Hmmm...gotta think about this one for a while...Ah, mosquitos 7 days after a hurricane.
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If you're in Loreto, you probably came for the sport fishing. The Sea of Cortez has a number of different fish that are plentiful and fun to catch. One of the best is Dorado (aka Mahi Mahi) in the late summer. The dorado is a pretty acrobatic fish and puts up a good fight. Sizes vary, but you generally throw back anything under 20 lbs. You can also...more
The 2Mundos Diver & tours Beach Shop provides a little bit of everything. While Anna runs the Beach Shop, her dive master husband and friends provide tours of the area. They specialize in boat trips to the various Marine Park islands, diving, snorkeling, whale watching, hiking tours, sport fishing and kayak trips.Their tour prices are quite...more
If you're a fisherman, the Sea of Cortez is a dreamland. The sea has been compared to a tropical aquarium with some of the most diverse sea life in the world. The possible exception is the Galapagos but not by much.On any given day, if you know where they are biting you will have dinner fresh from the ocean. There are a couple of businesses in...more
I had never looked this place up previously on my trips up and down the peninsula, because I didn't...more
Rosendo Robles s/n Col. Centro, Loreto, Baja California Sur, 23880, Mexico
Good for: Solo
Salvatierra y Ebanistas s/n, Loreto, Baja California Sur, 23880, Mexico
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Ette's Pies is technically more of a bakery than restaurant, but people stop by just to have desert and relax while eating. The pies, cakes and cookies are great and baked fresh daily. There is also a special order Chicken Pot Pie done once a month on the 15th that is so popular you MUST order ahead of time to be certain of getting the pies you...more
Augie's is our stop on the way back to the house after a morning of fishing. It is located just south of the marina and is one of the few bars in town with air conditioning. When it is 105 F and humid, you want the air conditioning. The owner is an American so you tend to get an English speaking crowd. Some tourists, many of them regular visitors...more
Super Burro is a... casual environment. It is an open air restaurant right near the center of the town (just south of the supermarket). The seating is plastic patio tables and chairs. Despite all of that, you *should* eat here at least once during your time in Loreto. Both times I ate here during the week I was in Loreto I ordered the carne asada...more
Loreto Bay in Nopolo has the perfect place to relax and have an afternoon/evening cocktail. The Wine Bar @ Nopolo provides a friendly atmosphere, multiple TVs with sports and news and an excellent wine (and bar) selection to go with their freshly made munchies.The hosts of the Wine Bar, Will Cosby and Cynthia Laird are always ready with a big smile...more
We got "raked" at this night club.. Be aware, even though they seem friendly, they are taking it to you!! within half hour we thought we must have bought the same dancers 10 drinks to our 2.. We finally figured it that the girls ordered beer from a dark bottle,, Never thought to check if the bottle even had beer!!!more
Dark and crowded on weekends, this small "club" is a throw back to disco. One of the few actual nightclubs in Loreto. Cover charge is 50 peso's. Normally it's open Fri. - 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM and Sat 10:00 PM-4:00 AM. What ever you have on is normally just fine. Remember this is a beach town in Mexico and it can get hot in the summer.more
Loreto is such a sleepy little place, it has yet to institute any bus transportation or municipal transportation at all. Unlike the tourist meccas like Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, Loreto has not caught up with the times. However, this is the appeal of Loreto too. It is not the overpriced, Americanized tourist draw (yet) and still retains...more
There are plenty of taxis around Loreto. The Airport, as small as it is, always has a queue as does the Inn at Loreto Bay in near by Nopolo. Cost from the Inn to Airport is about $20.00 (US); from the Inn to Loreto about $20-25 (US) depending on the driver. Travel in and around Loreto is typically $15.In Loreto you can always find taxis along the...more
The last couple times down to Loreto I've been a bit more adventursome and rented a car. Now "car" is a relative term. The "compact is sized to handle two adults in the front and my camera bag and one suit case in the rear. The trunk held the other suit case.If you haven't driven a stick before, don't get a compact. Luckily I was born and bred on...more
Hidden deep in the "neighborhoods" of Loreto, Raygoza is a hidden gem. Thus far, it is the ONLY grocery store with a refrigerated WALK-IN produce section.Like many of the neighborhood grocery stores, this one is small and tighly packed with three shelves and five isles that are only about 15 feet in length. The meat counter has a little of...more
Alas, the ecconmy was not kind to this bakery. It has closed it's doors. Sticky buns can however be found at El Cafe Lolita on Salvatierra if you get their early in the morning.On the main street leading to the historic district, almost arcross from the local Super Mecardo, is a pastry shop that will keep you coming back. Everything, or most...more
Where do the kids go right after school? Home? Naw....they go to to the "Popsicle Shop," only a half block from the mission and city hall. La Michoacana carries many different fruit flavored popsicles, homemade ice cream and gelato.
It's typically open from 8:00 AM to mid-night and always has customers.
La Michoacana is located just down the street from the City Hall on Fco. I Madero between Salvatierra and Benitp Juarez.
For anyone that builds a home in Loreto, be mindful of the methods used to pay certain bills. Water, electric and property tax bills are not just mailed to you. The water and electric bills can actually be just tacked to your front door. The property tax bill is available a the municipality city hall in Loreto. Each January you go to the...more
When walking into the waters of Loreto Bay, shuffle your feet, don't step. The water is full of very small (8 inches across) Sting Rays. While cute, they are not as friendly as the larger ones that frequent Sting Ray City in the Carribean (pictured below). They are not as harmful as the larger versions, but they still pack a painful sting. Think...more
Like clockwork, 7 days following heavy rain (AKA hurricanes) the mosquitos begin to arrive. They are small but carry a very large bite. Make certain you lather on repellant if you go outside at night and even during the day watch your self. Denegue fever has been one of the warnings this year.more
The Federal check points along the highway can be intimidating to even the most seasoned traveler, but as long as you're honest and not trying to break any laws you normally just get waved through on a southbound journey.
There are 5-6 check points between the border and Loreto. The only one that I've actually been stopped at for a car search is the last one between Mulehe and Loreto.
Unique Suggestions: Northbound on the other hand, typically requires 5-20 minutes of standing in the sun while the Feds conduct a real "inspection" of your car.
if you're using a rental, make certain you have checked it before driving any long distances where a checkpoint might be encountered. There is normally one about 30 minutes north of Loreto traveling toward Mulehe and they most always will inspect.
Fun Alternatives: Don't drive or use a tour bus if you are timid. The roads are narrow, speeds are excessive of the "suggested" limit (more than double is not unheard of), and there is nothing even resembling a shoulder to the road. If you leave the pavement at speed, you will roll or take a dive off a cilff.
Luggage and bags:
Use Carry-on as much as possible.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light weight "travel clothes" will get you by most anywhere in the desert. But carry a light jacket as the desert does get cold at night, especially during winter months.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sun screen, sun screen, sun screen...oh, and did I mention sun screen? The sun may not feel very hot, but it will "fry" you quite quickly.
Photo Equipment: Always carry a camera. I normally pack about 40 pounds of bodies and lens, but never leave home without a small "point and shoot" digital.
Baja Outpost is not on the typical search list for activities or accommodations in Loreto, but you must know that it is truly the unsung gem of Loreto! Located just off the Malecon (marina boardwalk), it is accessible to everything you need in Loreto. No car would be necessary once you arrive, about a $30 taxi fare from the airport. Now that Alaska...more
The "Farmer's Market" in Loreto is a must see event. Everything from fresh beef (some cut from the hanging cow), fruit and vegetables, to new and used sneaker, tools, etc. Normally the fruit and vegetables are much better than those you will find in the supermercado and the prices are usually much less.Located in an arroyo just south of town, this...more
Many people come to Loreto with too much "stuff" or drive down but don't have a garage so ..they need STORAGE...In comes Loreto Storage, the brainchild of many, but executed by ron Bellerive and Wendy Wilchynski.Contact info firstname.lastname@example.org phone number belowmPrices are relatively reasonable with outside car storage at $50/mo (pay for 10 get...more
Sea & Land Eco Tours is relatively new to Loreto. Their web site www.toursloreto.com provides information on their various offerings but they include Whale Watching tours, SCUBA diving, Sport Fishing, Kayaking, land tours to San Javier, Tabor Canyon, City Tours, etc. The owner Juve Orozco is not only a certified Baja tour operator, but also a PADI...more
SCUBA is one of the better activities in Loreto. The large marine park "preserve" in Loreto Bay has a wealth of sea life that must be experienced from "their" perspective, not from the surface.There are a number of dive shops in Loreto, but Dolphin Dive Center seems to be one of the best. It is highly recommended by locals and tourists that have...more
The Loreto Food and Wine (fund raising) Festival grew from an idea one of our residents had after attending a similar event in the US. Upon returning to Loreto and learning that the hospital did ot have much in the way of equipment, a group of residents started planning for a Mid March event.Mid March is one of the peak times when there are many...more
"Manny" is a hidden treasure of Loreto. Run by Rita Marroquin Calderon the small shop is only easy to find if you know where it is located. Prices are incredibly low.A quick "tune up," general cleaning and fixing a flat tire cost the incredible sum of 230 Pesos which at todays rate is about $19.75. I'm not certain I've ever gotten out of the cycle...more
Loreto now has a great bakery. PanOli opened in late 2010 in a small shop on Benito Juarez. They make fresh breads and pasteries daily. The Chef, Fabian Lopez Bonzi turns out excellent products.I've tried their regular bread, focaccio so far and it was excellent.Address: Calle Benito Juarez #80 Phone: 613-135-0282 Email: email@example.com