LaPaz Day Tours with Sea Kayak Adventures
Just over 2 hours north of Baja’s famous resort town of Cabo San Lucas is the capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz. A city of around 250,000 people, it has a charming waterfront, several historic monuments and is set on a beautiful bay. There’s plenty to do here no matter what your interests might be.
The town has a couple of traditional beach resorts, and a good number of hotels in the town center, all within easy walking distance of the Malecon, the paved walkway along the Sea of Cortez. There is a vibrant culinary scene including microbreweries and bars that specialize in Tequila and Mezcal. There are beaches and plenty of places for sea kayaking, hiking, and biking.
Just offshore about 6 miles from the mainland is the island of Espiritu Santo which is protected as a natural area and was declared part of a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1995. Isla Espiritu Santo and the surrounding islands have become the Archipiélago Espíritu Santo, one of Mexico’s youngest national parks, designated in 2007.
In the Bay of La Paz, a resident population of whale sharks has established itself, and swimming with these gentle giants is a truly powerful experience. Swimming with whale sharks is an adventure suitable for anyone that loves nature and can swim with snorkel, mask, and fins.
Sea Kayak Adventures guests snorkeling with a large whale shark in the Bay of LaPaz
Going west into the mountains is another great option and you will find plenty of attractions and surprises! There is a rich legacy of mining in the mountains west of La Paz, the Sierra de la Laguna range. The small town of Triunfo, now with just a few 100 inhabitants, was once the biggest town in Baja with a population of over 10,000. Little remains of the mines, but the region is well worth exploring on a one-day mining town tour.
A small group explores the old mining town of El Triunfo
To the south of La Paz, on the Sea of Cortez, is Cabo Pulmo, National Park. The Park was formed in 1995 to protect the coral reefs of the area. The protection has been wildly successful, and this led to the designation, in 2005, of Cabo Pulmo National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is the most biodiverse area in the Sea of Cortez. Snorkeling and diving here among the reefs where over 850 species live, is a real highlight of any Baja Sur vacation.
As a company that specializes in sea kayaking, we have plenty of sea kayaking trips around La Paz. However, we sometimes have bad weather that prevents our sea kayaking trip from operating as scheduled and this has led us to explorations of the interior of Baja. We are pleased to offer a selection of trips in our Baja Bubble JourneysTM collection. Designed for private groups, these include adventures that start in Loreto and travel south to Cabo over a week’s time; and shorter trips including our 4-day Hidden Gems of Southern Baja that starts and ends in Cabo.
Sea kayakers explore the incredible rock formations around Isla Espiritu Santo just outside of LaPaz, Baja
For many people, the ease of airline access makes Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Jose the natural choice for their first stop in Baja. We encourage you to venture beyond Cabo to the real Baja where you will discover empty beaches, endless snorkeling, exciting sport fishing, stunning mountains, hidden hot springs, prehistoric cave art, and a delicious culinary scene. So if you choose a resort vacation in Cabo, be sure to save some time to explore beyond Cabo and meet the friendly people of Baja!
While we remain the number one company for Baja sea kayaking trips and Baja whale-watching tours, we are also proud of our artfully curated collection of half and full-day tours that are stand-alone adventures or can be easily added as an extension to any of our other trips.