Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the Sea of Cortez in La Paz


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G. Donohoe
Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as “the world’s aquarium,” as it offers one of the most abundantly diverse ecosystems in the world. La Paz is the perfect place to get out and explore the waters that Cousteau made famous.  And even better, there are a plethora of activities that await us.  Not much of an explorer?  There are several other ways to enjoy life by the Sea of Cortez. Here is our list of the top 10 ways to enjoy “the world’s aquarium”.
1. Head to the beach
Beaches surround La Paz, some even possessing beautiful white, soft sand and turquoise waters. Nothing can be more simple and relaxing than a day at the beach.  Grab a towel, your swimsuit, slather on some sunscreen and pack a picnic lunch. La Paz offers a variety of options for swimming and sunning so get out and discover a beach!
2. Take a walk along the Malecon
The Malecon, or La Paz’s oceanfront boardwalk, is the perfect place to just bask in the glow of the Sea.
3. Stand Up Paddle Board in the Bay of La Paz (SUP)
Try out the new SUP craze that has hit La Paz – it is easier than it looks.
4. Sport fishing in the Sea of Cortez
Thousands of sport fishing enthusiasts head down to La Paz yearly to spend time fishing the waters of the Sea of Cortez, one of the world’s most famous sport fishing meccas. Fishermen who visit the region target multiple species, including dorado, roosterfish and yellowtail.
5. Enjoy seafood
La Paz is home to the best seafood around.  Enjoy the catch of the day, La Paz’s famous shrimp tacos or our favourite, chocolate clams, at one of the several seafood restaurants along the Malecon or at one of the street venders sprinkled across the city.
6. Snorkel and scuba dive with whale sharks
La Paz is one of the top 5 destinations in the world for exploring marine life underwater.  Take advantage.
7. Charter a boat
Outfitters in town offer excursions and rentals of yachts, sailboats and motorboats both daily and weekly for use in a variety of activities.  Check it out and find out what suits you.
8. Kayak, camp and explore Isla Espiritu Santo
Paddle on over, swim in pristine waters, get acquainted with the terrain and sleep under the stars at Isla Espiritu Santo. No people, no buildings, no fuss.  Nature at its best.
9. Swim with the sea lions at Los Islotes
Take the family out for a memory making moment. Nothing is more exhilarating or unforgettable than time spent with these amazing creatures. Swimming with the sea lions at Los Islotes is a must.
10. Visit the statue of Jacques Yves Cousteau.
Located right on the Malecon and Republica, the Jacques Yves Cousteau statue was unveiled in May of 2012. The state of Baja California Sur commissioned sculptor Salvador Rocha to help pay homage to the world famous French explorer. Cousteau spent a great deal of time exploring the Sea of Cortez and described it as the “aquarium of the world”.
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