La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, Mexico

When Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes sailed into this quiet little bay in 1535, he tried to establish a colony called Santa Cruz. He later abandoned it but, luckily, Sebastian Vizcaino arrived in 1596, renamed it La Paz and the colony has flourished ever since. Here, you'll find a playground of activities that Cortes couldn't even dream of. From a festive downtown full of attractions to sun-drenched beaches, renowned for their soft, golden sand, to warm, inviting water teeming with marine life, La Paz offers a little bit of everything for everybody. And isn't that what vacations are all about!?

Top things to do and see in La Paz, Mexico: View Excursions

  • 1Regional Anthropology & History Museum

    Explore a wealth of fascinating artifacts and exhibits detailing the history of the indigenous peoples who made this enchanting area their home from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century.

  • 2Cathedral de Nuestra Señora de la Paz

    Sitting in the historical heart of the city, this charming 19th century cathedral reflects California mission style of architecture. Inside are a number of paintings and statues dedicated to Virgin Mary, La Paz's patron saint.

  • 3El Serpentario Reptile Center

    Get up close and personal with snakes, iguanas, lizards, tortoises, albino cobras and giant pythons at this non-profit attraction. Observe naturalists, hold a creature, or even adopt an animal.

  • 4Local Art

    Among the city's most notable traits is its dedication to its handicrafts and the artisans who create a variety of unforgettable works of art.

  • 5Todos Santos

    Located on the southern Baja Peninsula, this charming paradise lies between the desert and the Sierra Laguna mountain range. Quaint village life, abundant agriculture, and miles of unspoiled beaches abound.

  • 6Underwater Adventure

    With an average temperature of 60°F in winter and 80°F in summer, the astonishing natural wonders of golden sand and turquoise water beckon you to swim, snorkel and scuba.

  • 7Whale Watching

    The Sea of Cortez plays host to a wide and breathtaking variety of marine life including finback, gray and blue whales, as well as dolphins, sea lions and exotic fish.

  • 8Beaches

    Whether you stretch out on a blanket on the golden sand, go for a refreshing dip, or explore a cove or rocky islet, the best beaches in Baja are within easy reach of La Paz.