La Paz, the capital of the state of Baja California Sur, faces the Sea of Cortez’s dazzling blue waters where the mountains come down to the water.
La Paz is located 136 miles north of Los Cabos and has an average annual temperature of 75º F.
First discovered by Hernan Cortez in the 16thcentury, it wasn’t until 1830 that Jose Espinoza established the first permanent settlement in La Paz. A small city of 170,000 inhabitants, downtown La Paz is made up of a five-block strip full of restaurants, cafes, bars and tour operators. Visitors can easily arrange all kinds of tours and excursions on this main walking strip.
La Paz is Baja’s ecotourism center, providing easy access to the Sea of Cortez, which is famous for its rich marine life. It is a perfect base for scuba diving excursions in the ocean’s clear waters. Off of the coast of the Espiritu Santo, Los Islotes, La Partida and Cerralvo islands, divers can see marine animals like hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and giant manta rays. Here, visitors can explore the islands in kayaks, snorkeling or even just hiking.
La Paz has a number of hotels perfect for groups, including the Grand Plaza La Paz-Hotel Resort & Suites with 52 guestrooms and 4 event rooms that can fit up to 700 people, and a beach-garden for events of up to 600 guests. The Araiza Palmira is another hotel with 120 guestrooms and suites, with 5 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 280 people, and a terrace bar that can host events of up to 70 guests.
La Paz International Airport (LAP) receives direct flights from Los Angeles, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana. Two hours away, the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) receives direct flights from 10 cities in the U.S., including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, Denver and Seattle, as well as from Canadian destinations such as Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.