La Paz, Baja California Sur

Beaches in La Paz, Baja California Sur

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Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Photo by Nathan Dugal About La Paz, BCS La Paz is Spanish for “peace”, and although La Paz is Baja California Sur’s capital and one of its commercial centres, this laid-back city has earned its title. This city has everything: uncrowded beaches, abundant wildlife, and old-world charm. La Paz is located on the Gulf of California, which is renowned for its incredible marine biodiversity. For this reason, the city has become a popular spot for sustainable tourism, which seeks to appreciate the natural beauty of the region without damaging it. This hidden gem is situated on the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula on the sheltered Bay of La Paz. The city can be reached by car, bus, air, or ferry from mainland Mexico. The beaches in La Paz have fine white sandy or rocky shores with gentle waves, soft sandy bottoms, and brilliant clear, blue-green waters. Beaches in La Paz often feature palapas, so you can get some shade if you need a break from the sun. Here, you may see mangrove lagoons, caves, stone arches, or red limestone cliffs decorating the shores. As you move towards the southernmost area of the peninsula, white sand is replaced with fine gold sand. Swimming Water Quality in La Paz Red de Observadores Ciudadanos (ROC) AC / La Paz Waterkeeper samples water quality at beaches in La Paz. Water samples are analyzed monthly, and results are available on Swim Guide six hours after they are obtained. Water Sports and Activities in La Paz In La Paz and its surrounding beaches, popular activities include kayaking, boating, rowing, sailing, sport fishing, camping, hiking, open sea swimming, and sunbathing. La Paz is also a wonderful place to go snorkeling or diving. You will likely spot a number of creatures, such as sea lions or hawksbill turtles. In Cabo Pulmo National Park, you can witness one of the most important coral reef systems in the Gulf of California, and discover fish, turtles, sharks, manta rays, dolphins, and whales. If you’d like to experience wildlife up close, you can even go swimming with sea lions or whale sharks. Whale watching in Cabo San Lucas is only about a two hour drive south along the scenic peninsula. No trip to La Paz is complete without spending a day at Playa Balandra. This bay has white sandy beaches, sandbars, sand dunes, a salt-water mangrove lagoon, and a famous mushroom-shaped rock. The rock makes for a great photo, and the lagoon is a perfect place to go stand up paddleboarding. As the day draws to a close, you can walk the Malecón (pier) that runs adjacent to the water on the city’s shoreline This oceanside boardwalk stretches for 5 kilometers (3 miles), and is a favourite place to jog, watch the sunset, or check out the many sculptures by local artists along the waterfront. Weather in La Paz La Paz has a hot, dry, and sunny desert climate. From July to September, the city’s summer months, highs range from 34 to 36 °C (93 to 97 °F). The balmy temperature is moderated by breezes, while the Bay provides a barrier against the Gulf of California’s seasonal storms. If you’re looking for glistening waters, sandy coastline, and pristine wildlife that’s slightly off the beaten path, La Paz is for you.

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