La Paz: Find peace in Baja
Any town named “The Peace” has got to be a relaxing and peaceful place to visit. And while the second largest town in Baja south of Tijuana, the town lives up to its name. Although La Paz is not known as a beach resort, the city does boast several beautiful beaches along its coast on the Sea of Cortez. La Paz is also known for its spectacular sunsets.
La Paz is often overlooked by tourists for the flashier Los Cabos Resorts further south on the Baja peninsula, but through the years, La Paz has maintained a remarkable “Old Baja” feel all while boasting a beautiful waterfront and great beaches. The city, which is an important port city, is also clean, safe and attractive and the La Paz also serves as a launching point for travelers looking to explore the islands off the nearby coast.
Eating in La Paz
The one thing no traveler to La Paz should miss are the fish tacos. A specialty of the region, fish tacos can be found at pretty much any restaurant and at many street vendors throughout the city. For anyone who has read my other posts, they know that I love tacos, especially fish tacos (you can read all about why I think tacos are the world’s most perfect food). I could easily be happy eating these delicious little fish tacos for every meal during my entire trip, but if you are looking to get a little more variety in you diet, La Paz also has other types of great fresh seafood (La Paz’s main industry is commercial fishing).
Surrounded by the Sonoran desert, La Paz also enjoys warm, dry weather nearly year round. The city itself is set apart from the surrounding desert and is surrounded by ancient laurel, coconut and date trees. On a clear evening (which most are), many head down to the Paseo Alvaro Obregon at the waterfront to watch the sun set over the ocean horizon.
Because of La Paz’s close proximity to deserted beaches, pristine off shore islands like Isla Espiritu and Isla Partida, and calm bay, La Paz is arguably Mexico’s eco-tourism capital. With outdoor and eco activities aplenty, many travelers find guides to explore the pristine off shore islands or venture into the desert to towards the Sierra de la Laguna mountains.