8 Things to Do in La Paz Mexico

Are you looking for an adventure? Look no further than La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Prepare to read this post and explore some of the best things to do in La Paz Mexico! You’ll be surprised at how many experiences you can have in a tiny city like this one.

La Paz, Mexico, promenade or Malecon during the sunset with purple skies, city lights, and five boats stranded on the seashore.
Sunset at La Paz city promenade

Whether you’re looking to go diving, snorkeling, or enjoy a beautiful sunset at the beach, La Paz has something for everyone.

Regardless of whether you are visiting for the first time or not, you will probably encounter pleasant new experiences that will be worthy of your time.

As a local, I hope you’ll love this city as much as I do – let’s be honest, it won’t be hard.

Why Visiting La Paz

La Paz is one of the most gorgeous and underrated cities in Mexico, and despite its charm, it has been kept away from the “Hall of Fame” for many years.

For adventure seekers, this is so true that more and more Mexicans and Expats alike choose this city as their new home. It’s unbelievable.

From its world-famous beaches to its thriving nightlife scene, there is something for every visitor in La Paz, once you come – as it happened to me – you’ll want to stay.

But let’s go straight to the point, these are the best 8 things to do in La Paz Mexico.

Things to do in La Paz Mexico

1. Strolling along the Malecón of La Paz

The Malecón is the city’s main promenade, and it became the central spot for trendy restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

Things to do in La Paz Mexico, visit the Malecon and admire its turquoise waters, buildings, and palm trees.
La Paz Malecón

Beautifully decorated, you’ll enjoy walking along and watching the sailboats resting on the crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez. It’s simply adorable.

Here you can go for delicious ice cream, shop local handicrafts at La Casa del Artesano Sudcaliforniano, have a seat in some coffee house, or have a refreshing beer in a bar. 

This will definitely be your favorite area of all. Whenever you come to La Paz, don’t miss out on exploring the Malecón and enjoy one of the best views of the Sea of Cortez in Baja California Sur, Mexico!

2. Exploring La Paz’ stunning beaches

La Paz has a fantastic landscape worthy of any lifestyle magazine, and its main attraction is the incredible beaches you can visit here. This is a hot spot you cannot miss.

In the middle of a desert, these magnificent waterfronts host the most extensive marine life you can witness: angelfish, damsels, rays, yellowtail, and so on.

Playa Tecolote La Paz aerial image
El Tecolote Beach at La Paz Mexico

Don’t forget to bring your snorkel if you don’t want to miss this beauty!

Perhaps, what makes these beaches so unique is their most notable feature, and this would have to be how clear they are. Any activity you perform in these places is a delight, paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, you name it.

For those who are wondering, the most popular beaches in La Paz are Balandra, Tecolote, El Saltito, El Caimancito, and El Coromuel. And if you are like me, you’ll not get enough of them.

Find yourself taking a dip in waters so crystal-clear you can see every fish swimming beneath your feet!

3. Hiking through Balandra Bay

This beautiful bay is located near the port city of Pichilingue and has some incredible hikes that will take you past cactus forests as well as hillsides covered in lush vegetation.

Spoiler alert, the views are breathtaking, and the landscape deserves an Instagram picture for sure.

A woman overlooking Balandra bay from the top of the hill in La Paz, Mexico.
Discover the hiking routes at Balandra Bay

In Balandra Bay, there are six amazing hiking paths you can hike on:

1) Valle de Balandra, 2) Merito Sur – Manglar – El Merito, 3) Mirador Bahía de Balandra – El Merito, 4) Merito Norte – Punta Diablo, 5) Manglar y Playas Sur de Balandra, and 6) Circuito Norte de Balandra.

If you are a beginner, we recommend starting with Mirador Bahía de Balandra – El Merito as this is a 1-hour hike with only 2.9 km.

Besides being a fantastic place for hiking, this beach is considered one of the most beautiful in all of La Paz. You definitely will enjoy deep your feet into its crystal-blue waters after an excellent hiking session!

4. Taking a boat tour

Hop on a boat and explore some of the best spots around La Paz. From marine life to shipwrecks, you’re sure to see things you’ve never seen before.

Of course, deciding which tour will meet your needs should be based on budget and reviews.

White luxury medium-sized boat on the turquoise waters of La Paz beaches, with white sand and low hills on the back.
Rent a boat to explore the Sea of Cortez

Traveling to such a beautiful destination like La Paz will offer many different alternatives, from simple 1-day trips below 100 USD to luxurious cruising packages that last fair few days – and cost thousands of dollars.

For more alternatives, you can check out the best-rated tours in La Paz when visiting dedicated websites like Tripadvisor.

5. Swimming with Whale Sharks

This is one of the top things to do in La Paz Mexico. Being a crucial spot for these beautiful giants, La Paz bay is where they love to come to feed and mate as part of their migration route in Baja California Sur every year, a wonderful experience you cannot miss.

Since this is a viral activity in La Paz, you’ll have plenty of options to decide when booking a tour.

Whale shark swimming near four people on the crystal-clear waters of La Paz, Mexico.
Swim with whale sharks at La Paz

Departing from the city of La Paz, these are some of the best-rated tours to date (hoping any of these alternatives will meet your needs):

1. MeXplore (276 reviews with five stars – prices from USD 109.11 per adult)

2. La Paz VIP Tours (197 reviews with five stars – prices from USD 143.83 per adult)

3. Sunrider Adventure Tours (102 reviews with 4.5 stars – prices from USD 88.00 per adult).

6. Going for a swim with sea lions

Believe it or not, swimming with these adorable creatures is something that you can do right here in La Paz, prepare your best snorkeling gear, and dive in with the friendliest sea lions ever!

What’s so special about this activity? Since killer whales and other predators rarely visit this area, the sea lions don’t feel threatened and become naturally more curious and friendlier.

Three cute sea lion cubs swimming underwater in La Paz, Mexico.
Swimming with Sea Lions

To enjoy this fantastic experience, you can take a tour to Isla Espíritu Santo and get up close and personal with these playful pups at Los Islotes!

Special considerations: It is wise to learn how to read the sea lions’ behavior for everyone’s safety as big males might get highly protective of females and pups.

Simply by not chasing any sea lion and keeping a safe distance will be more than enough! Sometimes adolescent sea lions can approach humans to play; if that happens to you, stay calm and enjoy the moment!

7. Go for a Sportfishing Adventure

If you want to be a legend, go for a sportfishing tour, trust me, you’ll not regret this one! This is probably the most exciting activity in the area, and even tho it’s not cheap, it worth every single penny.

This is because the Bay of La Paz is one of the areas in the Baja Peninsula that hosts several gamefish species that will be easy to catch with the help of seasoned La Paz fishers.

Fishing charter on the open sea with four people on board and two mahi mahi fish swimming underneath the boat in La Paz, Mexico.
Sportfishing at La Paz Mexico

If you are interested in adding something more to your bucket list, get prepared and book a full day or multi-day fishing adventure in La Paz!

Special Tip: for a more exciting experience, try this activity during summer or fall; this way, you’ll be able to chase a wider variety of gamefish!

To our knowledge, the best fishing charters tours in town are Baja Adventure CO and Tailhunter Sportfishing International.

8. Diving and snorkelling in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the most transparent waters globally, offering the most scenic marine location you can find in Baja California Sur.

Cabo Pulmo is a national park and a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Still, visitors can also enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, paddle-boarding, hiking, and swimming at the many beaches around this iconic park.

We invite you to read more about Cabo Pulmo’s history here if you feel interested.

Two scuba divers swimming next to a yellow fish shoal at Cabo Pulmo National Park in Mexico.
Scuba-diving at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

Whether you’re looking to explore coral reefs or see marine life up close, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is a must-visit destination where you can enjoy many cultural experiences, including museums, live music, dining, and more.

Our Extra Tip: Eat at La Paz Mexico

There is no doubt that one of the best things to do in La Paz, Mexico, is eating at the best restaurants in town. Please take a seat and taste a great variety of dishes, but before, check out our little list of recommendations for our readers.

From fresh seafood to delicious tacos, you’re sure to find your new favorite dish. Here are some unmissable restaurants we think you’ll enjoy with your family and friends:

• Claro Fish Jr – This restaurant serves some of the best seafood in La Paz. As per our experience, the best seafood tacos and quesadillas are here. Be sure to try their ceviche too!

• Tacos Rancho Viejo – If you want authentic Mexican tacos, this is the place to go in La Paz. They’re known for their carne asada and al pastor tacos accompanied by perfectly made tortillas and grated cheese.

• Bismark-cito Lobster House – This restaurant is perfect for those who love luxury seafood with ocean view seats. They serve up some of the best dishes in town and other Mexican favorites.

Three delicious shrimp tacos with corn tortillas and Mexican salsas on top with Claro Fish Jr. menu on the side, La Paz, Mexico.
Shrimp tacos at Claro Fish Jr.

There’s no doubt that there are plenty of things to do while visiting La Paz Baja California Sur Mexico – so get out there and start exploring! And if you need any more ideas, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen you’ll need it!

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