Info on La Paz


La Paz is the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important regional commercial center. The city had a 2005 census population of 189,176 persons.[1] Its surrounding municipality, which is the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico in geographical size, reported a population of 219,596 persons living on a land area of 20,275 km² (7,828.2 sq mi).
History
La Paz was first inhabited by neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja peninsula. On May 3, 1535, Hernán Cortés arrived in the bay by La Paz and named it Santa Cruz; he attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems.[3] In 1596 Sebastian Vizcaino arrived, giving the area its modern name, La Paz.
La Paz is featured in the John Steinbeck novel The Pearl (1947) and mentioned extensively in his travelogue The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). The city is also the setting of the children's novella The Black Pearl (1967) by Scott O'Dell, chosen as a Newbery Honor Book in 1968.[4]
Climate
During the summer the cooling Coromuel winds, a weather phenomenon unique to the La Paz area, blow during the night from the Pacific over the Peninsula and into the Bay of La Paz.
Economy
La Paz's population has greatly increased from the 2000 census and now stands at approximately a quarter of a million people. This growth is largely because the city enjoys one of the highest standards of living and quality of life in Mexico, with average wages in the range of $27 USD per day, whereas minimum wages in the country overall stand at closer to $4.25 USD per day. Many of the poorer southern Mexican States' workers often have to work for half of that. For this reason many migrate to La Paz, and other areas in Baja California Sur, to enjoy a better life and be able to remit portions of their incomes to their families in their home states.
Eco-tourism is by far the major source of tourism income in La Paz as people come to enjoy its marine wonders, as well as its diverse and often unique terrestrial species endemic to the region. There are some 900 islands and islets in the Gulf of California with 244 now under UNESCO protection as World Heritage Bio-Reserves and the Espiritu Santos Islands group, which borders the south eastern portion of the Bay of La Paz and are considered the crown jewels of the islands of the Gulf (also referred to as the Sea of Cortez/Mar de Cortes), the primary tourist destination of the area. Its diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are considered second to none.
La Paz is also favored by water enthusiasts for its marinas (Paraiso del Mar[1], Costa Baja Marina, Marina de La Paz, Palmira Marina, and Marina Sur, soon to open) as well as its four boatyards, marine supply stores and cruiser club activities. The surrounding waters are full of adventure for experienced captains. Novice captains enjoy its nearby island coves for day or overnight trips along with a wealth of experienced sailors and boaters willing to share their expertise.
Industries include silver mining, agriculture, fishing and pearls. Tourism is also an important source of employment for this coastal community.
La Paz recently became a perfect place for retirement, along with its marinas a new set of developments are emerging(e.g.:Paraiso del Mar[2], Ventanas la Paz[3],...), this is due it's relative closeness to USA(2 hours flight from L.A.), the almost always warm weather, the beautiful nature around the place, the services the city offers and the relative peace find in this small city;
Transportation
La Paz is served by Manuel Márquez de León International Airport. Airlines flying into La Paz include Alaska, Delta, Alma, Interjet, AeroMexico, Mexicana, and AeroCalifornia. Two ferry services operate from the port of Pichilinque outside the city, connecting the Baja California peninsula to the mainland at Mazatlán and Topolobampo, near Los Mochis.
Education
La Paz is the state capital and center of commerce, as well as the home of the three leading marine biology institutes in Latin America (UABCS, CIBNOR & CICIMAR), largely because it sits on the Gulf of California which is the most bio-diverse body of water in the world. It also supports several other university level institutes of learning. The combination of those makes La Paz one of the best educated per capita in the nation and thus gives it the largest per capita number of environmental experts/investigators in the country, and likely in one of the highest in the world.
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The beaches of La Paz are highly valued for their charm. Together, they make up a seductive chain of perfect nooks for pleasant relaxation and serene recreation, linked one after another and offering their best attributes. While some offer palapas, restaurant services and marine activity equipment rentals, others like Balandra Beach are conserved free of infrastructure.
The beaches’ close proximity to the capital makes them seem like a natural extension. Only 5 kilometers (3 miles) away on the panoramic highway to Pichilingue, visitors arrive at Coromuel Beach, Additionally, they can find Caimancito Beach, just 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) away with its innovative Acuario de las Californias Aquarium, where they can find a recently inaugurated tourist development that includes a new marina. El Tesoro Beach is 14 kilometers (9 miles) outside of the capital. Pichilingue Beach is another 17 kilometers (11 miles) away. Here, there is a ferry terminal in operation that receives vessels from both domestic and foreign ports.
Just 25 kilometers (16 miles) away, visitors have access to Puerto Balandra, with its enormous mushroom-shaped stone, the symbol of La Paz. It is a salt water lagoon which results from a gathering of eight bays. Crystalline waters bathe its tranquil beaches where families come to have fun walking, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Twenty-seven kilometers (17 miles) away and across from Espíritu Santo Island, visitors can enjoy El Tecolote beach. With full services, it is one of the largest and most visited beaches in the region. Various water sports are available here. The beach tour ends at El Coyote, located 29 kilometers (18 miles) away.
Following the same route, 44 kilometers (27 miles) farther down the road is the beautiful bay of La Ventana. The surrounding beaches invite its visitors to camp, windsurf and enjoy the landscape. There is nothing better than spending some time on neighboring Cerralvo Island which offers El Sargento Beach.
LA PAZ
Your passage to the Sea of Cortes
Many efforts have been made to conquer this beautiful, multicolored territory. History recounts that on May 3, 1535, Hernán Cortés christened this land with the name Santa Cruz Bay. Afterwards, in 1596, Sabastián Vizcaíno assigned the bay its current name. Later, in 1683, Isidro Atondo y Antillón landed on the shore, and some decades later, in 1720, the Jesuits arrived with their evangelical and missionary efforts. In 1811, a definitive foundation was achieved by José Espinoza when he created a permanent settlement.
EL TRIUNFO
The Golden Year
El Triunfo is found in the middle of a rural area filled with old and unique buildings and a deep desire for things of yesteryear. This picturesque town is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of La Paz by the Trans-Peninsula Highway en route to Los Cabos. Dating back to 1748, the area was once a prestigious gold and silver mining area. This is the same year that Manuel de Ocio founded El Real de Santa Ana.
In 1878, the El Progreso mining company took advantage of the favorable conditions of the area to establish itself here. People arrived from all parts of the globe which resulted in an economic boom for the region. Although the company stopped operations in 1912, the town itself is considered a museum, conserving buildings and mansions. Three mausoleums remain from the mining boom era; one for the English, one for the Chinese and one for the Mexicans.
TO ADMIRE
The Museum of Music
In Mexico, this museum is one-of-a-kind in respectto its genre. A beautiful architectural legacy from the nineteenth century, it safeguards the loud and joyful instruments that played a leading role during this festive era. Among the large variety of objects and reminders belonging to distinguished Baja California Sur musicians and composers, a valuable collection of pianos (some from the seventeenth century) catches visitors’ eyes. Hours: open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Cacti Sanctuary
Located in the El Rosario, this 6-hectare (15-acre) park lies within a 50-hectare (124-acre) natural reserve. Various animal species and primitive cacti thrive here and serve as an excellent representation of the peninsula’s desert eco-system. With informative panels about the species and their interactions, visitors can see examples of the cardon or Mexican giant cactus, the barrel cactus, the cholla cactus and the boojum tree, among many other typical species. Because of the area’s biological richness and exquisiteness, it is considered a tourist and educational center which must be appreciated and protected.
TODOS SANTOS
Gallery of Art
Perhaps it was Mother Nature who brought together the finest details of her generosity. Perhaps it was the sheer difficulty in its formation which gives the area its noble character. It is possible that it was faith or circumstances. Inspiration, perhaps? It is very likely. The majority of people believe that it was the amalgamation of all these elements which molded the face that we know today as Todos Santos.
Whatever it was, today we have the privilege of enjoying a town designed with forethought, that radiates culture through its streets and buildings, and which is an inexhaustible muse for writers, painters, artisans and sculptors. No matter what the artist’s medium, Todos Santos is a place to be admired. Take advantage of the opportunity, the gallery is open.
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MAGICAL TOWN
It is only a matter of time before the unique qualities of Todos Santos, resulting from its natural richness, its architecture, its urban image, its culture, its history and its great tourism potential, assure its acceptance into the Magical Towns Program, recognizing towns that proudly hold and display their Mexican heritage.
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¿DÓNDE ESTÁ TODOS SANTOS?
Se localiza a 80 kilómetros al sur de La Paz y a 73 kilómetros al norte de Cabo San Lucas.
Nuestra Señora del Pilar Mission
This region retains a deeply rooted devotion to their Patron Saint. Her original and now antique likeness may be the only original piece that remains preserved within its interior. Dating back to 1733, Father Segismundo Taraval settled this area with the foundation of the mission. Although the church has being remodeled, it is still a beautiful example of architecture of the period. Every October 12, todosanteños (inhabitants of Todos Santos) and the neighboring communities show their faith by participating in the Patron Saint Festival, celebrating with processions, dances, carnivals and novenas (nine-day) masses. Márquez de Leon Street. Hours: Every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tel. (612) 145 0043.
General Manuel Márquez de León Theater
This theater proudly retains the honor of having been the second theater built in the southern peninsula. Inaugurated in 1944, the building was renovated in 1983 as its original roof was made of palm leaves. Over the years, this theater has been stage to the most popular of singers and theater companies. The theater now includes a movie theater as part of its facilities. Although it is currently home to the Festival of Art, there are no permanent exhibitions here. That said, the building’s interior architecture justifies a visit. Located: across from the downtown garden. Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tel. (612) 1450 225he state.
Twenty-First Century Cultural Center
Erected in the late 1920s, this building originally housed the Normal School for Country Teachers. Its areas are divided into five small regional museums. The first area displays both old and modern photographs of the town. Another area displays artwork donated by regional, national and international artists and another serves as a museum of regional history. The last exhibition space displays a replica of an old-fashioned ranch house built with bound sticks. In addition, the center has a small ethno-botanical garden, a library and a small artist/cultural auditorium. Benito Juárez and Topete Streets. Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel. (612) 145 0041
ESPÍRITU SANTO ISLAND
Adventure’s Shelter
For their ecological and scientific relevance, the Gulf of California Islands are renowned by the international scientific community. They are considered one of the most ecologically intact island ecosystems in the world, including the few existing natural laboratories. For this reason, the United Nations for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decreed it a Natural World Heritage Site in July, 2005. This proclamation only goes further to protect the area as it has already been declared a Migratory Bird and Wild Fauna Refuge and Reserve Area, a Flora and Fauna Protection Area, and a Special Reserve in the international Man and the Biosphere Program promoted by UNESCO..
A cause of amazement for those who have had the privilege of discovering it, this island is coveted by experts and explorers of the unknown. Espíritu Santo Island is undoubtedly the jewel of the Sea of Cortez. Swimming in the company of sea lions, discovering canyons, and kayaking under 300-meter (984-foot) cliffs within fascinating marine cavities are only some of the many activities that are offered.
Declared a Protected Natural Area (ANP), this whimsical natural formation shines with the beauty of its beaches. These include Ballena Beach, located just across from the island by the same name, Candelero Bay, where a reserve of fresh water, a waterfall, wild fig trees and the spectacular hanging rock add to its attraction, Mesteño, where we recommend climbing along the northern part towards the large caves famous for their excellent acoustics, Punta Lupona, a magnificent place to camp, and San Gabriel Beach, where visitors will be able to observe traces of the economic prosperity experienced in the latter part of the nineteenth century.
Finally, between Partida Island and Espíritu Santo, there are two sand bars. The one located in the northeastern part has a stupendous campsite. The tall rocky cliffs surrounding the area and the vast stretch of shallow water make for an amazing panoramic view. Currently, the canal that divides the banks can only be crossed during high tide.
When hiring the services of a maritime operator, an experienced bilingual guide will teach visitors all about this natural treasure.
La Paz : Activities
Velasco Garden is a favorite gathering spot for city residents. It is located in the historic downtown area and is flanked by a number of important old buildings that form a significant part of the heritage of the people of Baja California.
Álvaro Obregón Boardwalk
Spectacularly renovated, this cosmopolitan and emblematic strip contains the city’s best restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, bars and specialty shops. Enjoyment awaits visitors in a relaxing walk through wide and beautifully-lit sidewalks, or a romantic stroll when late afternoon’s sunset turns the ocean red. Along the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) path, visitors can contemplate the area of El Mogote while enjoying live music on the weekends. Located at the tourist dock, from where eco-tourism cruises disembark, a series of bronze sculptures, including the eye-catching Christ of the Sea, can be admired. Paseo Álvaro Obregón Street.
Velasco Garden
This is a traditional point of reference and meeting place for Paceños (inhabitants of La Paz), in which garden areas, benches, a kiosk and the unmistakable Hongo de Balandra Fountain are nestled within the architectural beauty of the historical buildings along its perimeter. Bordered by 5 de Mayo, Revolución, Independencia and Madero Streets.
WYLAND MURAL
Located on Callejón Cabezud street and a few meters above the coastal pier, the Wyland Mural depicts the undersea world of the Sea of Cortez, including hundreds of the marine species that thrive within it. By illustrating the natural beauty and wonders of the ocean in his artwork, Wyland, a Detroit, Michigan born artist, seeks to promote its preservation and care. His work is now displayed in many major cities in Mexico, Canada, Japan, the United States, Australia, France and New Zealand.
• South Californian Youth Institute
This attractive building was once the Government Palace and now houses an organization that provides information and guidance for young people and promotes culture and the arts.
• Anthropological Museum
This modern building has several different exhibition rooms showing archeological, anthropological, mineral and historical items collected on the peninsula. Fossils of different species, utensils used by indigenous groups, maps and stories of the independence and revolutionary eras all form part of the museum’s collection.
• La Paz Herpetarium
This open-air facility is a great place to observe snakes, reptiles and spiders, scorpions and other arachnids at close range. Its purpose is to inform and also to stimulate ecological awareness among visitors.
• “Prof. Jesús Castro Agundez” Cultural Center
The local arts scene is well presented in this modern cultural complex. It houses the city Theater, The Prof. Carlos Olachea Boucieguez Art Gallery, a children’s library, the Prof. Filemón C. Pineda public library, The grey whale museum, green areas a children’s playground and ample parking.
Las Californias Aquarium
Located on one of the most beautiful beaches of La Paz, El Caimancito, the Las Californias Aquarium enables visitors to admire the beauty of the marine fauna that inhabits the shores of Baja California Sur and other parts of the world. There is an exhibition of species that are characteristic of the region, such as red snappers, marine turtles, jewfish, lobsters and spectacular fish such as the clarion angelfish and the blue spotted jawfish. With the intention of providing both culture and recreation, between 300 and 400 marine species are housed for exhibition to the public, residents, and tourists. (Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
• La Paz “Carnival”
La Paz has a rich cultural heritage with colorful traditions like “Carnival”, an event that started here a century ago and which attracts local, national and world-famous artists and a variety of large-scale performances. La Paz is ready to party the last week of March.
A number of events take place on the sea-side boardwalk, including the burning of bad humor, the crowing of the king of happiness and of the queen of carnival, the queen of poetry of the poet Laureate, a spectacular naval combat with fireworks and the traditional parade with allegorical floats.
En Espanol

BREVE HISTORIA DE BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
La ciudad de La Paz tiene en sus playas el más preciado encanto. Cual seductor desfile de rincones aptos para el descanso placentero y la recreación serena, una tras otra se encadenan ofreciendo sus mejores atributos. Mientras que algunas ofrecen palapas, servicios de restaurantes y renta de equipos para actividades acuáticas, otras como Playa de Balandra se conservan libres de infraestructura.
Su cercanía con la capital las hace verse con una nutrida concurrencia. A tan sólo 5 km por la carretera panorámica a Pichilingue se llega a Playa Coromuel; a 6.5 km se encuentra Playa Caimancito con su novedoso Acuario de las Californias, para después encontrarnos con el recién inaugurado desarrollo turístico que integra una nueva marina; a 14 km se arriba a Playa El Tesoro; a 17 km está Playa Pichilingue, en donde opera un muelle de altura y la terminal de transbordadores que provienen de diferentes puertos tanto nacionales como extranjeros.
A 25 km se accede a Puerto Balandra con su enorme piedra en forma de hongo, símbolo de La Paz. Es una laguna de agua salada conformada por un conjunto de 8 bahías con playa de aguas cristalinas extremadamente serenas, en donde lo mismo se divierten familias y pasean kayaqueros que esnorquelean y bucean visitantes.
A 27 km, situada frente a la isla “Espíritu Santo” y con todos los servicios a su alcance, “El Tecolote” es una de las playas más grandes y turísticas de la región, y en donde se pueden practicar diferentes deportes acuáticos. Este primer tour playero culmina con la playa “El Coyote”, ubicada a 29 km.
La ciudad de La Paz tiene en sus playas el más preciado encanto. Cual seductor desfile de rincones aptos para el descanso placentero y la recreación serena, una tras otra se encadenan ofreciendo sus mejores atributos. Mientras que algunas ofrecen palapas, servicios de restaurantes y renta de equipos para actividades acuáticas, otras como Playa de Balandra se conservan libres de infraestructura.
Otros hermosos lugares del Municipio de La Paz
EL TRIUNFO
Los años dorados
En medio de un territorio agreste, de antiguas y singulares construcciones, y de un cúmulo de añoranzas por un pasado esplendoroso, se encuentra El Triunfo, pintoresca población localizada a 45 kilómetros al sur de La Paz, por la Carretera Transpeninsular que va hacia Los Cabos. Su extinto prestigio minero en oro y plata nos remonta a 1748, año en el que Manuel de Ocio fundara el Real de Santa Ana.
Para 1878 la compañía minera El Progreso aprovecha condiciones favorables para instalarse, atrayendo así mucha gente de otras latitudes y un desarrollo vertiginoso para toda la región. Aunque esta compañía dejó de operar en 1912, la población es considerada un museo de sitio que conserva edificios, casonas y tres panteones de la época de bonanza minera, uno para ingleses, otro para chinos y uno más para mexicanos.
DE ADMIRARSE
Museo de la Música
Único en su género en todo el país, este hermoso legado arquitectónico del siglo XIX resguarda los otrora alegres y bulliciosos instrumentos que protagonizaran las épocas festivas. Una valiosa colección de pianos (algunos del siglo XVII) destaca entre la gran variedad de objetos y recuerdos pertenecientes a destacados músicos y compositores sudcalifornianos. Horario: abierto de martes a domingo de 9 a 18 hrs.
Santuario de los Cactos
Ubicado en el ejido El Rosario, es un parque de 6 hectáreas integrado a una reserva natural de 50 hectáreas. Característico del ecosistema desértico, aquí habitan algunas especies animales y cactáceas primitivas de la península. Con paneles informativos sobre las especies y sus interacciones, exhibe cardones, biznagas, chollas, cirios y muchas otras especies típicas. Por su riqueza biológica y fragilidad, es considerado un centro turístico-educativo al que hay que apreciar y proteger.
TODOS SANTOS
Galería de arte
Tal vez fue la naturaleza, que aquí conjuntara detalles de su generosidad; tal vez las vicisitudes en su formación, que le forjaran nobleza en su carácter. Es posible que haya sido la fe, o las circunstancias; ¿inspiración?, es muy probable. La mayoría cree que fue la amalgama de todos estos elementos lo que moldeó el rostro que hoy conocemos de Todos Santos.
Lo que haya sido, hoy tenemos el privilegio de contar con un pueblo diseñado para la contemplación; que transpira cultura por sus calles y edificios; motivo inagotable de escritores, pintores, artesanos y escultores. Cual obra cumbre del artista, Todos Santos se presenta para ser admirado. Aprovechemos la ocasión, la galería está abierta.
Misión de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
De profundo arraigo en toda la región, la devoción que se le tiene a la antigua y original figura de la Santa Patrona —tal vez la única reliquia original que se conserva en su interior— de esta población, se remonta al año de 1733, cuando fue fundada con la categoría de misión por el padre Segismundo Taraval. Aunque la iglesia ha sido remozada, sigue siendo un bello ejemplo de la arquitectura de la época. Cada 12 de octubre, las muestras de fe de los todosanteños y las provenientes de pueblos y ciudades aledañas, se hacen presentes en las fiestas patronales con sus novenas, peregrinaciones, bailes y kermés. Calle Márquez de León y Juárez. Horario: todos los días de 7 a 20 hrs. Tel. (612) 145 0043.
Centro Cultural Siglo XXI
Construido a finales de los años 20´s del siglo pasado, originalmente albergó a la Escuela Normal para Maestros Rurales. Divide su área en cinco pequeños museos regionales: el de la fotografía antigua del pueblo y el de la fotografía contemporánea; la pinacoteca, con obras donadas por artistas regionales, nacionales y extranjeros; el museo de historia regional, y una quinta sala que nos muestra una réplica de una casa de rancho con sus paredes de palo trabado. Además, presenta un pequeño jardín etnobotánico, una biblioteca y un pequeño auditorio artístico-cultural. Calle Benito Juárez y Topete. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a 20 hrs, sábado y domingo de 9 a 17 hrs. Tel. (612) 145 0041
Teatro General Manuel Márquez de León
Conserva el privilegio de haber sido el segundo teatro que se construyó en la península sureña. Fue inaugurado en 1944 y restaurado en 1983 debido a que su techo era de palma. Durante mucho tiempo su escenario vio desfilar a los grandes cantantes y compañías antiguas de teatro, llegando incluso a funcionar como cine comercial. Actualmente funge como sede del Festival del Arte, y aunque durante el resto del año no observa actividad continua, su arquitectura interior justifica la visita. Ubicación: frente al jardín central. Horario: lunes a viernes de 9 a 14 hrs. Tel. (612) 1450 225.
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FESTIVAL DEL ARTE
Con casi una década de tradición, este prestigioso evento anual tuvo a su creador y principal impulsor en la persona del ingeniero nayarita Heriberto Parra. Durante toda una semana y con la participación de reconocidas personalidades del ámbito cultural local e internacional, esta fiesta del arte cubre su programa con una alta calidad en funciones de teatro y danza, cantantes, conciertos musicales, exposiciones artesanales, muestras gastronómicas y otras manifestaciones artísticas. Fecha: primera semana de febrero. Tels. (612) 145 0021 / 0225.
LAS ISLAS DEL GOLFO DE CALIFORNIA
ISLA ESPÍRITU SANTO
Resguardo de la aventura
Por su relevancia ecológica y científica, las islas del Golfo de California son reconocidas por la comunidad científica internacional como uno de los ecosistemas insulares ecológicamente más intactos del mundo y de los pocos laboratorios naturales existentes. Por ello, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) las decretó, en julio de 2005, como Sitios de Patrimonio Mundial Natural. Esta declaratoria de protección viene a sumarse a las que ya contaba: Zona de Reserva y Refugio de Aves Migratorias y de la Fauna Silvestre, Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna, y Reserva Especial en el programa internacional El Hombre y la Biosfera promovido por la UNESCO.
Causa de asombro para quien ha tenido el privilegio de conocerla; codiciada por los expertos y conocedores exploradores de lo insólito, la Isla Espíritu Santo es sin duda la joya del Mar de Cortés. La experiencia de nadar en compañía de amigables lobos marinos, descubrir cañones y kayakear por debajo de riscos de 300 metros de altura dentro de fascinantes cavidades marinas, son sólo algunas de las múltiples actividades que ofrece.
Declarada Área Natural Protegida (ANP), esta caprichosa formación natural luce labelleza de sus playas, entre las que destacan Playa Ballena, situada justo enfrente de la isla del mismo nombre; Bahía de Candelero, que complementa su atracción con un resguardo de agua dulce, una cascada, higueras silvestres y la espectacular roca colgante. Mesteño es otra hermosa playa, en donde se recomienda escalar por la parte norte para llegar a las cuevas grandes de excelente acústica; Punta Lupona es un magnífico sitio para acampar; en Playa San Gabriel podrá observar vestigios del auge perlífero de finales del siglo pasado.
Finalmente, entre Isla Partida y Espíritu Santo hay dos bancos de arena; el ubicado en la parte noroeste posee un estupendo sitio para acampar. Altas paredes rocosas rodean el área y una vasta extensión de aguas poco profundas proporcionan una espectacular vista panorámica. Actualmente, el canal que las divide sólo puede cruzarse con marea alta.
Al contratar los servicios de alguna operadora marítima, un experimentado guía bilingüe lo ayudará a conocer todo sobre este tesoro natural.
La Paz : Actividades
Punto de reunión favorito de los habitantes de esta ciudad es el Jardín Velasco. Ubicado en el centro Histórico, se encuentra flanqueado por los edificios antiguos más importantes que forman parte de la historia de los Sudcalifornianos.
• Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz
Fundada como misión el 3 de diciembre de 1720 en el sitio que eligieron los padres Juan de Ugarte y Jaime Bravo, quienes salieron de la misión de Loreto; fue posteriormente abandonada en 1735 debido a las hostilidades de los indios de la región.
En 1871 se edificó la actual Catedral, hermosa construcción con planta de cruz latina cubierta a dos aguas y dos torres con remate piramidal. En su interior destaca su precioso altar dedicadoa la virgen que le da nombre.
Malecón Álvaro Obregón
Espectacularmente renovado, esta cosmopolita y emblemática franja de la ciudad donde se ubican los mejores restaurantes, hoteles, centros nocturnos, bares y tiendas especializadas, se presta para gozarla ya sea en una relajante caminata por sus amplias y bellamente iluminadas banquetas; un paseo romántico cuando la tarde cae tornando el mar de tonos rojizos, o con música en vivo los fines de semana. Con una longitud de cinco kilómetros, desde aquí se contempla la extensión de tierra El Mogote, así como el muelle turístico para cruceros ecoturísticos y una serie de esculturas en bronce, entre las que destaca la de “El Cristo del mar”. Calle Paseo Álvaro Obregón..
Jardín Velasco
Tradicional espacio de referencia y concentración de los paceños, en donde sus áreas jardinadas, bancas, kiosco y su inconfundible fuente Hongo de Balandra, se ven protegidos por la belleza arquitectónica de sus antiguos edificios que los rodean. Entre las calles 5 de Mayo, Revolución, Independencia y Madero.
MURAL DE WYLAND
Ubicado en el Callejón Cabezud y a unos metros sobre el malecón costero, el Mural de Wyland es una representación del mundo subacuatico y de cientos de especies marinas que habitan el Mar de Cortés. Nacido en Detroit, Michigan, Wyland ha plasmado su arte en importantes ciudades de México, Canadá, Japón, Estados Unidos, Australia, Francia y Nueva Zelanda, mostrando las bellezas que guardan los océanos y creando así conciencia de la preservación y el cuidado de los mismos.
• Instituto Sudcaliforniano de la Juventud
En el hermoso edificio que alguna vez albergó al Palacio de Gobierno se encuentra actualmente este organismo dedicado a informar y orientar a la juventud, además de fomentar el arte y la cultura.
• Museo de Antropología
Piezas arqueológicas, etnográficas, mineralógicas e históricas de la península son exhibidas en esta moderna construcción que cuenta con varias salas de exposición. Fósiles de diferentes especies, utensilio utilizados por los grupos indígenas, mapas y relatos de la época independentista y revolucionaria, forman parte del acervo de este sitio.
• Serpentario de La Paz
En este sitio al aire libre observará especies que habitan en la península y en otros estados de la República, como serpientes, arácnidos y reptiles, entre otros. El objetivo de éste es brindar conocimientos y crear una conciencia ecológica en el visitante para poder preservar.
• Centro Cultural “Prof. Jesús Castro Agundez”.
Moderno complejo cultural que funge como escenario de manifestaciones artísticas en La Paz. Alberga el Teatro de la Ciudad, La galería de Arte “Prof. Carlos Olachea Boucieguez”, una biblioteca infantil, la biblioteca pública “Prof. Filemón C.Piñeda”, el museo de la ballena gris, además de ofrecer áreas verdes, juegos infantiles y un amplio estacionamiento.
Acuario de las Californias
Ubicado en una de las playas más bellas de La Paz, El Caimancito, en el Acuario de las Californias se puede admirar la belleza de nuestra fauna marina que habita en los litorales de Baja California Sur y de otras partes del mundo. Aquí se encuentran en exposición especies características de la región como lo son: pargos, tortugas marinas, meros, langostas y peces de ornato como el ángel clarión y el bocagrande de puntos azules. Se albergan entre 300 y 400 especies marinas para su exhibición al público, residentes y turistas con fines culturales y recreativos. (Horario de atención al público: de lunes a sábado de las 9 a las 14 hrs.).
• Carnaval de La Paz
Poseedora de una gran riqueza cultural y singulares tradiciones llenas de colorido como el Carnaval, evento con una antigüedad de 100 años y en el que confluyen artistas locales, nacionales e internacionales, espectáculos de diferentes géneros, La Paz se viste de fiesta en la última semana de febrero o la primera semana de marzo.
El malecón costero es el fastuoso escenario en el que se llevan a cabo eventos como la Quema del malhumor, Coronación del rey de la alegría, Coronación de la Reina del Carnaval; las entregas de premios y reconocimientos a la Reina de la Poesía y al Poeta Laureado; un espectacular combate naval con fuegos artificiales y el tradicional desfile de carros alegóricos.