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With an international airport, La Paz is only two hours away from Los Angeles or Mexico City, from where Aeromexico and Aerocalifornia have direct flights, as well as other major cities, such as Tijuana and Guadalajara. From Los Cabos airport it takes three hours by road, and as several other carriers fly from Denver, Houston, Dallas, etc. It is a good alternative. Ferry boats arrive daily from Topolobampo and Mazatlan to the ferry station at Pichilingue Bay.
Non Mexican citizens must fill out a Tourist card upon entering the country. It costs about US$ 15 and can be obtained at mexican consulates, embassies, border crossings, automobile clubs and airlines flying from foreign countries.
It is valid for 90 - 180 days and it is not a working permit.
Peso is the legal currency, although, US dollars are commonly accepted in most places. Major credit cards, such as Master Card, Visa, Amex, as well as traveler's checks are also honored in most places, but ATM machines are available 24 hours per day. Money exchange places are located in downtown and the banks, but not at the airport.
Baja California Sur is located in a time zone one hour later than Califonia, which is the same so called Mountain Time, in the USA.
Very desertic, with more than 300 sunny days per year, and less than 10 inches (25 cm) of rain, it makes hot summers (42C, 105F), but the evening sea breeze drop the heat to nice and tolerable levels. Chubasco season with the occasional visit of a hurricane, goes from mid August to mid October. Winter time, with an average 20C, 70F, attracts many visitors from colder countries, who find this area very warm and hospitalable.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 Air ( C) 18 20 23 27 28 30 32 34 35 30 24 22
 Water ( C) 19 19 19 19 18 18 22 27 27 27 25 20
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 Air ( F) 65 68 73 80 81 86 90 93 95 86 75 72
 Water ( F) 66 66 66 66 65 65 72 84 84 84 77 68
La Paz has one of the best qualities of life in Mexico, with several private hospitals and health clinics, as well as public hospitals and emergency rooms. Tap water comes from deep wells, and it is much cleaner than other cities where water comes from rivers and dams, however, drinking bottled water is advised, and sea food must be consumed only in restaurants during summer months.
Spanish is the mother language, but english is widely spoken in touristic areas, where it is not uncommon to find mutilingual guides, including german, japanese, italian and french.
Traditional food is mainly sea food, where stuffed chocolata clams are famous. Damiana is a medium alcohol sweet beverage, made out of the wild herb where it takes its name, Damiana. The legend says it has aphrodisiac powers.
120V / 60 hertz outlets are American style so please bring an adaptor. 220V European style outlets are available in most rooms.
International telephone system from booths on the street, but it is required the use of a mexican telephone card that you can buy from many small shops with $ 20, $ 50 or $100 Pesos calling time. Telegraph and post office, and internet cafes every where can make your life very easy.
Most shops open from 10 AM to 8 PM, with lunch break from 1 to 3 PM. Local markets are open normally from 6:30 AM to 2 PM, and giant supermarkets from 7 AM to 10 PM.
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