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What to do on and off the beaches of La Paz, Mexico

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Nestled beside a bay on the Sea of Cortez, La Paz, Mexico is the capital city of the state of Baja California Sur. It offers unspoiled beaches and a desert-like climate with temperatures between 75 degrees and 91 degrees year round. It inspires a casual elegance making it perfect for families and couples alike. The eco-friendly CostaBaja, La Paz’s five-star resort community, is an excellent choice for home base, allowing easy access to both the marina and downtown.

Still largely undiscovered, the area’s beaches can often be enjoyed in blissful solitude. Scuba diving and snorkeling are a must in the waters that famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau dubbed “the aquarium of the world.”

Landlubbers can enjoy a day on the Gary Player Signature Golf Course or choose hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding in the nearby deserts or Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. There are also eco-centric tours focused on the natural landscape, including a cactus tour.

The waterfront boardwalk is a bargain hunter’s delight offering traditional Mexican folk art, black pottery from Oaxaca, and woven wall hangings. With only 220,000 residents, La Paz offers small-town appeal with a provincial atmosphere.

CostaBaja offers luxury treatments at the Espiritu Spa and dinner in one of its four gourmet restaurants. Downtown has an endless array of choices allowing visitors to sample authentic local cuisine.

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