4 reasons La Paz, Mexico, should be on your winter vacation radar


At certain times of the year, it’s possible to snorkel alongside whale sharks. Photo courtesy of La Paz Tourism

2. Amazing and abundant wildlife

The capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz is located on a bay in the Sea of Cortez, which famed oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau once called the aquarium of the world. It’s not hard to understand why. Along with more than 875 species of fish, the local waters are teeming with other marine life including sea turtles, manta rays, sea lions and whale sharks. Meanwhile, the nearby Espiritu Santo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, named because of its unique ecological importance to the zone. The island is home to 32 species of reptiles and 98 species of birds, several species of marine mammals and 16 endemic species of flora and fauna.

Frigate birds flying over the arid coastline. Photo by Bob Sexton
Manta rays are a common sight in the Sea of Cortez. Photo courtesy of La Paz Tourism