La Paz Baja California Sur

Sea front view of La Paz

Sea front view of La Paz

La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur. This tranquil and pacific city at the south of Baja is in the municipality of La Paz. It has a population of around 200, 000. La Paz received its name from Sebastian Vizcaino in 1596. However, Hernan Cortes arrived to this area in 1535 and named it Santa Cruz.

La Paz usually averages in with over 300 days of sunshine annually. The climate of La Paz is typically dry, warm and sunny with a year around average of between 23C-25C(75F-77F). The hot summer months (July-September) are often in the 30C’s(90F’s) or even 40C’s. During the summer the cooling Coromuel breeze,  blows during the night from the Pacific over the Peninsula and into the Bay of La Paz. The winter months (December-February) are the coldest with temperatures dropping below 15C(60F), but mostly in the low 20’sC(68-75F). Breezes from Bahia de La Paz keep the temperature mild. The bay with the island-like mogote, also acts as a barrier against seasonal storms in the Sea of Cortez. Rainfall is minimal, although infrequent downpours can bring heavy rains.

La Paz was well-known as a commercial point in the country due to its tax-free imports privileges. However, that has changed in the recent years and now it is a where all the administration happens in the state.

La Paz is an important touristic destination for national and international visitors. It has an international airport that welcomes visitors from Canada, United States and the rest of Mexico. Seasonal discounts and cheap tickets make of La Paz an attractive destination by plane. However, the recent increases in the flying industry has impacted the prices of the flights to Baja. La Paz also has a ferry service to the state of Sinaloa, which makes possible to bring your car and travel not only along Baja but also to visit the rest of Mexico for very cheap.

There are cultural activities and festivals in La Paz. El museo de la ballena (whale museum) has a great exhibition about the giant mammal that visits the warm waters of Baja.

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