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Posada LunaSol

In and Around La Paz

IN LA PAZ

The seaside city of La Paz is the perfect blend of tourism and local culture. Unlike Cabo San Lucas, Xtapa or Cancun, La Paz is NOT just a string of luxury resorts clustered along white sand beaches catering to tourists. In La Paz (population around 250,000) you'll find Mexican families, Latin lovers, trend setting teens and tourists alike enjoying a stroll along the waterfront boardwalk known as the Malecón. This tiled boardwalk sports a variety of sculptures stretching two miles from east to west along the Sea of Cortez.

Our hotel, Posada LunaSol, and adventure travel office of Mar Y Aventuras are conveniently located behind the Marina La Paz only two blocks from the west end of this picturesque sea-side walk where you'll find the perfect blend of culture, art, music, food, drink, fun and beauty. On your visit with us don't miss a stroll, run or bicycle ride under the palm tree lined Malecón.

Here are just a few of the highlights not to miss while "cruising" the Malecón:

  • Watching the kids play on the see-saw while enjoying home made ice cream from La Fuente behind the polka dotted tree
  • Drinking classic Margaritas served in fish bowl sized glasses at La Paz's oldest restaurant La Terraza at Hotel Perla
  • Trying a traditional Mexican meal under the fig trees of El Callejon while listening to live music
  • Eating fresh seafood at the Bismarkcito
  • Gazing up at the spectacular and colorful marine life mural by Wyatt
  • Shopping for locally made arts and crafts from vendors as they display their wares along the boardwalk
  • Taking in the view from the terrace bar of the 7 Crown Hotel at sunset where you can view the entire La Paz shore front, El Mogote Peninsula and Espiritu Santo Island in the distance
  • Visit the downtown plaza and historic cathedral
  • Enjoy seasonal and holiday dances, music, art and carnival along the Malecón.

SURROUNDING AREAS

La Paz is the gateway to some of the most spectacular natural areas in the Southern Sea of Cortez and Baja presenting a plethora of recreational activities for a variety of interests.

Just north of this lovely seaside city lies the National Park of Espiritu Santo Island (ESI). This desert island is adorned with large bays lined with white sand beaches, caressed by turquoise waters and towering cactus as backdrop. ESI is an ideal location for sea kayaking, camping, hiking and boating.

The surrounding waters of the Sea of Cortez provide a rich marine ecosystem for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. Year round a small rocky outcrop off the tip of the island offers the snorkeler or scuba diver the experience of a lifetime swimming with friendly and playful sea lions while enjoying their curios and animated behavior.

During the fall and winter months the world's largest fish, the whale shark, frequents the waters of La Paz bay giving folks the opportunity to swim with these gentle, toothless, plankton feeding sharks up close and personal.

In mid-winter a short drive across the peninsula to the Pacific Coast and Magdalena Bay allows visitors the opportunity to witness the pacific gray whale migration with close encounters of these gentle giants in their breeding and birthing grounds.

We have been operating guided sea kayaking, snorkeling and fishing day and multi-day trips and renting kayak equipment to experienced paddlers since 1993. Let our expert staff help you book your guided excursion or rent equipment during your stay at our hotel so you can explore these rich marine and desert ecosystems for yourself.

Todos Santos, designated a Pueblo Mágico, is only an hours drive from La Paz on the Pacific Coast. This quaint and tranquil artsy town presents a great day trip from La Paz where you can walk cobbled stoned streets and enjoy a great meal in one of its many fine restaurants while shopping for artisan crafts. Just south of Todos Santos you'll find world-class body and board surfing beaches. Head to La Cachora beach during the fall and winter months and become part of a local turtle conservation organization releasing baby turtle hatchlings each evening.

If the ocean isn't your thing head into the nearby mountains surrounding La Paz where you can hike, bike or simply gaze up at the towering cactus. The sierra de la laguna mountain range south of La Paz is the perfect playground for hiking and biking. Explore its arroyos full with giant granite boulders and swim in the clear mountain pools (cold and hot) lined with tall palm trees.

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys sea kayaking, hiking, bicycling, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating or fishing or simply a tourist who enjoys beautiful scenery let La Paz be the gateway for your next visit to this Baja paradise.

Let the expert staff of our in house adventure travel office of Sea & Adventures/Mar Y Aventuras help you plan your excursions in and around La Paz.