When I was growing up in Puerto Rico, my dad was very big on traveling. He felt like it was an opportunity for learning and for growth. To that end, whenever we had a chance, we would travel somewhere. Often times these trips were in the spring or the summer. There were many small trips around the island, but often, if he had a conference in the mainland, the trip included the whole family. Those trips took my siblings and me to many different states and contributed to our practicing English and to learning about American people and culture. It also taught us the differences and similarities between the east coast, the Midwest, and the western part of the United States. Twice, I was lucky enough to travel to Mexico and to Europe and got to learn about other cultures and languages. It always amazed me that people in Europe would speak four or five languages! When I became a parent, I continued this tradition of family traveling and have exposed my children to many similar traveling opportunities that I lived as a child.
Spring trips are popular in the States. Schools are usually closed the week before Easter or for some, the week after. Recently, my family and I traveled to La Paz, Mexico and it occurred to me that I should write about it as it is a great place for a family vacation.
La Paz offers myriad thrilling water sports for the adventurous traveler: swimming with whale sharks, kayaking, or scuba diving in the Sea of Cortez. With its reefs teeming with marine life and its warm, crystal-clear waters, La Paz is quickly becoming a “must visit” destination for those looking for the ultimate water experience. Conveniently located less than two hours from Los Cabos, La Paz has the small town charm with all the amenities an experienced traveler requires.
La Paz is situated between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, and it is home to more than 20,000 marine species. Called “the aquarium of the world” by the legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, this profusion of unspoiled natural wonder can inspire anyone’s sense of exploration and discovery. It’s year-round calm and warm waters make La Paz a spectacular adventure destination waiting to be explored.
Below are just a few of the many activities in La Paz:
Top 5 Adventure Activities in La Paz:
- Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
The calm, clear waters around La Paz are perfect for diving in and viewing the spectacular array of marine life, including the majestic whale sharks. The whale shark is the largest fish in the sea and makes its annual return to La Paz to feed on plankton and enjoy the tranquil, warm waters. Swimming by one of these magnificent giants is a thrill you will not soon forget.
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced diver, La Paz, offers some of the best diving in the Sea of Cortez. Among the must-try areas include Los Islotes, which is inhabited by colonies of sea lions, and Isla Espiritu Santo, an island with dozens of bays, artificial reefs, and an abundance of marine life. Diving is year-around in La Paz.
- Deep Sea Fishing
La Paz has become an international paradise for sport fishing and posses an extraordinary wealth of large deep-sea fish. Among the most coveted species are the striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, dorado, roosterfish and tuna. Fishing is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the region.
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Kayaking
Avid and beginner kayakers and stand up paddle boarders will enjoy the serenity of the sea as well as the beaches near the city where they can view the most spectacular scenery and coastline vistas. For an extra thrill, you may be able to paddle close to the sea lion colonies as they frolic in the water or bask in the pristine environment.
- Windsurfing/Kite surfing
Only 40 minutes outside of La Paz on the Sea of Cortez is La Ventana, a mecca for water sports such as diving, kayaking, surfing, and sport fishing. Its location causes a natural wind tunnel that makes this area ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Although there is generally wind year-round, the official windsurfing season is from November to March.
Whether you are looking for a thrilling or a subtle water family adventure for your spring or summer vacation, La Paz has an unforgettable experience to add to your bucket list. For more information, visit www.golapaz.com.