A gateway to the magnificent Sea of Cortez, with access to a diverse selection of enjoyable and exciting dive sites, La Paz is a brilliant base to experience some of the best marine life encounters the area has to offer. Scuba diving and snorkeling in the waters off the coast, offer only some of the things to do in La Paz.
Aside from the appeal of warmer temperatures, the winter months, from November to April, are the best months of year for whale watching, as an estimated 18,000 California gray whales migrate south in the fall toward the lagoons of Baja California, where they spend the winter. Winter is also an excellent time to dive or snorkel with whale sharks, sea lions, manta rays, and hundreds of species of fish in the Sea of Cortez, one of the most biodiverse bodies of water in the world.
Just north of the city lies the Island of Espiritu Santo. This desert island has a rugged beauty with its sheer cliffs and rock formations. Go with a group or rent a kayak for a week and make your own adventure. The calm, clear waters, abundant opportunities to spot wildlife and many bays, make it a great place to spend a few days paddling and relaxing. A highlight of the Mexican islands that surround Espiritu Santo is the sea lion colony of Los Islotes.
This quiet town, about 100 miles to the north of Cabo, makes for a less-crowded, and affordable alternative. Within easy reach of the city are many deserted beaches, calm bays and pristine offshore islands. Further inland lie deserts, oases and the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains. The unspoiled natural environment brings sport fishermen, divers, eco-tourists, naturalists, whale watchers and travelers of all ages to this exquisitely peaceful corner of Mexico.