La Paz, Baja California Sur

La Paz  (“The Peace”) is the capital city of Baja California Sur* (Lower California South).  It was given this name by  Sebastián Vizcaíno when he arrived in 1596.

La Paz is located on the Sea of Cortez, just 90 miles from Cabo San Lucas. Like Cabo, La Paz has great deep-sea fishing and a desert climate; unlike Cabo, La Paz is light on tourist resorts. – CNN Money Magazine. (They chose it as one of eight great choices for retirement!)

La Paz is featured in the John Steinbeck novel The Pearl (1947).

Pirates used the phenomenal winds called coromuel to: escape the bay with stolen pearls from the resident Indians that lived around the bay (yes, La Paz had real pearls).

The Coromuel wind is unique to the La Paz area of the Baja California peninsula and adjoining Gulf of California. Occurring primarily in the late spring and summer, it is a south to south-west wind that typically starts late in the afternoon or early evening and blows throughout the night into the mid-morning. It has a rapid onset and can be very strong.

I don’t know why, but I found this to be fascinating. It is one of the reasons the area is so favorable; these winds cool the region, at least for a bit, and relieve the humidity! We have Santa Ana winds here in Southern California; I like our uniqueness in having “Santa Ana winds” … although they are generally warm, unlike these coromuels that come during the night.

* The capital of Baja California Norte is Mexi(co)Cali(fornia = Mexicali.  Another “combo” name is CaliforniaMexico = Calexico, which is in California 🙂

If you’re driving down, lucky you! Get your car insurance here: www.MexInsure.com – if you are flying down and renting a car, here is a list of car rental agencies:

ALAMO
Tel: (612) 122-6262
Fax: (612) 122-4601
AUTOS BAJA CALIFORNIA
Tel: (612) 125-7662
Fax: (612) 125-0809
AUTOSTRASPORTES AGUILA
Jalisco 815
Tel: (612) 123-1670
AVIS
Tel/Fax: (612) 122-2651
email: rentaavis@prodigy.net.mx
AVIS LA PAZ AIRPORT
Tel: (612) 122-1813
BUDGET
Tel: (612) 122-7655
Fax: (612) 123-3622
email: budlapaz@prodigy.net.mx
DOLLAR RENT-A-CAR
Tel: (612) 122-6060
Fax: (612) 122-6040
HERTZ
Tel: (612) 122-5300
Fax: (612) 122-0919
HERTZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Tel: (612) 124-1011
LOCAL
Tel (612) 2-5140/3-3622
email: localcar@prodigy.net.mx
NATIONAL CAR RENTAL
Tel: (612) 125-6585
Fax: (612) 125-6595
email: natpaz@cabonet.net.mx
THRIFTY CAR RENTAL
A. Obregon y L. de Tejada
Tel: (612) 125-9696
email: thriftym@mailudg.mx
THRIFTY LA PAZ AIRPORT
Tel: (612) 122-9065

The insurance on Mexican rentals must be purchased through the agency there. We cannot offer coverage on Mexico-plated vehicles.

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