La Paz is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through Baja California.  Like always, common sense is the best tool for staying safe.

            Travelers to the area should know that La Paz does have a few dishonest policemen, crime and petty theft.  But the majority of these situations can be avoided by following a few basic rules. 

            Do not pay any traffic ticket fines directly to a policeman.  They will stop you on a weekend when their office is closed or on the way to the airport when you are in a hurry.  Let them write a ticket instead of paying them directly.  There is a good chance they will suddenly "get an urgent call" and have to leave.

            Avoid wandering around local streets while standing out as a tourist.  Although in general locals are friendly, some look for trouble.  If it is necessary to visit non-tourist areas, travel with a group.   

            Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, carrying large amounts of cash, looking flashy, or causing a scene.  Doing any of these is asking for trouble.   

            Avoid traveling alone at night.  This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed all along the La Paz as well. 

            Valuables should never be left unattended at the beach.  Even leaving irreplaceable items in rooms is not a wise decision.  Instead, see if a security lock box is available.  If not, store the valuables with the accommodation’s front desk, but make sure to obtain an itemized receipt before leaving the valuables behind.

            Many people visit La Paz for the water activities.   With this there are certain inherent dangers that go along with spending time in the water.   Visit the American Red Cross website for some useful water safety tips.