Posted on Apr 28, 2013 in Coastal Beauty, Wintering in Mexico

Coastal Beauty

 La Paz

 

Capital of  the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, La Paz is situated on a protected bay along the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez).  Located on one of the world’s most biologically rich bodies of water, La Paz is well situated for eco-tourism.  Indeed, UNESCO has declared “244 islands, islets and coastal areas” of the Gulf to be a World Heritage site, one that possesses extraordinary natural beauty and exceptional diversity of both marine and terrestrial species.  The islands and/or surrounding waters support 891 species of fish, 695 species of vascular plants,  as well as marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds.  It is an area often studied by French oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, and the center of Mexican marine studies.

During the winter of 2012, Mary rented a house outside the city which beautifully captured the juxtaposition of desert and sea.  She enjoyed provincial life, the lovely beaches, and outdoor activities.  True to form, she joined a local hiking club!

 

 

Point on Baja

 

La Paz has beautiful beaches for swimming and snorkeling. At nearby Balandra Beach, one finds the iconic, and much photographed, “mushroom rock.”

 

 

Cacti

 

While the Gulf’s dazzling turquoise waters and its sea life understandably attract a lot of attention, the desert ecosystem of Baja is equally fascinating.
 

 

Plan this trip!

 

 

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