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.
Parque Marine Nacional Bahía de Loreto
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.
Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó
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.
Sierra de la Giganta
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.
Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto
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.
Museo de las Misiones
The modest yet interesting Museo de las Misiones chronicles the settlement of Baja California.
Things to Do In Loreto
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
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
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.