La Paz Travel Guide
A visit to La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur in Mexico, is likely to have the majority of visitors enchanted by its nostalgic old Baja atmosphere and elements of provincial Mexico. While tourism is certainly one of the city’s chief industries, La Paz remains largely unspoiled with little sign of the tourist dollar diluting the rich local traditions and ethnic way of life.
While not traditionally a beach resort, the city has some excellent coastal strips at its disposal although these are typically quiet, underdeveloped affairs. Indeed, some beaches are all but deserted and the perfect place to enjoy some tranquility while appreciating the beauty of the surroundings.
The region in which La Paz sits has gained a reputation as North America’s ecotourism capital on account of its sea and land based wonders which include species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The inlet off the Sea of Cortés, in which La Paz is situated, is filled with islands that are UNSECO protected and make for some excellent exploring with the help of a local guide or tour operator.
Regional Museum of Anthropology and History: the best museum in La Paz offers exhibits with themes centering on the inhabitants, ecology and geology of the region.
Beaches: located within varying distances of the city are a variety of golden sandy beaches among which Coromuel, El Tesoro, Pichilingue, Balandra and Tecolote are favorites.
Malecón: La Paz’s promenade is the focal point of the city’s life and the place to find the best restaurants and nightlife as well as being an ideal spot for people watching.
La Ciudad Theater: the city’s main venue for cultural entertainment offers performances in media such as dance, music and theater. An art gallery is also on-site.
Constitution square: among the city’s more aesthetically pleasing constructions, this square is home to a 19th century Dominican cathedral and the Municipal Palace.