La Paz is a warm and emerging city, a tranquil destination rich in natural gifts. A casual atmosphere pervades the city, providing a place where lovers can enjoy a romantic stroll along the seaside boardwalk amidst fiery sunsets. Throughout town, mornings are filled with joggers, bicyclists and locals enjoying a fresh breakfast in one of the numerous restaurants in the commercial area or on the seaside malecon. Choices are diverse, ranging from the traditional Mexican buffet to French gourmet dishes, all including a cup of rich, hot coffee, salad and fresh fruit.
Shopping is a thrill with boutiques and department stores offering bargains from clothing a la mode to brand name perfumes and shoes. But nothing compares to the original works of local artisans who create unique pieces of art from regional materials including traditional wood furniture, textiles with marine motifs, jewelry, scented candles, handmade pottery, carved wood statues in the form of marlins or dolphins and the inspired works in furniture and souvenirs designed by the people of Paisajes de Sudcalifornia.
Interested in Bajas visual Art? Then step into the La Esquina del Arte (Arts corner) Gallery, the first fine art gallery on the Baja peninsula that displays outstanding original works from plastic to photography, engraving and sculpture.
The downtown area offers an interesting stroll from the main square cathedral to a park with a kiosko where people play Bingo and families enjoy delicious ice cream. You can visit the Youth Institute, a museum that holds the story of southern Baja. In the mercados, you will find fresh fish, pork and fine meats, fresh vegetables and fruits as well as traditional toys. Dont be afraid to ask the marchanta for a discount!
For sun lovers, you can lay on the white sand of many quiet beaches on the south side of the city. Visit Playa Balandra and see the Balandra Stone, an icon of La Paz or if youre looking for more adventure, take a trip to El Tecolote Beach and swim, dine on fresh seafood or enjoy a banana ride. For snorkelers, try Los Islotes where you can swim with the friendly sea lions. If youd rather go on a guided tour, there are many local tour operators that are happy to help you customize any activity to suit your individual tastes. Other interesting attractions include the museums, eco-tours to the islands and mountains, scuba diving, whale watching (January thru March) and sportfishing.