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La Paz provides visitors with the chance to whale-watch, scuba dive or just while away the evening watching the spectacular sunsets.
Beaches: At Playa Tecolote and Playa Coyote there are plenty of restaurants and places to hire water equipment. Camping is allowed in the parking lots, and the cove in Playa Balandra is a preferred site for snorkeling and kayaking agencies in town. Make arrangements in town as there are no facilities or equipment rentals here.
Whale Watching: Off of several points in the Sea of Cortez from January to March visitors can watch over 3,000 gray whales migrate through the waters. Arrangements can be made through several companies and rates include breakfast, lunch, and transportation.
ShoppingShops and stores carry a lot of chess sets made from onyx and the popular sombrero.
La Tiendita carries black pottery from Oaxaca as well as embroidered dresses and shirts, picture frames and ornaments made from tin.
The Artesanias la Antigua California is said to carry the best collection of Mexican folk art available in La Paz. There are also sell lacquered boxes which are made in Guerrero, wooden masks, and even several books on the Baja region.
At the Artesania Cuauhtemoc, you can watch professional weavers doing their thing.
Fortunado Silva create tapestries, rugs, tablecloths and mats, as well as buy these handcrafted pieces.
The only department store here is Dorian's, which sells almost the same items you find in a typical US department store but at much lower prices.
At Ibarra's Pottery you can watch the tiles, pottery pieces, and tableware being made as well as buy the stuff.
Sports and ExerciseSea Kayaking: Kayaking through the bays and coves has become quite popular. Equipment and tours can be arranged with a local company, Mar y Aventuras, as well as with several companies in the United States.
Sport Fishing: Attracting anglers from all over the world, La Paz is famous for its sport fishing. Over 850 species of game fish make their home in these waters. Skiffs, super skiffs, and luxury cruisers are available for rent. Trips can be arranged through hotels and tour agencies.
Scuba Diving: Scuba diving is best from June to September. A sunken ship, a colony of sea lions, underwater mountains, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and Cerralvo Island are attractions that making diving interesting and spectacular. Trips to visit these sites can be arranged through Fernando Aguilar's Baja Diving and Services.
Bars and Nightclubs
The most popular nighttime activity is sitting at a cafe and watching the spectacular sunsets. At the pool side bar at La Concha Beach Resort there is a Mexican fiesta on Friday nights at 7 pm. Discos, clubs and bars are generally open until 3 or 4 am and may have a cover charge.
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