Lovin’ La Paz
We had four days in the La Paz house. Time enough for two house parties with new friends, a dip in the pool and to explore our hood. La Paz has great energy, but is not crowded or touristy.
A little history…Two nomadic tribes inhabited the La Paz area, or Airapi as they called it, before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. Cortez sent a ship of dirty dues over to check out the Sea. There was a mutiny and the captain was killed. The thirsty killin’ crew went in search of water and landed in La Paz. They were immediately attacked by the pearl-wearing Airapi tribes people who sent the few survivors running back to Spain. Bad idea!! Always kill everybody…After that they were “visited” by evil greedy men who wanted their pearls and to build tall 500 unit condos.
La Paz became the capital Southern Baja’s capital in 1829 after Loreto was all but destroyed by a hurricane. A strong pearl diving industry kept La Paz going until the 1930s when the oyster beds were destroyed by disease. La Paz languished until the trans-peninsular highway was completed in 1973 and the city became capital of the newly formed State of Baja California Sur in 1974.