|La Paz was founded by the spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez in 1535. It was not until 1720, due to fierce native resistance, that Jesuit missionaries colonized the present day capital of Baja California Sur. La Paz's, meaning "peace", was started when the Jesuit's built the Nuestra Senora del Pilar de La Paz mission.
Visiting La Paz today gives one the impression it is a location of contrasts; exotic and overwhelming while at the same time calm and relaxing. La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, located north of the Tropic of cancer offers many different access options by air,land and sea travel. For international visitors Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines and since the closure of the local Aero California airlines the Volaris Airline are servicing La Paz, offering daily arrivals at the La Paz Intl. Gen. Manuel de Leon Airport from several major cities in the USA.
Flights with national carriers from the mainland, the peninsular highway, "Carretera Transpeninsular" and ferry connections across the Sea of Cortez are alternative options for visiting the Ciudad de La Paz.
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For the tourism visitor La Paz has many alternatives. Eco tourism from La Paz is one of the big factors for the La Paz and Baja Mexico tourism industry. Many La Paz hotels and accommodations present their offers to this group of visitors. With the Sea of Cortez on the doorsteps to the city, marvelous scuba dive locations like "El Bajo", "Salvatierra" and "Cerralvo" in short distance, the island of Espiritu Santo a quick boat-ride away is La Paz the perfect vacation destination. One of the first Eco tourism in Mexico, the outfitter Baja Expeditions, chose La Paz 35 (!) years ago as staging point to explore the marvelous Baja California Sur.
The mixture of traditional Mexican hospitality and being a destination rich in natural gifts makes La Paz, which has hosted international visitors for almost a century. a very desired location for visitors. Investors and developers are also attracted to La Paz. As a long time closely guarded secret escape the city seems to have been discovered, judging by the boom in local development! La Paz, a tropical getaway has excellent food, lush beaches, extensive shopping, superb water sports and sportfishing -- it doesn't have the negative resort town feel like Cabo San Lucas. It remains an almost perfect mix of Old World Mexico and New World amenities. La Paz is a perfect place to take your kids and therefore excellent for family vacations. The beaches are beautiful, the water is calm and shallow, and just sightseeing along the Malecon is interesting for all ages. Almost everything in the area -- from fishing to food -- is affordable for families. In La Paz, hospitality is not just an industry - it's a way of life!
The city of La Paz had a 2005 census population of 189,176 persons,its surrounding Municipality of La Paz, which is the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico in geographical extent, reported a population of 219,596 persons. The city of La Paz is one of the most important educational centers of northwestern Mexico. This is attested to by the existence of sound higher education institutions, such as the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, the Regional Technological Institute, the Pedagogic University, the State School of Music and several high-level scientific research institutions.
La Paz offers an array of accommodations, from miles and miles of beach camping to venerable old hotels oozing history to upscale beachfront getaways.The sunsets in La Paz are some of the areas most spectacular in Baja.
Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. Dollars are accepted everywhere, check here for the current exchange rates with our Currency Converter. English is spoken virtually everywhere in the main tourist areas, yet the knowledge of some spanish words is helpful!