La Paz Vacations

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.

Weather

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.

Airports

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.

Manuel Márquez de León International Airport

Los Cabos International Airport

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.

With CarRentals.com, you have flexibility when you reserve your next vehicle, which allows you to build in your own savings. Prepay for your rental and get some of the cheapest rates, or book in advance with no credit card needed—you simply pay at pickup. Want to be notified when prices fall? Set a price drop alert and get an email when prices are low for your location. You can also sign up for our newsletter to get more deals.

Restaurants You’ll Want to Try

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$$  Búrbula

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.

$  Tabu

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.

 

$  Malta

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 Desconocida

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.

Tailhunter International

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.

Hotels

Hotel HBlue

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.

26 Comments

  1. Courtney

    I love how detailed you are with every beach! This is great for a one-stop-shop as far as I’m concerned! I’m very passionate about travel, so reading this was right down my alley! Enjoyed the video too (I’m a super visual learner). Thanks for the info, I’ll be sure to refer back to it!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad I could help Courtney! I am trying to provide everything you need to plan your beach destination travel. It is a huge passion of mine for sure! Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  2. Ramandeep

    Hello

    Great post, La Paz looks like an awesome place to travel. I love traveling and would love to travel in winter as winter weather seems pleasant. Surprising they seem pretty strict about car rentals, whether you are at fault or not wow haha, safest thing is to have you insurance policy in place so as to not land up in the jail. Thank you for the information. We have been starting to plan our trip to the Baja, and La Paz is actually where we want to vacation. Your post is great, and I will be using it to start making reservations. Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad that the information is going to be of use to you. If you need any additional information while you are in the planning stage, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. I will help you in any way I can. Thank you for visiting La Paz Vacations.

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  3. Will

    I really enjoyed reading your site. I’ve been interested in a Mexico vacation for awhile, but I didn’t really want to go somewhere super touristy or somewhere where crime was going to be a real threat. La Paz looks promising. Now that I have decide on this area, I can start planning! Thanks for the info, I will definitely return back to your site when I am ready to start planning. Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Will. I am glad I could help you make your decision on where to go in Mexico for your next vacation. Enjoy!

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  4. Kyoko

    I have been to Mexico but only the central part to explore Mayan ruins. It was hot and muggy! I don’t know why I didn’t choose Baja to relax on the beach instead… Baja is one of the vacation places I would love to go but my dream has not come true yet (even I was living in San Diego for a few years!). Thank you so much for the great tips and information. This article really intrigues me to pick up the luggage and go to Baja right now!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad! You will love it! And it can be a bit cooler I think, especially being right on the water. Of course, summer months will be a bit hot and muggy. I would love to see the Mayan Ruins myself. I have been back to the Baja so many times, I do love it. You will love it too! Let me know if you need any additional information 🙂

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  5. Harjit

    Hi great review of La Paz. I love beach holidays and La Paz looks like a great beach holiday destination. I have never been to Mexico but it is a country I definitely want to visit soon. La Paz looks like the perfect place to visit first. A very thorough review and when I do eventually go I will be using your page as a travel guide.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Harjit, and I am glad you enjoyed the information on La Paz.  The Baja is one of my favorite places to go for sure.  I have been there many, many times.  I hope you can plan your trip soon.  Please let me know if you need any other information.  Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Agnes Nowak

    First let me complement you on your outstanding website, its breathtaking… Im woking on mine as we speak, and yours is so inspiring. I love beach destinations and I always carefully research my next adventure, I will for sure be using your advise for my next one.  I am so glad I found your site!  Looking forward to planning my next beach adventure!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Agnes and I am glad you enjoyed my website, beachtraveldestinations.com!  I hope you will find everything you need for your next beach vacation. 

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  7. Weston

    This looks gorgeous! It’s interesting that it’s the most “Mexican” city, but you may here French, Portuguese, and/or Italian as much as English and Spanish. I love to travel and hear different languages being spoken as I walk through the streets.

    I’ve been on a cruise to Mexico and really enjoyed the weather and the beaches. The water was so warm. I’d love to go back and have more time on the beaches and trying out the restaurants.

    Great review of La Paz and all it has to offer to travelers. Thank you!

    Weston

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Weston and I agree 100%. I have been so many times over the years, and it still remains a favorite of mine for sure.  Thank you for visiting La Paz Vacations!

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  8. Howard

    This article has managed to peak my interest in a Mexico vacation. I am definitely a beach person and have vacationed to several Carribean Islands, Anguilla being my overall favorite. I guess that I have always second guessed any Mexican resort because of concerns over crime but La Paz seems ideal.

    How safe is that part of Mexico?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know, both Cabo and La Paz, well the entire Baja Peninsula is really quite safe.  When you get to the mainland of Mexico, there is where you can run into more problems with crime.  I have been there over 15 times over the years with my son, and not once did we have any problems or issues with anything.

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  9. stich909

    Awesome site!!
    Me an my wife are in the process of looking for our honeymoon. A place to get away an experience new culture an whole new way to look at life. The way you have your site laid out makes it easy to find what to expect in the weather, what to do, night life, hotels, an what to expect in expenses. you defiantly made la-paz on our radar now.
    Do you recommend any other great vacation spots?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading!  It is really difficult to offer another great vacation spot without knowing what type of vacation you are looking for 🙂  If you want sun and sand and some fun in the sun for a honeymoon, then Cabo San Lucas would also fit the bill.  They have so many options with hotels that are more secluded and private to beach front hotels with all the excitement.  I would probably pick Cabo over La Paz for a honeymoon because of the wide variety of options and activities.

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  10. W Tucker

    I am a devout traveler and Cabo is one place I’ve never been, so I was very interested in this article
    You did a great job of reviewing the restaurants, bars, tours and things to do. It’s a good overview of La Paz and how it fits into the whole Cabo scene.
    I think it sounds like a good alternative to the traditional Cabo scene.
    Thanks for the article. I just made myself a pledge to get there soon.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have been to Cabo too many times to count and La Paz is a nice alternative to the crowds of Cabo.  It is definitely a  good alternative as Cabo has gotten so over priced with everything.  I think you would truly enjoy the La Paz there as it has just as much to offer and more!

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  11. Heather

    I love your site, and the ocean is one my favorite places to be. I have never considered vacationing in la-Paz, but it looks amazingly gorgeous. You have peeked my curiousity. I will definitely consider the laid back Baja for my next trip. Thank you for the nice review, and I plan to check back in, and see where you go next.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok, Heather I am glad you enjoyed reading 🙂   The whole Baja is really a great vacation spot…one of my favorites besides Florida beaches of course 🙂  Let me know if you have any questions!

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  12. Ann

    Wow! What a great site for information about so many beautiful beaches! I love the detailed synopsis on each beach, the travel tips and the links for help planning arrangements for the travel. You’ve definitely done your homework and designed this site to share this information with us. I will definitely bookmark this site! I am so looking forward to planning my trip to La Paz, especially for the great beaches. What time of year should I avoid for the worst weather they might have?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Ann, I am so glad you found the information in the La Paz vacations post helpful to you. La Paz is a great area to vacation to for sure. The only time that I would not travel to the Baja, would be in September when they can get some pretty good storms in. Any other time of the year is actually great to visit! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  13. Ahmad Ballard

    Hello Matty. I am highly impressed by the overall of your website, it is frickin’ awesome!!! I am looking forward to traveling all over the world one day, and I would love to take a trip to La Paz. The weather seems very nice, and the hotels are nice as well. I would love to take a walk on the beach and try out the seafood. Thank for the blog and continue to do what you do!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Ahmad! I am glad you enjoyed reading and found it helpful. I love the Baja, its fun, laid back, with a great atmosphere. You will love it too!

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