If you find yourself headed to La Paz, Mexico, there’s a good chance you’re visiting for the sun, beaches, and ultimate relaxation. As the capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz is a popular tourist destination and offers a variety of activities beyond its beautiful beaches, like snorkeling, kayaking, and whale watching, to name a few. For those of you looking for adventure, here are five exciting activities to take advantage of, during your La Paz vacation:
1. Sea kayak with Sea & Adventures
If you enjoy being out on the water, taking a sea kayaking trip with Sea & Adventures is a must. With various single and multi-day excursions offered, you can explore the local national parks and secluded beaches, or go whale watching in Magdalena Bay. One of the most popular destinations is the island of Espiritu Santo, which was recognized by USA Today as one of the 50 places in the world you must visit in your lifetime.
The calm waters surrounding the island make for spectacular kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming. There’s even a good chance you’ll encounter sea lions or whale sharks during your trip! Still not convinced this is the right adventure for you? Sea & Adventures was also named the Ultimate Baja California Kayaking Safari by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
“I experienced the Island Hopping/Sea Kayaking tour from La Paz to Loretto. It was truly one of the most amazing and adventurous experiences I have ever had. The staff with Mar Y Aventuras are amazing, the food is delicious, the scenery breathtaking and marine life incredible.” - Kaylyn, TripAdvisor
Sea & Adventures
Address: MAR Y AVENTURAS S.A. DE C.V., Topete #564 Interior, E/ 5 de Febrero y Navarro, Colonia El Manglito, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico 23060
Website: Sea & Adventures
2. Explore the Malecon
If eating, shopping, and taking a sunset stroll is more your style, you must visit the Malecon. The Malecon is a centrally-located boardwalk that stretches over 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Marina de la Paz to Playa Coromue and is always busy, with locals and tourists exploring the restaurants and shops along the way. Here’s what one visitor had to say about the Malecon:
“La Paz has a long Malecon which is exceptional for walking along the beach, and takes you all the way through town. Many restaurants and activities are along the way. Very friendly community and seemed very safe.” -Pquintana, TripAdvisor
Address: Paseo Alvaro Obregon 830-875, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
3. Become a beach bum at Playa Balandra
If you’re willing and able to drive out of the city, be sure to drive the thirty minutes to visit Playa Balandra. This beach is known for its calm, shallow, warm water that is perfect for wading, swimming, or snorkeling and is generally safe for children. Although only a short drive away, Playa Balandra is just far enough to be a “local spot”, where not many tourists visit. On top of that, it was recently ranked as one of the Top Ten Beaches of Mexico by USA Today.
“Beautiful, quiet beach. No motor boats allowed. Several palapas to sit under. Shallow, clear water with many sand bars. Must walk out a bit to swim. Perfect for little ones!” - Meamobaja, TripAdvisor
Address: 7 km de Pichilingue, La Paz, Mexico, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
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4. Swim with whale sharks with Fun Baja
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Swimming with whale sharks isn’t as scary as it sounds. Whale sharks may be the world’s largest fish species, but they are actually harmless and very gentle in nature. If you’re up for the adventure, make sure to book your trip between October and February, as this is the time when whale sharks gather in the Bay of La Paz, to feed on plankton. Your Fun Baja tour will take you on the trip of a lifetime, which includes a snorkel set, snack and drinks on the boat, transportation between your hotel and Marina Costa Baja, and, of course, the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim right alongside a whale shark.
“We visited La Paz specifically to experience swimming with whale sharks. We had heard Fun Baja did a great job … and it is true. Our guide, Juan, was outstanding. He made sure everyone had an excellent experience. He found 3 different whale sharks to swim with and ensured everyone got close (if you wanted). He had a great personality and our experience was outstanding.”- Kusterkid, TripAdvisor
Address: Pichilingue Km 7.5, Marina Costa Baja, 23019 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
Website: Fun Baja
5. Swim with sea lions through Espiritu & Baja Tours
If swimming with sharks isn’t your thing, you can always swim with friendly sea lions with Espiritu and Baja Tours. The tour takes you on a 45-minute ride to an island in the Sea of Cortez, where calm water and eager sea lions await. Tour fees include transportation, bottled water, snorkeling gear, entrance to the national park, and lunch, and costs 85 USD for adults, and 65 USD for children under the age of ten. If you decide to book a tour, make sure you don’t plan anything else on the day of the tour, as it runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Espiritu & Baja Tours
Address: Paseo Álvaro Obregón No. 2130-D, Zona Centro, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
Website: Espiritu & Baja Tours
Fall in love with La Paz
From its year-round desert climate to the white sand beaches and astounding wildlife, ready to play, La Paz is a place you’ll want to visit time and time again. While relaxation is the goal of most vacation-goers, it’s always a good idea to test your limits, get out of your comfort zone, and do something you’ll never forget, like swimming right next to a 40 foot (12 meter) long whale shark - La Paz is the perfect place to do exactly that.
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