ABOUT LA PAZ

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La Paz (The Peace) is the cap­i­tal city of the Mex­i­can state of Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur and an im­por­tant re­gional com­mer­cial cen­tre.

The city had a 2010 cen­sus pop­u­la­tion of 215,178 per­sons, but its metropoli­tan pop­u­la­tion is some­what larger be­cause of sur­round­ing towns such as el Cen­te­nario, el Za­catal and San Pe­dro. Its sur­round­ing mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which is the fourth-largest mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Mex­ico in ge­o­graph­i­cal size, re­ported a pop­u­la­tion of 251,871 per­sons.

La Paz was first in­hab­ited by Ne­olithic hunter-gath­er­ers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their ex­is­tence in the form of rock paint­ings near the city and through­out the Baja penin­sula.

On May 3, 1535, Hernán Cortés ar­rived in the bay by La Paz and named it Santa Cruz; he at­tempted to start a colony but aban­doned his ef­forts af­ter sev­eral years due to lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems. In 1596 Sebastián Viz­caíno ar­rived, giv­ing the area its mod­ern name, La Paz.

The cli­mate of La Paz is typ­i­cally dry, warm and sunny with a year-round av­er­age of be­tween 23C-25C. Sum­mer months (July to Septem­ber) are of­ten in the 30Cs and can be hu­mid. The win­ter months (De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary) are the cold­est with tem­per­a­tures drop­ping be­low 15C, but mostly in the low 20sC. Breezes from Bahía de La Paz keep the tem­per­a­ture mild. The bay also acts as a bar­rier against sea­sonal storms in the Sea of Cortez. Rain­fall is min­i­mal, al­though in­fre­quent down­pours can bring heavy rains. La Paz av­er­ages over 300 days of sun­shine an­nu­ally.

IN SHORT

DE­VEL­OP­MENT: CostaBaja. Re­sort and Spa. DE­VEL­OPER: Grupo Con­cord. LO­CA­TION: La Paz, Mex­ico. PAR­TIC­U­LARS: CostaBaja is made up of a blend of 115 ho­tel rooms, beach con­do­mini­ums, apart­ment con­do­mini­ums, and 71 two-storey homes. There is also a Gary Player golf course, and a 250-slip ma­rina and vil­lage. PRICES: Prices range from $580,000 to $1.8 mil­lion. IN­FOR­MA­TION: For in­for­ma­tion on the re­sort,

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