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Malecón

Paseo Malecón, Zona Central, La Paz, Mexico

The Basics

Pretty much every tour of La Paz will feature the Malecón, given how much of the downtown area this stretch of sidewalk occupies. Options range from group and private excursions to street art–specific trips, beach and city combo tours, and even whale-watching trips to nearby Todos Santos. It’s also easy to visit independently, whether on foot, by bike, Segway, or otherwise; however, arriving with a local guide can provide context you might otherwise miss.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must-see during any stay in La Paz, the Malecón is a hub of activity and a pleasant place to explore independently or on a tour.

  • Expect to find local vendors, musicians, and fishermen at all hours of the day.

  • The Malecón is home to La Paz’s recognizable “tourist letters”—arrive early in the morning to snag a photo, before other travelers arrive.

  • The Malecón in La Paz is wide and flat, making it easy to enjoy in a wheelchair or with a stroller; however, there are no accessible public restrooms.

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How to Get There

La Paz’s Malecón stretches from Playa Coromuel in the north to Marina de la Paz in the south and is easy to reach on foot from across the city’s downtown or by private vehicle from elsewhere. However, parking is limited.

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When to Get There

There’s no real bad time to visit the Malecón in La Paz. It’s the ideal place for a quiet, cool stroll early in the morning but it also comes alive after dark with performers, lights, and beautiful sunset views. In the afternoon, there are few better places to grab a fresh seafood lunch while overlooking the beach.

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What to Do in La Paz

There’s no shortage of things to see and do in La Paz. Perhaps best-known for being one of Mexico’s top whale-watching destinations, there’s an abundance of opportunities to spot whales in Magdalena Bay (January–March). You can also snorkel or scuba dive in the Sea of Cortez, take a street art tour, enjoy the beaches, rent a kayak and take to the water off Balandra Beach, or swim with sea lions off Los Islotes islands.

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