24 things to do in La Paz, Baja California Sur

La Paz Baja California Sur
La Paz Baja California Sur

Table of Contents

  1. Walk the Malecón
  2. Find all the sculptures
  3. Get a photo with the La Paz sign
  4. Spot the graffiti art
  5. Visit Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz
  6. People watch in Jardín Velasco
  7. Visit the museums
  8. La Paz Food and Drink
  9. Snorkel with Sea Lions
  10. Swim with Whale Sharks
  11. Go Whale and Dolphin Watching
  12. Snorkel with Mobula Rays
  13. Snorkel with Manta Rays
  14. Explore Isla Espíritu Santo
  15. Go Kayaking and Paddleboarding
  16. Enjoy the Sunset Cruise
  17. Visit Balandra Beach
  18. Explore Tecolote Beach
  19. Stargazing in the Baja Desert
  20. Day Trip to Todos Santos
  21. Savor Fresh Seafood Tacos
  22. Experience Local Festivals
  23. Explore Nearby Natural Wonders
  24. Relax and Unwind

1) Walk the Malecón

The Malecón is a seaside esplanade that stretches along the waterfront in La Paz. It offers stunning views, beaches, parks, piers, and benches. You can find a bandstand where buskers and musicians often perform, as well as a playground for children. Renting a bike or scooter to cycle along the 3-mile (5 km) waterfront is highly recommended, especially for the breathtaking sunset views over the marina.

2) Find all the sculptures

As you stroll along the Malecón, you’ll come across numerous ocean-themed sculptures. Creating your walking tour to discover each sculpture is one of the best free activities in La Paz. These sculptures, created by local artists, serve as symbols representing the city, and their positions can be quite useful for navigation.

3) Get a photo with the La Paz sign

Your visit to La Paz wouldn’t be complete without taking a photo with the colorful La Paz sign. Located on the Malecón, these vibrant letters provide an excellent backdrop with stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. These signs are found in most Mexican towns and cities, each with images representing the area. They are particularly popular attractions when illuminated at night.

4) Spot the graffiti art

La Paz boasts vibrant street art throughout the city. Consider spending a couple of hours on a self-guided graffiti tour to discover these colorful murals that share stories, legends, and raise awareness about the importance of preserving the beaches and oceans.

5) Visit Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz

Also known as Our Lady of Peace Cathedral in English, this Catholic church serves as the seat of the Diocese of La Paz. It stands as a neoclassical marvel in La Paz’s old town on Jardín Velasco, marking the spot where the Jesuits founded their mission in the 18th century. Built in 1861 by the Dominicans, it continues to host religious ceremonies and occasional musical performances.

6) People watch in Jardín Velasco

Velasco Garden offers a tranquil space in the heart of the city. Situated in the main square between the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz and the Museo de Arte de Baja California Sur, this small garden features benches and a bandstand. It’s a perfect spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy lunch or simply take a moment to relax.

7) Visit the museums

Art lovers will appreciate the Museum of Art (Museo de Arte de Baja California Sur), which showcases artworks significant to Baja California Sur. History enthusiasts can explore the Museum of Anthropology (Museo Regional de Antropología E Historia de Baja California Sur), where exhibitions cover the Palaeolithic era to the present day, detailing the influence of Spanish colonization and other aspects important to La Paz and the region.

8) La Paz Food and Drink

La Paz boasts a remarkable food scene, with numerous locally-owned eateries to choose from. Check out our article on the best places to eat in La Paz for a comprehensive list of restaurants serving authentic Mexican cuisine, including the four best spots for fish tacos. We’ve also compiled a list of must-try Mexican foods to enhance your culinary adventure. Here is a List of all restaurants

9) Snorkel with Sea Lions

Swimming with sea lions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and La Paz offers two locations to turn this dream into reality: San Rafaelito and Los Islotes at Isla Espíritu Santo. Check out our article on snorkeling with sea lions in La Paz for all the details, including the best times to go and what to expect at each site.

10) Swim with Whale Sharks

Swimming with whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, is a bucket list experience for many. La Paz has one of the most regulated and ethical areas where you can make this dream come true. Whale sharks are attracted to the nutrient-rich waters around La Paz, and you can find them here annually between October and May.

11) Go Whale and Dolphin Watching

The waters around La Paz are home to whales and dolphins as they traverse the Sea of Cortez. The best way to observe these majestic creatures is by taking a boat tour, offering you a much closer encounter than shore sightings. For a more extensive whale-watching experience, consider taking a trip to Magdalena Bay, known for grey whale migrations.

12) Snorkel with Mobula Rays

Witnessing the annual mobula ray migration in Baja California Sur is awe-inspiring. Between May and July, thousands of mobula rays pass through the waters near La Paz. You can experience this incredible spectacle firsthand on a mobula ray snorkel tour.

13) Snorkel with Manta Rays

Snorkeling with manta rays is a unique experience that can be enjoyed year-round in La Paz. These gentle giants often glide through the waters near Isla Espíritu Santo, offering an unforgettable underwater encounter.

14) Explore Isla Espíritu Santo

Isla Espíritu Santo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the protected Espíritu Santo Archipelago. It’s a must-visit destination for those seeking pristine beaches, clear waters, and the chance to see marine life up close. Explore hidden coves, hike scenic trails, and enjoy the natural beauty of this island paradise.

15) Go Kayaking and Paddleboarding

The calm and clear waters around La Paz are perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding. You can rent equipment and explore the coastline, secluded beaches, and mangrove forests at your own pace.

16) Enjoy the Sunset Cruise

End your day in La Paz with a relaxing sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez. Many companies offer these cruises, complete with onboard drinks, snacks, and breathtaking views of the sun setting over the ocean.

17) Visit Balandra Beach

Balandra Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in La Paz, famous for its turquoise waters, white sand, and unique mushroom-shaped rock formation. It’s an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and taking stunning photographs.

18) Explore Tecolote Beach

Tecolote Beach is another beautiful beach near La Paz, known for its clear waters and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying seafood at the local beachfront restaurants.

19) Stargazing in the Baja Desert

La Paz is surrounded by the stunning Baja desert, providing excellent opportunities for stargazing. Consider joining a guided stargazing tour to witness the beauty of the night sky in this remote and peaceful location.

20) Day Trip to Todos Santos

If you have extra time in La Paz, take a day trip to Todos Santos, a charming town known for its art galleries, historic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. It’s about a one-hour drive from La Paz and offers a different perspective on Baja California Sur.

21) Savor Fresh Seafood Tacos

La Paz is renowned for its fresh seafood, and trying fish tacos here is a must. Head to one of the local seafood stands or restaurants to savor delicious tacos prepared with locally caught fish, shrimp, or other seafood.

22) Experience Local Festivals

Check the local events calendar to see if your visit coincides with one of La Paz’s festivals or celebrations. Festivals like Carnaval and Day of the Dead offer a unique cultural experience with parades, music, dancing, and traditional food.

23) Explore Nearby Natural Wonders

La Paz serves as a gateway to several natural wonders in Baja California Sur. Consider taking day trips to explore places like the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, Cabo Pulmo National Park, or the picturesque town of Loreto.

24) Relax and Unwind

Don’t forget to take some time to relax and unwind during your visit to La Paz. The city has many tranquil spots, from beachfront hammocks to wellness centers and spa resorts, where you can rejuvenate and de-stress.

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