La Paz is a magical city located on the bay of the same name, on the southeastern part of the Baja California Sur Peninsula. California has been inhabited by man for about 12,000 years. The first inhabitants were nomadic villagers that lived from hunting, fishing, and picking of roots and seeds.
Proof of their existence is found in cave paintings. These are now protected and cared for as a legacy of humanity. In modern times, La Paz offers beautiful beaches and all the infrastructure of a world-class resort.
La Paz possesses an enviable geographic location providing an ideal starting point for innumerable natural history land forays. La Paz has endured conquerors, pirates, missionaries, and entrepreneurs, creating a flowery past full of risk, daring, and lore.
Its historical essence is infused with mystical charm, reflected in the rich culture and legendary crimson sunsets that adorn its skies day after day.
From your La Paz vacation base, you have access to beautiful beaches with coasts overlooking the Sea of Cortez, islands full of natural and geologic treasures, cave paintings, diving in natural and artificial reefs, whale watching, and to Todos Santos village, with its famous Hotel California.
La Paz and the surrounding areas are an ecotourism paradise. Among the best worldwide scuba diving destinations, more than 25 first-class dive sites surround the bay of La Paz, the islands of Espiritu Santo, San Jose, and Cerralvo.
This mythic bay is in a strategic area in the Sea of Cortez, visited by famous Spaniard conquerors in the 16th century and missionaries in the 18th century. The first attempt at conquer was on May 3, 1535 when Hernan Cortes explored this land, brought by the legend that it was a magic place inhabited by women and full of precious pearls. He named it Bahia de Santa Cruz, but real colonization took place in 1720 when Jesuit missionaries came and built the mission of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de la Paz.
The Spaniard merchant Sebastian Vizcaino gave the city and the bay the name they now share. He traveled around the Baja
California peninsula from June to November 1596, and he established a settlement on the bay which he named La Paz Bay and explored the littoral of the California Gulf.
Your La Paz vacation will be a lifetime experience!