La Paz is located on a beautiful bay (Bahia De La Paz) near the southern tip of Baja, California, and is the capital city. La Paz is the economic and political center of Southern Baja.
Herman Cortez founded La Paz in the late 1500's and was fascinated by the natural beauty, resources, as well as the peaceful nature of the native residents.
The name La Paz means "Peaceful" and the tail of two doves remains today as the official symbol of this historic city.
La Paz has a native population of approximately 250,000 and a growing community of 10,000 or more foreign residents.
Foreign residents include primarily Americans, Canadians and European natives.
There are 6 universities in La Paz that include a state-of-the-art medical school, technical university, and traditional university curriculum.
La Paz has the highest level of education in Baja.
La Paz has a newly remodled International Airport and is served by Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles.
La Paz is a 2 hour drive from Los Cabos International Airport; Delta Airlines now serves La Paz.
La Paz is considered one of the best big game trophy sport fishing destinations in the world! game species include: giant black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, dorado, tuna, roosterfish, and a wide variety of rock fish.
There are many local charter boats available for reasonable fees.
La Paz has 5 full service yacht harbors and marinas and an additional yacht harbor is under construction.
The Bay of La Paz also offers the best protected anchorage in Baja, and is a favorite destination for yachts from around the world due to its pleasant climate, safety, and affordability. Yacht rental and charter services are available.
La Paz is the Eco Tourism center of Baja due to the large number of isolated islands and the bays that serve as the incubator for much of the marine life of the entire Pacific Ocean.
The late explorer, Jacques Cousteau considered the Sea of Cortez his favorite body of water in the world due to the abundant variety of marine life and pristine water.
Visitors enjoy kayaking trips to Espiritu Santo Island as well as many other pristine and environmentally protected areas nearby La Paz to observe the birthing grounds of migrating whales, sea lions, dolphins, and countless other fish and marine life.
There are many local tour services that offer these excursions.
La Paz serves as the perfect launching point to explore the hundreds of miles of off road trails throughout the mountain ranges of Baja.
The mountain ranges of Baja offer some of the most spectacular exploring opportunities for off road enthusiasts.
Remote mines, caves, wildlife, and complex desert flora are there for your enjoyment.
Desert tour excursions are available in La Paz.
La Paz offers exceptional shopping services ranging from the giant Soriana Market that is larger than a Costco store, to wonderful boutiques tucked away on the cobblestone streets of La Paz.
Fresh meat, fish, poultry and available every day, and the produce is fresh and delicious.
Due to the abundance of fresh mountain water in Baja, unlike mainland Mexico, the produce is fresh, pure and doesn't need additional treatment.
La Paz offers an international airport, currently served by the U.S. by Alaska, Airlines, Aero Mexico, and Aero California. America West is scheduled toopen in 2007.
There are 5 major hospitals in the La Paz metropolitan area including a state-of-the-art medical school at the University of Southern Baja.
Many of the doctors are teaching professors continuing their education in the United States on the latest equipment and procedures.
Unlike the U.S., doctors are happy to make house calls to their patients at very reasonable fees.
Many Americans go to Mexico specifically to receive high quality dental care at a fraction of the cost in the U.S.
The dentists use the latest equipment and procedures, and are fluent in English.
Recent national news articles have addressed the fact that many Americans are "going South" to purchase prescription and over the counter medicine for less than it would cost with their medical insurance co-pay!
Mexican pharmacists and doctors are also well known for their skill in utilizing holistic and natural herbal remedies.
Skymed is an insurance policy that many Americans purchase for less than $250 per year for a family.
In a medical emergency, Skymed will fly you and your family, in a state-of-the-art medical jet, to any hospital of your choice.
You are insured in any area of the North American continent including the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
La Paz features hundreds of restaurants that serve every imaginable menu. Seafood and traditional Mexican food is prevalent and inexpensive, but you can also choose Chinese Food, Italian Restaurants, Steak Houses, Pizza Parlors, and more!
There is a new 15-plex movie theater complex that offers first run movies in English. Throughout La Paz, there are restaurants and lounges tat feature great live entertainment and dancing.
La Paz features full service facilities for any make and model of automobile.
Hair and nail salons are in abundance, as well as therapeutic massage therapy.
La Paz has complete building supply centers as well as hardware, and landscaping supplies.
La Paz has several large marine and fishing supply stores, as well as numerous marine haul out and repair facilities.
There are many animal hospitals, veterinarians, pet supply stores and grooming services available.