Even though La Paz was home to neolithic hunter-gatherers more than 10,000 years ago, this inhospitable land was barely populated until the 19th century. La Paz is the Spanish word for “Peace”, which is no coincidence. This lovely city is the State Capitol of Baja California Sur, and home to roughly 250,000 people. The beauty of La Paz is its location in a large bay on the Sea of Cortez Coast. This area provides safe and warm waters for thousands of marine animals.