Loreto has a lot going for it. It’s a very pretty small town with an excellent choice of hotels and restaurants, and it’s a water-sports paradise. It’s also home to the magnificent Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, where the shoreline, ocean and offshore islands are protected from pollution and uncontrolled fishing.
The Loreto area is also considered by anthropologists to be the oldest human settlement on the Baja Peninsula. Indigenous cultures thrived here due to plentiful water and food. In 1697 Jesuit Juan María Salvatierra established the peninsula’s first permanent mission at this modest port some 135km south of Mulegé.
Most hotels and services are near the landmark mission church on Salvatierra, while the attractive malecón is ideal for evening strolls. To read more about the Loreto area beaches, click here.
In Loreto, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are comfortable; and it is dry and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 59°F to 96°F and is rarely below 55°F or above 99°F. The hot season lasts for 4.4 months, from May 26 to October 8, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is July 1, with an average high of 96°F and low of 78°F. The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 59°F and high of 74°F.
There is one airport in Loreto, which is Loreto International Airport. This will be your best option if you plan on vacationing just in Loreto. Any other airport will be quite a distance from here. Americans traveling to Mexico must present a valid U.S. passport. Those traveling by sea can present a passport card and valid driver’s license to gain entrance back into the U.S. Permanent legal U.S. residents who hold a I-551 Permanent Resident card are allowed to board flights from Mexico to the U.S. American tourists entering Mexico by plane or traveling farther than the border zone must buy a tourist card. These are also know as an FM-T, and for travelers arriving by air, it’s usually included in the price of the plane ticket. Other travelers can obtain a tourist card from the Mexican border crossings, Mexican tourism offices, the Mexican consulates and most airlines serving Mexico.
Car Rental & Things to Consider
Loss damage waiver (LDW): Also called collision damage waiver (CDW) or LDW/CDW. This is actually not insurance, but the rental agency’s agreement to waive some of the cost of theft or any damage you inflict on the rental vehicle. This one requires some research and some careful thought. If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage, you can pass on LDW/CDW, but keep some caveats in mind. You are responsible to the rental company for any loss or damage to the vehicle no matter what the cause is or who is at fault. You will be detained until money matters are settled, and if you lack liability coverage, your most memorable vacation sight could include the inside of a Mexican jail until you pay off your obligation. Before you decline LDW/CDW, verify that your auto policy or credit card insurance is valid for rentals in Mexico, and that it includes loss of use. To collect on your credit-card insurance, you must use that card when you rent the car and when you pay the final bill. Carry proof of coverage with you, though rental companies don’t always require it. You must also explicitly decline the offered insurance, which is not possible with companies such as Avis or National, which include LDW/CDW in their rates or bundle it with the required liability.
- Make sure a copy of the insurance policy is in the glove box and is up to date.
- If you book online, print out the confirmation and show it when you pick up your car to be sure they don’t try to charge you a higher rate.
- Try to get your rate quoted in pesos. Prices quoted in dollars will be converted to pesos for payment, usually at more than the going exchange rate.
Bars & Nightlife
Vic’s Sports Bar
The best bar in Loreto, and within walking distance to almost every hotel around downtown. Quaint and nice place for a drink with your friend or to you could try out some karaoke lessons. For more information call 52 613 135 1054 or visit them on Facebook at Vic’s Sports Bar.
Wine Cellar @ Nopolo
Not only do they have a great wine selection, their food is delicious. A great place for a wonderful dinner with a glass or two of nice wine. Only one block from the Loreto Bay Golf Resort and Free Wi-Fi too. For more information call 52 613 104 5562, or visit them on Facebook at Wine Cellar @ Nopolo.
Dos Lobos Bar/Gallery
It is a nice and modern place, with an artgallery and restaurant. They have good wines and very good service. Very good exhibitions of different artists displayed. Come by for sushi lessons, a glass of wine, view the art and enjoy! For more information call them at 52 1 613 111 5066, or visit them on Facebook at Dos Lobos Bar/Gallery.
Perfect little escape with a great atmosphere, great food and drinks, and the friendliest owners! Take an instrument, your voice and your dancing shoes to the Giggling Dolphin. Lots of music and fun for open mic days. they have dinner specials, $40 peso Margaritas and $25 peso Beers and much more. For more information call them at 52 613 109 9853, or visit them on Facebook at the Giggling Dolphin.
El Zopilote Brewery & Cocina
Great place for craft beers and delicious food as well. Beautiful location on the plaza under the canopy of some beautiful shade trees. Plenty of outdoor seating and a few tables indoors as well. This is a great place to enjoy some cold beer, relax and people watch. For more information call 52 613 135 2538, or visit them on Facebook at El Zopilote Brewery & Cocina.
Restaurants You’ll Want to Try
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$$ Mi Loreto
Incredible food and service. This is an outdoor restaurant with authentic home style Mexican food. This is by far a favorite Loreto restaurant you will not want to miss. You will find every dish to be amazing and authentic with fresh ingredients. For more information call 52 624 151 5894, or visit them on Facebook at Mi Loreto.
$ El Rey Del Taco
There is a reason why this place has a perfect rating. You might just witness the best fish taco of your life. It is generally crowded with locals but the service is quite quick. If you have to wait, just sit on one of the side benches and the host will take your order. Definitely try the fish taco. Also the roasted beef and brain are also exquisite. For more information, visit them on Yelp at El Rey Del Taco.
Orlando’s is an awesome place to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The staff is friendly and the food is excellent. You will not be disappointed with anything. The chips and salsa they bring are great. Just be careful, because the chili salsa is hot! For more information call 52 613 109 6207, or visit them on Facebook at Orlando’s.
Great Texan BBQ in a small Mexican town. Hush puppies are the best you will ever find. The ambience, view and customer service is excellent. A place not to miss while in La Paz. For more information call 52 613 135 2577, or visit them on Facebook.
Enjoy the sounds of the water at their swim-up pool bar and listen to peaceful flamenco guitar. Sit poolside or in their second-story palapa, which offers a 360-degree view of the town of Loreto, the incredible La Giganta mountain range, and the stunning Sea of Cortez and islands of Loreto. Sabor! is a family-run establishment, with a menu blend of Southwestern and Mexican flavors, along with many family recipes with origins in Jalisco, Mexico. They also feature unique desserts you won’t find anywhere else. For more information call 52 613 104 8568, or visit them on their website at Sabor!
Things to Do
They are dedicated to providing their clients with the best tours in Loreto. They offer Loreto’s only glass bottom boat, the Wantosea, where you can enjoy all the natural beauty of the Sea of Cortez – without ever getting wet! (Unless you want to…) It’s ranked the best tour in Loreto on TripAdvisor. They also offer El Pedorrito, for sport fishing and private charter. Their captain has more than 40 years experience in the waters around Loreto and knows the best spots to enjoy your activity of choice. For more information call 52 613 135 1533, or visit them on the web at Loreto Expeditions.
Loreto Sea & Land Tours
Loreto Sea and Land Tours is a small locally owned and operated tour company located in the heart of Loreto Baja California Sur. They specialize in activities on land and by Sea. Visit beautiful Islands in the Sea of Cortez one day and cave paintings on the following day. With their experienced guides and excellent service, they are confident they can help make your Baja Adventure a vacation to remember. For more information call 52 613 135 0680, or visit them on the web at Loreto Sea & Land Tours.
Sea Kayak Adventures
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures, founded in 1993, was born out of a passion for whale watching, sea kayaking, and wanting to share the experience with fellow nature-lovers. For over 20 years now, Sea Kayak Adventures has been providing unique kayak tours for active, outdoor-minded travelers. For more information call 52 208 765 3116, or visit them on the web at Sea Kayak Adventures.
Loreto Guide with Said Orozco
Encounter the sea life…. Every year in the winter, blue whales, humpback whales, pilot whales and fin whales come to Loreto. Sea lions have a home here in the islands of Loreto, along with dolphin pods and many invertebrates like hermit crabs, sea fan corals, sea stars, sea urchins, shells and over 53 diverse species of fish that live in the rocky reefs around Loreto. Have your Loreto snorkel guide on private snorkeling trips to Loreto Bay National Marine Park. For more information call 52 613 105 0072, or visit them on the web at Loreto Guide with Said Orozco.
Mijito Sport Fishing
Some of the best sport fishing in all of Mexico is just a quick boat ride from the marina in Loreto. Also enjoy the peaceful tranquility of snorkeling in the warm waters and beautiful beaches near Loreto. Or discover some of the history of Baja by touring San Javier Mission and the primitive paintings of Sierra de San Francisco. For more information call 52 613 118 7154, or visit them on the web at Mijito Sport Fishing.
Top Loreto Hotels
Located in Puerto Escondido, Tripui Hotel offers an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical plants and colourful flowers. It offers views of the Sierra La Giganta Mountains and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Hotel Tripui is situated next to the Sea of Cortez, on the edge of the stunning Loreto Bay National Park. The hotel can arrange scuba diving, whale watching and sports fishing trips in the bay. The Tripui has its own bar, restaurant and convenience store. Loreto International Airport is 9.3 miles away. You can park for free on site. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Tripui Hotel.
Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Overlooking the islands of Loreto, this stylish complex offers outdoor pools, a spa and gym and direct access to the peaceful Ensenada Blanca Beach. The luxury villas and studios include spacious terraces with a hot tub. Villa del Palmar is in an area of Baja California famous for its wildlife, including sea lions, dolphins and turtles. The 24-hour front desk can arrange diving courses and whale-watching trips. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto offers a poolside snack bar with ocean views. Individual choice cuisine and fine wines are served in the Danzante restaurant. Guests can also enjoy drinks and desserts on the beach. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.
La Mision Loreto
La Mision Loreto is locate next to Adolfo López Mateos Sea Front Boulevard and a 10 minute drive from Loreto International Airport. It features an outdoor swimming pool and a spa center. The 3 restaurants at La Mision Loreto feature classic décor and Sea of Cortez views. It offers Mediterranean cuisine and local seafood. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit La Mision Loreto.
Las Cabañas de Loreto
This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Just 600 feet from Loreto Beach, Las Cabañas de Loreto features an outdoor pool and hot tub, hammocks and beach equipment rental. Each air-conditioned studio has a well-equipped kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. A free continental breakfast is provided upon arrival, and Cabañas de Loreto also has a communal outdoor kitchen with a BBQ and bar area. Las Cabañas de Loreto is a 2-minute walk from the center of Loreto, where you can find museums, restaurants and shops. The surrounding area is ideal for fishing, whale watching, sailing and diving. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Las Cabañas de Loreto.
Loreto Bay Golf Resort & Spa at Baja
Loreto Bay Golf Resort & Spa at Baja is in a quiet part of Playa de Loreto Beach. Surrounded by gardens, it provides direct access to the beach and a golf course. The hotel has swimming pools for adults and children, as well as an outdoor hot tub. The hotel offers massage, and activities possible nearby include snorkeling, diving and whale watching. Loreto Bay Golf Resort & Spa at Baja has 2 restaurants that serve Mexican and international cuisine. There is also a bar with a terrace and stunning sea views. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Loreto Bay Golf Resort & Spa at Baja.