La Paz - Mexico

The city is sited on La Paz Bay at the southern end of the Baja California peninsula, on the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortes). La Paz is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful towns of north-western Mexico, and tourism now plays a major role in the city's economy. The Gulf of California is home to over 800 species of fish, including giant manta rays, whales, dolphins, and sea lions. In the mountains behind the city the Sierra De La Laguna Biosphere Reserve is home to an incredible abundance and diversity of flora and fauna, including species unique to the area. In the city visit the Misíon de Nuestra Señora de La Paz, built in 1861, the aquarium. Or the Las Californias Library, located within the former Government Palace, that holds the most important manuscript collection on the region's history. Three unsuccessful attempts at European settlement were made by Hernán Cortes in 1535, in 1596 by Sebastián Vizcaíno and in 1683 by Admiral Antillon. Although a there was a Jesuit mission from 1720 to 1749 it was not until 1811 that a permanent settlement was established. The town grew rapidly after the discovery of gold at nearby San Antonio and Triunfo. The following 4 cruises call at La Paz. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.