La Paz Travel Diary
THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY LA PAZ.
ALTHOUGH THIS POST IS SPONSORED, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
I realize I’ve neglected the blog recently, but there’s nothing like an amazing trip to inspire me to want to write on here again <3
I just wrapped up with vacationing in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. To be honest, I’d never heard of La Paz and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find an adorable little town full of fresh seafood, fun water activities, and some of the friendliest and warmest people I’ve ever met.
La Paz is also only about a two-hour ride from Cabo airport. (If that seems long to you, I highly recommend stopping at Hotel San Cristobal in Todos Santos which is on the way – it’ll break up the monotony of the drive, plus it has got to be one of the most Instagrammable destinations in the world.)
We stayed at Paraiso del Mar, which was flanked by beautiful beaches on all sides and required a short boat ride to get to. The accommodations were beautiful, with stunning views, tasty dining options, as well as a world-class golf course (for those of you who play).
Unfortunately, we didn’t have more time to lounge and relax because there’s just too much to do in La Paz…starting with whale-watching! Now, when our guides first pitched the idea of driving three hours away to go whale watching, our group’s general reaction was of… confusion and lack of enthusiasm. Our past experiences with whale watching in other places have always been met with disappointment, plus three hours to-and-from our hotel seemed like a strange way to spend our limited time in La Paz.
What we didn’t realize was that whale-watching in La Paz is something else altogether. Within seconds of being out on the water, you’ll spot a whale (and then 10-15 more within the next half hour). Also, we were expecting to be on a catamaran or yacht, but instead our boat was nearly at eye level with the whales. They were so close we could’ve touched them if we wanted. It was a surreal experience.
And the adventure didn’t end there. The next day we ventured out on sea with Tuna Tuna Tours, where we rode alongside a pod of dolphins, spotted sea turtles, and swam with sea lions and whale sharks (!!!!!!!!!!!).
Honestly, I almost bailed on swimming with sea lions since the sea lions in San Francisco are aggressive af. But our guide Leo was so warm, knowledgeable and confident that he persuaded me to go ahead with it – and I’m so glad I did! He explained that La Paz’s sea lions are unusually gentle and playful, in part because they grow up interacting with humans from a young age. He was also by our side every step of the way, advising us when it was safe to move forward or when it would be wise to fall back. As for whale sharks, they are MASSIVE (literally 20+ feet long) and terrifying to behold, but they’re vegetarian, so totally safe to swim with. I couldn’t quite keep up the pace for longer than a minute (even with Leo dragging me along, lol), but it was still very cool. There’s video footage of all the above in my Instagram Story Highlights here.
On another note, I found myself continually impressed by La Paz’s commitment to conservation. I was afraid that with increasing tourism that damage would be done to the local wildlife, but the government has established strict laws to ensure minimal disruption. The locals are also careful to remind us to treat our surroundings with the utmost respect.
The result is that we are able to experience a place that feels relatively untouched, where the wildlife is plentiful and the water is bluer than ever. La Paz was truly a piece of Mexican paradise; I highly recommend anyone on the search for authenticity and a sense of adventure to visit! xx