La Paz is the state capital of Baja California Sur, a Mexican state on the Baja California peninsula.
It is known for its oceanfront boardwalk with beaches, parks, and works by international and Mexican artists. Many bars and restaurants have ocean views.
In the center of town, the 19th-century Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de La Paz dominates the shady Jardin Velasco.
The Whale Museum has exhibits of the area’s gray whales.
Set about 100 miles northwest of Cabo San Lucas on Baja California Sur’s eastern coast, La Paz overlooks the Gulf of California.
It features a modest beach that lines its waterfront promenade, but the standout beaches are a short trek from the city center.
Playa Balandra, which sits approximately 15 miles north of the city, features long stretches of white sand, plus warm, shallow water ideal for families.
Visitors can rent kayaks here as well. Travelers interested in seeing the coastline and the more remote Ensenada Grande beach on Isla Partida may want to consider a boat tour.