La Paz is the capital of Mexico’s Baja California Sur, the southernmost of the two states that make up this adventure-filled Peninsula. Located on the Sea of Cortez and with easy access by land and air, this city offers many exciting activity options for the whole family. Here are some fun facts you should know before embarking on your trip to La Paz:
1. The picturesque seaside town of Loreto (north of La Paz) is the oldest continuous settlement in the region and served as the capital until 1830. During that year however, heavy rains forced the government to move to La Paz, which has remained the capital ever since.
2. La Paz is best visited between the months of November through May when temperatures range between 75 to 80°F. Try avoiding the very hot, humid summer temperatures of up to 97°F.
3. Carnival in La Paz usually occurs the week before Lent with all activities ending by Ash Wednesday and takes place over six days, with the “quema del mal humor” (in English “burning of the bad mood”), dances, parades with floats, a royal court and more. This is a fun cultural event to witness.
4. The “malecón” (in English “esplanade”) is a three mile long pedestrian coastal road that is lined with bars and restaurants. It’s the center of life in La Paz and is a great place to take early morning walks or runs. Sundowners at any of its many bars are sure to provide great views of stunning sunsets over the Sea of Cortez.
5. La Paz is Baja California’s ecotourism hub with local operators offering a range of interesting outdoor activities that include swimming with whale sharks, swimming with sea lions, whale watching and bird watching.
6. The Sea of Cortez is probably one of the richest bodies of water on the planet. Be sure to try great snorkeling, scuba diving or even kayaking around some of the surrounding islands. Visibility is amazing and the waters teem with more than 800 different species of fish.