On the shores of Mexico’s southern Baja peninsula is La Paz, an authentic and colorful Mexican city whose name translates “the Peace.” Boasting 340 days of sunshine a year, beaches as beautiful as the Caribbean and a desert climate that keeps the days warm and dry and the nights cool, you are spoiled for choice of things to do in La Paz.
1. Swim with sea lions
Resting lazily on the brilliant blue-green waters of the Sea of Cortez, La Paz was deemed “the world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau because of the abundance and variety of sea life cushioned within its depths. Take a short boat to the protected waters of Isla Espiritu Santo Island where you’ll find a rocky outcrop hosting a colony of wild sea lions. Don your wetsuit and snorkel gear and slip into the chilly water and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a baby sea lion, ready for play.
2. Consume chocolate clams, octopus, and crickets
Clams dipped in chocolate? Hardly! These mollusks are so named for their brown outer shell. They are served open with fresh lime which you are instructed to squeeze onto the live meat and watch the clam move. Then… you eat it. Be sure to wash it down with a Michelada, a local cerveza of beer, lime juice, and optional sauces served in a salt-rimmed glass.
3. Stroll the malécon
The boardwalk hugging the shoreline, called the malécon, is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico. People stroll along the malécon safely any time of day or night, but especially to view the stunning sunsets. The malécon bustles daily with both tourists and residents enjoying the variety of restaurants and small shops, viewing the sculptures along the way, or simply enjoying an afternoon of rollerblading along the paved pathway.
Read the 10 Reasons to Visit La Paz, Mexico in Wave Journey, October 10, 2012.