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La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Whales, Scuba, Fish, Kayak, Hike, Bike, Motorcycle, Kiteboard, Windsurf

La Paz is a city rich with history and natural beauty. Nestled in a protected bay located on the Sea of Cortez, La Paz has provided the perfect resting place for seafarers throughout the centuries.

La Paz is a world class city and has a population of over 250,000. It is the largest city south of Tijuana on the Baja Peninsula. Although La Paz is a tourist destination, it is not a city built entirely around tourism. You won't be barraged by cheesy bars, trinket shops and timeshare salespeople like your are in Cabo. What you will find is a beautiful middle class city, with all the amenities.

For the adventure minded, La Paz is the perfect choice to access it all. Fishing boats need not go far to catch marlin, dorado, wahoo, sierra, tuna, grouper, and more. Kayak tours can take you to the islands to swim with the seals. Scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities are unlimited, and the diving is spectacular. Endless trails await the off road motorcycle and quad runner enthusiasts. Nature hikes, whale watching, exploring cave paintings, bike riding, bird watching, photography, the list goes on and on...

Baja California was inhabited as early as 8,000 years ago by a nomadic culture comprised of fishermen and gatherers. Traces of these cultures are found in the protected cave paintings located only a short distance from the city of La Paz. The Spanish began their settlement efforts when Hernan Cortez first arrived in La Paz on May 3, 1535. He named it "Villa de La Santa Cruz", but the hostility of the environment and natives forced him to retreat a year later.

Other efforts to colonize the area brought Sabastian Vizcaino in 1596, Isidro de Atondo and Antillon in 1863, the Jesuits Juan de Ugarte and Jaime Bravo in 1720. Finally in 1811, Jose Espinoza established the first permanent settlement to harvest the abundant pink and black pearls. La Paz became the capital of Baja California Sur in 1829 after Loreto was leveled by a hurricane - and La Paz remains the state's capital today.

La Paz has remained the Baja California Sur's commercial and political heart. This becomes apparent when you visit El Centro and see the number of national and international banks. If you purchase property or have other business dealings in Baja California Sur (BCS), you will probably get to know La Paz a little better as all of the governmental tax, legal, and land offices are located here.

La Paz is home to many fine hotels, impressive restaurants, and fun nightlife. The malecón is the center of most culinary and libation activity. Come on a Friday or Saturday and the malecon will be alive with cars cruising the strip, families strolling down the waterfront, and sounds of laughter and excitement coming from all directions.

La Paz has managed to retained its old world charm, while offering many of the amenities of a modern city. A shopping mall was completed a couple of years ago that includes department and specialty stores, grocery shopping, a variety of restaurants, and a ten screen cineplex showing the latest films.

La Paz is also home to an international airport serviced by Alaska Airlines, Delta, and other U.S. and Mexican carriers.

Even though it is a city of a quarter of a million, La Paz still has that small town feel. Traffic is a breeze, there is little worry of crime, the streets are clean, and the people are exceptionally friendly and accommodating.

In Spanish, "La Paz" translates to "Peace".

After just a few days here, you will find that the name really fits!