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!?
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.
Cathedral 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.
El 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Scenic Drive, Artisans & Shopping
3.5 hours | La Paz | LAP-130
Cathedral de Nuestra Señora de la Paz
Experience the sights, sounds and local color of La Paz. During your tour of the shops, boulevards and beautiful mile-long waterfront promenade, you'll stop and visit artisans who proudly produce a variety of Mexican crafts with visits to a pottery factory, a weaver and other craft displays.
Get an up-close and personal look at Baja's cold-blooded snakes, lizards, and crocodiles at the El Serpentario Reptile Center and Cactus Nursery. A naturalist guide will share his knowledge of these critters before you explore this fascinating attraction. Reptile encounters, a live show and friendly experts add to the fun.
Take in the highlights of La Paz on a relaxing guided tour. Shop for local crafts in the narrow streets of the down town area. Learn about Sea of Cortez pearls at the Anthropology Museum. Marvel at the stained glass windows of Cathedral of La Paz. Then, stroll along the water front boardwalk and enjoy the atmosphere.
Paddle through paradise aboard a kayak and discover the overwhelming beauty of the Sea of Cortez. After an expert instructional briefing at beautiful Balandra Bay, you'll head to idyllic Paradise Cove and navigate the turquoise waters through a grove of mangrove trees.
Take a dive in the waters off of Gaviota Island and snorkel with a sea full of colorful sea creatures. Then, boat over to the crystal clear waters of Balandra Bay, a saltwater lagoon with water so shallow you can see the bottom in more than 20 feet of water.
Spend the day exploring the surfing and artist community of Todos Santos. Stroll through the enchanting zocalo of the historic district and leisurely browse through shops and galleries. Then, have a snack at the landmark Hotel California.
Snorkel with sea lions in the inviting waters off San Rafaelito Island. An expert guide will provide proper instruction and information on the amazing seascape while the underwater wonders of coral heads, angelfish and other aquatic creatures will provide the breathtaking beauty.
Snorkel and swim with the largest fish in the ocean - the whale shark! This unforgettable experience brings you face to face with these gentle giants in the sparkling waters of the bay of La Paz, just minutes from your ship.