La Paz means “the peace” in Spanish. The average daily mean temperature of La Paz in October is 26°C (79°F) with little rainfall.
The population of La Paz has grown greatly since the 2000s. This growth is largely because the city has one of the highest standards of living and security in Mexico.
Along the coast in front of the city of La Paz is the 5 km “Malecón” street. This street is the focal point of tourist related activities with a large number of bars, restaurants and shops. Since 2004, extensive development has taken place, which included a large sidewalk that offers safety for large numbers of people to walk along the coastline of La Paz.
La Paz is the state capital and center of commerce, as well as the home of the three leading marine biology institutes in Mexico (UABCS, CIBNOR & CICIMAR), largely because it sits on the Gulf of California, which is home to exceptional marine biodiversity.
Eco-tourism is by far the most important source of tourism income in La Paz. 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, the primary tourist destination of the area.
The NY Times listed La Paz as one of the 52 places to go in 2020 (see #18)