La Paz is a beautiful collection of beaches, lively squares and city streets. Surrounded by the desert, La Paz is nestled between old laurel trees, coconut palms and date palms. The city is designed in a classic rectilinear style, with streets radiating from the boardwalk to the northwest of the city. The boardwalk is approximately 3 miles long, and from there the visitor can see natural landscapes, as well as the pier for ecotourism cruise ships and a series of bronze sculptures, among which you will find "The Christ of the ocean".
Pair the catch of the day with a chilled white wine from the Baja and give a toast to La Paz. If you like seafood and the freshest fish, dining in La Paz is a joy. Its chefs work magic with tuna, blue marlin, rock oysters, clams and abalone and lobster. In addition to fish and seafood, local cuisine includes different meats, often seasoned with damiana, a wild herb that with medicinal properties that grows in the Baja. Many locals also believe that it is an aphrodisiac. You can also buy damiana liqueur in a uniquely shaped bottle modeled after an Incan Goddess.
The Velasco Garden is a hub of activity day and night. In Mexican cities the zócalo (main square) is the heart of cultural and political life. La Paz's main square, Velasco Garden, has been rebuilt and modernized since colonial days. On one side stands the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, built in 1861 by Dominican priests on the site of the citys original Jesuit mission, built in 1720. Inside, youll find paintings rescued from old missions. On the plaza's north side you will see the former Palacio de Gobierno, now housing the Biblioteca de Historia Regional de las Californias (Library of Regional History of the Californias) and a Youth Center. A meeting point for locals and visitors, the Velasco Garden or Constitution Plaza is an inviting place to relax.
La Paz’s seafront is a place where locals and visitors converge creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a strong Mexican accent. La Paz’s social life revolves around the town’s coastal promenade that lines Paseo Alvaro Obregon. At sunrise, jogging is a usual activity for locals and foreigners. Later, if you want to mingle with the pacenos, as the locals as called, grab a table at La Terraza del Perla overlooking the promenade and the bay. Enjoy the grand view while enjoying spicy huevos rancheros. This is a popular spot for groups of ladies who drop in for a leisurely breakfast with friends. Later on, as the hora de la cerveza (beer time) approaches, men often pop in for a cold beer and tapas before going home for lunch.
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