La Paz Sightseeing Guide will show you all you need to know to make the most of your time here in La Paz, whether you are staying in a vacation rental for a week or living here year-round.
Our La Paz Sightseeing Guide will be spread out over a number of different posts and we will link to each of them from this main post La Paz Sightseeing Guide.
Exploring the Baja Sur Wildlife
Seal Lions – Espiritu Santo Island
18 miles north of La Paz is the world re-known Espiritu Santo, one of the most visited islands in the Sea of Cortez. The island of Espiritu Santo is surrounded by a group of smaller islands: El Gallo, La Gallina, Los Islotes, La Ballena and Isla Partida. The diving in this spot is absolutely fantastic with many underwater caves and reefs, with one of the best spots located at San Radaelito where you can find a fabulous shallow reef.
There is also a large colony of Sea Lions in addition to all of the exotic fish and sea life that fill the waters. Many people take boat trips to the island specifically to see the Sea Lions.
Grey Whales – Magdalena Bay
Two hours north of La Paz is the famous Magdalena Bay where each year between December and April hundreds of Grey Whales migrate in order to give birth in the warm and safe waters of Magdalena Bay.
These whales, particularly the baby whales, are incredibly friendly and playful, allowing visitors to stroke them for upwards of 30 minutes if you are lucky. This is a trip of a life time!
Whale Sharks – La Paz Bay and Sea of Cortez
Found in the fertile and calm waters of the Sea of Cortez, these fantastic creatures glide slowly through the waters feeding on millions of microscop- ic plankton.
Each year you can experience swimming with these miraculous fish, the biggest species of fish in the world, all within the Bay of La Paz!
Turtle Release – Todos Santos
Nearby in Todos Santos you have the unique opportunity to take part in the release of newly hatched turtles.
Throughout the year different species of turtle lay their eggs and a group of scientists collect these eggs in order to protect them from predators, helping to boost population numbers.
These eggs need to be released into the ocean when they hatch, and for a small donation you can take part in the release.
La Paz and Baja California Sur have some of the best beaches in the world; ranging from the large popular beaches to secluded beach coves only accessible by Kayak or Boat. All of our beaches in Mexico are open to the public so feel free to explore and please let us know if you discover any new ones that we have to know about.
Here we have a full guide to the beaches and where to go sightseeing.
For the more adventurous visitors, camping by the beach under the stars is one way to truly escape the world.
It is not for everybody however if you are looking to experience something different please talk to one of our team about the different places where camping is permitted and is safe.
At certain times of the year, typically the day before a large public holiday, many of the citizens of La Paz will descend to the beaches to camp. These aren’t good days for a romantic get away.
Organizing a Tour
We recommend using one of the more established tour providers for your trip as they have a strong track record of excellent service and high quality transportation which is important when you are out on the open water.
Fun Baja are the largest of the providers and they offer trips to all of the main tourist attractions. They are based out of the CostaBaja Marina and have a number of extras which smaller providers are unable to match, such as kayaks on Espirito Santo, and a selection of different sized boats depending on your group size.
For more information visit their website at: www.funbaja.com
The waters of La Paz are very safe and we have a gentle current that is unlikely to take you by surprise.
That being said on many of these trips you will have a chance to swim with some fantastic creatures.
These waters are typically very deep and therefore we recommend always using a life vest even if you are a proficient swimmer.
Also take care to look below when you are getting into the water as even in deep waters there can be rocks below which often have sharp surfaces.
Please have a great trip and remember to tell us about the amazing time you had.
If you plan to take your camera with you on your sea excursions we recommend taking a large zip lock bag for the camera.
Even if your case is water proof it doesn’t always mean it will stand up to being totally soaked or even submerged. Combined with a large zip lock bag you should be safe.