As the hub of the Baja California Sur state, La Paz attracts all kinds of tourists, from solo travelers to families. With the vast ocean and pristine beach as its backdrop, La Paz teems with eco-friendly activities that balance fun and environmental responsibility. Fully enjoy a visit to La Paz with these activities.
Swim With Nature
Fronting La Paz is the Sea of Cortez, an area of immense marine diversity. More than 200 islands in this body of water have been declared as conservation areas. These islands are under the protection of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Isla Espiritu Santo which is narrowly separated from Isla Partida, are part of these network of biosphere reserves in La Paz. Because of these natural resources, Eco-tourism is widely supported in the region. To raise awareness on the unique biodiversity of the area, some tours allow visitors to swim with whale sharks, sea lions, and other marine creatures inhabiting the waters. Visitors are also given opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, and kayak around the island.
Explore the Malecon
The Malecon is known as La Paz’s waterfront promenade. At 5 km from end to end, Malecon bursts with activity from sunrise until after dark. Along the promenade are restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries and other establishments. Couples and families can be found strolling along the path or watching the sunset.
A stroll along the Malecon could be an enjoyable experience. The path breaks into several small plazas with benches and sculptural pieces with a distinct coastal theme. One can also find street murals in several points along the path. At times, local bands would perform in the plaza to the delight of those strolling along the waterfront.
Tickle the Taste Buds
Food transcends language. In La Paz, there are places where visitors can sample the authentic local cuisine. From street foods to dine in establishments, there is always something for everyone. For those who like to be where the community gathers, visit the Mercado Bravo. This is La Paz’s unique traditional market where stalls sell fresh produce and local food.
Traditional snack selections range from churros to tortillas sold by street vendors. This could be followed by freshly caught fish or seafood prepared in various ways. For a nightcap, try the mezcalerias, where they also feature a traditional menu listing to go with the drink.
Immerse in the Local Culture
La Paz is known as a coastal town or in the local language, a balneario. Even the city museum recognizes this connection with the sea. Pods of gray whale migrate to La Paz to spawn in the warm coastal waters. In recognition of these marine creatures, they have a Museo de la Ballena, a museum with several exhibition areas dedicated to informing the public about the gray whale.
When in La Paz, be one with nature and the community through these aforementioned activities. This major tourist destination in Mexico offers unique eco-friendly opportunities to enjoy the ocean and the land. Consider exploring this land of ecological interest during your next vacation trip.