La Paz Vacations

La Paz is a real Mexican city where 170,000 Mexicans live and work. It dedicates just a five block strip for tourist shops, restaurants and tours. Local business establishments intermingle with tourist stops and give the city a lived – in feeling. The romantic seaside walkway (the Malecon) is the vantage point for stunning sunsets and early morning walks. Relax on a waterside bench and enjoy the activity of local fishing boats and sailboats from around the world. La Paz is quickly establishing itself as Baja’s eco-tourism center with a wide variety of tours offered by professionals dedicated to preserving the environment. Get everything you need to plan and make your trip come true.  Visit the beaches of La Paz here.

La Paz Weather – When to Visit

The best time to visit La Paz is in November when temperatures are hot and weather is still dry but hotels are more affordable. Temperatures will be in the low 80s, just a bit warmer than the average 75°F you could experience during high season.  High season in La Paz  is in December.  The Christmas week (December 20th to January 3rd) and the Thanksgiving week (November 20th – 28th) are also popular dates and these times will be crowded with elevated hotel rates.

La Paz Attractions

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A treasure trove of shallow azure inlets and sorbet-pink cliffs, Espíritu Santo is one of La Paz’s gems. It’s part of a Unesco World Heritage site comprising 244 Sea of Cortez islands and coastal areas, and is a worthy day trip. A number of operators run activities here, including kayaking and snorkeling.

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La Paz’s waterfront, with its wide sidewalk, tiny beaches, tourist pier, benches, sculptures by local artists and unimpeded sunset views, is the city’s highlight. It stretches 5.5 km, from the Marina de la Paz in the south to Playa Coromuel in the north. It started getting a face-lift in 2017 that may continue in stages over a few years.

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This museum is comprised five exhibition spaces with models, audiovisual displays and multilingual explanations concerning the gray whales that live and breed in the local waters. A soundtrack of whales in the wild adds to the atmosphere, as does the well-lit and airy gallery spaces. The museum’s foundation promotes the study and conservation of whales.

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This Beach is the closest to the central area of La Paz and is ideal to visit with the family and enjoy the sunset.  It has all services, but it is recommended to arrive early to find an ideal for the children to play.

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This beach can be reached by bus that leaves every 20 minutes from the station which is downtown or by taxi and can pick you up from your hotel. The Pichilingue beach has white sand and shallow waters and two or three small seafood restaurants and they also make small trips by boat.

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Things To Do in La Paz

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.  Telephone:  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.  Telephone:  52 1 612 166 2856  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 1 624 128 5666  Web:  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!  Telephone:  52 626 638 3383  Web:  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. Telephone:  52 1 612 167 8914  Web:   Dive In La Paz.

Best La Paz Restaurants
Búrbula  $11 – 30

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.  Web:  Búrbula.

Santo Agave  $31 – 60

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 ambiance.  Web:  Santo Agave.

La Conquista  Under $10

A hidden gem.  This is a must if you want high quality ingredients for a quick bite.  This place serves delicious cemitas and taquitos.  Web:  La Conquista.

Taco Fish La Paz  Under $10

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.  Web:  Taco Fish La Paz.

 Kalakitas Mexican Food n´Drinks  $11 – 30

Amazing Mexican food and great happy hour cocktails (4 – 8) for a great value.  Stay for the live band which is also great.  You’ll find great decor and a fun atmosphere.  Web:  Kalakitas Mexican Food n’ Drinks

Best La Paz Bars & Nightlife

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.  Web:  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.  Web:  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.  Web:  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!  Web:  Malta.

Things To Do in La Paz

La Paz Whale Sharks VIP Tours

They are a company of trusted, passionate ocean specialists who offer customized boat tours to dream like destinations. 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. Telephone:  52 612 200 3989  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 1 612 166 2856  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 1 624 128 5666  Web:  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!  Telephone:  52 626 638 3383  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 1 612 167 8914  Web:  Dive In La Paz.

Best 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.

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.

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.

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.

Posada Luna Sol La Paz


Hotel Posada LunaSol is a traditionally decorated Mexican Inn ideally located for exploring the sights of La Paz and its surrounding areas by foot, kayak or boat. The Marina La Paz and water front boardwalk are within a short walk and the sea kayaking and whale watching outfitting business of Mar Y Aventuras is on site. The bilingual, friendly and knowledgeable staff is available daily to help enhance your visit to La Paz

Seven Crown La Paz Centro

Newest property located in the historic center created for the business and family travelers looking for good taste in a boutique hotel. Quite a complete concept; on-site shopping area with restaurants, bars and main square close to Malecon.



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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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