La Paz has all the charm of a small coastal town, but retains a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. It is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful beaches, varied landscapes and an array of water activities, thanks to its tranquility and distinctly unique sensibility.
This section of the Baja Peninsula is surrounded by two extraordinary seas: the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Each one possesses different characteristics and encompasses unique marine environments that directly contrast the coasts’ desert mountain scapes, where some of the best hiking in Mexico takes place. Marine ecotourism and adventure travel activities on either coast offer diverse, overwhelming and consistently exciting experiences.
Although the best whale watching is in the Pacific, it’s the Sea of Cortez that once inspired Jacques Cousteau to call it the ‘world’s aquarium’. Apart from gray and humpback whales – and remarkable reef life – divers have spotted blue whales and even orcas in this extraordinary body of water.
In addition to the calving migration towards the three major warm-water lagoons, the Sea of Cortez hosts various species of sea mammals including Sperm whales, Blue whales and Fin whales – often visible while sailing through the rich waters. Sea lion swimming is a popular activity, as the colonies are close by. And giant manta encounters, sharks diving experiences, and whale shark tours in la paz have made this city shine among the world’s best scuba diving destinations. With over 25 first-class dive spots around the many islands surrounding the bay of La Paz, Espíritu Santo, San Jose and Cerralvo.