ACTIVITIES IN LA PAZ
Located on a large bay on the Sea of Cortez, La Paz is 137 miles (220 km) by road north of the southern tip of the peninsula. La Paz was founded by Hernan Cortez on May 3, 1535 but the hostility of the environment forced him to retreat a year later. Other efforts to colonize the area brought Sabastian Vizcaino in 1596, the Jesuits Juan de Ugarte and Jaime Bravo in 1720 and finally in 1811, Jose Espinoza who established the first permanent settlement that turned La Paz into the capital of Baja California Sur in 1830.
Espiritu Santo Island
The island of Espiritu Santo possesses the most stunning views of all the islands in the Sea of Cortés. Its contrasting desert landscapes and reddish limestone cliffs juxtaposed with a turquoise blue sea is a breathtaking example of the exquisite vistas found here.
Swim with the whale shark
The largest fish on the world, the whale shark enjoys the warm waters of La Paz Baywhere it feeds with no hurries at all, giving us the opportunity for an up-close observation in his natural habitat, this is one snorkel experience you will never forget, their slow movements gives you a rush of positive energy together with the adrenaline experience of swimming with these giants of the seas.
Todos Santos is a place where people find peace to pursue individual self-expression. The climate is delightful with year-round temperatures in the 70's and 80's (21-27 Celsiusdegrees). Todos Santos creates the spectacular oasis that distinguishes the region. Orchards of mangoes, papayas and various vegetables flourish here. Todos Santos is an authentic Mexican village; the people are happy, kind and gentle.
Beaches in La Paz
The best beaches for swimming and sunbathing are found north of the city. Playa Palmira, Playa el Coromuel, Playa Pichilingue, Playa Balandra, Playa el Tecolote are havens for the beach lovers.
Enjoy some of the best dive sites in the area and amaze by the biodiversity you’ll discover beneath the sea. The Sea of Cortez offers some of the best diving in the world, as Jacques Cousteau called it, “Aquarium to the World”.