BucketListed: La Paz, Mexico
La Paz, Mexico has been on my travel bucket list for a few years now. It’s an hour and forty minute direct flight from LAX and you don’t have to deal with the crowds and rough surf you’ll find in Los Cabos (although there is a time and place for that too… I do love Los Cabos!). I want to visit La Paz because it seems so raw, like maybe it’s a taste of the real Baja – fewer tourists and more locals – while still offering all the splendid amenities I appreciate when visiting a resort town.
Yeah, after seeing that video, I figured you’d be adding it to your bucket list too. It has been officially “BucketListed” by TravelPlusWine. Is “BucketListed” even a word? It is now…
Here’s what there is to do in La Paz:
Escape the hustle and bustle of Los Cabos and swim in water so calm and clear, I imagine you’ll contemplate the meaning of heaven on earth. La Paz, Mexico is located on a bay in the Gulf of California and offers a slightly off-the-beaten path destination for adventure and relaxation seekers alike.
When you’ve spent enough time swimming or kayaking Balandra beach, head back to town and stroll the Malecón at sunset. It offers extraordinary bay views and you can visit a number of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes while passing beautiful sculptures. Wine lovers will want to head to Steinbeck’s at the CostaBaja Resort for dinner for multi course meal paired with carefully selected Mexican wines. Or, for a simple meal, I’m sure fish tacos are abundant in La Paz.
If you’re in La Paz between December and March, you can’t leave town without signing up for a whale watching tour. We did this in Loreto and it was well worth the time and money. The blue whale, humpback whale, and whale shark all make this region their winter retreat. I’ve seen pictures of people swimming with these whales. If that’s a bit too up close and personal, maybe stand up paddleboarding is just the right amount of space between you and these gentle beasts. Same goes for visiting the sea lion colony at the point of Isla Partida.
Ok, so maybe La Paz is home to a few big(ish) waves. If that’s what you’re after, grab your surfboard head to the beaches of Pescadero and Los Cerritos near Todos Santos. Speaking of water sports, Baja California Sur is home to international fishing tournaments. You can hire a guide and boat complete with everything you need for a day of casting your line. Fresh mahi mahi for lunch, anyone?
Where to stay in La Paz:
A quick Internet search with turn up with a number of options. Here are a few to consider:
Photo Credit: CostaBaja Resort & Spa
The hotel is 10 minutes south of downtown and the first five star resort in La Paz. Rooms have balconies with breathtaking views, free wifi, a coffee maker, and swanky glass-enclosed showers (hello romance!). You can also arrange to stay in condos, perhaps a good option if you’re traveling with a small group. Whenever I’m staying at a resort, I always make it a point to check out the spa and treat myself to a massage. CostaBaja’s spa offers over 60 different treatments.
Photo Credit: Seven Crown
Stay right where the action is in this contemporary hotel. Maybe indulge and get an ocean view suite so you can watch people stroll the Malecón and enjoy the evening lights from the comfort of your private balcony. Soak in the jacuzzi after a long day of exploration and adventure.
Photo Credit: Seven Crown
This is Seven Crown’s newest hotel and located in the historic city center of La Paz. Some suites are fully equipped with a small lounge and kitchenette for those who prefer doing their own cooking or simply having that option. This property has a swimming pool.
Budget travelers will enjoy the ‘camping on the beach in Mexico’ option. El Coyote, San Evaristo, and San Juan de la Costa are some easy-access beaches near the city where you can camp. Just do your homework because camping permits are required. Tour companies can also take you camping and provide everything you need. Forget something? Apparently you can find it in La Paz.
Getting to La Paz:
AeroMexico has a direct flight from LAX to La Paz Thursday – Sunday. The first bag checked is free, your carry-on is free, they serve meals, snacks, and no extra charge for your beer. You could have a very pleasant buzz before even landing in Mexico, courtesy of AeroMexico.
Travel deals to La Paz:
AeroMexico Vacations offers very reasonable Air + Hotel deals to La Paz, so it’s a great site to start your vacation research.
Have you been to La Paz, Mexico? Any tips?