Viva La Paz!

Not to be confused with the better-known Bolivian city of the same name, La Paz on the Baja California Peninsula is one of Mexico’s foremost coastal destinations, offering activities to suit even the most adventurous of travellers.

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It’s position on Mexico’s Pacific coast also makes it an ideal stopping place for those heading south from California to enjoy holidays in Central America – with its ferry crossing to Mazatlan allowing you to traverse the Gulf of California and continue your journey overland to Mexico City, and then on to Guatemala and Belize.

If you’d like to find out more about travel through the Baja California Peninsula follow this link, or read on for more information about the fantastic range of things to do there is in La Paz:

Watersports

Being a coastal city situated on sheltered gulf where water temperatures are regularly in the high 20s, one of the most obvious things to do is to get wet!

Depending on your preference, this could be as uncomplicated as putting on your boardshorts or bikini and going for a paddle at one of the region’s many stunning white sand beaches, or as involved as getting fully kitted up for a scuba diving adventure with hammerhead sharks and giant manta rays.

If getting wet is not your thing, but you still like to get out an enjoy the fresh sea breeze, why not cast line and see if you can catch a sea monster or two, including the fabled marlin or a powerful tuna?

Of course, you may just prefer to look at the water, so you can simply slap on the sun lotion (temperatures get well into the 30s in this part of the world, so you’ll need it), roll out your beach towel and lie back on the sand with a cool bottle of cerveza in your hand.

Sightseeing

Being a lively city, La Paz has plenty to keep you occupied away from the beach too. The best place to start is the city’s zocalo (main square), which is at the heart of everything that happens in La Paz.

Surrounded by historic buildings – the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Paz; the Library of Regional History of the Californias – this shaded space with a fountain at its centre is a hive of activity. Hang out with the locals, grab a bar in a nearby bar and dine on some delicious locally caught seafood in one of the restaurants.

Day trips

La Paz is also a great base for day trips to other places of interest on the peninsula, including the island of Espiritu Santo – an 11-mile by three-mile desert island rich in biological diversity.

Much like the Galapagos Islands, it is home to a number of endemic species such as the  ring-tailed cat, black jackrabbit and ground squirrel, while its waters are home to more common but no less spectacular species, including turtles, whales and sharks.

Although evidence of human habitation stretches back tens of thousands of years, the only visitors now are adventurers keen to camp in the wilderness or swim with dolphins.

With its stunning weather, beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, La Paz really is a top-class adventure destination, so don’t just fly straight to Mexico City, try the Baja Peninsula out for size.