La Paz is a mix of laid-back, old-world beauty and chichi upscale trends. It’s surprisingly international – you’re as likely to hear French, Portuguese or Italian there as English or Spanish, and yet it’s the most ‘Mexican’ city of the Baja. The beachside malecón, has superb restaurants and funky stores that make it a great place to meander. The city makes a good base for day trips to Cabo Pulmo and Todos Santos. The port of Pichilingue receives ferries from the mainland ports of Topolobampo and Mazatlán, and the airport is served by several US carriers. On Península Pichilingue, the beaches nearest to La Paz are Playa Palmira (with the Hotel Palmira and a marina), Playa Coromuel and Playa Caimancito, both with bar-restaurants, toilets and palapas. Playa Tesoro, the next beach north, has a restaurant. Some 100m north of the ferry terminal is Playa Pichilingue, with camping, restaurants, a bar, toilets and shade. Playa Balandra is a beautiful enclosed cove with shallow azure water, great for paddling toddlers. Playa Tecolote has plenty of spots where those with cars could camp, and launches leave from here for Espíritu Santo. Enjoy La Paz vacations in the beautiful Baja. Get everything you need to plan and make your trip come true. Visit the beaches of La Paz here.
In La Paz, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are comfortable and dry; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 61°F to 93°F and is rarely below 57°F or above 96°F. The hot season lasts for 4.5 months, from May 29 to October 13, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is July 2, with an average high of 93°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 4 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 79°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 61°F and high of 75°F.
The closest airport is going to be the airport located in La Paz, Manuel Márquez de León International Airport. The next closest airport, which is a bit of a drive is Los Cabos International Airport, is 191 miles from La Paz. Americans traveling to Mexico must present a valid U.S. passport. Those traveling by sea can present a passport card and valid driver’s license to gain entrance back into the U.S. Permanent legal U.S. residents who hold a I-551 Permanent Resident card are allowed to board flights from Mexico to the U.S. American tourists entering Mexico by plane or traveling farther than the border zone must buy a tourist card. These are also know as an FM-T, and for travelers arriving by air, it’s usually included in the price of the plane ticket. Other travelers can obtain a tourist card from the Mexican border crossings, Mexican tourism offices, the Mexican consulates and most airlines serving Mexico. To find the best prices, go to AirFareWatchDog.com to watch for the best fares to La Paz.
Car Rental & Things to Consider
Loss damage waiver (LDW): Also called collision damage waiver (CDW) or LDW/CDW. This is actually not insurance, but the rental agency’s agreement to waive some of the cost of theft or any damage you inflict on the rental vehicle. This one requires some research and some careful thought. If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage, you can pass on LDW/CDW, but keep some caveats in mind. You are responsible to the rental company for any loss or damage to the vehicle no matter what the cause is or who is at fault. You will be detained until money matters are settled, and if you lack liability coverage, your most memorable vacation sight could include the inside of a Mexican jail until you pay off your obligation. Before you decline LDW/CDW, verify that your auto policy or credit card insurance is valid for rentals in Mexico, and that it includes loss of use. To collect on your credit-card insurance, you must use that card when you rent the car and when you pay the final bill. Carry proof of coverage with you, though rental companies don’t always require it. You must also explicitly decline the offered insurance, which is not possible with companies such as Avis or National, which include LDW/CDW in their rates or bundle it with the required liability.
- Make sure a copy of the insurance policy is in the glove box and is up to date.
- If you book online, print out the confirmation and show it when you pick up your car to be sure they don’t try to charge you a higher rate.
- Try to get your rate quoted in pesos. Prices quoted in dollars will be converted to pesos for payment, usually at more than the going exchange rate.
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Restaurants You’ll Want to Try
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Nice place with excellent music. Make a reservation in order to avoid waiting times. Highly recommended are the pizzas and pastas. Salads are also good choices. Service tends to be slow, but it’s understandable as the place gets crowded during dinner time. For more information, visit them on Facebook at Búrbula.
$$$ Santo Agave
The kitchen is great! Poblano food with a different touch on each dish. Very well presented and with good service (which in general does not happen much in Puebla). The prices are pretty decent and the decor of the place is very cool. You can have your cava and if you sit on the terrace, ask for the right side … It has more ambience. For more information, visit their website at Santo Agave.
$ La Conquista
A hidden gem. This is a must if you want high quality ingredients for a quick bite. This place serves delicious cemitas and taquitos. For more information, visit them on yelp at La Conquista.
$ Taco Fish La Paz
Great variety of fish and shrimp tacos, and quesadillas. Must try the Marlin quesadillas! Best fish taco place in La Paz! Great food, good service, and outstanding staff. For more information, visit them on Facebook at Taco Fish La Paz.
$$ – $$$ Kalakitas Mexican Food n´Drinks
Amazing Mexican food and great happy hour cocktails (4-8) for a very good value! Stay for the live band which is also great! Also awesome décor and atmosphere. For more information, visit them on Facebook at Kalakitas Mexican Food n’ Drinks.
Bars & Nightlife
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$$ The Beerbox La Paz
The BeerBox La Paz offers a comfortable and pleasant space immersed in the immensity of the beer culture, where you can enjoy quality products and spend a pleasant time with friends, couple or family. Enjoy their wide range of beers and styles. For more information, visit them on Facebook at The Beerbox La Paz.
$ La Miserable
If you like mezcal this is the spot to go to! They have a great variety of mescal. The place is clean and the owner is really knowledgeable and knows his stuff. The outdoor patio is a wonderful spot to enjoy your mezcal and a cigar, and it’s got a very hipster vibe to it. For more information, visit them on Facebook at La Miserable.
Great service and great drinks at incredibly reasonable prices. Good location too. If you love martinis, then you will love this gem of a martini bar. For more information, visit them on Facebook at Tabu.
Wonderful little place. The food is very good and the people very nice. Cold a/c, comfortable booths, free wifi, spectacular view and best beer selection in La Paz, Also, a great view of the bay! For more information, visit them on yelp at Malta.
Things To Do
La Paz Whale Sharks VIP Tours
They are a company of trusted, passionate ocean specialists who offer customized boat tours to dream like destinations. Their trips are completely based around your interests and schedule. They are one of a kind experiences that are as unique as you are. If you want to get away from big tour companies and big crowds you have found the right operator. They work only with local experienced Captains, and boats that have all the current permits and comply our safety requirements. They care about the environment and use biodegradable glasses instead of plastic water bottles and only biodegradable sunscreen. For more information call 52 612 200 3989 or visit their website at La Paz Whale Sharks VIP Tours.
Baja Unexplored is a company of alternative tourism or ecological tourism for all lovers of nature, composed of young entrepreneurs and enthusiasts, natives of the town. Dedicated to provide tourist services of great quality, exploring the wonderful places and landscapes that can be found in the beautiful peninsula of Baja California. Adapting every tour to the needs of each customer, always seeking the best option to ensure their satisfaction with personalized tours, trying to give the best service possible for the client to take a pleasant experience home. For more information call 52 1 612 166 2856 or visit their website at Baja Desconocida.
Island Cat Charters & Excursions
Island Cat private charters are ALL INCLUSIVE, meaning everything is provided for exploring, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, cruising, beach-combing, etc. Scuba is also available. The crew are certified Master Divers. (There is an additional cost for scuba.) The crew are top-notch, experienced, educated, and professional. For more information call 52 1 624 128 5666 or visit their website at Island Cat Charters & Excursions.
La Paz, Mexico is their home. They know it well. Their skippers aren’t part time summer workers. They fish every day in the same water they have fished for generations. It’s not just a living. It’s what they do and who they are. They can put you into the best fishing experience of a lifetime as well as show you the best places to see dolphins, buy a taco, go shopping or even catch a gorgeous Baja Sunset! For more information call 52 626 638 3383 or visit their website at Tailhunter International.
Dive In La Paz
They offer beginner’s diving course for children and adults, all levels course to Dive master, maintenance of equipment, a variety of tours such as snorkeling with whale shark, snorkel with sea lions, fishing tour, whale watching etc. They also offer new snorkeling and diving equipment of excellent quality directly imported from Europe. For more information call 52 1 612 167 8914 or visit their website at Dive In La Paz.
Showcasing an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool, Hotel HBlue is located in La Paz in the region of Baja California Sur. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel HBlue.
Hyatt Place La Paz
Hyatt Place La Paz is located 10 minutes’ drive from central La Paz, Baja California Sur. The hotel is modern and offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is also available. Breakfast buffet is included for all guests at Hyatt Place La Paz. At Hyatt Place La Paz guests will enjoy of a fitness centre. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a tour desk and luggage storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including golfing, sports fishing and diving. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hyatt Place La Paz.
Hotel Catedral La Paz
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Hotel Catedral La Paz offers accommodations in La Paz. The hotel has an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Car rental is available at this hotel and the area is popular for golfing and fishing. The nearest airport is Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport, 7 miles from Hotel Catedral La Paz. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hotel Catedral La Paz.
Costa Baja Resort & Spa
Offering a private beach club with a palapa bar and infinity pool, Costa Baja Resort & Spa also features amazing views of the Cortez Sea, a private marina and a spa. The Steinbeck Restaurant serves international cuisine with unique regional touches. It also offers a varied selection of wines. The Espiritu Spa offers a range of body treatments, massages and facials. There is also a beauty salon and direct access to an 18-hole golf course. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Costa Baja Resort & Spa.