Located on a large bay on the Sea of Cortez, La Paz is 137 miles by road north of the southern tip of the baja peninsula.
La Paz was originally founded by Hernan Cortez on May 3, 1535 but the hostility of the environment forced him to retreat a year later. Other efforts to colonise the area brought Sebastian Vizcaino in 1596, Isidro de Atondo in 1863, 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.
The town is sprawling and ever expanding but for the visitor it is the small historic centre, the 'Port of Illusion' and the 5km stretch of the sea-front (the Malecon) that are of main interest. A large number of bars, restaurants and shops have opened along the length of the malecon and there is a side-walk down the whole stretch making a lovely walk by the sea, especially at sun-set. The La Paz area possesses boundless natural resources and is focused mainly on outdoors activities.
There are some beautiful beaches just a short drive away. Try your luck and experience legendary sport-fishing for marlin, tuna, dorado and more. Snorkel with playful sea lions or even whale-sharks during December to the end of February, or scuba dive with hammerhead sharks and giant mantas. Kayak spotting dolphins or beach-comb in the tranquil bays of Espiritu Santo Island.
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