La Paz, a paradise in Baja California Sur that combines desert and beach, ideal for sport fishing
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La Paz is a beach destination surrounded by desert, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The city is by the Sea of Cortez, which was named the Aquarium of the World by explorer Jacques Cousteau due to its immense biological richness. The city is 202 kilometers (125.5 mi) from Cabo San Lucas and 81 kilometers (50.3 mi) from the Magical Town of Todos Santos.
The main charm of La Paz lies in its magnificent beaches, such as Tecolote, Pichilingue, Coromuel, Caimancito, and Ventana, among many others. This important tourist destination features a variety of natural attractions, including the islands of Espíritu Santo, Partida, and Cerralvo, which are ideal for diving and snorkeling. The first two were declared Biosphere Reserves in 1995, as they are home of about 300 sea lions and other 11 species that only exist in that place. Also, there is the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, ideal for ecotourism.
Magdalena Bay, within 2 and a half hours of La Paz, offers various adventure activities, such as tours through the dunes and the mangroves, which are habitat of various species of birds as ospreys, diving ducks, frigates, gulls, herons, white ibis, and blue herons. In addition, you can visit a sea lion colony and go camping. One more reason to visit La Paz is the sighting of gray whales from January to March, mainly in the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Guerrero Negro, the San Ignacio Lagoon, and Magdalena Bay. If you love animals, the ideal season for you to see whale sharks, and even swim with them, is from September to April.
This destination is ideal for sport fishing, since it has great variety of species such as swordfish, blue and black marlin, tuna, and gold fish, among others.
La Paz houses important remains of its historical and cultural past, such as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, by the main square and the Velasco Garden. You should visit the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History of Baja California Sur, the botanical garden, and Serpentarium of La Paz, which has the largest collection of reptiles of Mexico. At the Profesor Jesús Castro Agúndez Cultural Center you can visit the Carlos Olachea Boucsiéguez Art Gallery, the City Theatre, and the Museum of the Gray Whale.
Nightlife in La Paz mainly takes place on the Álvaro Obregón Boardwalk, where you will find hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and specialty shops. In this area you can enjoy a relaxing walk to see the sunset, when the sea is painted in red shades, and you can hear live music on weekends. The boardwalk features various sculptures that adorn it, including the Jesus of the Seashell, the Magical Snails, and the Queen of the Sea, among others.
Some of the most important festivals of this destination are the Art Festival of Todos Santos in February, the Carnival of La Paz in February and March, the International Festival of Arts and Culture for Peace in March and April, the commemorative celebrations of the Foundation of La Paz and the Mango Festival in May, the Mexican Independence Day in September, and the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe in December.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).