TEN THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU COME TO LA PAZ



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By Donneley McCann

  1. GO TO THE BEACH. Whether you choose El Tesoro (the treasure), Balandra (yacht), or El Tecolate (the owl), you are guaranteed beautiful white sand and tranquil surroundings. Umbrella-type palapas along the water will give you some shade, and buses provide transportation to and from the beaches.
  2. VISIT THE CEMETARY. With tombs resembling mausoleums, these grounds are full of family history, and the structures erected to loved ones are fascinating tributes.
  3. RIDE HORSEBACK ALONG THE OCEAN. Gentle, friendly, and patient horses will convey you through the hills and desert to the shore. Sometimes they even do moonlight rides.
  4. STROLL 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE. Starting from the malecón, take your time wandering up the street named for Mexican Independence Day to check out the numerous small stores with their assortment of consumer goods. This is the main street of downtown La Paz. You may just find some things you didn’t know you needed.
  5. PLAY BRIDGE. Every Wednesday and Saturday around noon, bridge players are invited to visit the Dock Restaurant at Marina de La Paz to join in playing this fun card game. Wonderful way to meet others and enjoy honing your bridge-playing skill.
  6. RENT A BICYCLE. Enjoy the fresh air and work on your tan while taking in the beautiful surroundings. There is even a special lane reserved only for bicycles on the malecón along the seaside.
  7. LEARN TO SPEAK SOME SPANISH. There are a number of very capable schools that are willing to teach you to speak Spanish. Just think how much more you would enjoy your visit if you could converse with the locals.
  8. GO GOLFING. The peninsula (El Mogote) which is highly visible across the bay has a putting green and an 18-hole golf course that is accessed by water taxi. Costabaja also has an 18-hole course designed by Gary Player. You can enjoy ocean views from both.
  9. TRY PADDLEBOARDING. With very little water traffic and a usually calm ocean, you can try your hand at SUP (stand up paddling) in a safe environment. Watching the folks who do paddleboard makes one wonder why everyone isn’t out there ocean walking!
  10. ENJOY AN ARTS OR CULTURAL EVENT. If you check out rozinlapaz.com,you will undoubtedly find unforgettable entertainment at a cost that is so affordable you won’t believe it.
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