La Paz may be the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and home to about 220,000 residents, but it still feels like a small town, stuck in the previous century. This east-coast development could easily be the most traditional Mexican city in Baja Sur, and certainly exists as the antithesis to the developments occurring towards the south. As it is still relatively unknown, there may be a few things you didn’t know about La Paz.
1. La Paz has its own annual carnival
Carnaval La Paz usually occurs the week before Lent with all activities ending by Ash Wednesday, and takes place over six days. It features dances, parades with floats, a royal court and more. And is one of the best cultural events the town has to offer.
2. You can visit authentic Mexican ranches
Rancho El Cajon is a 30-min drive north of La Paz and lies settled within fields of cacti. An authentic Mexican ranch, where horses are let free on the property, and are gathered upon demand for riding. The rides go through miles of trails towards the ocean, giving visitors the opportunity to visit small fishing villages and to gallop along the beach.
3. The Sea of Cortez is a marine treasure trove
The main draw to La Paz however, is the ocean. And the Sea of Cortez is probably one of the richest bodies of water on the planet.There are a number of excursions to be had in the surrounding area. You can choose from whale shark snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and scuba diving.
But above all else, being able to swim with sea lions is one of the most uplifting things you will ever do in your life, and – conveniently – is one of the most popular things to do in La Paz. The most visited spot, the Los Islotes sea lion colony, is less than an hour panga ride away, where you can see these playful creatures close up.