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money in La Paz

Traveling to LaPaz from Canada in feb. Wondering if we need to get pesos or can we pay for everything with credit cards. Would we get better deals, paying with pesos? Also, we rent a condo on the island in the bay. We'll need to buy groceries. Which store or market is close to the water taxi dock on the Malecon

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1. Re: money in La Paz

Get pesos. I would not use my credit card anywhere except a very large store (like Mega) or at a bank. In addition, lots of vendors take cash only.

As most banks are charging a 3% international transaction fee to use your card, even just to get cash, I would strongly advise getting pesos before you come.

Sorry, not sure where the water taxi dock is, so can't help you with groceries. There is an Aramburro not far from the Malecon. The big stores are not really within walking distance with groceries. Either way, you may want to grab a cab.

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2. Re: money in La Paz

thanks, Pesos it is

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3. Re: money in La Paz

Hope you have a great time.

As for your food shopping, the Aramburro is closest to the Melancon and will present you with a real Mexican shopping experience.

If you are flying in, you will pass the Mega and the Chedrauri. They are massive and have lots of product choices, good bakeries, cheese, meat and a large section is for non-food items. Basically you can find anything you want there, but you will feel like you are in WalMart. Actually, I think Mega may be owned by WalMart.

Have a great time. The whale sharks are here and hang out near where you are staying. I've only been here about 6 weeks, but would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

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Thanks for your input. We 'll fly in to Cabo, so we'll go to La Paz by bus. looking forward to our trip. thanks again.

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There are no real grocery stores right on the Malecon. There are mini-marts, though. It depends on if you are looking to grab snacks, or looking to stock a kitchen.

When you get to the bus station, you might want to grab a cab to take you to the Chedraui - That will have the biggest selection of foods. They will also have anything (sunblock, clothes, shoes, towels) you may have forgotten to pack for your trip. They are also going to be the closest "big" store to the Malecon. There are a bunch of smaller grocery stores, if you are feeling adventurous and want to wander a couple of blocks up from the Malecon.

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6. Re: money in La Paz

We found the Supermercado Aramburo to be convenient as noted above. It's a couple blocks off the Maleon at Madero and Hidalgo.

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/IOc3a

Edited: 20 January 2014, 00:56
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Sounds like you're staying at Paraiso del Mar? We are from Owen Sound, Ontario and that is we are staying. We find paying in pesos easier as you don't have to convert or worry about mistakes while converting. Getting pesos before you leave is a good idea, but getting them at the Scotia Bank in town has proven easy for us (costs $2.50 cdn for a maximum $3000.00 peso withdrawal, or approx $265.00 cdn). There are excellent grocery stores in La Paz that are a short cab ride or a really good walk (we have walked), there is even a Walmart with groceries. We do pay for most things with our visa, but there are smaller vendors that don't take visa. Not sure how long you're coming for, but if you feel you can be adventurous, walk to the local markets (not far from where the boat comes in at the marina)....you can get your meats and veggies at a fraction of the grocery store prices :). Enjoy your stay, La Paz is an awesome place!

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Thanks for your info. Did you mean there is a scotia bank in La Paz? Great. We're from Windsor Ont. and we'll be at parasol del mar for a month. Appreciate your input:)

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Yes there is a Scotia bank right in La Paz, make sure you talk to your bank about your PIN number, I believe they recommend 4 digits, but double check. We have had no problems and that way don't have to have a whole lot of cash on hand :). We are at the same complex you are coming to and we will be here until end of March. This is our second year here, and while we don't know everything, we have learned a lot and would be more than happy to help you with whatever we can.

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We are wondering if there is a reasonable car rental Company in La Paz, close to the dock, as we have visitors arriving at Los Cabos Airport. Thank you