The fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and snorkeling around La Paz is some of Mexico’s best—small wonder, since it’s on the coast of the Sea of Cortez, dubbed by Jacques Cousteau as “The World’s Aquarium.”
This busy regional center has a population of over 180,000, with tourism and commercial fishing as its two main industries.
The climate in La Paz is usually dry, warm and sunny year round, with an average temperature between 73º and 77ºF (23º and 25ºC).
The Aeropuerto General Manuel Márquez de León (LAP) is served by several US airlines with direct flights from Los Angeles. You can also fly into Mexico City and connect to La Paz.
Top props go to the 151-room Hyatt Place La Paz, which sits next to the 550-acre CostaBaja resort complex, with Mexico’s only Gary Player 18-hole golf course, a 250-slip marina and a private beach club on the Sea of Cortez. It has 2,960 ft² (275 m²) of flexible meeting space, with all the a/v tech and packages you might require. Its neighbor, the five-star 115-room CostaBaja Resort & Spa, makes the most of the incredible views and sunsets with outdoor event space as well as indoor meeting rooms for groups of anywhere from 10 to 120.
The 90-room Hotel Marina on the Marina Palmira Yacht Club is a great option, with meeting space for up to 550 persons, plus an exhibit space. The four-star La Posada Hotel & Beach Club, right on the beach and minutes from the Marina Cortez, offers only 20 rooms but has a complete business center, 2,152 ft² (200 m²) of meeting space (conference center and meeting room), complimentary WiFi and limo/town car service.
The La Paz Convention Center has two buildings with modern facilities for events of up to 4,000 people. Events can also be held at the restaurant and terrace at Marina de la Paz and the CostaBaja Golf clubhouse.
La Paz offers great seaside dining, shopping and nightlife along its malecón, or boardwalk, and there are excellent ecotours, charter operators for fishing, diving, sea kayaking, and snorkeling in the unspoiled setting that surrounds the city. Several local tour operators offer an assortment of land and water excursions to nearby attractions, including prehistoric cave paintings in the mountains.