Warm turquoise waters filled with marine life, modern coffee shops, tasty street food, local artisan shops, colonial architecture, and a relaxed island-life attitude. This is just a taste of la vida in La Paz, Mexico. La Paz is a peaceful seaside city overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Sur. I was blown away by the views and the many different activities and experiences it offers. Jacques Cousteau referred to La Paz as “the world’s aquarium”, so it’s not wonder this destination is perfect for creative adventurers. Here’s my list of 10 things you can’t miss:
FOR THE ADVENTURE SEEKER
Swim with Whale Sharks - We met our boat captain with Tuna Tuna Tours early in the morning and took a short ride out in the Bay of La Paz where a dozen or so whale sharks could be found feeding on plankton and small fish. You can find them in the bay from October to March and may see some up to 17 meters long!
Snorkel with Sea Lions - At the northern tip of Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just 25km from La Paz, you can find “Los Islotes”. This is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and we were able to actually jump in with our snorkels and swim side by side with these playful animals in their natural habitat! Go in the morning and afterwards stop by Espiritu Santo Island for a fresh ceviche lunch on the white sandy shores.
Stand Up Paddle Board - We enjoyed a two-hour tour with Baja Desconocida Tours through tranquil mangroves and explored all around the beautiful Balandra Beach.
Surf - Whether your hunting for great waves or just a beginner, Cerritos is a perfect place to enjoy world-renowned surf conditions year round. Surf by Mario is a great surf school to book daily surf lessons!
FOR THE ART LOVER
Todos Santos - Todos Santos was recently designated a Pueblo Mágico — one of just 100 or so small towns that offers visitors a magical experience. It’s an enchanting and culturally rich town just a short drive south of La Paz and the perfect place to find unique local artisan crafts. I could have spent hours wandering the small streets and shops.
FOR THE BEACHES AND VIEWS
Balandra Beach - Charter a private boat or take a short car ride to this pristine white-sand beach. Don’t miss the short hike for beautiful panoramic views of the crystal blue waters from above.
El Mirador Ocean View Restaurant - A great place for an unobstructed and breathtaking view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Order an ice-cold margarita and watch the sunset from their open-air palapa. They also offer a special paella dinner and live music on Sundays!
FOR THE LIBATIONS, TASTY EATS AND AMBIANCE
Restaurantes Bismark - Dive into massive fresh seafood platters while you overlook the ocean and La Paz’s beautiful boardwalk, the “Malecón”. And don’t miss the famous lobster they’ve been serving up since 1968!
Doce Cuarenta or Big Sur Café Orgánico - If you’re looking for a picturesque coffee place serving up delicious brews add both of these to your list! Enjoy the street art and murals around Café Organico and be sure to pick up some fun local artisan gifts in Doce Cuarenta.
La Miserable Mezcal Bar - A mezcaleria tasting room owned and operated by an Australian expat with great retro decor serving up unique fair trade mezcals, beers and local snacks.
This post was created in partnership with the La Paz Tourism Bureau. As always all opinions are my own, and I only promote brands I truly adore!