Mexico’s Baja region feels a world away from the rest of Mexico, and that couldn’t be truer than in La Paz, the capital and largest city in Baja California Sur.
The city is packed with authentic seafood eats, cool bars and cafes — walks along the malecon are a great way to find all of those things.
More adventurous travelers are in for a treat. La Paz provides a lively home base to explore the numerous natural wonders of the Baja region. The most famous is Isla Espiritu Santo, an uninhabited island with beach campsites. Otherwise its only residents are sea lions, birds and the numerous underwater species.
At Balandra Beach, desert landscape meets the sea in a scene of white sand, turquoise water and rugged mountains.
The Sea of Cortez is a major winter breeding ground for several whale species — you can spot whale sharks in the waters near La Paz from October to May.