Los Cabos, which includes the two tourist destinations of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, has grown in popularity immensely over the last couple of years and will likely continue to do so. But there is another city only about two hours away from Los Cabos that is also getting more visitors. La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur, is an eclectic town that is set to break tourism records as the area continues to grow in popularity.
Baja California Sur is the Mexican state that is home to not only La Paz but also Los Cabos. It is connected to the state of California in the United States, making it a close option for Americans in the west seeking a beach vacation destination. La Paz is just over 100 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and is a bit larger and very different from the popular tourist destination. We’ll tell you a little bit about La Paz that will help explain why it is growing so quickly in popularity.
Parks and Beaches
Not only are there a number of beautiful beaches in La Paz, but arguably one of the best beaches, Balandra Beach, is also nearby. Other popular beaches include Ensenada Grande, Playa Tecolote, Pichilingue Beach, and Playa el Tesoro and all can easily be reached by car, bus, or motorbike. There are also some great parks to spend some time at while visiting, including the famous Malecón, an oceanfront boardwalk where you’ll find museums, shops, bars, and restaurants.
There are plenty of places to enjoy waterfront dining in La Paz, many with spectacular Sea of Cortez views. All along the marina, you’ll find a variety of seafood and other restaurants, ranging from quick bites to more high-end dining. The Dock Cafe, Mc-Fisher, Mariscos El Molinito, Harker Board CO, and SeaSide Mediterranean are just a few of the options to choose from.
There is a thriving artist community in La Paz, and evidence of this can be found everywhere. Street art and murals are all over the city, as are a number of art galleries and art museums. The Baja California Art Museum, the Diaz Castro Galería, the National Museum of Art, Indigo Espacio Creativo, and the Baja California Gallery are all places within La Paz where you can see the works of local and regional artists.
Culture and History
One of the things that characterizes La Paz is the historic architecture that can be found throughout the city, including the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, which dates back to 1861. The Regional Museum of Anthropology and History is another great place to explore La Paz’s culture and history. And the Popular Culture Center is a wonderful place to learn about the area and the people who live in La Paz.
Attractions and Activities
Along with the beaches, art, and cultural offerings, visitors can enjoy all kinds of activities in La Paz, particularly water activities. Along with different types of tours, like whale watching and swimming with whale sharks and dolphins, visitors can also enjoy water activities on their own. Kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, and boating are just a few of the water activities that you can enjoy on the calm Sea of Cortez waters in La Paz.
La Paz offers a much different vibe from what you’ll find in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. It is much more authentic and richer in culture than the more touristy area of Los Cabos. A quiet vacation there, enjoying the culture, history, and beautiful beaches, may be just the alternative you’re seeking.
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