If you’re unfamiliar with La Paz, it’s a gorgeous beach and the capital of Baja California Sur. La Paz is on the Sea of Cortez. And has some breathtaking landscapes, unlike most other sun and beach destinations in Mexico.
It is safe, full of vibrant marine life, comfortable weather similar, fantastic seafood, and reasonable rentals and properties for all budgets. Living in La Paz is comfortable and very enjoyable.
La Paz is more a Mexican city than an expatriate’s haven, but for those who love magnificent seaside sunsets, sugary beaches, sailing, and diving. -La Paz is a superb choice.
1. Go swimming with Whale Sharks
A must-do when you visit La Paz is swimming with whale sharks. It is a very popular tourist activity because seeing these incredible creatures from so close is a unique magical experience that everybody should do at least once in their life.
These giants of the sea are extremely gentle and friendly, and seeing them for the first time is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Season: December through April)
2. Whale-watching trip
Although you may need to drive a little far, all the way to Lopez Mateo, whale watching is one of the most incredible activities to do in Baja California Sur.
Grey, blue and humpback whales travel all the way to the Southern Baja coast to find food, give birth, and mate as they find here the perfect environment for their activity. (Season: January through April).
You can find private and share tour operators such as RED Travel Mexico www.redtravelmexico.com or The Cortez Club www.cortezclub.com who will take you out across the Sea of Cortez on a Panga boat and find you the perfect place to swim with Whale Sharks and Whale watching.
3. Swim with sea lions at Isla Espiritu Santo
One of the most exciting La Paz things to do is join a boat tour to Espiritu Santo.
Is one of the gorgeous natural habitats in the Sea of Cortez near La Paz, Mexico.
Since it’s a UNESCO-declared biosphere reserve, there’s no development and wildlife truly thrives on this beautiful island.
A boat ride to Espiritu Santo Island takes about an hour, but when you get there you will be rewarded with a swim with the friendly sea lions.
Plus, the amazing volcanic rock formations and the landscape of the island and its surrounding region are a sight to see!
Usually include a stop to a nearby island after swimming with the sea lions, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and swim in the chill waters.
This is an activity that you can do all year round, except for June through August, when it’s the mating season, and the sea lions need to be left alone.
4. Amazing water sports such as Paddleboarding, Scuba Diving, and Kayaking
Paddleboarding, just like kayaking, is one of the most popular water sports activities in La Paz. Local outdoor shops offer incredible experiences.
You can rent a paddleboard and go on your own, or you can join tours that take you to the most beautiful bays of the Sea of Cortez, including Isla Espiritu Santo.
Scuba Diving, If your priority is exploring the underwater world and you are a certified scuba diver, you should definitely join a diving trip to Isla Espiritu Santo, where your experience swimming with the sea lion will be much more amazing than if you were snorkeling.
You could find amazing dive sites, sea lions, magnificent shipwrecks, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, sharks, and more waiting for you. Your stay at the Sea of Cortez will be one of your best memories.
Kayaking the calm waters of the sea of Cortez is perfect for kayaking.
You can enjoy incredible experiences paddling around the multiple islands, including Espiritu Santo island, swimming in hidden bays among sea lions, and wealthy marine life. You just cannot miss Balandra Beach, one of the top natural wonders in Mexico.
5. Kitesurf in La Ventana Bay
Kitesurfing is another great adventure in the city. If you’re up for an unforgettable experience, kitesurfing is a surefire way to get your hands on one. The best place to go kitesurfing during a trip to La Paz is definitely La Ventana Bay.
The small town of La Ventana is only a 1-hour drive from the city and is exclusively known for its kitesurfing experience.
With its perfect location to make the best use of air currents flowing between Cerralvo Island and the bay, La Ventana has become a hub for kitesurfing. (Season: November and March).
Have a walk on the beach, watch the kite surfers floating above the water, and have lunch in one of the cute local cafes.
6. Try as many flavors of cuisines as you like
La Paz has lots of variety when it comes to the food experience of the city.
From Italian to Argentinian, and of course, traditional Mexican cuisine. You will find plenty of specialties in every part of La Paz, and many street vendors are pretty great too.
Fish tacos are another highly recommended item from the La Paz cuisines but don’t hold back on any other dishes either.
La Paz has some of the best seafood restaurants in Baja California Sur, so feel free to try out as many dishes as you like; you won’t be disappointed.
7. Adorable cafes and Mexican Sweet Bread gourmet bakeries in La Paz
I had to include it in the list of things to do in La Paz Mexico, simply because I’m always searching for good coffee and good wifi.
My favorite one is Doce Cuarenta, Starbucks style but with its Mexican personality, great coffee, and delicious bakery.
The sweet bread is “most pleasant to be eaten” as a Mexican sweet bread lover, I just tell you that you should try : Dulce Romero, La Masa, JO & JO Post Baking, MoMo, and 3 Amigos.
8. Watch the spectacular sunsets from The Malecon or any place
The Malecon, which is the beach promenade, is quite a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to take long walks early morning and during sunset and exercise. It has a special vibe and a place of enjoyment.
You will find people walking, running, skating, and biking along the Malecon. Yes, there is a cycling lane running beside the pedestrian side.
At sunset, it becomes the perfect spot to watch the colors of the setting sun illuminate the sky over the sea. In La Paz, I have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets ever.
The ex-pat community in La Paz is small but growing, and new developments, including gated communities, promise to bring in more. Retirees spend time at the marina and enjoy the restaurants. Bridge groups meet weekly, as do tennis groups and a writer’s circle. The town square has live music almost every night.
Owning property is more common. You can buy land through a Mexican bank by using a mechanism called a trust deed or fideocomiso. The bank owns the deed, but it gives the beneficiary rights to the land for 50 years and can be renewed. The house belongs to the beneficiary free and clear and can be built, sold, or inherited, and buildings can be rented, sold, and inherited in the same way as if they were private property.
The city of La Paz has established itself as an attractive place for families with high purchasing power who, in the last two years, have sought to settle in this tourist destination, which has generated the appearance of new subdivisions with very high capital gains such as Playa de La Paz, Pedregal De La Paz, and Puerta Cortes.
La Paz, Baja California Sur: Mexico’s best best-kept secret and also the best place to buy or build your dream home.
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