Ideally placed on the shores of California Sur, the city of La Paz is a launching point for all kinds of adventure activities. From abundant water sports to uninhabited off-shore islands, the Mexican city tempts tourists to flirt with exhaustion on their holiday, or to dive into the local cuisine and spend days on the beach, waiting for one of the world’s most memorable sunsets to kick in.
When you’re not snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring the desert or taking dubious pictures of yourself with a large cactus between your legs, La Paz has an assortment of nearby mountains to explore. Head off to the horizon and you’ll discover ancient cave paintings, vast canyons and dusty trails best explored by mountain bike or quad. If you prefer to find your adventures out in the deep blue, you can wallow with hammerhead sharks (safe, apparently), watch whales flip their fins through the meniscus or get close to both in a canoe or kayak.
If you’re tired just reading this, you might prefer the thought of La Paz’ seaside resorts, where you’ll find five-star luxury served up with a distinctly Mexican flavor, and adorned with palm trees and extensive swimming pools. The lifestyle of the rich and the famous is more affordable in this part of the world, and the reasonably affluent can happily enjoy a life that would be well out of reach back home.
Back in amongst the action, sport fishing is an increasingly popular pastime off the shores of the city, with marlin, tuna and even sharks just waiting to be plucked from the waves by the more daring of visitors. Of course, it wouldn’t be Mexico without a tequila-fuelled nightlife, and you’ll find that, too, in the poolside resort bars where holidaymakers start early and in the latino style jazz clubs and romantic salsa corners.
La Paz is ideal for the more active visitor, and while it may not mark an essential point on a more extensive Mexican trip, does offer more than enough to entertain even the most world weary of travelers for a few days.