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LA PAZ   (GPS coordinates 24'16 N ~ 110'31 W)   is the capital of Baja California Sur and the largest city in southern Baja, although the Los Cabos Corridor not far off. It is located on a large, natural bay and some of Baja's most beautiful islands are just a short distance offshore. For a town of over 200,000 souls La Paz has a very nice, warm feel to it.


The waterfront area of La Paz (known as the Malecon) is particularly beautiful and the sunsets across the bay are usually spectacular. Local families and tourists often gather along the beautiful Malecon at water's edge to enjoy this free nightly show. It's the perfect place to walk before or after a meal at one of the many Malecon restaurants or sidewalk cafes.

The large natural harbor attracts sailboats from all over the world. There are many great beaches for swimming and sunbathing north east of the city, just a short drive from downtown. More remote beaches (and quite spectacular) can be found south east of La Paz, in the Bahia Los Suenos area (previously known at Bahia Los Muertos) and further south along the East Cape.

Visitors to La Paz will find themselves in the heart of the action by heading down to the Malecon near the corner at Carlos and Charlies Restaurant and Cantina. A waterfront town square and pier is located across the street partially over the bay, and visitors and locals alike stroll around this area morning, noon and night. Shops, restaurants and hotels can be found all along this area on the mainland side of the street.

Because of the remote location La Paz had roller-coaster beginnings. La Paz was "discovered" by Hernan Cortez in 1535 (don't mention this fact to the descendants of the local Indians), and then again by Sebastian Vizcaino in 1596, who gave La Paz its current name. The Jesuits gave the settlement a try until 1749 and then abandoned the area due to lack of interest. A permanent settlement was established by Jose de Galvez in 1811, which led La Paz to becoming the state capital in 1830.

The numerous oyster beds that attracted the original explorers to La Paz are now gone, but modern visitors will find a large variety of goods and services in town to keep them entertained. John Wayne and his buddies used to enjoy the remote feeling of La Paz in years past, but adventure seekers must now head south of town for that empty Baja. The vast majority of the population here is gainfully employed in a variety of city services and tourist related industries so there is usually plenty of activity going on all throughout town. Except, of course, during the traditional 'siesta' period after lunch when many residents and business owners tend to relax or catch a little shut eye.

La Paz does not offer the same type of first class resorts and accommodations that can be found in Los Cabos, two hours further down Baja Highway One. La Paz has no 5 star hotels, no waterfront golf courses and the nightlife is fun but reserved compared to Cabo. But La Paz does offer excellent fishing, diving and other watersports. Like to kayak? La Paz and the offshore islands are very hard to beat.

One of the great advantages of La Paz is its close proximity to raw Baja nature. One can travel a relatively short distance in any direction and be smack dab in the middle of nowhere. If one has to live in a big town, but still wants to enjoy the splendor of Baja's wilderness, La Paz is numero uno!

Do you hate stop signs? You'll LOVE driving in La Paz! NOBODY stops at stop signs here! Just slow down, take a gander both ways (that's a look, not a duck) and then keep's fun!

La Paz was one of the coastal stops for Carlos Fiesta on his 2,200 mile SOLO BAJA CIRCUMNAVIGATION!



La Paz is a very large city but most of the gringo activity takes place either near the seaside Malecon or in the offshore waters. The main tourist areas in town, including hotels and restaurants, run along the waterfront both east and west of the central town pier. Some of the best shopping is just a block or two inland mid town. Visitors looking for a good camping spot can't go wrong heading through town and 10 minutes north to Playa Tecolote.



La Paz is a very large town, but the best parts for tourists are near the ocean. When heading into town for the first time drive along the downtown beachfront Malecon and head for Carlos n' Charlie's Restaurant and Cantina. This location is perfect for your 'Welcome Margarita', right across the street from the beach. The outdoor patio tables offer smashing views of the Sea of Cortez, as well as all of the action passing by on the street and sidewalk. After your cold drink and hot nachos you can walk across the street and check out the pier. Welcome to La Paz!



Probably the nicest hotel in La Paz is the CROWN PLAZA RESORT on the water at the west end of town. The lobby is simple yet elegant, the rooms are well furnished and the pool area is well protected from the wind. Is it any wonder that this hotel is the "grand prize" where most of the SCORE BAJA 1,000 finishers stay and celebrate? Campers and RV's looking for a great place to set up camp often head out to the beautiful beaches of PLAYA TECOLOTE, about 20 minutes northeast of town. Three oceanfront restaurants take the 'rough' out of roughing it! Looking for a special dining experience with big views of La Paz harbor? BOUGAINVILLA RESTAURANT is located on the water at the west end of the Malecon. Evening meals are especially nice with the lights of the boats in the harbor and the city glittering on the water. The best short road trip from La Paz is the 25 minute drive north east of town to Playa Tecolote. Water sports equipment is available to rent after you have lunch on the sand. The best long road trip from La Paz is "The Loop" from La Paz to TODOS SANTOS to CABO SAN LUCAS to BUENA VISTA and back. This can be done in a day with plenty of fun places to stop to eat along the way. There are several marinas in La Paz but sailors looking for a protected harbor within walking distance to all the action often utilize the services of MARINA LA PAZ. Diesel fuel is available but outboard motor gasoline is not. Looking for a dream island getaway? ISLA ESPRITO SANTOS offers spectacular coves, unbelievable clear water and sandy beaches that will make it hard for you to leave. Easy access from Playa Tecolote at the northwest end of town. Like snorkeling with the seals? This is the place!

CARLOS FIESTA'S HOT TIP: 14 mile-long ISLA ESPIRTO SANTO and smaller ISLA LA PARTIDA are located just a dozen miles north east of La Paz and are truly an island paradise. Renting a panga for a sea cruise, a picnic or a snorkel excursion is a great way to spend a day. The small island on the very north end is called Los Islotes and swimming with the local seals is a real treat!







La Paz has more fabulous beaches than any other large city in Baja! (well, okay, Cabo has some pretty awesome beaches too!). Up the coast, along the offshore islands, as well as northeast, east, and south of town. It is possible for the Baja traveler to find beautiful beaches with plenty of activity, or completely secluded beaches where there isn't a soul for dozens of miles!

One fun way to enjoy the empty beaches of La Paz for visitors without a car is to have a taxi drop you off for a few hours. Just have the driver take you to Playa de Tecolote north of town and set a time for your pick-up.



    Right in town, along the Malecon, from the entrance to town, up to the marina.
    These beaches are clean, convenient, and offer a quick escape from the city pace.



    On the north end of the bay, prior to entering La Paz.
    Shallow beaches, not as attractive at low tide. Better beaches northeast of town.



    Just before entering town, head north to the bay.
    The main draw here is the close location. It is usually worth the time to head north.



    On the road heading northwest through town, at Km. 2.5.
    A nice beach, very busy on weekends, usually filled with hotel guests and locals.



    Pichilingue Highway, near Km. 3.5.
    Another beautiful beach, food and drinks, palapas, water slide, some road noise.



    About 8 miles out of town on the Pichilingue road at Km. 8.5.
    A relaxing beach with a restaurant and palapas.



    On the Pechilingue Highway at Km. 17.
    Further from town, not as crowded, restrooms available 24 hours.



    North and east of town, via the Pichilingue Highway, and a good short spur road west.
    A series of 7 great beaches, all featuring crystal clear waters and perfect white sand!
    Don't be afraid to venture around the right point to find even more remote beaches.
    If there are better beaches near La Paz, Carlos Fiesta can't find them. This is paradise!



    Continue on past Playa Balandra two more miles to the end of the blacktop.
    Beautiful beach, three fun restaurants and bars, plus pangas and water toys for rent!
    Afternoon breezes keep the bugs away.
    The perfect departure point for Isla Espiritu Santo, 4.5 miles across the bay.
    Try a boat ride (with up to 4 people) to swim with the seals at Los Islotes (3 hour round-trip). Too much fun.
    Rentals include the big banana, catamarans, wave runners, kayaks, snorkels and Isla Espirito Santos tours.


  • EL MOGOTE (backside)

    Located directly across the bay from downtown La Paz.
    Take a 15 minute panga ride across the bay from downtown.
    A good place to watch boats entering and leaving the main harbor area.



    North east of town, less than an hour boat ride.
    Best beaches are on the west side, best snorkeling on the east side and north end.
    Island paradise! 14 miles of crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and coves. Privacy!



    South of La Paz 20 miles on Highway 286, then head north to the beach.
    Miles of spectacular beaches, no crowds, perfect!
    Excellent windsurfing.



    South of La Paz 30 miles on Highway 286, left at last intersection.
    Some of the best beaches Baja has to offer. Easy to get to, hard to leave!
    This bay is a secret...don't tell anyone.
    Now being promoted as Bahia Los Suenos (Bay of Dreams).





The beaches outside of La Paz are excellent for camping and for RVs. Most of the access roads to these beautiful beaches are in good condition. These popular playas can get very busy on weekends, and very quiet during the week. In addition to camping with nature, there are a few camping facilities available near town.





La Paz is a big fishing, diving and boating town. The waters off La Paz are full of fish and the further south and east one goes the more the fishing improves. Many Baja travelers enjoy boating out to the local islands for a day or two, they're just a short distance from town. There are three good marinas, offering all of the necessary boating services. (see 'MARINAS' under our TRANSPORTATION section). Pangas can also be rented on the beach in downtown La Paz, or further north at Pichilingue Beach.

Local fish include sailfish, marlin, yellowtail, dorado, roosterfish, tuna & sierra. Deep sea fishing improves as the waters warm up, from March through September. The big boys (sailfish and marlin) usually get hungry from May to November, but reeling in a big yellow or a roosterfish on the line will get your heart pumping just as fast.

Curious about fishing south of La Paz down at the Cape? Check out our CABO FISHING section.



    Telephone (626) 333-3355.
    Toll free (877) 825-8802.
    3319 White Cloud Drive, Suite #A, Hacienda Heights, California, 91745.
    Fishing in Cabo, La Paz, East Cape and La Paz.
    Web site:
    Fish report updated on their web site.
    Retreats and seminars also available!
    Jonathan Roldan has many years of experience with Baja tight lines!
    Drop by his informative web site for further information.



    Telephone (562) 799-8475.
    Toll free Califfornia (800) 799-8475.
    Post Office Box 15596, Long Beach, California, 90815.
    Web site:
    Fishing in La Paz as well as other Mexico locations.
    Visit their web site for additional information.



    Telephone (818) 224-3625.
    Toll free (800) 347-2760.
    22565 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, California, 91364.
    Serving Baja, La Paz and the East Cape since 1985!



    Telephone (800) 521-2281.
    Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, California, 92629.
    Custom sportfishing adventures in the waters off La Paz and Los Cabos.





La Paz is a big town so the accommodation options are plentiful and diverse. Currently, there are Over 1,000 hotel rooms in La Paz so you are bound to find one in the location and price range that meets your needs.

There are many small motels for those on a budget, and there are first class resorts for people who want to spend the big bucks. Being a beach-type city, even the inexpensive hotels are just a short walk to the Malecon and the Sea of Cortez.

A few examples of lodging in La Paz includes:



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-6161.
    Toll free (800) 999-2252.
    Km. 5 Carretera a Pichilingue, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    North of town on the main highway at Km. 5.
    Web site:
    Number of rooms and suites: 107.
    On the beach.
    Hotel amenities: 2 pools / Jacuzzi / Las Palmas Restaurant / sports bar / gift shop / sportfishing / watersports / travel agency / Friday night Mexican Fiesta / beach club.
    Room amenities: Air conditioning / cable television / ocean views.
    One of La Paz's nicest accommodations.
    Dive operation on site.
    Of all of the hotels in La Paz that people provide feedback about, Carlos Fiesta continues to receive excellent reviews about the wonderful location and the friendly staff at La Concha. As in the words of long time Mexico traveler and corporate pilot Walter Razavi (2006)..."fabulous!".



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 124-0830.
    Manuel Marques de Leon, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    Located next to the Marina Fidepaz.
    Web site:
    Rooms and suites.
    Hotel amenities: 3 pools / Jacuzzi / squash court / game room / pool tables / tennis courts / gym / sauna / beauty parlor / laundry / restaurant / bar / much more.
    Room amenities: Air conditioning / telephones / televisions.



    Telephone (800) 530-MARINA * (800) 826-1138.
    011-52 (612) 121-6254.
    Carretera a Pichilingue Km. 2.5, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico.
    North east of town on Carretera Pichilingue at Km. 2.5.
    Web site:
    Located on the bay.
    Number of rooms and suites: 70.
    Hotel amenities: Pool / Jacuzzi / spa / tennis / restaurant / bar / fishing / dingy dock / car rentals.
    Room amenities: Air conditioning / telephones / televisions.
    A bit of a walk to the action of downtowm.



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 128-7787.
    Alvaro Obregon esq. Lerdo de Tejada, Colonia Centro, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23000.
    Located on the Malecon, mid-town.
    Web site:
    Across from the beach.
    Number of rooms and suites: 40.
    Hotel amenities: Pool / restaurant / bar / Jacuzzi / business center / gym / travel agency / car rental.
    Room amenieites: Air conditioning / cable television / telephone with data port / some ocean views.
    An easy walk to the shops, restaurants and bars of downtownn La Paz!
    A young and hip, small first class hotel.
    Cocktails on the upper Chatito's and Plancha's Martini Bar overlooking the ocean.



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-4011.
    Calle Nuevo Reforma, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    Located at Playa Sur, just north of town.
    On the beach.
    Number of rooms and suites: 25.
    Hotel amenities: Pool / tennis / restaurant / bar.
    Room amenieites: Air conditioning.
    Very quiet and peaceful!
    Rates start at under $70.00.
    Previously the sleepy Posada de Engelbert. Now owned by Ogden Gutierrez and a fantastic hotel.
    A great place to watch the famous La Paz sunsets!



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-5130.
    Independencia #518 esq / Guillermo Prieto, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    Web site:
    Located in downtown La Paz.
    Number of rooms: 3.
    Hotel amenities: Private parking / courtyard / restaurant.
    Room amenities: Private baths / air conditioning.
    A historical landmark great for a quiet stay in the perfect downtown La Paz location.
    Check out their web site!



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-4084.
    At Km. 2 on the road north of town to Pichilingue.
    Web site:
    Number of rooms: 21.
    Across from the beach.
    Hotel amenities: Pool / spa / remodeled restaurant / bar / BBQ / nice tropical feeling!
    Room amenities: Huge suites / air conditioning / televisions.
    Discounts for longer stays and advanced room purchases.
    About a 10 minutes walk to the main downtown area.
    Carlos Fiesta stayed here during a hurricane one time!



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-5871.
    Paseo Alvaro Obregon 440, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23000.
    On the beach.
    A superb beach front Bed and Breakfast offering old world elegance and service!
    This romantic beauty is a restored mansion in the heart of La Paz, in front of the Malcon.
    Check out their fabulous web site for more information and photos!



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-4688.
    Calle Madero #1520, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    Number of rooms: 16.
    A guest house with rooms around a tropical courtyard.
    Very, very, very funky, very cheap! Probably the most unique hotel in La Paz.
    More like a youth hostel...but different.
    Sometimes the courtyard gets noisy with the local kids late at night, but if you like to party you will fit right in.



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 121-6161.
    Located on the water in downtown La Paz.
    Number of rooms: 16.
    Fully furnished apartments in a new, 5 story complex.
    Operated by La Concha Beach Resort, with daily, weekly, and monthly rates available.
    TV / Jacuzzi / sundeck / garden / parking / shuttle service to La Concha Beach resort.



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-4615.
    Instituto de la Deporte, Blvd.
    Basic dorm-type housing located at a sports complex.






    This is probably the most photographed island in Baja. And for a good reason. The turquoise bays and over a dozen white sandy beaches almost look unreal from the sky, and they appear equally spectacular in person.

    There are actually two big islands in the group, plus several smaller rock-islands, and they are all just a short boat ride away from north east end of La Paz.

    It's a perfect one day getaway, or a very relaxing 2 day (or more!) excursion. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended, as shade is scarce. Boats can be chartered from the marinas.



    Just about 30 minutes south of La Paz is the abandoned silver mining town of El Triunfo. The history of this town is amazing! Follow our link for a very interesting review of this La Paz half day excursion.





La Paz is very much a water town, so many of the recreational options that are available take place near the coast. The people of La Paz seem to have a good balance, putting in a good day's work, and then enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding areas.

Two good web sites to review for RVer's who want to tour the Baja Peninsula in an escorted RV caravan include BAJA WINTERS and BAJA AND BACK RV TOURS.

A few fun things to do:



The terrain around the La Paz coast is mostly flat, which is great for cruising around on a bike. Through the city streets, along the seaside Malecon, and for the more adventurous, up the Pichilingue Peninsula towards the beautiful beaches.

Hard core helmet heads will enjoy the "Cabo Loop", taking Baja Highway One south past Buena Vista to San Jose Del Cabo, down to the tip at Cabo, and then up the west coast via Highway 19 through Todos Santos and then back to La Paz. This 250 mile excursion is best enjoyed with an overnighter at the halfway point in Cabo San Lucas. Bike rentals are available at Casa La Paz, and at:



    Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-3828.
    Toll free (800) 843-6967.
    Sonora 585, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
    Bike rentals and mountain bike tours in southern Baja.



    Some of the best diving in the La Paz area is around the offshore islands and near the seamounts. Giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks, it's all close by! Snorkeling can be fun along the beaches just outside town, but the sea life doesn't really kick in until you get offshore. For snorkel trips, it's easy to rent a panga to head out to Isla Espiritu Santo. For Scuba diving, hooking up with a dive shop is the best way to enjoy a one or two day dive trip. Best months for visibility and warm water are July through November. Dive locations include the Salvatierra, Fang Ming, and Lapas III off of Isla Espiritos Santos for wreck diving, the Seamount for open ocean big fish, and Los Islotes for a friendly swim with the seals.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-3828.
      Toll free (800) 843-6967.
      Fax (858) 581-6542.
      Sonora 585 E / Abasolo and Topete Col. Manglito, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      2625 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, California, 92109.
      Web site:
      Live aboard diving.
      Also offering daily scuba diving adventures to some of the best diving locations in the La Paz area!
      Dive boats Rio Rito and Thresher at your service!
      The ultimate way to dive the lower Sea of Cortez.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 121-6120.
      Carretera a Pichilingue Km. 5, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Web site:
      Located at the end of La Concha Beach Resort.
      Complete diving and water sports center.
      Fast custom built dive boats.
      Maarten Hoffman and his group will be happy to help you!



      Telephone / Fax 011-52 (624) 141-0031.
      (800) 368-4334.
      Apartado Postal #42, Buena Vista, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23580.
      Web site:
      Sales / rentals / air / Visa and Master Card / scuba and snorkel trips / 2 hour - half day - all day.
      Mark and Jennifer Rayor do a great job running this first class dive operation. Experienced dive masters, quality equipment, and local knowledge of the best dive locations make this company one of the best in the East Cape area.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-1826.
      Web site:
      Diving adventures north and south of La Paz.
      Dive packages with lodging options also available.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-7039.
      Topete #564 Interior, at 5 de Febrero y Navarro, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Snorkel trips to Espiritu Santos Island and Los Islotes.
      Review their web site for additional information.
      Trips include lunch, drinks, snorkel equipment and transportation.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 123-5320.
      Sonora 174, E/Topete at Rangel, Col Manglito, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Daily dive trips and multi-day dive trips.
      Equipment rentals and air available.




    Kayaking in the harbor is a very pleasant experience for beginning kayakers who don't want to venture far from town, and a short excursion up towards the Pelichingue Peninsula is good for those looking for a longer trek.

    For the t-r-u-l-y ambitious, launching out past the ferry terminal and heading over to Isla Espirito Santo is an extremely rewarding paddle for the experienced kayaker.

    Those who want to experience the beauty of the islands, but don't want to trek the waters in between, can have a captain and panga drop them off at the island's south end and arrange for an afternoon pick up!

    For a mid-town Malecon "kayak quikie" try BK WATERSPORTS next to the main pier.



      Telephone (800) 843-6967.
      Fax (858) 581-6542.
      Calle Sonora # 585, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      5 to 7 day kayak tours, Mag Bay trips also available!



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-7039.
      Topete #564 Interior, at 5 de Febrero y Navarro, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Kayak trips to Espiritu Santos Island and Los Islotes.
      Review their web site for additional information.
      Trips include lunch, drinks, and transportation.



      Telephone (800) 945-2742.
      Custom kayak trips in and around La Paz.




    Even though much of the recreational activity in La Paz takes places in, on, under, or next to the water, true Baja aficionados know that there is more to La Paz than salt water. The roads leaving La Paz in all directions offer excellent off roading, and La Paz is proud to be a part of the traditional SCORE INTERNATIONAL BAJA 1000, which is the toughest off road race this side of Mars.



    Sailors have been dropping the hook in La Paz for over 400 years. It's an excellent natural harbor, and the sailing offshore is superb! This is a common stopover for sailors who cruise down the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, and a good place to provision before heading further south on the Mexican mainland, or for blue water sailing to Hawaii and beyond.

    From June through November the chubascos are a very real possibility in the waters off of La Paz, but the full force of these storms usually doesn't last much more than a day or two. The marinas in town offer everything a sailor worth his or her salt could need. For a fun bareboat adventure, try chartering a yacht!

    A good book for sailors who want to explore the waters off of La Paz and the rest of Mexico is MEXICO BOATING GUIDE by John and Pat Rains. This book was a bible for Carlos Fiesta's 2,200 mile SOLO BAJA CIRCUMNAVIGATION!

    For more good boating information drop by THE LOG web site.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-1646.
      At the west end of the Malecon, downtown.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-4277.
      Canal de la Paz at Km. 2.5.




    The waters off La Paz, both up and down the Sea of Cortez, are full of life! Part of this chain of life are Baja's great whales. There's nothing like seeing one of these h-u-g-e creatures up close and personal!

    Check out the WHALE WATCHING section of Baja Expo for mucho mas information on Baja's Whales!


      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-3828.
      Toll free (800) 843-6967 * (858) 581-3311.
      Sonora 585, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      2625 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, California, 92109.
      Kayak adventures and whale watching tours and natural history tours in the Sea of Cortez.



      Telephone (760) 346-3685.
      45405 Via Corona, Indian Wells, California, 92210.
      Whale watching, Scuba and snorkel adventures in the waters and islands off of La Paz.
      Check out their web site for additional information!



    La Paz bay is the perfect place for a beginner to cruise on a sailboard. The north end of the bay, El Mogote, tends to have less boat traffic, and more consistent winds.

    For the brave souls who enjoy open ocean sailing, Isla Espiritu Santos is only a dozen miles from shore. Winds are usually calm during summer (except during chubascos), but increase significantly in 3 to 4 day periods during fall and spring.

    The spectacular windsurfing at Buena Vista is only an hour south by car!


    • BAJA JOE'S

      Telephone 011-52 (612) 126-0364.
      Windsurfing paradise! Just 45 minutes south of La Paz!



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-3829.
      Topete 2730-A, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico, 23060.
      Professional windsurf camp south of La Paz in Las Ventanas!





    La Paz offers many options for dining. Although the restaurants near the waterfront tend to offer more ambiance, some of the restaurants in town have excellent food, and should not be overlooked. Most of the larger hotels offer decent dining, but hey, you're on Holiday!

    Got an appetite for food and adventure? Head to one of the three oceanfront restaurants on the spectacular beaches northwest of town at Tecolote. The food is good, the service is great, and the view of the Sea of Cortez are spectacular!




      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-9290 * 011-52 (612) 123-4757.
      Paseo Obregon at 16 de Septiembre, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      On the Malecon, mid-block.
      Another fun place to eat by the Anderson Group.
      Indoor, outdoor and sidewalk dining.
      New ocean view wood deck built in 2005.
      Stick around for dancing at a Paz Lapa next door at night.
      A fun mix of tourists and locals.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-1003.
      Paseo Obregon e/Republica y Vicente Guerrero, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Located on the Malecon.
      Specialty: Seafood.
      Also serving breakfasts, steaks and more.
      Live music Thursday through Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
      A nice restaurants where you can enjoy a good view of La Paz Bay with family and friends.
      Reasonable prices.



      West end of the Malecon, across the street from the water.
      Specialty: Breakfast.
      Aslo serving lunch, and dinner...a La Paz landmark!
      Great food and service.
      An awesome Sea of Cortez views!
      Mostly locals but they love Gringos.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-7744.
      Malecon de Vista Coral, Local #5, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Located on the water, with g-r-e-a-t harbor views!
      West end of the Malecon, in Plaza Coral Center (just behind the Estella del Mar palapa restaurant).
      Specialty: California cuisine.
      Also serving, steak, seafood and more. Music!
      Visa and Master Card usually accepted.
      Open daily from 12:00 p.m.



      Located on the waterfront at the east end of the Malecon.
      Specialty: Seafood
      Indoor dining with great views of the bay.
      Take a walk on the Malecon after you eat.



      Located on the Malecon, mid-way, just down from Carlos and Charlies.
      Specialty: Continental.
      Indoor dining, plus chairs and tables on the sidewalk.
      Great atmosphere.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-5588.
      5 de Febrero, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Specialty: Char-broiled chicken.
      Chicken at it's finest!
      Three La Paz locations.




      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-9290 * 011-52 (612) 123-4757.
      Paseo Obregon at 16 de Septiembre, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      On the Malecon, mid-block!
      Great music, disco and live, and a separate dance area.
      You want action? I've got your action...right here. Anything goes!
      Doesn't really get going until midnight.
      $9.00 U.S. for all you can drink!!!



      Located next to the Crown Plaza Hotel, next to the water, at the west end of town.
      A h-u-g-e building, perfectly set up for music 'n dancing!
      Take a cab and get sloppy!
      Sometimes the music gets really load.
      Wear ear-muffs.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 121-5217.
      # 310 Ocampo, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico.
      Delicious food.
      Good tequila selection.
      A very fun environment.




      On the main road,sout west of town 10 minutes.
      Ask any cab driver, he'll get you there.
      DJ, juke box, stage, cocktails....
      And some of the finest senioritas in all of Baja.
      Bring money.
      $20 for a one song 'curtain' dance.
      Try the new club just behind the parking lot if you come early.



      On the main road leaving town southwest.
      Gentleman's club with a little "T" and lot's of "A".
      Plenty of stagefront seating.
      Mucho pretty senioritas! Entry fee.


    • VICKY'S

      Located west of town, up 4 blocks.
      Ask any cab driver or hotel worker for the location.
      Not really a club, it's a small house.
      Kind of like a 7-11 market, except this places serves up hot senoritas to go instead of cold Slurpies.
      Easy in, easy out, get their early for the pretty ones (but not before 10:00 pm).


    • TABU

      Located near the center of town near the big yellow 'Electra' sign.
      Just like Vicky's...but different.
      Also a small house.
      Girls to go.
      Look for the red light on the second floor.






    La Paz is a very large town, and offers a wider variety of shopping than anywhere else on the peninsula, outside of Tijuana. There are several large food markets in town, and there are hundreds of additional stores in town, which offer everything from post cards to marine parts. Some of the more touristy shops are located close to the water, just behind the Malecon.

    For an amazing shopping experience, stop by the big "LEY" supermarket just west of town, on the main highway. They sell e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g ! The largest in Baja!!

    Visit the web site of JOHN RAMOS to review his unique and colorful Mexico art work.



      On the corner of Abosolo at Colima.
      Large supermarket with a good variety of meat, seafood, and produce.



      Located on the main Baja Highway about a mile north of the airport turnoff, east side of the street.
      If you thought shopping had to be dull, think again! California Swap Meet is an open-air collection of stalls offering a huge selection of goods.
      Even if you don't want to buy anything, this is a fun place to walk around and window shop (without the windows).
      And if you are looking for a painting of Jesus Christ on a purple velvet canvas you will probably find it here for a good price!
      Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.



      3 places: Durango between Ocampo & Degollado / Madero & Hidalgo / 16 de Sept.
      Almost anything you need can be found in these food stores.





    La Paz features a host of transportation options for the Baja traveler. Some Baja travelers mix and matches different modes of transportation in one trip to get a larger flavor of the Baja.

    Two good web sites to review for RVer's who want to tour the Baja Peninsula in an escorted RV caravan include BAJA WINTERS and BAJA AND BACK RV TOURS.

    If you are driving Baja and are leaving La Paz to head north be aware that there are no gasoline stations north of the airport turnoff. There is a station about a mile south of the airport road on the north side of the main highway, and it also has a mini-market.



    The La Paz International Airport is formally called Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport services commercial flight to Loreto and Tijuana, as well as many other cities on the Mexican mainland and in the United States.

    La Paz is also an airport of entry for general aviation. For more information on flying private aircraft into La Paz and into Baja check out Baja Bush Pilots web site!



    A few miles west of town, right off the highway.
    Paved / tower / fuel / 8200 length / freq. 118.1 / airport of entry / car rentals.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-0091.
      Toll free (800) 203-8300.
      Downtown on Paseo Alvaro Obregon s/n entre Hildalgo and Morelos, C.P., La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23000.
      A much better airline than AeroCalifornia.




    The buses in La Paz are very popular with the local people as an inexpensive way to get around town. The long distance buses that head down to Cabo and up to Tijuana are an inexpensive way to travel the Peninsula, and to get a flavor of the real Baja outback.



      Paseo Obregon 125 near the waterfront.



      Calle Jalisco at Indepencia.



    Car rentals are available at the airport, as well as at the larger hotels. In town, the following offices are available:



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-3681.
      Abasolo Esq. Michoacan L-1, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-2651.
      Airport 011-52 (612) 124-6312.
      Avenida Alvaro Obregon past Pineda.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 123-1919.
      Airport 011-52 (612) 124-6433.
      Toll free (800) 322-9975.
      Alvaro Obregon #1775, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23300.
      Located between Hidalgo and Morelos.
      Suburbans, Jeep Wranglers, V.W. Bugs and more.
      Unlimited mileage.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-5300.
      Airport 011-52 (612) 124-6330.
      Toll free (800) 654-3030.
      Obregon 2130-D, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-9696.
      Airport 011-52 (612) 124-6365.
      Paseo Obregon at Lerdo de Tejada.



    Using the ferry to extend a Baja adventure to the mainland has been a favorite for many travelers over the years. There are a variety of ticket prices available to fit any budget.

    The ferry leaves La Paz for Mazatlan everyday except Saturday (which is a cargo day). It arrives in Mazatlan the next morning.

    The ferry departs La Paz for Topolobampo every day except Saturday (cargo day). It arrives in Topolobampo the next morning.



      Terminal telephone 011-52 (612) 125-4440.
      Fax 011-52 (612) 125-5717.
      La Paz office 011-52 (612) 125-3833.
      Fax 011-52 (612) 125-6588.
      5 de Mayo y G. Prieto, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Approximately 10 miles north of downtown, after driving through town.
      Passenger and vehicles to Mazatlan and Topolobampo on the mainland.
      Three classes of tickets are available, starting at about $20.00 U.S.: Tourist, Cabin, and Special.
      Tickets may be purchased in advance in town at Calle 5 de Mayo at Prieto.




    Baja does have two direct water connections to mainland Mexico, via the ferries from LA PAZ and Santa Rosalia in Baja California Sur. The ferries in Santa Rosalia offer regular scheduled service to Guaymas every Friday departing at 11:00 P.M. (starting at $14.00 U.S.), while the ferries in La Paz offer regular service to Topolobampo and Mazatlan every day except Saturday (also starting at $14.00 U.S.).

    Ferries carry vehicles as well as passengers, and are a great way to ad extra adventure to any Baja excursion!

    For ferry schedules and rates, you can also go right to the source by checking out the SEMATUR FERRY by calling them directly at 011-52 (112) 5-4666!

    The corporate office of SEMATUR is located in La Paz and can be reached at 011-52 (612) 125-8899.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-5005.
      Fax 011-52 (612) 125-5217.
      Located 5 miles north of town.




    La Paz has the best equipped marinas in Baja. As if the beautiful natural harbor at La Paz Bay wasn't enough, these harbors are the perfect place to 'hole up' between legs.



      Located at the end of Calle Navarro near Marina de la Paz, south of town.
      Slips for 25 boats, usually not much space available.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-4277.
      Canal de la Paz at Km. 2.5.
      Web site:
      146 slips / up to 140 feet / dry storage facilities / market / laundry / fuel.
      Well designed, most marine services available.
      Yacht charters available.
      Visit their web site for additional information.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-1646.
      At the west end of the Malecon near town.
      Launch ramp / fuel / market / laundry / showers / boat storage.
      The coffee shop is a great place to grab a bite to eat.






      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-3828.
      Toll free (800) 843-6967.
      Sonora 585 E/Abasolo and Topete Col. Manglito, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
      Your one-stop shop for Baja fun.
      Sea of Cortez cruises, scuba diving, kayaking, mountain biking, whale watching, natural history cruises, and much more.
      23 years of sharing and preserving the Beauty of Baja.



      Telephone (619) 226-2403.
      2838 Garrison Street, San Diego, California 92106.
      Natural history adventures on the Sea of Cortez on large, well equipped boats.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-3761.
      Apartado Postal #133, La Paz, B.C.S. 23000.
      Sea of Cortez sightseeing, diving, fishing, photography, birding, and exploring.





    For information on obtaining travel documents for Mexico such as Tourist Cards, boat permits, fishing and hunting licenses check out the web site of MEXICO ADVISORY SERVICES.



      Corner of Calle Ocampo and Serdan.
      Delicious and cheap!


    • BANKS

      Several branches of Banamex and Bancomer in town.
      Both have ATM's.


    • CONSOLATE - Christian Schulte.

      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-8040.
      Priv. Santa Ma. 4095, Col. Emillano Zapata, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.



      East end of the Malecon.
      Ice cream and paletas, Paseo Obregon and at Calle Madero.



      General Hospital de Zona con Medicinea Familiar #1.
      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-7377.
      5 de Febrero y H. de Independencia, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 125-9380.
      Internet access and E-mail access!



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-0162.
      Calle 5 de Mayo at Altamirano.



      Calle Revolucion at Constitucion.
      08:00 to 13:00 / siesta / 15:00 to 19:00 / Saturday 8:00 to 13:00.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-1199.
      On Highway One between Km. 5 and 6.
      English and Spanish spoken.




    La Paz real estate is growing but home prices are now flat and nowhere near as expensive as Los Cabos, two hours to the south (yet). The previous explosion of prices on the Cape is gradually moving north, but the Baja real estate market has softened with the deflation of the U.S. real estate bubble in late 2009. Still, you get a lot for your money in La Paz.





    The beautiful coastal areas near La Paz are gradually being recognized as prime real estate, and there are several plans to develop certain beach areas within an hour's drive of town.



      Toll Free US Telephone (866) 899-7567.
      Km. 7.5, Carratera a Pichilingue, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23019.
      Located on the bay minutes from downtown La Paz.
      500 acre master planned community with luxury hotel.
      Developed by Parque Reforma, one of Mexico's leading developers.
      One and two story villas with spectacular marina and ocean views.
      Beachfront and ocean view condos on the marina.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 123-4888.
      Located across the bay from downtown La Paz on El Mogote Peninsula.
      150 two and three bedroom homes, 100 oceanfront condos.
      18 hole Arthur Hills golf course and country club.
      Church, plaza, hotel, restaurant, beach club in first phase.
      Master planned community will include swimming pools, tennis, marina and more.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 124-6155.
      Toll free (800) 678-6603.
      Located about 15 minutes north of town odd od Baja Highway One.
      Web site:
      Land, homesites.
      Model homes now available.
      Retiring in La Paz? One more option!



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 124-0560.
      Located about 35 miles south of La Paz, on a spectacular 2 mile stretch of sandy beach!
      Lots for sale, custom homes, ocean front and ocean view.



    Real estate is more organized in La Paz than many Baja cities, and there are full time professionals who cater to English speaking clients. A few real estate offices are listed below.



      Telephone 011-52 (612) 123-4888.
      Alvaro Obregon 460-C, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23000.
      Web site:
      Real estate counceling, consulting, and real estate brokerage services in the La Paz area.
      Information on buying property and living in Mexico.
      Contact Gordon G. Herpst for further information.
      Drop by his web site for additional information.


      Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-2221.
      San Diego (619) 819-5630.
      3120 Abasolo e/ Sonora y Sinaloa, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23060.
      Web site:
      Serving buyers and sellers for La Paz area real estate.
      Contact Brian R. Westerlund for all your real estate needs.


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