La Paz means “Peace” in Spanish, is a charming little city and the state capital of Baja California Sur, has a population over 200,000 people who enjoy one of the highest standards of living in all of Mexico
La Paz is served by an international airport (LAP) with daily flights to the USA and with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, La Paz has become known for its world-class beaches, scuba diving, sport fishing, boating and eco-tourism activities. La Paz has become also one of the best places to retire due to the buying power of the dollar and the large expatriate community in the city.
La Paz is famous for its malecon, the seaside promenade that runs for close to three miles along the bay. It’s in many ways the center of the local social scene: joggers, families, cyclists crowd the promenade during late afternoon, while cars move slowly along the neighboring boulevard, Alvaro Obregon, and diners enjoy cocktails and fresh local seafood at restaurants across the street. It’s the perfect place to watch the local sunsets, which are routinely spectacular.
Its modern history began in 1535 when Hernán Cortés arrived and named the place Santa Cruz. Although the original colony failed, Sebastian Vizcaino established the permanent settlement of La Paz in 1596. Today, the city offers all the modern conveniences you could want without giving up its 400-year-old colonial charm.