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La Paz Vacations


Package includes:

  • Choice of accommodations
  • Hotel taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go?

Nature and Adventure Enthusiasts
Anyone seeking eco-adventures in and around La Paz won’t be disappointed with the amount of activities available, including kayaking bird watching, snorkeling, hiking and fishing.

Divers
Even the most avid diver will be endlessly thrilled by the more than 25 first-class dive spots around the many islands surrounding the bay of La Paz, Espíritu Santo, San José and Cerralvo.

Families
La Paz is the ultimate playground for swimming, watersports, fishing and wildlife.

Kayaking
Explore some of Baja’s finest coastal scenery, untouched by the modern world. Discover secret coves, rock gardens and shoals that are home to a dazzling array of colorful fish and marine life.

Sport Fishing
Considered by many as one of the world’s finest big game fishing areas, and the perfect destination to catch marlin, yellowtail, roosterfish, sailfish, dorado, sea bass and giant squid.


What's the climate like?

  Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Average High 74° F 86° F 97° F 82° F
Average Low 52° F 57° F 77° F 60° F
Average Rainfall 14.0" .8" 14.5" 12.0"

How do I get around town?

Transfers
Transfers between the airport and hotel are included with your air and hotel vacation package. It takes 20-30 minutes to travel between the airport and hotels.

Taxi
Taxis are widely available throughout La Paz, and are the best way to get around when walking won't get you where you want to go. Taxis aren't metered, so it is important to negotiate the fare before getting in. Some taxis charge a per person rate. Your hotel estimate how much the taxi fare should be and can give the driver directions, if they do not speak English. Make sure to only take registered taxis.

Car
Rental cars provide flexibility to explore this beautiful destination, and are available through Alamo Rental Cars.

Walking
Most things to do and see in La Paz are within walking distance of the center of the city.


What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?

La Paz offers a wide variety of dining and after-dinner experiences at reasonable prices. A wide variety of international cuisine is available, in addition to authentic local Mexican fare and seafood. Here are a few options:

Tailhunter Restaurant & FUBAR Cantina
Featuring 3 floors of ocean-view dining, excellent grilled seafood dishes, delicious Mexican specialty dishes with a Hawaiian flair, famous margaritas and live music on the weekends.

Tequila's Bar & Grill
One of the town's oldest watering holes, featuring grilled seafood and a cigar bar.

El Patron Restaurant & Cantina
Attracts locals and serves a menu of grilled steak, chicken, seafood and delicious Mexican dishes.

Nightlife generally begins at sunset along the tiled boardwalk known as the Malecon, and is usually more relaxed and social than what the norm is for most Baja cities. Establishments offer everything from jazz, karoake, salsa dancing and Latin rock music.


Where should I go shopping?

La Paz offers a wide variety of shopping including regional handicrafts, clothes, shoes and music from different areas of Mexico. The downtown shopping area, El Malecon, features fishing and diving stores, famous designer boutiques, local art, Mexican and European footwear, rustic Mexican or modern Italian furniture and lots of souvenirs. There are also shops that have elegant and colorful Chinese decor, offering paper lanterns with black ink symbols and different Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.


When are the local events?

Carnaval
Late February/early March. An annual event featuring a week of colorful dance competitions, parades, costumes, music, floats, local food and much more.

Festival of the Gray Whale
Late January. An annual 5-week long festival that coincides with the gray whales' migration from the Bering Strait.

La Fiesta de La Paz
May. The La Fiesta de La Paz celebrates the city's founding by Cortez in 1535.

La Paz BISBEE International Fishing Tournament
September. An annual marlin-fishing tournament.

SCORE Baja 1000 Championship Desert Racing Series
November. Off-road race that takes place on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The majority of events are either a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada.

Recreation

Sportfishing
Fishing is a popular sport in La Paz due to its world-class, legendary sportfishing for marlin, wahoo, tuna, dorado and more. The Sea of Cortez boasts fertile fishing grounds, especially around Espiritu Santo Island, Bonanza Beach, Punta Lobos and the legendary El Bajo Seamount. Fishing is great year round — especially from July through October.

Snorkeling/Scuba Diving
La Paz is an outstanding destination for snorkelers and scuba divers and is a top 10 worldwide scuba diving destination. Divers have the opportunity to see hammerhead sharks, giant pacific manta rays, whale sharks and more. Snorkeling enthusiasts can swim among colonies of sea lions. Make sure to bring proof of your dive certification.

Ecotourism
Known as The Aquarium of the World, the Sea of Cortez is home to countless species of marine plants and animals that form a unique ecosystem dotted with underwater mountains and canyons. These waters host resident pods of species of sea mammals including sperm whales, humpback whales, sea lion colonies and dolphins. The opportunities to interact with these friendly creatures are boundless.

Prehistoric art can be found by hiking through the numerous ravines and streambeds in the Sierra de San Francisco and Guadalupe near La Paz. South of the city at the edge of the Tropic of Cancer, stands the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, which is a designated UNESCO global biosphere reserve.

Whale Watching
La Paz is the center of Baja's winter whale-watching excursions. For thousands of years gray whales have migrated to the warm and placid Baja waters to give birth, making January through early April the peak time to whale watch.

Travel Tidbits

Diving
If you are planning on diving, don't forget to bring proof of your diver's certification. As many of the dives are for more advanced divers because of strong currents and steep reef drops, local dive companies won't take you out unless you can verify that you are experienced.

Watersports
One of the best ways to discover and explore the Sea of Cortez is by kayak. Whether you choose to explore for 1 day near the coast or for a 10-day epic adventure to several islands you will not be disappointed by the beauty and splendor of the wildlife and scenery.

Good to Know

Airport Name:
3-letter Code:

Manuel Márquez de León International Airport
LAP

Best Weather: November-May
Best Values: January, April
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN). American dollars (USD) are also accepted. Many of the smaller establishments in La Paz may not take credit cards. ATMs are available.
Language: Spanish; English is understood in most tourist areas including hotels.
Time Zone: Pacific Standard
Proof of Citizenship: Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
Tipping: 15-20% in resorts and hotels, but make sure it hasn’t already been added to the bill.
Dress: Casual dress is the norm except in fine dining restaurants where skirts/dresses for women and collared shirts for men are expected.

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