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7 Reasons to Vacation in La Paz

Updated on September 3, 2015

Whale Shark


1. Aquarium of the World

La Paz offers the richest marine life in the world. French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau led many expeditions in this area.

Guests can swim with gentle whale sharks that grow as big as school buses. Whale sharks are born in the warm waters of La Paz. Despite their size, they don't pose a danger to humans snorkeling or diving.

The best months to swim with whale sharks are in October to February.


2. Isla Espirito Santo

In English this is translated to Holy Spirit Island. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one of the largest populations of sea lions. More than 400 sea lions call this area home. Visitors can snorkel and scuba dive in the clear water as the curious sea mammals play in the water nearby.

It's also one of the best kayaking sites. As you paddle on guided tours, turtles, whales, dolphins, and manta rays are below.

Seabirds such as boobies, turkey vultures and pelican live and fly over this area.

3. The Malecon in La Paz

This six mile long beach front path offers open-air markets, museums, art galleries, restaurants and terrific people watching. It's a popular locals and tourist jogging path in the early morning. During lunch and sunset hours, people stroll along the Malecon and stop for a cerveza and tapas.

There is also exercise equipment along the Malecon to get a full body workout.

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What to Pack for La Paz

Beach Time
Water Time
Bathing suit
Rash guard
resort wear
Water shoes
snorkel, mask and fins
fashionable tote bag
Hat and sunglasses
waterproof sunscreen

4. Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve

Another UNESCO protected area on the Southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula accessible by car. This area has an amazing diversity of endemic plants, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Visitors and locals enjoy hiking in this area.


5. La Balandra Beach

Just North of La Paz is a calm and shallow water beach ideal for stand-up paddle boarding, swimming and kayaking.

Paraiso del Mar Golf Course


6. Golf - Public Courses

There are two golf courses in La Paz -

1. CostaBaja Golf Club is the first 18-hole Gary Player golf course in Mexico. The club has a grass driving range, practice putting greens and a short-game area. After a round of golf relax with an authentic margarita or glass of cerveza.

2. The Paraiso del Mar Golf & Country Club is an Arthur Hills golf course. Built in 2009, it overs year round golf. Located on a peninsula with sand dunes. There is a driving range and short range practice area. This course is closed on Mondays.

2,200 Hotel Rooms in La Paz

CostaBaja Resort & Spa
Hyatt Place La Paz
One Hotel
Suites and Rooms
complimentary breakfast
outdoor pool
Paddleboard Yoga Retreat
151 rooms
126 rooms

El Triunfo


7. Day Trip to El Triunfo

About a 40 minute drive along Highway 1 from La Paz is an old mining town. This once was one of the largest cities in Baja, due to its gold and silver discovery.

Currently there are restoration plans to salvage more buildings and old mining artifacts. Visit the quaint church and stop for lunch at the restaurant across the way. There are hiking trails to explore this historic boom town where people from all over the world came to hopefully get rich.


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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      You make it sound to wonderful. I love the photos, it really brings out the best of the area. I don't know if I would be brave enough to swim with sharks as big as a school bus though.

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      James J Mills 2 years ago from Northern California

      Jill... nice piece on La Paz. I spent a number of years living and sailing around the area and still miss it.

      I'll use your Hub in my next memoir segment.

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      FCM 2 years ago from USA

      LOVE the tropics and this looks like truly great place. Nice and thanks for the tip.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      awesome place to visit, I don't want to see the shark but I want to see the stone