a quick escape from the
PLAYA EL COMITAN,
the north end of the bay, west of town, prior to entering La Paz. Shallow
beaches, not as attractive at low tide. Better beaches northeast of town.
the road heading northwest through town, at Km. 2.5. A nice beach, very
busy on weekends, usually filled with hotel guests and locals.
Highway, near Km. 3.5. Another beautiful beach, food and drinks, palapas,
water slide, some road noise.
PLAYA DEL TESORO,
8 miles out of town on the Pichilingue road at Km. 8.5 A relaxing beach
with a restaurant and palapas.
on the Pechilingue Highway at Km. 17. Further from town, not as crowded,
restrooms available 24 hours!
and east of town, via the Pichilingue Highway, and a good spur road west.
A great beach, clear water, may get busy on summer weekends.
on past Playa Balandra a few more miles. Beautiful beach, restaurant, and
pangas for rent. Local breezes keep the bugs away!
ISLA ESPIRITO SANTO,
east of town, less than an hour boat ride. Best beaches are on the west
side. Island paradise! 14 miles of crystal clear waters, sandy beaches
and coves. Privacy!
BAHIA DE LA VENTANA,
of La Paz 20 miles on Highway 286, then head north to the beach. Miles
of spectacular beaches, no crowds, perfect!
Local fish include sailfish, marlin, yellowtail, dorado, roosterfish,
tuna & sierra. Deep sea fishing improves as the waters warm up, from
March through September. The big boys (sailfish and marlin) usually get
hungry from May to November, but reeling in a big yellow or a roosterfish
on the line will get your heart pumping just as fast.
Hotel´s, Lodging,La Paz is a big town, so the accommodation options
are plentiful and diverse. There are many small motels for those on a budget,
and there are first class resorts for people who want to spend the big
local sites, ISLA ESPIRITO SANTO, This
is probably the most photographed island in Baja. And for a good reason!
The turquoise bays and over a dozen white sandy beaches almost look unreal
from the sky, and they appear equally spectacular in person. There are
actually two big islands in the group, plus several smaller rock-islands,
and they are all just a short boat ride away from La Paz. It's a perfect
one day getaway, or a very relaxing 2 day (or more!) excursion. Sunscreen
and a hat are highly recommended, as shade is scarce. Boats can be chartered
from the marinas.
La Paz is very much a water town, so many of the recreational options that
are available take place near the coast. The people of La Paz seem to have
a good balance, putting in a good day's work, and then enjoying the natural
beauty of the surrounding areas. A few fun things to do include:
BIKES, The terrain
around La Paz is mostly flat, which is great for cruising around on a
bike. Through the city streets, along the seaside Malecon, and for the
more adventurous, up the Pichilingue Peninsula towards the beautiful
beaches. Hard core helmet heads will enjoy the "Cabo Loop", taking Baja
Highway One south past Buena Vista to San Jose Del Cabo, down to the tip
at Cabo, and then up the west coast via Highway 19 through Todos Santos
and then back to La Paz. This 250 mile excursion is best enjoyed with an
overnighter at the halfway point in Cabo San Lucas. Bike rentals are
available at La Paz.
DIVING, Some of the best diving in the La Paz
area is around the offshore islands. Snorkeling can be fun along the
beaches just outside town, but the sea life doesn't really kick in until
you get offshore. For snorkel trips, it's easy to rent a panga to head out
to Isla Espiritu Santo. For Scuba diving, hooking up with a dive shop is
the best way to enjoy a one or two day dive trip. Best months for
visibility and warm water are July through November.
The other dive option in La Paz is the dive boats. The three main dive
boats in town are the Marisla 011-52 (612) 122-3761, the Don Jose, and
the famous Rio Rita. Dive locations include the Salvatierra for wreck
diving, the Seamount for open ocean big fish, and Los Islotes for a friendly
swim with the seals!
KAYAKS,Kayaking in the harbor is a very
pleasant experience, and a short excursion up towards the Pelichingue
Peninsula is good for those looking for a longer trek. For the truly ambitious,
launching out by the ferry terminal and heading over to Isla Espirito
Santo is an extremely rewarding paddle for the experienced kayaker.
OFF ROAD, Even though much of the recreational
activity in La Paz takes places in, on, under, or next to the water, true
Baja aficionados know that there is more to La Paz than salt water. The
roads leaving La Paz in all directions offer excellent off roading, and
La Paz is proud to be a part of the traditional SCORE INTERNATIONAL BAJA
1000, which is the toughest off road race in the world.
SAILING, Sailors have been dropping the
hook in La Paz for over 400 years. It's an excellent natural harbor, and
the sailing offshore is superb. This is a common stopover for sailors
who cruise down the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, and a good place
to provision before heading further south on the Mexican mainland, or
for blue water sailing to Hawaii and beyond. From June through November
the chubascos are a very real possibility in the waters off of La Paz,
but the full force of these storms usually doesn't last much more than
20 minutes to 2 hours. The marinas in town offer everything a sailor worth
his or her salt could need. For a fun bareboat adventure, try chartering
a yacht! If you are a cruising sailor, you want to visit this web site:
Club Cruceros de
Ventana is the perfect place to cruise on a sailboard. The north end of
the bay, El Mogote, tends to have less boat traffic, and more consistent
winds. For the brave souls who enjoy open ocean sailing, Isla Espiritu
Santos is only a dozen miles from shore. Winds are usually calm during
summer (except during chubascos), but increase significantly in 3 to 4
day periods during fall and spring. The spectacular windsurfing at Buena
Vista is only an hour south by car.
- Bars, La Paz offers many options for
dining. Although the restaurants near the waterfront tend to offer more
ambiance, some of the restaurants in town have excellent food, and should
not be overlooked. Most of the larger hotels offer decent dining, but hey,
you're on Holiday! It's more fun to walk the town and check out the options.
La Paz is a very large town, and offers a wider variety of shopping than
anywhere else on the peninsula, outside of Tijuana. There are several large
food markets in town, and there are hundreds of additional stores in town,
which offer everything from post cards to marine parts. Some of the more
touristy shops are located close to the water, just behind the Malecon.
La Paz features a host of transportation options for the Baja traveler.
The truly adventurous Baja traveler often mixes and matches different
modes of transportation in one trip to get a larger flavor of the Baja.
AIRPORT,The La Paz International Airport
services commercial flight to Loreto and Tijuana, as well as many other
cities on the Mexican mainland and in the United States. La Paz is also
an airport of entry for general aviation. For more information
on flying private aircraft into La Paz and into baja, check out
Bush Pilots web site.
in La Paz are very popular with the local people as an inexpensive way
to get around town. The long distance buses that head down to Cabo and
up to Tijuana are an inexpensive way to travel the Peninsula, and to get
a flavor of Baja.
The Ferry leaves regulary from La Paz to Mazatlan And Tompo Lobompo.
What is it that brings us back to
When you meet a person for the first time, there
are a few things that create that first impression. It's the same when
you travel to Mexico.
Such an devine design.... They tell a whole story
in an unspoken exchange. The eyes of Mexico are deep and broad, yet old
and wise. These eyes have seen more history than can be told in a book.
Even in our imaginations we can't begin to travel where Mexico has been.
How a person smiles or if they smile at all can
unravel their own story....People sometimes hide behind a smile, not realizing
we see through the disguise. Mexico doesn't hide behind it's steadfast
smile. It is there for the taking. We receive smile after smile, everyday
of our visit. Even in the face of adversity, we can depend on Mexico to
give us the gift of a warm smile. And we respond with our hearts.
Is it high pitched? Is it deep and rough? A voice
can be a cruel joke, not matching the landscape.....For me, the voice of
Mexico is a warm whisper that can't be heard. It is something you feel
inside. It is a silent sensation that speaks of heritage, simplicity and
rich colors. We experience an endless season of celebrations through this
whisper. I fell in love with the voice of Mexico many years ago. This love
grows stronger with each visit.
Put the eyes, the smile and the voice in a bookmark
for a moment. There is something else that keeps calling us back. Is it
the scenery and the recreation we experience? Of course, but even that
isn't it. It's the one thing that keeps Mexico stranded in our minds for
The pace of Mexico gives us permission to live
each day, one at a time.
We don't have this privilege in our everyday lives.
We are far too busy preparing for the next step, the next meal, the next
day. We are not happy unless we are predicting tomorrows problems and preparing
for every possible disaster that may fall in our path. We spend our life
preparing for life but we are far too busy being "productive" to live it.
When you wake up in Mexico the pace will greet you and it will remind you.
At breakfast you'll be enjoying the morning, not worrying about the afternoon.
At lunch, you will simply enjoy the afternoon. There is no need to worry
about dinner. It will arrive. If you need to look at your watch to be reminded
go ahead, but why bother? Evening will arrive without a clock and you will
often find that you are still enjoying the afternoon when it does.
The pace of Mexico is what draws us back year
after year. If you don't take the time to savor it you just might return
home with the wrong impression.
reprint from the Cancun Net