Nestled between the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, the Gulf of California (also called the Sea of Cortez), and the North Pacific Ocean, La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur, is nothing short of paradise! For a tourist destination, this amazing city often gets overlooked.
However, you’ll soon find out that this underrated city has tons to offer for couples seeking a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. It could also be a great destination for couples on their honeymoon.
Let’s explore the myriad activities you and your partner can enjoy in this vibrant city.
1. Walk Through The Old Town
After you arrive at this magnificent city, take a stroll around the old town to familiarize yourself with its history and also to get your bearings around the town. La Paz was discovered when Hernán Cortés arrived and began a colony in the 16th century. However, the city was developed much later, during the 19th century, when the pearl diving industry began expanding.
With the expansion came the architecture of a myriad of historical buildings worth taking a look at. Among them are the Casa de Gobierno, Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz (The Our Lady of Peace Cathedral), Museo de la Ballena (The Whale Museum), and so on. You can also observe colorful downtown houses and street art as you walk around town.
2. Best All-Inclusive Resorts
A resort by the beach or the one in town, resorts in La Paz provide luxury, comfort, and value for money. You can select resorts that have activities for families with children, or you can go for secluded ones, too, for a more romantic experience. Choose any according to what interests you. Ask yourself questions such as what you want to get out of your trip.
Are you going to be staying outdoors most of the time or just relaxing by the pool? These queries will make it easier for you to decide on a resort that you can make the most of. Don’t forget to check the reviews before booking!
3. Swim With Whale Sharks
Whale Sharks are the largest known fish species, and the best place to see them is around the waters in La Paz. Swimming alongside whale sharks can be challenging as it is difficult to keep up with them. Nevertheless, the experience of just seeing them up close is magical.
If you want to be a part of this experience, make sure to book your holidays around the seasons when whale sharks arrive at La Paz waters to feed, typically between the months of October and April.
4. Go Whale Watching
Every year, from January to March, Grey whales migrate through Baja California to breed and birth young whales in the warm waters of shallow lagoons at La Paz.
You can also catch a glimpse of other whales, such as the Blue Whale, the largest animal in the world, and even Humpback Whales, from February to July. Arriving during the season guarantees you not only the sighting of a whale, but these gentle giants may sometimes come right up the boat or swim alongside it. Definitely worth the trip!
5. Sail To Isla Espíritu Santo
If you want to explore marine life, sailing to Isla Espíritu Santo is your best choice. This island is a one-hour boat ride away from La Paz and is home to many varied sea creatures. In 1995, the island was declared part of a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, which is why it is a haven to many underwater explorers.
If you do plan on sailing to the island, you can combine activities such as whale-watching, swimming with whale sharks, interacting with sea lions, go snorkeling or scuba diving, all combined in one trip to Isla Espíritu Santo.
6. Snorkel With Sea Lions
A house-long boat trip from La Paz to Los Islotes, located off the northern tip of Isla Espíritu Santo, hosts a playful colony of sea lions in the Sea of Cortés. Swimmers, snorkelers, and divers can interact with these playful creatures making a wonderful and memorable underwater experience. Note that from June to August, swimming, snorkeling, or interacting with sea lions are not allowed as it’s the mating season.
If you’re lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, coral reefs, and so on at Los Islotes while snorkeling or scuba diving.
7. Visit Balandra Beach
Playa Balandra, or Balandra Beach, is known to be the most beautiful beach in Mexico. It’s a 30-minute ride from La Paz, and it is the best place for relaxation. From the crystal clear, turquoise waters to the white sandy dunes with a backdrop of red-hued hills, it gives a sense of a deserted beach. The calm waters of this lagoon are perfect for kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, and of course, swimming to your heart’s content!
8. Hike At Cerro de La Calavera
Cerro de La Calavera is a hill located at the northern end of Malécon and is known to be the best place to watch the sunset. This hill consists of a few archways and holes, which makes it a great trail for hiking. It’s part of a larger trail system.
However, many tourists come to the trail to watch the sunsets through beautiful rock formations. The trail has caves where you and your partner can sit and enjoy the beautiful sunset, not to mention taking perfect Insta shots! Beware of fire ants, loose rocks, and prickly cacti as you hike up the hill, and don’t forget to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
9. Go Kayaking To The Mangroves
Enjoy a stunning view of the bay and the mangrove area by taking up a private kayak tour on the still waters of La Paz Bay. You can also head on to the nearby beaches, relax, and spend time with your partner. Can’t get any more romantic than this!
10. Dining At La Paz
From food stands and family-owned restaurants to fancy dining experiences, La Paz has it all. The seafood is exceptional, and (of course) their fish tacos are out of this world! Another popular local delicacy is the Chocolate Clams. Don’t be fooled! It is not chocolate but rather the appearance (which is chocolate-brown in color) that gives the clams its name.
You can also enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner by Marina Cortés in one of the restaurants and marvel at the various yachts parked at the pier. It’s a short walk out of the busy city of La Paz and is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
11. Shop At The Local Markets
Hit the streets for a shopping spree at La Paz. You can find almost everything here, such as fresh organic fruits and vegetables, ground coffee, plants, and handmade jewelry and clothes – to name a few. They even play live music with bands and performers to liven up the place. If you’re looking for a place to buy affordable souvenirs, this is the place to be.
12. Explore The Night Life
La Paz during the day is heaven, but watch the city of La Paz as it comes to life at night. You can visit clubs, bars, and restaurants to have drinks and party all night long.
13. Stroll Along The Malecón at La Paz
For a romantic evening, take a walk at a beautiful waterfront promenade known as the Malecón. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunset with your loved one, making stops at restaurants or cafes for dinner or a coffee break. You can also bike or go for a jog in the early hours of the morning and feel the cool breeze on your face.
14. Take Pictures In Front of The La Paz Sign
One thing every tourist does not forget to do is take snaps with the La Paz sign. Here is a tip: try taking the picture in broad daylight, preferably at noon, under the blazing Mexican sun. Why? Because that’s when all the other people will be chilling at the beach, under a shade, and you get all the space you want with the sign to take a perfect snap.
La Paz, with its captivating beauty of beaches, cultural richness, and exceptional delicacies, creates a romantic ambiance for couples seeking an unforgettable retreat.
From interacting with marine life and island hopping to shopping and strolling around the Malecón waterfront boardwalk, La Paz is filled with surprises, amazing sceneries, a myriad of activities, and a vibrant nightlife that should make it to the top of your bucket list. With stunning places, savory cuisines, and exciting escapades, this Mexican gem ensures a romantic experience and cherished memories for years to come.