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“Great place and economical to boot!!”
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2 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Great place and economical to boot!!”
Reviewed 13 August 2009

Went to La Paz in July 2009. It was hot, but what a great town! Last time I went to southern Baja I stayed in Cabo and was tremendously disappointed in the sprawl, traffic and high prices. La Paz is entirely different. The town is much more "Mexican" than Cabo and has a relaxed vibe to it. There's plenty to do in terms of tourist pursuits and the history of the town is celebrated at every turn. My partner and I found a great little apartment a block from the beach and five blocks from town. All for only $250 per week! Everything was within walking distance.The place was clean and included linens with a well stocked kitchen. Having the kitchen was great too. We found the local fish market on Nicolas Bravo and had the freshest fish (caught that morning) in a mango salsa that we bought from the market down the street from the apartments. The apartments had air conditoning in the livingroom and bedroom (thank goodness) and cable TV. We also took Yoga classes and went out on a Panga to Espiritu Santo (island off of La Paz) for one of the best snorkeling experiences ever!

To check out the apartment go to: www.stayinlapaz.com

3 Thank Pacenonorteno
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Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
“La Paz lives up to its peaceful name!”
Reviewed 19 October 2008

La Paz is on our Top 3 Favorite Vacations list and here are the reasons why:

The people of La Paz are beyond friendly. They're courteous and helpful.
The malecon (seawall) is very busy each night with families enjoying the night air, live music, people exercising, beach volleyball, and fireworks.
La Paz is made up of about 200,000 people and do not expect a spring break crowd like in Cabo San Lucas which is about 2.5 hours south.
There are a number of beaches to the north of La Paz which we highly recommend you visit. The furthest beach north of La Paz is Tecolote. It's about a 30min drive. Here the sand is soft and water clear. You can see Isla Espiritu Santo from your palapa (beach umbrella). There are a couple of restaurants that primarily serve seafood. You can rent an umbrella and 2 chairs for $100 pesos ($10USD). Food at a restaurant on the beach will run about $20USD. This includes 2 entrees with 4 beers.

Our favorite beach is Balandra (before you arrive at Tecolote). Here the water is clear and you can kayak for $120 pesos ($12 USD) an hour. You can walk from one end of the beach to the other and the water will not go above your waist. This is ideal for first time kayakers. Ask for Benjamin if you want to Kayak. He's a local fluent in English and of course, Spanish. We had never been kayaking before and he took the time to teach us and we appreciated his patience. Balandra is surrounded by beautiful mountains and very clean. There are no restaurants so take a cooler with beverages and snacks. A 6-pack of Pacifico beer is $45 pesos at CCC (grocery store).

Recommended Restaurants:
Los Magueyes - Anything in mole is delicious. Family restaurant. Guitarist serenades customers. $22pesos for beer. Authentic Mexican dishes.
Rancho Viejo - Tacos $15pesos. Chicken salad $65pesos. Menu written on wall. Great food.
Bismark Lobster House - Live music, mariachis and across the street from the malecon. Tostadas & crackers at table. Delicious tuna dip with chips. Bucket of 4-12oz Corona bottles $70pesos. Shrimp cocktel $120pesos. Fried shrimp plate $140pesos. Great ambiance.
Palapa Adriana - Live music and on the malecon. Combinacion Mexicana plate $100pesos (includes 1sope, 1enchilada,1taco and 1quesadilla). Milanesa plate $70pesos.

If you are looking for a grocery store with everything from food to clothes head to the CCC. There are several ATMs to withdraw money from and the fee is $7pesos. A bag of ice is almost $10pesos, a 1.5L bottle of ePura water is $6.80pesos. 6-pack of Pacifico beer is $45pesos.

We are from Houston and used to the heat and humidity. However we found La Paz to be very hot. Always carry water with you, use sunblock at all times and make sure you rent rooms and cars with A/C.

If you rent a car be careful with all drivers. There are mostly 4-way stop signs instead of stop lights. Most drivers will not come to a complete stop at these signs. After a day or two you could get the hang of driving in this city since it's a small one. On a positive note, we encountered zero road rage and we had a rental car for 7 days.

Have fun!

3 Thank RUBI2308
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Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 helpful votes
“El Patron Resteraunt”
Reviewed 20 July 2008

Beautiful views while you dine, but watch out for this place. The food was terrible and the margaritas were astronomically expensive. We just ordered a "margarita" each and the waiter did not inform us that he would be serving us the most expensive margaritas in house, $180 pesos each! Be clear about what you are ordering, and avoid the 180 peso margarita, it is definately not worth it!

1 Thank sarahsunbear
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Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Belandra was best, watch out for bad cops on way to beach.”
Reviewed 19 February 2008

The beaches north of town are great once you get past the refinery, cement plant, and ferry terminal. Belandra was the best, soft white sandy beach, shallow water, and several coves. We wished we had a kayak. Be careful going the other way from town towards the Airport as we got stopped by a bad cop that coerced us into paying a $50 bribe. The first beach we found past the airport was not impressive, it had grey and white sand and gravel. The beaches on Isla Espiritu Santo were soft and sandy and you can snorkel with the sea lions and kayak in quiet sandy coves. You need a boat ride to get to the island.

4 Thank Chivr
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La Paz
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
“La Paz deserves the title The Peace”
Reviewed 11 December 2007

If you just want to come visit and not live here it is still a wonderful place. Fishing, scuba, kayaking, snorkeling, white sand beaches and eco tours of the Sea of Cortez.. Walk the Malecon at night and visit any of the hundreds of restaurants in the city. Eating at restaurants is very inexpensive compared to California, the price of drinks in the bars seems about one-half. Car rentals tend to be about the same as the US, but make sure you have the car insurance.

I visited La Paz for two hours on a drive from Los Cabos in 2001. I never forgot the tranquility. In May of 2007 I came here to buy a condo.

There are many areas where a lot of 'foreigners' are building or living. Many developments on the outskirts of La Paz are very nice. However, because I intended to keep my home in the US and only live here part time I wanted to live in the city among the Mexican population.

In a few hours with a great real estate agent I knew I would prefer a house in the city over a condo. We found a wonderful home just 150 steps from the Bay right off the Malecon.

The people are very friendly and eager to please. The pace is very relaxed. The workmanship is professional. You can't just go to the corner store and find everything you are used to in the US but with perserverance and patience you can find everything you need.

I am keeping a diary and log of contacts for various services in the city.

5 Thank Chobias
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