La Paz provides a lively home base to explore numerous natural wonders


Mexico’s Baja region feels a world away from the rest of Mexico, and that couldn’t be truer than in La Paz, the capital and largest city in Baja California Sur.

The city is packed with authentic seafood eats, cool bars and cafes — walks along the malecon are a great way to find all of those things.

This Oct. 12, 2009 photo shows tourists watching a whale shark pass by their boat on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico. The Sea of Cortez, a three-hour flight south of San Diego, is one of the few places in the world where whale sharks congregate predictably. They start showing up in summer, with the peak season for whale shark-watching from the start of September through the end of October. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver) Mead Gruver

More adventurous travelers are in for a treat. La Paz provides a lively home base to explore the numerous natural wonders of the Baja region. The most famous is Isla Espiritu Santo, an uninhabited island with beach campsites. Otherwise, its only residents are sea lions, birds, and numerous underwater species.

At Balandra Beach, desert landscape meets the sea in a scene of white sand, turquoise water and rugged mountains.

The Sea of Cortez is a major winter breeding ground for several whale species — you can spot whale sharks in the waters near La Paz from October to May.


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