Loreto Travel Guide

  • Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
    Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
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  • Mision de Loreto est. 1697
    Mision de Loreto est. 1697
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  • Water Activities
    by Agraichen

Loreto Things to Do

  • Water Activities

    Cruising the rocky coast of the islands in the Sea of Cortes just a few miles off the coast of Loreto in a Glass Bottom Boat by Loreto Coastal Expeditions provides a completely different view of the sea life. Tim and Brandon Yarborough have created a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon watching the sea life from above. You do have an...

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  • Sport Fishing

    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...

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  • Bahia de Conception

    I highly recommend renting a car (or better yet a convertible Jeep!) and driving north to Bahia de Conception (Conception Bay), about 108 kilometers north of Loreto and just south of the unique village of Mulege. We stopped at Playa Coyotes (Coyote Beach). As you are driving north, you will drive down a big hill and see the beach on your right. A...

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Loreto Hotels

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Loreto Restaurants

  • Closed Restaurants

    4 out of 5 stars

    As fast as it reopened, it closed and the building is for sale. Great location for a new owner. One of the newer restaurants that has just re-opened under new managment. The second floor dining room over looks one of Loreto's "main streets" (Benito Juarez). The menu is not extensive, but well prepared. Music by guitarrista Herzon Rivera can be...

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  • The Backyard

    Newly reopened to a more "formal " atmostphere, the Backyard has morphed from a literal "back yard" to a new building with lots of neon. It looks more like a disco venue than a restaurant with 2 story ceiling and very spacious dining room. The format takes some getting used to but like a number of local restaurants, you order at the counter then go...

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  • Islas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Decorated in brightly-coloured Mexican style, this restaurant is right on the Malecon, which affords a lovely view to the Sea of Cortes' a few yards away! As they are connected to the PALMAROJA GALLERY, they have rotating local pieces of art. Their website says, "We believe in celebrating the diverse cultures of this world and would like to...

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Loreto Nightlife

  • Nopolo Wine Bar

    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...

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  • Black and White Bar

    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.

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  • Mikes Bar

    Mike's Bar is located on the way to the Malecon on Calle Hidalgo. It's really only a crawl to the water front. It looks like it has been newly renovated for the tourists, but makes a great Margarita. Prices tend to be a bit on the US side of the border, but for the mixed drinks you get what you pay for. They are well made. Ah...shorts, t-shirt...

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Loreto Transportation

  • Transportation

    One of the biggest issues with getting large shipments of "things" to Loreto is the lack of shipping companies willing to bring things to a location that is far from the "major" tourist locations of the Baja and rather far from most any other place in the Baja (by shipping standards). Compound this with the (typical) condition of Highway 1,...

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  • Monica Page Logistics Corp

    One of the biggest issues with getting large shipments of "things" to Loreto is the lack of shipping companies willing to bring things to a location that is far from the "major" tourist locations of the Baja and rather far from most any other place in the Baja (by shipping standards). Compound this with the (typical) condition of Highway 1,...

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  • LTO - Loreto International Airport

    Loreto has "grown" significantly in the last 10 years. 30 years ago when it was "targeted" for tourism, an "international" airport was created. The "old" terminal had character. One entrance, one terminal, one way in and out and one bar. Fast forward to the year 2004 and the Loreto Bay development 9 KM south of town and things began to change. Five...

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Loreto Shopping

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  • Closed Shops

    Unfortunately the Pharmacy in Loreto Bay has closed due to the downturn in the tourism economy. Below is the original post should it reopen: Loreto Bay now has a pharmacy OPEN. No more driving 9 KM to town. While limited beyond the essentials, it does carry Fiji and Voss bottled water. The hours of operation are: M-F 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, Sat. 8:00...

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  • ADWA

    Like many decor shops, ADWA is VERY CROWDED with "stuff" to decrorate your house. We found them as one of the better shops to provide window treatments, but once we entered their "shop" we found much more. We needed mirrors...They had mirrors and as we have found out, at a price much less than some of the more "name brands" in town. Window...

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  • Gecko's Curios

    What a spectacular store! Full of items for your house, gifts for family, friends and yourself! Make sure to pick up Kathy's spoons, you will be glad you did! Kathy is a great Ambassador for the area of Loreto. Having lived in Canada she speaks English and Spanish. She can help you locate a great place to stay through her Loreto Rentals, help you...

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Loreto Local Customs

  • La Michoacana

    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...

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  • After School Reward

    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...

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  • Loreto Hotels

    38 Hotels in Loreto

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Loreto Warnings and Dangers

  • San Javier

    The road to San Javier is no longer the adventure it once was (as pictured) . The road has now been paved from Highway 1 all the way to the Mission. However, the storms of 2014 not only destroyed the cave paintings 8 miles up the road, but they also caused a huge landslide that brought down hundreds of tons of dirt and boulders taking out the road...

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  • Parking Fees

    Parking at Puerto Escondido used to be free. During the development of the area most people wondered why roads to nowhere were being installed. 10 years later there is still no development but there is still lots of talk. However there is allegedly a new owner of the area and there are once again guards at the entrance gates telling you there is a...

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  • Tax Payments

    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...

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Loreto Tourist Traps

  • Federal Checkpoints

    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 southbound, recently,...

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  • Federal Check Point

    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 southbound, recently, for...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Loreto What to Pack

  • Baja Clothing

    Travel in the Baja means travel light. Shorts, t-shirts and maybe a light jacket depending on the time of year. Temperatures in Loreto are typically "tropical." But layers are the best way to go. With the exception of July-September, weather is quite comfortable in shorts and t-shirt with the possibility of a light jacket in the early morning or...

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  • Layer, Layer, Layer

    Travel in the Baja means travel light. Shorts, t-shirts and maybe a light jacket depending on the time of year. Temperatures in Loreto are typically "tropical." But layers are the best way to go. With the exception of July-September, weather is quite comfortable in shorts and t-shirt with the possibility of a light jacket in the early morning or...

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  • Desert dress

    Use Carry-on as much as possible. 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. 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...

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Loreto Off The Beaten Path

  • Farmers Market

    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,...

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  • San Javier

    The road to San Javier is an adventure. Approximately 3 KM south of Loreto on Hwy 1 a right turn will start you on your journey. The first 3 KM are newly paved and quite smooth. Then, the fun begins.... the remaining 30 or so KM are a 15-20 KM/Hr ride unless you are driving a truck with descent suspention. My first choice of transport would be a...

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  • Restaurants

    The description provided was.... go to the Malecon, turn left and go about 5 KM; don't worry about the road when it turns to dirt... HA...What a trip. Five KM into the desert on a mostly unmarked dirt and gravel path takes quite a bit of time. Unfortunately we arrived too late to partake on our first trip but the "trip" has become a ritual for...

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Loreto Sports & Outdoors

  • Dolphin Dive Center

    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...

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  • Loreto Bay Golf Resort

    What did that little white ball ever do to you to deserve your beating it so much?? The David Duval designed golf course in Loreto Bay, 9 KM south of the town of Loreto used to be a wonderful course. Thanks to the former owner's neglect it is taking a bit of care to come back to it's once grand condition but by 2015 it should be there. The...

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  • Baja Big Fish

    Sport fishing is one of the major attractions in the Sea of Cortez. Most of the companies that go for the large fish are "catch and release" which helps ensure you have a great time, time after time and the fish enjoy an "afterlife." Bring your own gear or take advantage of travelling light and use the full service of the company you use. Panga...

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  • Emergency Information

    Where ever you travel there is always the danger that a hospital might be required. Located right at the entrance to Loreto and just off of Highway 1 is a small facility that serves the greater Loreto community. Staffed by a handful of dedicated doctors and a few nurses, the hospital does a surprising amount of business. Perhaps this is due to the...

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  • Construction

    This shop carries aluminum and glass. The install windows and doors or make picture frames and cut the glass for all to the size you need. I needed a replacement pane of custom glass for an exterior light. I brought in the chipped piece and in my broken Spanish and his broken English we figured that he could have the two panes cut to size in...

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  • Food and Wine Festival

    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...

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