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La Paz, Mexico

La Paz is the capital city in Baja California Sur, Mexico. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of California or the Sea of Cortez near the southern end of the long peninsula. Often overlooked by travelers by the more flashy nearby Los Cabos resorts, La Paz boasts a wonderful waterfront and world-class beaches. The city itself is very clean, safe and attractive. The islands off the coast are a popular destination in themselves.

La Paz has a desert climate, with low humidity although during summer months humidity may reach levels of 85% or more. Average winter nights dip into the lower 50s F, and average summer highs usually reach 100 F.

History

La Paz was first inhabited by Neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja California Peninsula.Read more

La Paz, Mexico

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La Paz is the capital city in Baja California Sur, Mexico. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of California or the Sea of Cortez near the southern end of the long peninsula. Often overlooked by travelers by the more flashy nearby Los Cabos resorts, La Paz boasts a wonderful waterfront and world-class beaches. The city itself is very clean, safe and attractive. The islands off the coast are a popular destination in themselves.

La Paz has a desert climate, with low humidity although during summer months humidity may reach levels of 85% or more. Average winter nights dip into the lower 50s F, and average summer highs usually reach 100 F.

History

La Paz was first inhabited by Neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja California Peninsula.
On May 3, 1535, Hernán Cortés arrived in the bay by La Paz and named it "Santa Cruz"; he attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems
In 1596, Sebastián Vizcaínoarrived, giving the area its modern name, La Paz.

From January 10, 1854 to May 8, 1854, it served as the capital of William Walker's Republic of Sonora. The project collapsed due to a lack of US support and pressure from the Mexican government to retake the region.

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La Paz, Mexico: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at Puerto De Pichilingue.
The harbor is 10 miles away from the city. Buses and taxis are available.
One can easily explore La Paz on foot.

Get around La Paz, Mexico


By taxi

Taxis are readily available throughout town and prices are very reasonable, but make sure to agree on a price "before" entering the taxi and be clear that it is not a per-person price.

Local Taxi Location & Ph No's:

  • Degollado S/N Tel: (612) 122-0164
  • GMO. Prieto y Bravo Tel: (612) 122-0156
  • Revolucion y Degollado Tel: (612) 122-0857
  • Rosales S/N Tel: (612) 122-0455
  • Abasolo y Sonora Tel: (612) 123-2044
  • Bravo y M. Rubio Tel: (612) 122-0060
  • 16 de Septiembre y 21 de Agosta Tel: (612) 122-0308
  • B. Dominguez y 5 de Mayo Tel:: (612) 122-0770
  • Serban y 5 de Mayo Tel:: (612) 122-1470
  • 16 de Septiembre y Revolucion Tel:: (612) 122-0790

By rental car

Many car rental agencies (for example, Alamo, Budget, National, Thrifty) have offices both at the airport and downtown. Daily car rental prices are relatively cheap, comparable to a one-way taxi ride from the airport to downtown. An important consideration is that car insurance is very expensive, with some agencies making policies compulsory. In addition, some agencies may put a hold on your credit card for up to half the value of the car, so make sure your card has enough credit.

Driving allows you to visit great beaches located away from town and to take day trips to nearby cities. It is possible to pick up the car at one location, for example at the airport, and drop it off at other location, for example, downtown. This allows you to avoid paying a taxi to get to your hotel, plus gives you a convenient way to visit places that are not within walking distance from town.

By bus

  • Aguila Tel: (612) 122-4270
  • Sucursal Malecon Tel: (612) 122-7898

What to see in La Paz, Mexico


La Paz is home to various scenic beaches and boat docks. Playa El Tesoro is ideal for quiet, non-motorized watersports in a protected bay ringed with aquamarine shallow water that looked perfect for abundant fishing in the coves. Other popular public beaches a few miles outside of town (about 15 miles north of La Paz, no public transportation available) are Pichilingue, Balandra, and El Tecolote.

The islands in the Sea of Cortez (such as Isla Espiritu Santo) can be visited by boat tours and are well worth the time to check out. For example, a tour to Isla Espiritu Santo leaving from Playa El Tecolote takes about 4 hours. The marine wildlife and world-class views are a huge draw. Think Arizona with the Caribbean!

What to do in La Paz, Mexico


Whale Watching Tours - Begin your adventure in the capital city of La Paz. Then on to Port San Carlos to meet the aquatic stars of this tour, the Gray Whales of Magdalena Bay. Snorkeling equipment is provided & a delicious seafood lunch is included in this adventure. On this tour, you can go scuba diving with dolphins. They also provide bird watching tours as well.

Biking -The city of La Paz is spread out, and you will find yourself walking a fair amount. The best way to see the city and the surrounding area is by bike. There are a few rental facilities along the Malecon but for the best deals ask if your hotel has a bike for rent. A good day bike is north along the coast to Pichilingue and beyond. There are numerous beaches to stop at and take a dip in the ocean. Make sure to bring water. 

What to eat and drink in La Paz, Mexico


Eat

Since this is a coastal city you can get fresh seafood, don't forget to taste the shrimps, lobsters, abulón, snail, etc. La Paz serves the best fish tacos in Mexico, and they are available at most restaurants.

Bismark Cito on the waterfront serves great shrimp tacos. Check the price of special combos if you are offered one, as the pricing may be out of line with the rest of the menu.

There is a hot dog cart located outside Carlos 'n' Charlies that serves awesome bacon wrapped sausages in a bun. Very cheap.

If you are looking for some Italian food by the sea you can eat at Palermo´s.

Drink

Kiwi on the beach serves excellent margaritas and has a good view over the bay at sunset.

Shopping in La Paz, Mexico


You can walk around the streets of the downtown in La Paz, you will see a lot of little shopping stores where you can buy artcraft made of seashells, wood and other materials of La Paz.

Safety in La Paz, Mexico


La Paz is quite a safe downtown. However, you should always use your common sense just like in any other place on our planet. Be smart and polite. Don't demonstrate your wealth. Watch your belongings. 

Language spoken in La Paz, Mexico


Spanish is the main language. English is widely understood in tourist places. 

LOCAL TIME

8:09 pm
August 18, 2019
America/Mazatlan

CURRENT WEATHER

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