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Everything you need to know before traveling to La Paz Mexico in 2022

One of the most underrated destinations, La Paz Mexico is the vibrant capital city of Baja California Sur. It has a very little feel of a big city and more of a happy port town brimming with amazing scenic views and exciting things to do for sea lovers. In this post I share practical tips on visiting La Paz Mexico, that will be useful if you are planning a vacation in this great town, whether a short or long stay.


I lived in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico for a couple of months while housesitting and I have enjoyed the city life so much, biking or walking around the city center and trying to get to the Malecon for the special La Paz sunsets as many times as possible.

Note it down, as these sunsets are special. I enjoyed working in coffee shops and exploring the markets and the beautiful beaches, the murals and I also ventured on an amazing road trip around Baja with a couple of friends.

I was so fascinated by this country that I decided to go back 2 years later on my own and explore more this time on a 2 weeks solo trip from Los Cabos to Guerrero Negro and back which ended with an unplanned lockdown in La Paz, yes it was March 2020.

I was working online for a great company and I was planning to stay 2 months in La Paz, where I would have enjoyed my day off exploring around.

Well. I ended up staying in La Paz for 3 months but locked in my Airbnb apartment, which was great, but didn’t plan to stay locked within four walls. But I will write another post about it.

All the above to say, that La Paz is a beautiful city brimming with things to do and places to eat, beautiful homes and fantastic views, definitely a city that has a village feel and you will love either to visit as a tourist or to spend some time to live and work there. It is indeed a friendly place for Digital Nomads.

Some Facts about La Paz Mexico

Where is La Paz Mexico?

La Paz is located in the South of the Mexican State of Baja California Sur, of which it’s the capital city. Not to be confused with Bolivia’s capital city.

La Paz lies about 1470 km (913 miles) south of Tijuana on the US border, 150 km (93 miles) north of Cabo San Lucas, and over 1600 km (994 miles) northwest of Mexico City.

How do I get to La Paz?

There are Non-stop flights to La Paz from Tijuana and Mexico City while in wintertime you can also find international flights from Dallas and Phoenix.

If you are already in Mexico and on the pacific coast you can get a ferry from Mazatlan and Los Mochis to Pichilingue near La Paz and close to the best beaches in La Paz It’s not very practical as it’s quite a long ride but it’s quite an experience.

I would suggest you should rent a cabin because sleeping on a chair is not the most comfortable thing in the world.

You will arrive at La Paz around 7 am after watching one of the most spectacular sunrises from the boat!

What’s  La Paz, Mexico, weather?

The weather in La Paz is very hot in the summer from May through October and milder temperatures in winter. Nights are always cooler for their location close to the desert.

Is La Paz Mexico safe?

Yes, it is indeed a safe place as much as the rest of Baja California. Normal petty theft can occur, like anywhere else in the world. So usual common sense is required. Read my guide on safety in Mexico to learn more.

What are the tops things to do in La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Spend a day on Balandra beach, one of the best beaches in Mexico, swimming with whale sharks and taking a tour to Isla Espiritu Santo where you can swim with sea lions.

When is Whale Sharks season?

Whale Shark season is in winter from January through March.

When is the best season to travel to La Paz?

It depends on what you are looking for. If you love wildlife and come here to see whales, definitely winter is a must.

However the water can be quite cold, so summer would be the best choice for those who love to swim, also for divers, visibility is much better in the summer.

Can I use UBER in La Paz Mexico?

Yes, you can! UBER does operate in La Paz and it’s much cheaper and more reliable than Taxi.

And that is one of the reasons why I always suggest getting a SIM card in Mexico so that you will have the data to call a UBER among all the other things you can do.

Please note that just like in many airports, it is a bit more challenging to get a UBER from La Paz airport due to a possible hostility with taxi drivers.

But you can get an UBER from wherever you are to the airport and from anywhere and to anywhere else.

How to Move Around in La Paz Mexico

The best thing to do is to rent a car. You can get it directly at the airport or in the city or you can also pre-book it here.

I have used this website to compare different prices and I had a great experience. I rented the one with full insurance without a deductible, to be on the safe side.

It’s much easier to move around by car and super safe. Roads are very well marked and well paved, except for some remote areas.

By car, you can conveniently reach the beaches and explore the city. Especially if you wish to go to San Ignacio or any other spot for Whale Watching you should rent a car. 

However, if you prefer to move around by public transportation it is also possible although it takes a little patience. 

 The local line is called Aguila and these are the schedules. They travel around La Paz to the beaches, but they don’t go to la Ventana. For that, you need to get a car or hitch hacking.

Busses will also take you to Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose al Cabo, El Triunfo, Cabo Pulmo and Loreto. They also go all the way to the most northern city of Tijuana.

You can check on this site for their schedule, although if you are in La Paz, it would be better to check directly with the office, located on the Malecon. 

To move around La Paz, public transportation is very efficient. Although there is not a precise schedule you can pretty much ask at the bus stop wherever you are and the bus driver can help you out. 

From Mercado Madero, many buses are going in different directions.

From Airport to town the only transportations available are:

Renting a car in Baja California

I always suggest renting a car and driving around because you have the freedom to visit on your terms, without having the pressure of the tight schedules that groups normally have.

I love to drive around a place and find new corners to discover, for as long as I want, just like I did on my amazing road trip in Baja California Sur.

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INSIDER TIP – if you want to use your insurance provided by your credit card, make sure it’s valid in Mexico, as I have heard some horror stories. If it’s not valid, make sure you book your insurance directly with the car rental and not with third parties and ask for full insurance, zero deductible.  This way you will be fully covered and don’t need to live a huge deposit.

If you are new to driving in Mexico, I have written a useful post with tips and interesting information that might be useful as there are a couple of things you need to know and need to be careful about.


How to Get to La Paz Mexico

To get to Baja California you have different options:

Getting to La Paz Mexico By Plane

To La Paz international airport (LAP) – where you will find flights from other airports in Mexico among which Mexico city and Guadalajara

to San Jose International Airport. (SJD) – about a 2-hour distance from La Paz which is an international airport with flights from many different international destinations.

You can check flights availability and rates here

Getting to La Paz, Mexico by Ferry

BAJA FERRY is the operating company and  you can check time and prices here

From Topolobambo to La Paz and return. 

This is close to Los Mochis where the famous train El Chepe takes you through the Barranca del Cobre. It’s an option if you plan to go to the Barranca del Cobre either before la Paz or after.

It’s a great combination if you have a fair amount of time and wish to combine multiple regions.

From Mazatlan to La Paz and return 

That’s the ferry I was on. It’s a night trip.

They offer the option to stay in a room and sleep comfortably in a bed for 1000 extra pesos (about 50 USD).

I wanted to try the adventure and decided to sleep on the chair of the lounge. It was like a movie theatre, very uncomfortable to sleep in, but for one night I was ok.

The following morning I wasn’t sure if I was more excited to see the sunrise from the boat or to get to La Paz, which has always been one of my dream destinations, or both.

I didn’t sleep much and went out just in time to see the sunrise: surreal.


Top things to do in La Paz Mexico

  • Watch the sunset from the Malecon
  • Spend a day in Playa Balandra (and stay for the sunset)
  • Join a tour to Spiritu Santu
  • Join a tour to swim with the Whale Sharks (from December through April only)
  • Walk around the city to admire the beautiful murals

👉 Read more about the 25 amazing things to do in La Paz, Mexico


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Where to stay in La Paz Mexico

LA POSADA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB LA PAZ

Situated at a 1-minute walk from the beach in La Paz and 3 km from the city center, this beautiful contemporary property features also an outdoor pool for those who wish to enjoy the tranquillity of the hotel, a gym, and a spa with a temazcal sauna and beauty treatments. All the stylish suites have ocean views with a private balcony or terrace. The hotel rates include breakfast.

Book your stay on  Hotel.com  | Agoda.com

HOTEL LA CATEDRAL 

The Hotel  Catedral is located right in the heart of the city by the main plaza and at walking distance to the Malecon, coffee’ shops, and restaurants.

The rooms are essential but elegant. The highlight of this property is definitely the rooftop from which you can enjoy the views of the city and the horizon while laying in the comfortable cushions sipping your drink.

Book your stay on Booking.com | Hotel.com | Agoda.com

HOTEL POSADA LAS FLORES

This boutique hotel is an icon in La Paz and the sister property of La Posada in Loreto, which I have praised so much.

The interior decorations merge the colored Mexican style with the elegant Italian taste.

The result is a cozy little place offering tranquillity and peace in the middle of La Paz. At walking distance of restaurants, shops, and the beach.

Book your stay on Booking.com I Hotel.com I Agoda.com

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Where to eat in La Paz Mexico

To be really honest I haven’t tried all the fancy restaurants in the city since I have always been working in cafes and eating salads and sandwiches for 3 weeks. However, I made quite a bit of local friends and this is what they suggested to me:

Prana

It’s an Italian restaurant, which offers Mediterranean cuisine, is very fancy, and has vegan options

Address – Calle Francisco I. Madero 1125 Zona Central, Zona Comercial, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 128 9805


Nim

I have tried Nim, for a quick soup. I enjoyed the internal garden and fancy decorations. They have a very varied menu and a few vegan options, but basic. It’s closed on Mondays.

Address – Revolución de 1910 #1110, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 122 0908

Las Tres Virgenes

I liked the internal court and the majestic old-fashioned entrance. They have a vast menu with vegan options but they specialize in meat.

Address – C. Francisco I. Madero 1130, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 123 2226


Sorstris

It’s one of the most popular together with Nim. It’s a very elegant restaurant with an international menu.

Address – Constitucion, Zona Comercial, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 128 8985


Il Rustico

Italian restaurant looks good in the reviews. The menu is a mix of Italian cuisine and local flavors.

Address – Revolución de 1910 1930, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 122 3001


Los Laureles

For tacos and seafood, you can try Los Laureles on the Malecon. My friends went there twice in three days as they were so impressed. It’s a very basic restaurant, nothing fancy but apparently very good.

Address -Paseo Alvaro Obregon, Esterito, 23020 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (128) 8532


El Mezquite grill

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My vegan salad at El Mezquite grill

This is a great local option both for meat lovers and vegans. I had an amazing salad with juicy grilled portobello mushrooms and my friend had his freshly made hamburger. Great service.

Address – C. Francisco I. Madero S/N, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 158 4881


Best coffee shops in La Paz Mexico

So, if you are following me for a while you might have realized that I am a fan of coffee shops from where I love to write my blog and work online. Unfortunately in La  Paz wifi is terrible everywhere, I have tried a few spots but it’s all the same.

However, except for the WIFI quality, here is a list of coffee shops that I have loved the most.

Doce Cuarenta

The place is great, cozy, and well designed.

I loved especially the internal garden. They have many dishes also suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Lots of pastry choices, soups salad, and smoothies. The vibes were great and I felt also comfortable staying there all day working.

The big issue of this place is that WI-FI is the worse ever.

And it seems they cannot do anything about that.

It was disappointing to have to leave the place in the middle of a productive day, just because it just didn’t work.

Address – C. Francisco I. Madero S/N, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 178 0067

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Working from Doce Cuarenta with my vegan chai latte

Capuchino

It’s a tiny place with great vegan options and the wifi is working quite well most of the time. The only problem I had was that I wasn’t feeling very comfortable as I was being asked if I wanted something all the time.

I felt like I wasn’t welcomed to stay so long. It’s true that they didn’t have many tables but I have never seen it full.  But maybe that was just me and my perception.

Address – Lerdo de Tejada Esq. Antonio, A. Mijares, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 125 8872


Velvet

It’s a super tiny place and I only went there one time because they made vegan pastry, which was delicious. They don’t have it every day, though.

Address – Almendros 1516, Domingo Carballo Félix, 23079 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico

Phone number – +52 (612) 133 7116


I hope this huge guide to La Paz was helpful. Let me know should you have any questions.


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