Loreto Vacations

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.

Loreto Weather – When to Visit

In Loreto, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are comfortable; and it is dry and partly cloudy year round. The warmest time of year is from the end of May 26 thru the beginning of October, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F.   Winter months are fromthe end of November thru the beginning of March with an average daily high temperature below 78°F.

The best time to go to Loreto, Mexico is October. Temperatures start dropping to the low 80’s and the weather is not as humid as during the summer.  Prices for hotels are also relatively low compared to winter, which is peak season.   If you don’t like it when it’s crowded with tourists, avoid the holiday season, from mid December through early January.

Loreto Attractions
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This park makes Loreto a world-class destination for all types of outdoor activities; a number of outfitters offer everything from kayaking and diving to stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling along the reefs around Islas del Carmen and dormant-volcano-dominated Coronado Islands. Aside from gray whales that frequent the Sea of Cortez, this is the best place to see blue whales.

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This wonderful mission is well worth a daytime detour. The windy road passes some beautiful arroyos (streams) before arriving at the mission. Be sure to wander to the back garden to see the 300-year-old olive tree with rope-like bark that looks like something out of a Tolkien fantasy. The mission itself is almost unchanged from its look of three centuries ago.

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The trails in the rugged, striated mountains that rise up behind Loreto are seldom marked, but there’s great hiking for the fit and adventurous. Guides can be found at the Municipal Department of Tourism or via www.hikingloreto.com (you can also order a hiking guidebook here). Take lots of precautions out here as there’s no cell-phone service.

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Dating from 1697, this was the first permanent mission in the Californias and was the base for the expansion of Jesuit missions up and down the Baja peninsula. Alongside the church, the Museo de las Misiones chronicles the settlement of Baja California.

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The modest yet interesting Museo de las Misiones chronicles the settlement of Baja California.

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Things to Do In Loreto
Loreto Expeditions

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. Telephone:  52 613 135 1533  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 613 135 0680  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 208 765 3116  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 613 105 0072  Web:  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.  Telephone:  52 613 118 7154  Web:  Mijito Sport Fishing.

Best Loreto Restaurants
Mi Loreto  $11 – 30

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.  Telephone:  52 624 151 5894  Web:  Mi Loreto.

El Rey Del Taco  Over $49

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.  Visit  El Rey Del Taco for more information.

Orlando’s  $11 – 30

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!  Telephone:  52 613 109 6207  Web:  Orlando’s.

Mediterraneo  $11 – 30

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.  Telephone:  52 613 135 2577  Web:  Mediterraneo

Sabor!  11 – 30

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.  Telephone:  52 613 104 8568  Web:  Sabor!

Best Loreto 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 friends or to try out some karaoke lessons.  Telephone:  52 613 135 1054  Web:  Vic’s Sports Bar

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 WiFi too.  Telephone:  52 613 104 5562  Web:  Cellar@Nopolo

Dos Lobos Bar/Gallery

Nice modern place with an art gallery and restaurant.  They have good wines and great service.  Very good exhibitions of different art displayed.  Head there for sushi lessons, a glass of wine, view the art and enjoy!  Telephone:  52 613 111 5066  Web:  Dos Lobos Bar/Gallery

Giggling Dolphin

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.  Telephone:  52 613 109 9853  Web:  Giggling Dolphin.

El Zopilote Brewery & Cocina

Great place for craft beers and delicious food as well.  Beautiful location on the plaza under the canopy with shade trees.  Plenty of outdoor seating and indoor tables as well.  Great place for some cold beer, to relax and people watch.  Telephone:  52 613 135 2538  Web:  El Zopilote Brewery & Cocina

Best Loreto Hotels

Tripui Hotel


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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31 Comments

  1. diane

    Can you snorkel from the beach in or near Loreto? I get sea-sick very easily so can’t take a boat snorkelling tour. Also can you visit the nearby towns by bus – I won’t have a car.

    Thanks
    Diane

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Diane, this is one place where you can snorkel near the beach 🙂 You can also take a taxi or a bus to visit nearby towns 🙂 I never rent a car when visiting Mexico. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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      1. Leslie Basky

        Why not rent a car? We will be in Loreto next week, and were thinking about renting a vehicle as we are staying at the Loreto Golf Resort and can see on Google maps that it is about 15km away from the townsite.

        Thanks for your input in our vacation 🙂

        Leslie

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        1. Leahrae (Post author)

          You are very welcome Leslie. Please let me know if you need anything else! And have fun. I love Loreto!

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  2. Andrea

    I definitely want to visit this place! I can’t wait to try the food that you have mentioned…I have never heard of Loreto so I am happy that now know about this beautiful place!! I have been to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta and then have not really had an interest to go back but this might be a reason to… 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I can tell you that the Baja, in my opinion, is so much nicer than Cancun or Puerto Vallarta. Less commercialized, less crowded, and cheaper across the board. You would love it in Loreto. Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  3. Eric Cantu

    I’m going to have to add this spot to my list! I just finished a road trip driving down the west coast from Seattle to San Diego and that California coast is breathtaking. I’ll need to explore the Baja area. Great suggestions here! Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome! I absolutely love the Baja and have been many many times. Great little beach destinations all along the way done to Cabo. You will love it! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Carole

    Nice site, very well detailed and organized. It really gives me the taste to visit the Loredo on my next trip to Mexico. I am glad I found this information! Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Carol. Glad you enjoyed!

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  5. Joseph B

    This was a great article with a wealth of information most people don’t look up before they go somewhere, but they should. I would of never thought to look up about the rental CDW and that is very useful, I would be terrified to sit in a Mexican jail. This has tons of information on pretty much everything I would do on a vacation. I will definitely be referring this page to people I know or myself if I decide I want to go here soon. Thank you for such a detailed article. Very very good information here!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Joseph! Yes, it is information everyone should consider when traveling to Mexico. You would enjoy Loreto! Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  6. Donro

    The information given for eating, things to do, places to go, places to stay is provided in abundance. To the point that we are drawn to the area. Our curiosity is kindled and a visit to the globe was performed. Where are these island paradises? We located them on the globe.

    With the tips and advice offered, your travelers are well prepared for their relaxing yet exciting trip.

    That “favorite local watering hole”, Huahine Yacht Club sounds like a good place to eat and also to meet the locals.

    What about currency exchange? State side or at our destination?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Definitely do currency exchange state side.  I didn’t think to add that!  Thank you, and so glad you found the information helpful and that I engaged your curiosity!

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  7. Victor

    Hey Leahrae, been to many places in Mexico had no idea about Loreto, it looks like a beautiful not full of tourists place, it is always nice to fine hidden gems with a lot to offer. I’m always looking for wonderful places to visit that are within a budget, will save this information for later, thank you for this.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Victor, and yes it is a hidden gem for sure.  You would love the place.  Thanks for reading!

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  8. Basset

    Great article, I was looking for a new beach destination to check out, especially in Mexico, and I found your wonderful site with so much information on beach destinations in the Baja.  Loreto will be in my list to do soon, especially since they have a lot of  great sport fishing which I love.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading Basset!  Yes, the whole Baja area is great for fishing.  I have been out 4 or 5 times and I love catching the big fish.  It is exciting and then I have dinner.  Most hotels will cook your catch for you whatever way you like, which is so awesome.  Thanks for visiting!

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      1. Basset

        You are welcome, perhaps we will meet each other there.

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  9. reyestee

    I’ve just bookmarked this article. I’m planning on going somewhere within the next 6 months. I will definitely keep this in mind. Loreto looks beautiful and so much fun. I love traveling to exotic places and I’m also a foodie. This place has a lot of things to do and many restaurants to go to. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome and yes as a foodie, you would love the place for sure.  I am a bit of a foodie and a beach bum, so this works great for me!  I love the Baja and I love beaches in Loreto.  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  10. DELJAR

    I was captivated by the video of Loreto, Baja California, Mexico. There are lots of things to see and do especially the marine life. I love exploring nature and marine life. Thank you very much for the useful information.
    Loreto, Baja will definitely be one of my travel destinations in the near future. I am planning to visit my relatives in California soon and I will include Loreto in my itinerary.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, yes you have to as it is really just a hop skip and jump from California.  The marine life is amazing, especially when the whales are coming in.  Watching the sea turtles hatch is pretty amazing too!

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  11. Kendra

    Mattysmom,

    Great information on Loreto! I’ll be bookmarking this for later. You definitely know this place and I love your personal recommendations for dining and things to do. You’ve made it easy for me to decide to put Loreto on my list. Thanks for providing specific contact information for each company you’ve suggested.

    It looks like the beaches are sandy here. Is there a lot of seaweed on the beach, like in Southern California?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, I don’t think there is near the seaweed as there in in California.  I have never actually encountered much when visiting.  I live in Florida and some of our Florida beaches have seaweed.  I prefer if they didn’t 🙂  Thanks for visiting and let me know if you have any other questions.

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  12. Todd Silliker

    Loreto looks really awesome, the scenery alone looks like it would be amazing to see, and I would especially love to do the sport fishing there! What fish are most popular in this area?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have been fishing several times, and I am not a big fisherman. But, it is so much fun. There is quite a variety with Snapper, Yellow Tail, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Dolphinfish, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and grouper to name a few. You would enjoy the area just for the fishing for sure! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Vanessa

    Wow Loreto is now on my bucket list! I love the fact that there are no freezing harsh winters like here in Eastern Canada so this place would be a great escape for the winter!
    I’m really into history and art. Are there any museums or important historical landmarks to visit or is this mostly just a tourist spot with restaurants and hotels and water sports?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, actually you can find a lot of history and art in Loreto. I focus on beach destinations, so didn’t touch on this. The Loreto area is home to several fascinating historical sites. The Mission San Javier, Mision de Nuestra Senora de Loreto, Misión de San Francisco Javier de Viggé Biaundó, Misión de San Jose de Comondú, and the Museum of the Missions to name a few. You would not get bored 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  14. Maun

    Great article, was looking into Loreto review, I’m glad I ran into your site and see what I’m looking for.This in one post jam packed with very useful for tourists.
    I had been in Mexico City last a few years ago. But not sure to get back again. After reading the your post, you peak my interest.
    I will definitely consider the Loredo for my next trip.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading about Loreto. It really is a wonderful place to visit, heck the whole Baja is very nice. Much different than the going to mainland Mexico for sure. You would enjoy it 🙂 Let me know if you need any other information.

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