Get away to La Paz! Enjoy the beaches, snorkeling, and whale watching.

With a stunning coastal promenade and picturesque islets surrounded by reefs, La Paz is one of the most striking municipalities in Baja California. The inner city is made up of colonial architecture and museums that reveal its fascinating history. Explore the coast and discover the past of a city formerly occupied by the United States.

Amble along the Malecón coastal boardwalk for a sense of the local culture. Study the Dove of Peace Monument and its base consisting of pointed shapes. It is among the 16 sculptures adding artistry to the pleasant promenade. Restaurants here serve shrimp tacos and other seafood. Spot the giant whale replica that appears to have smashed through the brick wall of the Whale Museum.

Anticipate arid conditions in the desert city, with cool nights and hot days. Head to the downtown region and browse the stalls and small shops selling local handicrafts made from seashells and wood. Admire the historic architectural buildings surrounding Constitution Square, which has an elegant bandstand and a fountain with an intriguing rock sculpture.

Learn about the beginnings of the region in the Anthropology and History Museum of Baja California Sur. View the cave wall paintings created by early humans. Find out about the development of La Paz, which was once declared a republic.

For a change of scenery, join a boat tour of Isla Espiritu Santo. Here, you can explore the serene beaches and scuba dive and snorkel with sea lions. These creatures tend to be more active and playful in spring and early summer.

The city is on the southern tip of the Baja California strip on the western coast of Mexico. Fly to the General Manuel Márquez de León Airport and get a taxi to the city center. Rent a car to get around the large city and reach the islands via boat tours.

Add La Paz to your Mexican vacation itinerary; this city has profound history and stunning scenery.

Known for

Beaches, Snorkeling and Fishing

Top Hotels in La Paz

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hyatt Place La Paz
3.5 out of 5
Km. 7.5 Carretera a Pichilingue, La Paz, BCS
$62
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.5/5Wonderful! (759 reviews)

Situated in La Paz, this golf hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Playa El Coromuel and within 6 mi (10 km) of Malecon Kiosk and Esperanza Rodriguez Cultural Center. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (759 reviews)

"Really good service and attention from front desk Alejandra kitchen all of them the best the driver from the transportation ,housekeeping, also waitress special to eliud super service thank you all from made my state so nice"…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Hyatt Place La Paz
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One La Paz Hotel
3 out of 5
Nicolás Bravo 590 Esq. Ignacio, Altamirano Col. Centro, La Paz, BCS
$47
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.3/5Excellent! (568 reviews)

Located in the heart of La Paz, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Anthropology and History Museum of Baja California Sur, Nuestra Senora ...

4.3/5Excellent! (568 reviews)

"This place was very small but clean, they can probably work on changing the breakfast buffet menu's."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

One La Paz Hotel
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Hotel Catedral
3.5 out of 5
Independencia 411, Centro, La Paz, BCS
$65
per night
Sep 19 - Sep 20
4.8/5Exceptional! (449 reviews)

Situated in La Paz, this hotel is steps from Nuestra Senora del Pilar Cathedral, Constitution Square, and Biblioteca de la Historia de las Californias. Esperanza ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (449 reviews)

"The hotel is great; clean, great staff and delicious food."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Hotel Catedral

Popular things to do in La Paz

Balandra Beach
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Balandra Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Balandra Beach, a popular beach in Pichilingue.

El Tecolote Beach
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El Tecolote Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, El Tecolote Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Pichilingue.

Pichilingue Beach
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Pichilingue Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Pichilingue Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Pichilingue.

Malecon Kiosk
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Malecon Kiosk

Meet friends at this popular gathering point and admire the coastal views as you explore the many works of art decorating the esplanade.

Tesoro Beach
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Tesoro Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Tesoro Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Pichilingue.

Whale Museum
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Whale Museum

Videos, photos and large collection of whale and turtle skeletons provide a fascinating insight into the region’s extraordinary aquatic life.

Top activities in La Paz

La Paz & Todos Santos Tour
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La Paz & Todos Santos Tour

$100

Explore two of the Baja California peninsula's most charming towns on a full-day tour that takes you to historical and cultural attractions, scenic viewpoints, and old mining settlements. Stop by the famous Hotel California in Todos Santos and admire the sunset on your way back.

Guided Sailing & Snorkeling Adventure in the Sea of Cortez
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Guided Sailing & Snorkeling Adventure in the Sea of Cortez

$199

Plunge beneath the glittering waves of the Sea of Cortez and discover an array of marine life during a guided sailing and snorkeling excursion from Cabo San Lucas. Savor breakfast, a deli-style lunch, and refreshments from an open bar while you cruise to tropical hotspots like Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida.

La Paz Espiritu Santo Snorkeling
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La Paz Espiritu Santo Snorkeling

$110

Considered the most beautiful island of the “Sea of Cortez”, “Espiritu Santo Island” is a true gem, rich in beautiful turquoise bays, marine life and pristine nature. This UNESCO protected natural park is a home to a colony of more than 300 sea lions, and numerous endemic species.

All-Inclusive Sailing, Snorkeling Remote Beaches & Sea Lions
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All-Inclusive Sailing, Snorkeling Remote Beaches & Sea Lions

$331

An intimate All - Inclusive sailing cruise to remote beaches, snorkeling with tropical fish and swimming with sea lions. The premier tour of its kind.

La Paz City Tour
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La Paz City Tour

$110

On our way to La Paz we are taken you off the beaten path, exploring small villages with a lot of history, gastronomic experiences, fantastic views, pristine beaches which are visited only by a few. La Paz, historical Center and the Marina Walk itself are worth the trip.

Espiritu Santo Island Expedition
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Espiritu Santo Island Expedition

$199

Espiritu Santo Island Expedition is an outdoor lover's dream! Watch sea lions, explore the island’s strange wildlife, and swim with countless tropical fish. Taste the culture of Baja as you sample traditional local cuisine.

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