La Paz is the capital and largest city of the southern half of the Baja peninsula yet evokes the nostalgic memory of a sleepy fishing town. Established in 1535 it has much history to discover but for many visiting La Paz it’s all about the water!
Very well-know by Mexican nationals and international tourists for its protected waters in the Sea of Cortez, it is also highly rated as a place for excellent sport fishing, scuba diving, whale-watching, snorkeling and many land and water activities. I had an opportunity to visit La Paz last August for the first time and had an adventure of a lifetime during a day at sea with the local Fun Baja crew. We headed an hour north by boat to the Isla Espírito Santo, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Bio-Reserve, where we stopped at a sea-lion colony for snorkeling and swimming with sea lions. The fish were a kaleidoscope of shimmering neon yellow, purple and blue, the water crystal clear; the sea lions were playful, curious and fun. Swimming alongside of them, face to face, was a surreal and enlightening experience I will never forget. Truly out of this world!
After an hour of play time with these sea creatures we headed to the Fun Baja camp at Ensenada Grande Beach, a gorgeous blue, isolated beach camp stocked with everything you need for a great lunch al fresco. Fresh grilled fish, beer, lounge chaises and, for those left with energy, kayaks and paddle boards. It was a great day at sea, unforgettable! Fun Baja is true to its name! The staff is fun, super friendly and very knowledgeable, it’s evident they enjoy what they do and my group had a blast along with them!
Fun Baja also offers scuba diving certification programs and overland trips to neighboring Todos Santos and Los Cabos and will be offering their Grey Whale Watching Package to Magdalena Bay through March 30, 2014. Large numbers of Grey Whales congregate in this bay to mate and birth, making it a very special place. If you’re lucky you will be close enough to rub noses with one! If you go to La Paz, go Fun Baja! You will not be disappointed!
For the après day-at-sea, there are many restaurants and fun pubs in the town of La Paz. The casual El Bismarksito is a local favorite along the Malecon, serving fresh ceviche and fish anyway-you-want-it. For a fine dining experience, Las Tres Virgenes offers creative and delicious courses of traditional and modern flavors…course after beautiful course, a delicious translation. The Costa Baja Resort is the nicest in the area, there are many options but, unlike Cabo, this is not a resort town so do your research and plan ahead. La Paz is very much a community, you will see locals jogging, swimming and cycling along the beach. The people are very friendly, lots of fun and many speak English. I have only touched on a fraction of what you can do and enjoy in La Paz. You must see for yourself.