La Paz Travel Guide

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La Paz Things to Do

  • Snorkel as much as you can while in La...

    La Paz is situated on the sea of Cortez with several small islands near by. We rented a small boat and hired a few young tour guides to help us see the area. It was spectacular scenery with the visibility being about 100 ft.Every day was amazing. I swam with sea lions, manta rays,giant sea snakes and eels. Colorful and magnificent sheephead, orange...

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  • Playa Telecote

    Differently from Baia Balandra, Playa Telecote offers everything to the beach tourists: sun beds, sun umbrellas and two-three restaurants. On the other hand, it is extremely crowded especially on weekends. I have realized that Mexican are used to spend Sundays with the whole family on the beach so they bring their own tents and organized barbecue....

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  • Baia Balandra

    Baia Balandra is definitely one of the best beach in Baja California and surely the best of La Paz area. Unforturnately many "pazenos" agree with me, so it is normally very crowded, especially on weekend. Nevertheless, it is almost paradise with very white and fine sand, crystal blue water and a lot of pelicans. Some "palapa" sun umbrellas and some...

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  • Boat trip to Isla de Espiritu Santu

    The island of Espiritu Santu is one hour far from La Paz and really worth-seeing. You will see a bunch of sea lions and you can snorkel there among them. Don't be afraid, they will be more scared than you. After snorkelling boat trip's captain will take you in a heavenly beach. Absolutely not to be missed.

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  • Language School in La Paz

    My wife and I spent a wonderful week in La Paz in March 2007. We contacted the Se Habla...La Paz language school and made arrangments with them for a homestay. We would highly recommend Se Habla as a language school and La Paz as a destination!!

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  • Pichilingue Port.

    Near La Paz is located the port of Pichilingue, there are ferries leaving the city to Mazatlan, Manzanillo and Guaymas.

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  • Balandra Beach and Todos Los Santos...

    The city is the hub to visit all the natural beauties of the region, most of the islands of the area as the Espiritu Santo island were declarated World Heritage by the Unesco. The area is also famous as a breeding ground for whales.

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  • Main Plaza.

    As in almost all Spanish Colonial cities, La Paz has a Main Plaza with the Cathedral and Governement buildings, the city was founded by Hernan Cortez in 1535, and has an interesting history of Spanish Conquerors, Pirates and Pearlers.

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  • The Promenade.

    The city is has a nice beach and a pleasant promenade decorated with statues and palm trees, and is less touristic than other cities of the peninsula as Cabo San Lucas or San Jose.

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  • Fishing with the best!

    I have been to La paz for the past 12 years and have tried every individual fishing charter that is out there. Not to go to much into detail about the common poor service and poor conditions of over vendors I simply want to point out the BEST SERV I have ever experienced in Baja.The Hernandez' family went clearly out of their way to cater to my...

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  • The Zocalo on Sunday Afternoon

    Downtown is the city square, like every city in Mexico. On Sunday afternoons there is nothing open, and nothing to do but go down to the zocalo. There families sit on park benches in their Sunday best, the old and young, visit and play and pass the time of day.Time stops and nothing seems too important. I was walking around the square and a...

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  • Tecolote Beach

    take time to drive East of town on Hwy 11 to see where the ferry boats come in and then on out to Tecolote beach to have some fish tacos at one of the 3 resterants there. we picked the one that used a old boat for it's kitchen.

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La Paz Hotels

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La Paz Restaurants

  • Mesquite Grill ambance

    The first thing that meets your eyes as you walk through the small bar area in front is the trellis covered courtyard. Outside dining in Mexico can be dark and this is no different. Still there's enough light to review the menu.We were seated near the open air mesquite barbeque grill so we had a front row view of the process of turning huge...

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  • FAMILY AMBIENCE and Rooms for Rent!

    This is a very unique, comfortable, open restaurant fronting right on the bay at La Paz on the northern end of town as you would drive north up the peninsula.Owned and managed by an American woman who has had the same staff for eons and provides a wonderful meal every time we stop (over the past 15 years).You can see by the photos that in addition...

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  • Inner harbor view

    Located in the Costabaja Resort and Spa, Steinbecks provides an excellent view of the inner harbor as well as offering excellent cuisine. I enjoyed an excellent Tuna Salad while my colleague inhaled the broiled shrimp salad. The food was excellently prepared and presentation was 5-star. The price was high, but not as bad as it would have been in...

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  • Great Guacamole and Steak

    Like most of the best restaurants in the Baja, Rancho Viejo doesn't look like much from the street, but once you sit down at one of the crowded plastic tables on the sidewalk you're in for a treat.Service is faster than most Mexican restaurants and our waiter spoke perfect English. The menu is quite extensive and rather eclectic in its organization...

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  • Amazing food

    Without a doubt, the best restaurant in town, and one that would seriously challenge some of the best and far more expensive restaurants in los Cabos. The food is imaginative, well made, and delicious. The restaurant has a great Baja-Mediterranean style courtyard, open kitchen, and a very nice and well stocked wine cellar. Our waiter told us the...

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  • Cool, and relaxing

    A nice restaurant, we didn't eat there but in the extreme heat we went there to cool off and get a drink. The owner greeted us, and lead us to a table on the out door patio, looking over the bay. The Pina Coladas in La Paz have nutmeg on them, which makes them a little like eggnog. Interesting, I liked them. I would have liked to eat there...

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La Paz Transportation

  • Flying down to La Paz

    Well if you live in So Cal like me you're in luck. The flight is a little over an hour down to La Paz. The flights are cheap from aerocalifornia or aeromexico. The prices are about$250 RT, but you may find a package deal that is cheaper.

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  • Your own wheels

    Cabs are plentiful in La Paz, and the bus is an option for those who are stretching pesos. But let's face it, your own wheels is the ultimate in freedom. You can follow your nose, not know quite where you are going, and see whatever you want.When you fill up, it's at Pemex or nothing. There is no self-serve. You say "para llegar", the local...

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  • We took Aero California on a...

    We took Aero California on a DC-9 (!!) from Los Angeles to Loreto and back from La Paz. Can't say a whole lot good about them because they failed to get one of our bags on the plane from LA. Since we were kayaking one-way from Loreto to La Paz, my kayaking partner had to do without all of his clothes for the entire trip. Aero California has no...

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La Paz Shopping

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  • Mexico Books and Arts

    This very lovely little bookstore is only about 6 months old at writing; owned by a Seattle couple who took a year touring Mexico prior to settling down here.Lots of great tourist and informational books, maps, cruising charts and language guides on Mexico in addition to many art books, particularly about FRIDA and DIEGO, as well as lots of unique...

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  • Hand-made On Premises Pottery

    The IBARRA Family is originally from mainland Mexico, but has resided in La Paz for many years now. On the premises of their family home is situated both the manufacture and sale of their now patented ceramic pieces.You can see the whole process there if you please, each piece individually hand painted on a white glaze, highly fired. They display...

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  • Office Supplies

    Office Depot in Mexico is just like Office Depot in the US. Office suppplies at a discount when you buy in bulk In fact, it was the only place we could find a desk or floor fan for our home. Other office supply stores and department stores did not have any. We asked the bartender at our hotel where he found the fan in the the bar. He laughed and...

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La Paz Warnings and Dangers

  • Local cops

    This is something they have been trying to weed out for years, but with varying levels of success. I was parked on the street while at a mercado, and I came back to see that I was parked illegally. I saw the cop before he saw me, and he was obviously stalling to wait for the gringo to return. As soon as he saw me, he started to remove my tags. I...

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  • Sunburn!

    You absolutely must wear sun block and a wide-brimmed hat while on the water! Some of our group thought that the hat would do the job by itself and got terrible burns on the first day!

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  • The Ensenada Scenic Highway (...

    The Ensenada Scenic Highway ( Mexican Highway 1D) is a toll road. 20 pesos or $2.15 will be collected at Tijuana, Rosarito Beach, and at the end in Ensenada. The Libre (free) road is heavily used by all sizes of truck and can be dangerous.

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La Paz What to Pack

  • Ear pads

    Do not forget ear pads if your hotel is on the Malecon (most of hotels are there); it is the busiest avenue and, especially on weekends, the traffic is extremely noisy. But don’t ask for a room without the view of Malecon for this reason because it’s breathtaking, especially on sunsets.

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  • Packing List

    Must have a good water resistant backpack or a backpack/drybag. See-through plastic drybags make it easier to get at your stuff. A mesh dive bag is handy to carry your wet stuff or snorkel gear. A fanny pack or small day pack for hiking trips. Kayak shoes or dive booties are best for kayaking. Sport sandals are OK, but your feet get sandy &...

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La Paz Off The Beaten Path

  • Todos Santos

    About 60 miles west of La Paz across the desert is the town of Todos Santos. It is a cute little artist's colony with a fair number of American expats on the Pacific coast. It is much cooler than La Paz, about 10 F on any given day. It has some touristy trinket stands and a few nice restaurants and a cute little church. The beach north of there is...

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  • Where the sea meets the desert

    Isla Cerralvo - Isla Espiritu SantoDrive out of town to the north and the east, either will do. At the end of the road, there is the deepest blue water separating you from a gorgeous deserted island. The beach has a few palapas and a bar, but is otherwise all for yourself. Stop, look for shells, crack open a beverage of your choice, and realize...

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  • SNORKELING >The most...

    SNORKELING >The most exciting activity to do is snorkeling, with secluded beaches and crystal clear waters where you can swim with the sea lions and see tropical fish. There are beautiful beaches close to town but not always as much underwater wildlife.

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La Paz Favorites

  • UDO - Unidentified Drying Objects

    While on the roof of my hotel enjoying the scenery I came across these little slug like objects drying in the sun. I have no idea what they are but I'm glad I didn't eat in the restaurant.

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  • Good Fishing

    Good fishing on both the gulf and Pacific side of Baja. We traveled in October, weather was very nice fishing was fair. Decent for dorado, sometimes tuna, more often known for moderate marlin and sailfish.

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  • Great Seafood

    I really thought the food in La Paz was excellent. I did not have a bad meal during the entire week. I stayed at the La Concha which had a great restaurant, but every place had good food. I loved the shrimp cocktails, the fajias, the fish with garlic and butter, plus the flan. The Mexican breakfasts were really good too. Excellent refried beans....

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