In the past, traveling to La Paz was more of an ordeal; a two-lane highway was slow and winded through the mountains, and it was the only way to get to the coastal city to the north. Today, from the entrance of Rancho San Lucas, with just a pit stop or two, it is less than 2 hours to the city center of La Paz. Before Costco and Wal-Mart opened in Cabo, La Paz was the place to shop and stock up on imported and even Mexican goods as they always had a more extensive selection than the smaller Cabo markets. La Paz still has Sears, Liverpool, and DAX, large department stores that are great places to shop at Christmas and during the Holiday Season. Here are the top things to check out in La Paz.
Spending the Day in La Paz, Just a Short Drive North
• The Malecon is a beautiful seaside boardwalk perfect for strolling, biking, skating, and watching the sunset. Along the waterfront, dozens of bars and restaurants line the street, offering locally sourced seafood and cocktails to be enjoyed while looking out over the Sea of Cortez. The city’s lights are amazing at night, and many statues and monuments line the Malecon and make for great picture spots.
• If you want to spend the day on the beach, La Paz has probably the best beaches in Southern Baja, bar none. Balandra Bay is a world-famous beach and the spot for many movies and scenes in commercials. A giant bay with waist-high water and crystal-clear blue water over white sand. Perfect for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and spending a relaxing day. Corumuel is also a beach close to the Malecon, providing a great view of the city and sandbar. Tecolote is also a great place to have a seafood lunch or jump on a tour of Espiritu Santo Island, which is a fantastic place to see.
Balandra Bay, world-famous beach
• Seafood Paradise – La Paz is a port city, and fishing is a significant industry here. Being located in the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez, shrimp, scallops, and fish filets are all plentiful. El Bismarkcito is a well-known restaurant on the Malecon and always has many patrons enjoying lunch or dinner. If you are in the mood for fish tacos, ceviche, fresh oysters or clams, or a shrimp cocktail, they have you covered and probably another 75 menu items. Over two dozen seafood restaurants are found on the Malecon alone, and another probably 50 in the town, which are also famous and offer unique seafood creations.
Plan a 3.5-hour round trip to and from Rancho San Lucas to La Paz. There are plenty of spots to stop and rest if you want more time; Todos Santos and La Garita are all on the way and make for a perfect place to stop, grab a bite, and stretch your legs. Enjoy La Paz!