S/V Hello World's Travel Log

la paz

La Paz has a reputation as a black hole. As the story goes, once you enter La Paz, you never leave. We got here a week ago, and have come to discover just a few of La Paz's charms. First and foremost is Super Burro. Super Burro is our new favorite taco stand. Five bucks will get you 3 beef tacos, a couple Sol cervezas and as much wifi as you can stand. Down the road from Super Burro is CCC (apparently prounced "say-say-say"), Mexica's answer to Fred Meyer's. Underwear? Pasillo cinco. Pineapple juice? Pasillo diez. Plasma TV's? Just past the hammers and a la izquierda.

Because of it's black-hole-esque quality, there's a large community of cruisers who have long since planted roots in La Paz. They have even gone so far as to establish a clubhouse - Club Cruceros - where local cruisers hang out and drink coffee, talk boats, and swap books. They have an expansive movie library that you can check out DVD's from. And every year the club throws a huge Thanksgiving dinner at one of the local marinas including tables full of potluck dishes and 19 cooked turkeys. We were missing our families (and my mom's scalloped tomatoes!) for the holiday, so we hung out with 200 other gringos. As is our duty as Americans, we ate ourselves into a starch and tryptophan induced coma and then waddled home moaning about how much we ate this year.

Another of La Paz's charms is its waterfront. Known as the Malecon, their waterfront is a tiled walkway lined with beautiful bronze sculptures that runs the length of the city. All along the Malecon are great sandy, white beaches on one side and interesting little shops and restaurants on the other side. Street food vendors offer such delicacies as corn on the cob coated in mayonaise, cotija cheese and hot sauce or bags of fresh fruit mixed with salt and hot sauce. Don't knock it until you've tried it. Mexicans may not have a great bob-sledding team but they absolutely, unequivocally know food.

As much as we love La Paz, we're ready to take off. The harbor is too polluted to swim in and when the wind is just right you get that whiff of what can only be described as "bouquet of Mexican city". We're gonna run out to the islands just north of town and get a fix of nature for a spell. We'll back shortly. Apparently, no one escapes for long.

Thanksgiving dinner. Yummm....

Sarah from s/v Stepping Stone getting her cheesecake on.

Strolling the malecon on the way back from Thanksgiving dinner.

One of the statues along the malecon.

Christy raiding the tortillaria.

We love the produce in Mexico.

We've been getting attacked by pelicans every day as they dive bomb the fish hanging out in the shadow of our boat.

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ben said...

What have you guys been doing about water on the boat? I called Moorings and asked about the water in the boat and they said "we wouldn't drink it"... so, any advice? Are you just living on desal or what?

Also - any hotel recommendations for a night or to in La Paz?

Anne said...

Still love hearing that chuckle, Christy ;) Love, MOM

Jason said...

Ben, we've got a watermaker so our tanks are good to drink. But. Everyone who doesn't have a water maker buys purified water in town in those 5 gallon jugs and uses that for drinking water. Pretty cheap and easy to find. Marina de La Paz will fill them I believe. You can also hop on VHF ch. 22 and pose the question. Somebody will chime in.

No hotel recommendations I'm afraid. We haven't really been paying attention much to hotels. But get something down on the Malecon if the price is right. Very cool waterfront in La Paz with lots of restaurants in walking distance.