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La Paz

La Paz is Spanish for peace, but it may as well mean paradise for nature-loving Mexico enthusiasts. La Paz is a charming sea side city lined by the Malecón, a boardwalk that runs along the Bay of La Paz, the largest bay on the east side of the peninsula. Each dawn and dusk it fills with health conscious exercisers as the sun rises over the hills and sets into the waters of the bay providing one with some of the most dramatic celestial displays.

La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur and provides the local economy a high standard of living. Ecotourism supplements the economy rather than dictates it as seen in nearby Los Cabos. La Paz still has a sleepy colonial feel, where the people smile and welcome you graciously. The rancheros, or cowboys dominated the streets of La Paz, especially on shopping days and holidays until just about 30 years ago. Now the city is an urban metropolis where young families, groups of teens, curious travelers and retired couples make up the majority of the population. 

 

      

 

 

 

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La Paz (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈpas]The Peace) is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important regional commercial center. The city had a 2010 census population of 215,178 people, but its metropolitan population is somewhat larger because of surrounding towns like el Centenario, el Zacatal and San Pedro. Its surrounding municipality, which is the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico in geographical size, reported a population of 251,871 persons living on a land area of 20,275 km2 (7,828 sq mi).[1]

 

 

La Paz has a desert climate. The climate of La Paz is typically dry, warm and sunny with a year around average of between 24 and 33 °C (75 and 91 °F). Summer months (July–September) are typically between 34 and 36 °C (93 and 97 °F) and can be humid. The winter months (December–February) are the coldest with temperatures dropping below 15 °C (59 °F) at night, but mostly maxima are from 20 to 25 °C (68 to 77 °F). Breezes from Bahía de La Paz moderate the temperature. The bay also acts as a barrier against seasonal storms in the Sea of Cortez. Rainfall is minimal, although erratic downpours can bring heavy rains. La Paz averages over 300 days of sunshine annually.

During the summer the cooling Coromuel winds, a weather phenomenon unique to the La Paz area, blow during the night from the Pacific over the Peninsula and into the Bay of La Paz.

As with most of the Gulf of California, the temperature of the water changes substantially over the course of the year, around 70 °F during winter and around 85 °F during summer.[4][5][6]

Average Sea Temperature
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
70 °F

19 °C

70 °F

19 °C

70 °F

21 °C

73 °F

23 °C

77 °F

25 °C

81 °F

27 °C

82 °F

28 °C

85 °F

30 °C

82 °F

28 °C

81 °F

27 °C

75 °F

24 °C

73 °F

21 °C

 

 

 

Economy

The population of La Paz has grown greatly from the 2000 census and now stands at 215,178 people.[9] This growth is largely because the city enjoys one of the highest standards of living and quality of life in Mexico, with average wages in the range of 27 USD per day, when compared to the country overall where minimum wages stand at closer to $4.25 USD per day. For this reason many workers migrate to La Paz and other areas in Baja California Sur, to enjoy a better life without leaving the country while still able to remit portions of their incomes to their families in their home states.

Eco-tourism is by far the most important source of tourism income in La Paz as people come to enjoy its marine wonders, as well as its diverse and often unique terrestrial species endemic to the region. Tourists also visit the city's balnearios. There are some 900 islands and inlets in the Gulf of California with 244 now under UNESCO protection as World Heritage Bio-Reserves and the Isla Espíritu Santo group, which borders the northeast portion of the Bay of La Paz and are considered the crown jewels of the islands of the Gulf (also referred to as the Sea of Cortez/Mar de Cortes), the primary tourist destination of the area. Its diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are considered world class.

La Paz is also favored by water enthusiasts for its marinas, boat yards, marine supply stores and cruiser club activities. The surrounding waters provide adventure for experienced boat captains and their customers. Novice captains enjoy the nearby island coves for day and overnight trips. A wealth of experienced sailors and boaters willing to share their expertise are readily available.

Industries include silver miningagriculturefishing and pearls. Tourism is also an important source of employment for this coastal community.

Along with the area's marinas, new developments are emerging because of the proximity to the USA (2 hour flight from Los Angeles), the mild weather, the city services, and the peaceful atmosphere.[citation needed]