La Paz is located in the southern part of the State of Baja California Sur on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. The shores of this city are bathed by the waters of the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez in an area considered to be the World's Largest Aquarium.
State: Baja California Sur
Altitude: 27 meters above sea level
Time Zone: Pacific Time UTC-7
Population: 215,178 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 612
As part of the natural wealth of La Paz there are the islands of Isla Partida and Isla Espiritu Santo that were declared a protected area in 1978 and were recognized as a Biosphere Reserve in 1995.
This bay is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna including a colony of sea lions. This treasure of having such valuable species among its waters is why it is considered the World's Largest Aquarium.
One of the charms the city of La Paz are the colorful sunsets from the palapas on its beaches. Amid the architectural beauty of this destination are the Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de La Paz and the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History which tells the history of the region from its first inhabitants up to the present day throughout its three rooms.
Among the cultural attractions are the Whale Museum, the City Theatre, and the Central Library.
One of the emblematic sites of the city is its "Malecón" or boardwalk where there are restaurants, shops, and hotels, and is one of the favorite places for locals to spend the afternoon and enjoy the sunset.
The main beach of La Paz is renowned for having warm calm waters perfect for water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, a banana ride, diving, and waverunner rides.
Some of the most popular beaches are La Concha, El Caimansito, El Tesoro, Picholingue, Tecolote and Coyote.
The sports played in La Paz are sport fishing, golfing on one of its three first class courses, water sports, and adventure activities.
Isla Espiritu Santo is one of the places not to be missed because of its colorful reefs where you can go snorkeling and see dolphins, mantas, angelfish, and hammer fish. On the island you can go camping, hiking, and bird watching.
La Paz is also one of the favorite destinations for locals and foreigners who go sport fishing and it is considered a premier destination since you can catch in their seas swordfish, blue marlin, black marlin, tuna, and dorado.
La Paz is located in northwestern Mexico in the state of Baja California Sur, adjacent to Ciudad Constitución to the south and the cities of Cabo San Lucas and Comondú to the north.
This destination connects to the rest of Mexico with the state's main highway and the Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport where flights arrive from the United States and major cities in Mexico.
Distance from La Paz to other destinations in Mexico
- Ensenada, Baja California: 1373 km.
- Tijuana, Baja California: 1477 km.
- Hermosillo, Sonora: 2329 km.
- Culiacán, Sinaloa: 3031 km.
- Mazatlán, Sinaloa: 3231 km.
- Torreón, Coahuila: 3338 km.
- Durango, Durango: 3556 km.
- Monterrey, Nuevo León: 3664 km.
- Guadalajara, Jalisco: 3709 km.
- San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi: 3894 km.
- León, Guanajuato: 3921 km.
- Morelia, Michoacán: 3991 km.
- Mexico City, Federal District: 4235 km.
The city of La Paz is characterized by a desert climate as it is located a few kilometers from the Sonoran Desert.
Its temperatures average a maximum of 28 ° C and a minimum of 18 ° C.
The months with the chance of rain are August and September.
What to Pack
Being a beach destination you need to bring a swimsuit, sandals, flip flops, cool and comfortable clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.
Activities and Attractions in La Paz
Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, deep sea fishing, paragliding, golfing, boating, banana boat ride, jet skiing, mountain biking, motocross, and ATV.
Visit its Historical Center, Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and other historical monuments.
Regional Museum of Anthropology and History, Community Whale Museum.
The theaters, Teatro de la Ciudad and Teatro Juarez, State Cultural House, Cultural Center of La Paz, and art galleries.
Serpentario (snake garden) de La Paz Ecological Park, El Coromuel Waterpark.
The beaches of Playa Balandra, Playa El Tecolote, Playa La Concha, Playa El Caimansito, Playa El Tesoro, Playa El Coyote, Playa Pichilingue, Playa La Ventana, and the port of Puerto de Altura Pichilingue.
Walk along the Malecon and its sculptures (boardwalk): Escultura Vaquitas Marinas, Escultura La Reina del Mar, Escultura Paraíso del Mar, Escultura Mantarraya, Escultura Paloma, Escultura el Viejo y el Mar, Escultura Caracoles Músicos, Escultura Ballena Jorobada, Wyland Mural of La Vida Marina del Mar de Cortes.
Walk to the Magic Town of Todos Santos and the town of El Triunfo,
Nightlife (bars, restaurants, discotheque).
Feasts and Festivities in La Paz
February: Arts Festival in Todos Santos.
February / March: Carnival in La Paz.
March / April: International Festival of Arts and Culture for Peace.
May: Celebrations of the founding of La Paz, the Mango Festival.
September 15 and 16: Independence Day.
October 31, November 1 and 2: Day of the Dead Celebration (Día de Muertos).
December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe