Harbor-side café

The Perfect Blend of Desert and Sea

A medium to small city with a Malecón where you have a few options for nightlife. The Malecón is a nice place to stroll along during the day with a nice wide promenade and along the ocean.

La Paz is not too crowded compared to other Mexican seaside towns. If you are into fresh seafood, there are lots to choose from. Internet is hit or miss for speed and availability but doable as a digital nomad.

One of the first Spanish missions in the West

Nestled between the sea and the desert

La Paz is a tranquil coastal gem with a laid-back vibe. The pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters make it a paradise for snorkelers and beach enthusiasts. As the capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz offers a delightful mix of Mexican culture and marine wonders.

The Malecon. the beach boardwalk lined with shops and restaurants

I recommend visiting La Paz if you like…

  • Beach Life
  • Cycling
  • Seafood
  • Relaxing
  • Marine Adventures
  • Walking the Malecon
  • Boating
  • Water Sports
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Dining and Cuisine

Being a smaller city, there’s still a wide variety of eateries here. For unique cuisine, you can find at least one restaurant that handles it. Vegan is also popular here. Of course, Mexican seafood is the bomb here.

Take a food walking tour immediately!

I am a true believer in taking a tour immediately to get acquainted with La Paz. A food walking tour is a great way to get your bearings and you have the full attention of a local expert for great suggestions.

Here are some tasting experiences I recommend based on my research and my own experience.

Regional Dishes

The La Paz region is famous for…

Machaca: Shredded and dried beef or fish, rehydrated and cooked with eggs, tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, served as a hearty breakfast dish.

Popular Local Tacos

  • Tacos de Pescado: Fresh fish, often snapper or grouper, grilled or fried and served in tortillas with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and spicy mayo.
  • Tacos de Mariscos: Seafood tacos featuring shrimp, octopus, or other marine delicacies, often served with avocado and a variety of salsas.
  • Tacos de Cabeza: Slow-cooked and seasoned beef head meat, usually served with onion, cilantro, and lime.

The Best Things to Do inLa Paz

Many things you can do on your own but there are some activities, I suggest a tour. I haven’t been on a bad tour yet. And they really know how to do it here in Mexico. They take all the stress of planning out of it so you can focus right on what you want to see.

Nearby world renown Ballandra beach

Balandra Beach named the “Most Beautiful Beach in Mexico

This beach is so coveted that you need to wait in line to enter. You can enter during the morning or the afternoon. They close down the beach and evacuate the beach every day for a few hours. And there are a limited number of guests allowed at a time. I’m going to post a more in-depth guide on visiting Ballandra soon.

We rented a car for the day but if you want to go hassle-free and take a tour, here’s a link to one. It includes a tour of La Paz

Statues along the boardwalk

Walk the Malecón

It’s a nice 30-minute stroll one way. You’ll view all of the restaurants to pick from for dinner.

Eat the best Mexican Seafood

Known for its seafood, enjoy ceviche, tacos, or fish prepared any way you like. There’s a reason fish tacos are called “Baja Style” in California.

Museo de Antropologia e Historia de Baja California Sur

Visit one of the local museums

What a nice way to spend the day. Check out at least these three…

Whale and Marine Sciences Museum

Regional Museum of Anthropology and History of Baja California Sur

Baja California Sur Art Museum

Sailing Cruise with Snorkeling

I have been on a few of these and they are always fun. Being on a Sail or motor to secluded crystal clear beaches in the smooth comfort of a catamaran. And you get to meet other fun loving travelers.

Whale Watching

Whale watching is seasonal. I did not see any whales closeup while I was here but there are other marine life to see such as dolphins. While you are here and it is the season you can find plenty of whale-watching tours at any tour guide station.

Where to Stay – Accommodations

There are all kinds of options and price points available. I am more economically minded and I wanted to be immersed in the city, so I chose a homestay. I found a cute little Airbnb for under $40 a night. And when you book a month, I have gotten my rate down to $30/night.
Click here to see my stay on Airbnb.

Want to know how I find an apartment in a safe neighborhood? Click here

But you can find any price point you want from dorm rooms to luxury.
Click on the links below to go directly to La Paz.

If you’re on foot like me, you want to be as close to the center as possible. I recommend staying in the pink zone shown on the map.

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