La Paz is located on the Sea of Cortez, 100 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur. La Paz, which was originally a pirate's haven, is the states largest city. Italian missionaries built a church in La Paz over 500 years ago. Your trip to La Paz should include shopping, strolling along the malecon and lunch on the beach or in one of the many seaside restaurants. If you are a diver the nearby islands make La Paz a great place for some incredible dives and are also excellent for fishing. There are plenty of local tour operators that specialize in dive tours and fishing trips.
You may want to plan an extra night into your itinerary just to enjoy one of the famous La Paz sunsets, which can be some of the most picturesque seen anywhere. The beaches north of La Paz include some incredible coves where you will easily put the rigors of reality far behind you. Carnival in La Paz, held on the six days before Ash Wednesday, is one giant party with fireworks, colorful parades, street dancing, carnival rides, entertainment, games and a great family atmosphere.
La Paz is also the terminus of the ferry routes from Mazatlan and Topolobampo and as such receives and distributes much of the cargo that supplies all of southern Baja with many daily necessities. Both ferry routes also serve passengers, cars and campers that wish to continue their trip to the Mexican mainland. If you plan on putting your vehicle on the ferry you will need a special permit, required of all vehicles traveling to mainland Mexico.