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Eat Like a Paceno

Palapa Restaurant 1

The best way to truly know and appreciate a city’s culture and cuisine is to follow the locals. When in Rome…do as the Romans do. When in La Paz…eat as a Paceno would.

Seeing as though this is The Sea of Cortez, the aquarium of the world, you may be wondering what to eat? SEAFOOD of course!



Their fish tacos are famous all over Baja. No matter what day of the week you go, it’s always packed. They have the original recipe for fish, shrimp and marlin tacos. Right on the Malecon, just follow the long line of parked cars and big trees.


Although not as old as Bismark-cito, McFish is where locals go for a fish taco breakfast. Their specialty? The Mayan Burrito: beans, shrimp, fish and salsa on a flour tortilla. Trust us it tastes better than it sounds. Not in the mood for some Mexican food? Try the shrimp burger, you’ll love it.


El Dorado

Also on the Malecon, you can find the best shrimp cocktail in La Paz or if you’re feeling crazy try the live clams. Hung-over? El Dorado offers up the best Bloody Mary’s on the Baja. And for the kids? Fish fingers and cold Jamaican tea.  Be ready though, local musicians like to stop over to sing some songs for a few pesos.

Playa Pichilingue

This restaurant has been around forever. It’s a big palapa right on the beach. Locals usually bring their own food and shade when going to the beach, but when they don’t feel like carrying all those goods, they just go to Pichilingue. Stuffed crabs are among the favorite dishes along with live clams. The best thing about the clams is that they are as fresh as can be. In fact, they have a little farm by the shore so whenever you ask for clams, the waiter rolls up his pants and will simply fish them out for you.

How to get there? You’ll need a car or a taxi considering it is a 15 -20 minute drive from downtown La Paz to the Ferry’s dock. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, in case you want to take a plunge in the crystal clear water before lunch.


Pacenos idea of fast food is a little different, of course there’s a McDonalds and Burger King, but locals prefer tacos, gorditas and hot dogs (yep, hot dogs are pretty big around here.)

Rancho Viejo

Rancho Viejo is becoming more and more popular among tourists, but locals still go here for a late night taco or two. Arrachera and carne asada in a flour tortilla are the best, but they also serve Mexican food such as stuffed chilies and stuffed potatoes. They recently opened a Rancho Viejo Sea Food restaurant that you can’t miss either.

Tacos El Chino

Do you really want to eat like a local? Then you have to try El Chino tacos. Nothing fancy, just a street taco stand. Stop by after 11 p.m. all the way until 4 a.m. for the best carne asada (beef) tacos ever. Be careful with the salsas, some of them look harmless but are really spicy. If you’re not much of a chile kind of person, stay on the safe side and just try the guacamole. A little warning, their guacamole looks nothing like the kind most Americans are accustomed to, this one is very thin and not chunky at all, but give it a chance, it’s still tasty! You can find them on Madero Street.

Gorditas Dona Tota

These are a Mexican specialty; they are a type of thick corn tortilla stuffed with lots of different things such as pork skin in green sauce, potatoes with chorizo, beef, chicken and beans with cheese. Add a little salsa and they are the best. Careful, they are greasy and totally addictive. They are located in the fast food court at the Soriana Supermarket.

Hot Dogs

At almost every corner street in La Paz you can find a hot dog stand after 7 p.m. What’s so different about these hot dogs you ask? They are wrapped in bacon and served with tomatoes, grilled onions, mustard, ketchup, sour cream and salsa all on a sweet bun; but those are just the regular ones, you can find them with spicy beef and nacho cheese as well. The best part? They are only $25 pesos each.


XL size burritos here we come! Humongous flour tortilla filled with chopped beef cooked with onions and chile, served with sour cream and of course, salsa. Almost every hot dog stand carries burritos too. They are perfect after a long night at the clubs and bars where you just can’t wait to get to the taco stand.


Free Things to Do in La Paz, Mexico

If you’re in La Paz and not looking to break the bank, no need to worry, there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy, many of which are completely free. With many beaches to explore, how about taking a leisurely walk collecting sea shells and beachcombing for old treasures, followed by a romantic afternoon picnic in the sand?  Looking to get some color?  Why not take this time to go shirtless or strap on that bikini to get yourself one wicked tan by laying out along one of the many vast sandy beaches. You’re bound to get bronzed by doing so.

After you’ve experienced the beaches of the Baja Peninsula in La Paz, Mexico, you may be interested in learning more about the culture within the actual city of La Paz. Well once again you’re in luck as this unique town located next to the Sea of Cortez is home to many historic pieces of art, all available for your viewing pleasure. To accompany La Paz’s beautiful artistic history is its architecture, most notably the Nuestra Senora de La Paz Cathedral. The sightseeing you can experience in La Paz is truly breathtaking and something you’ll cherish forever. After a long day of checking out the allure of La Paz or strolling along the malecon, you may find yourself looking to strike up a conversation with some of the locals. Most are highly interested in teaching others about their history and the roots of the town they love, so we encourage you to be friendly and engage in great conversation!

To end your trip in La Paz while still keeping things totally FREE, check out one of the many hiking spots in or around town. We suggest that you head just north of town to the Pichilingue Peninsula or find your way a little south of town to the Laguna Mountains. While on your hike make it your mission to scope out the wildlife that call the Baja home.

So there you go, the how-to on making your vacation activities FREE in La Paz, Mexico.



Getting to La Paz, Mexico

Beginning your adventure in The City of Peace is made accessible with various transportation offerings.

La Paz is served by Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport (airport code LAP). The airport is 12  KM south of the main city, and features flights from Alaska Airlines, Aeromexico Connect, Volaris and VivaAerobus to the most important cities of Mexico including: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and the U.S., with flights to LA and San Diego and more.

It is approximately a two-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas, should you fly into Los Cabos International Airport.

If looking for a genuine road trip, La Paz is at about 950 miles from San Diego down Highway 1, with beautiful scenery and landscapes.

From Mainland Mexico, you can catch a ferry that crosses the Sea of Cortez to and from La Paz to the port cities of Mazatlan and Los Mochis. Ferries do not run everyday, so be sure to check departure times.

Lodging in La Paz, Mexico

Experience a piece of paradise during your time in La Paz.  Surrounded by the colorful contrasts of the Sea of Cortez and the City of Peace, Paraiso Del Mar Mexican resort provides an authentic Baja lifestyle in a vibrant and comfortable resort community. Whether you’re staying for a brief relaxing vacation, or looking for an extended getaway, Paraiso del Mar offers several distinct experiences to suite your lifestyle. Choose from spacious rooms and suites or vacation homes featuring breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez and spacious terraces for enchanting Baja sunsets.

Directions to Paraiso Del Mar

Located on the tip of a peninsula just 1/2 mile across the bay from La Paz, Paraiso del Mar offers 1,700 acres of paradise with nearly five miles of beach frontage on the Sea of Cortez.  From La Paz, Paraiso del Mar is a five-minute boat ride across the bay.

Paraiso del Mar
Plaza Vista Coral, Local 2
Topete y Marquez de Leon, Col. El Manglito CP23060
La Paz, BCS, Mexico

Paraiso Del Mar provides free airport to hotel, and hotel to airport transportation from Manuel Márquez de León International Airport. Please contact to arrange the service.

If you rent a car, exit airport to the left,  follow the road to La Paz-Constitucion, stay on the left line and follow the sign La Paz Centro. Pass Walmart and keep going straight. Once you are in town the road changes names to Abasolo; you will pass 5 de Febrero Boulevard with a stop light. Be ready to turn left on Marquez de Leon street. Enter Plaza Vista Coral, our host will be waiting for you by the dock where you take the boat to Paraiso del Mar.

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