La Paz : Mexico


What It Is Like to Retire in La Paz

La Paz is a large city on the southeast coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula. The population was about 244,000 in 2015, and many more live in the surrounding Metro. Summers are very hot and dry and winters are mild. The very Americanized resort of Cabo San Lucas is a short drive away on the Baja's southern tip. La Paz is large enough that there is plenty to do for expatriate retirees.

Where to Retire in La Paz and Home Prices

You can live in one of the town's nicer neighborhoods or choose one of the developments that cater to expatriates (many of whom are retired).

What Is Special about La Paz

Over 300 days of sunshine, beautiful beaches, parks, museums and historical sites, and all types of water recreation.

What Is Not Special about La Paz

Summers are very hot.

Who Will Like Retirement in La Paz

La Paz offers one of the highest standards of living in Mexico and has beautiful beaches, fishing, marinas, parks, and great restaurants.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, especially eco-tourism is the most important source of income in La Paz It is home to three marine biology institutes as its location offers an abundance of marine biodiversity. Other important drivers of the economy are silver mining, pearls, agriculture, and fishing.

Climate and Physical Environment

The year-round average temperature falls between 63 and 86 degrees, with the summer months highs in the 90's, and the winter months in the 70's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As expected there are great seafood restaurants here along with Mexican, Latin, and vegetarian. La Paz is home to Balandra Beach which is recognized a one the most beautiful in the world. It also offers all types of water activities and adventures including snorkeling and whale watching tours, cruises, sailing and fishing. Culturally, La Paz offers much to do and see and has many museums, historical sites and landmarks, and beautiful parks. Several annual events and festivals are held including Carnaval, a six day event held before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and Fiesta de La Paz held in May and celebrates the founding of the city.


The crime rate in La Paz is considered very low with drugs involved in most crimes, although not as prevalent as in other parts of the country.

Medical Facilities

There are many types of medical facilities located here, with services offered for less than expats find in the U.S.


The Manuel Marquez de Leon International Airport offers flights to Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. Ferries connect the Baja California peninsula to the mainland at Mazatlán and Topolobampo.

Valuable Links

La Paz Travel Guide

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