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Loreto (Baja California)

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Loreto is a city in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Loreto International Airport (IATA: LTO) is 15 minutes south of downtown Loreto. Alaska Airlines [1] flies from Los Angeles 4 to 5 times per week while WestJet [2] flies from Calgary on Saturdays from November to April. Domestic services are provided by Aéreo Calafia [3], a regional airline that operates flights to La Paz, Tijuana, Guaymas, and Hermosillo.

The transportation to and from the airport is only available by taxi service (there’s no public transportation service to the airport). A seat in a shared van is US$7 one way per person.

By car[edit]

Loreto is accessible by car using the Federal Highway 1, which runs from Cabo San Lucas to Tijuana, Baja California, terminating at the US-Mexico border crossing (San Ysidro CA Port of Entry), where it turns into Interstate 5. However, be advised that the road has only two lanes and serves as the main street in several towns and villages.

By bus[edit]

Autotransportes de la Baja California [4] and Autotransportes Aguila [5] have a station in the town, on Salvatierra Street. These lines operate services between Loreto and other destinations in Baja California and Baja California Sur (Mexicali, Tijuana, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas). For instance, the ride to La Paz takes approximately 5 to 6 hours one way and costs MX$800 as of November 2016. Departures for La Paz are 1 AM, 3:45 AM, 8 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 4:20 PM, 7:30 PM, and 11 PM. The 8 AM and 11 PM buses continue on to Cabo San Lucas (approximately 8 hours) and costs MX$1,100.

From the US, the services are via Tijuana, where Greyhound [6] has a station (the service involves bus change to the ones of ABC or Aguila lines).

By boat[edit]

Cruise services are available from San Diego, which include dinner cruises, gambling cruises and 'party excursions'. Private boats use the port facilities of Puerto Escondido [7] ("Hidden Port"), a safe natural harbor surrounded by hills, located 30 minutes from downtown. This is the base for the Hidden Port Yacht Club. [8]

Get around[edit]

In the city proper, all you need to do is walk. The airport is a short ride from downtown and the main strip.

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The Mission

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Fishing Loreto has long been regarded as one of the best places for fishing. Yellowtail, sailfish, marlin, wahoo, roosterfish, and dorado are abundant in the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.
  • Whale Watching The waters off Loreto are home to several species of great whales including Blue, Fin, Bryde's, Humpback, Orca, Sperm, and many others. This is perhaps the richest area in the world for whale and dolphin diversity.
  • Diving and Snorkeling Excellent scuba, free diving, and snorkeling nearby due to the fantastic diversity of marine life. The convergence of tropical influences from the south and temperate conditions from the north bring together an amazing array of species. Local dive shops and charters are available.
  • Kayaking Week-long beach camping kayak tours of the wilderness islands in the Loreto Marine National Park. Local guides, access to prime whale watching and snorkeling. 360-378-5767 or 888-589-4253, [email protected] Kayaking Tours from Loreto, Mexico. Sunset paddles, 1-day island trips with kayak and snorkel gear, multi-day expeditions [email protected] Sea Kayak Baja Mexico
  • Yoga and Meditation You may simply request a massage or acupuncture treatment right in the privacy of your own casita, or you may advance your healing process by setting up a personally guided meditation. Also yoga and breathwork practices and for the past several years has used these mainly for Freediving.
  • Whale Watching & Kayaking Combination One opportunity is to experience the best of Loreto kayaking and whale watching in a combination tour. Guests even get the opportunity to pet grey whales Whale Watching & Kayaking Combo

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Silver Desert, Salvatierra #36 (next to the city hall). Jewelry in silver, pieces selected from all over Mexico and some others made by the owner. Great place to get a souvenir from Mexico.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • La Terraza 16 Ave Madero, 50496. Seafood, steaks. 1pm - 10 pm Daily, Closed Sundays.
  • Cafe Olé 14 Ave Madero.
  • Carmen's Blvd. Costero Lopez Mateos, 50577. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Beach view.
  • Mc LuLu's Paseo Hidalgo. Mexican food stand. Outdoor seating only.
  • Guaycura - Inn at Loreto Bay - Blvd Mision de Loreto, Nopolo

Greet the day at Guaycura for a fine Mexican breakfast. Dine indoors or on the patio terrace with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez, sparkling swimming pools and our gardens. For diner, themed and A la Carte with a choice of both Mexican and international entrees. Enjoy Wine Bar Specials Monday - Wednesday.

  • Pool Restaurant - Inn at Loreto Bay - Blvd Mision de Loreto, Nopolo

Enjoy a variety of Baja dishes, salads, light sandwiches & hamburgers at our Pool Restaurant. Be sure to try our signature margaritas and enjoy our fresh made chips & salsa under the tropical sun.

  • Campanario Bar - Inn at Loreto Bay - Blvd Mision de Loreto, Nopolo

Ponder at the natural beauty of the Loreto Marine Park from an exquisite rooftop terrace bar. Special Events, Specials and Happy Hour.

  • Almejas Concho Francisco I. Madero, esquina con Atanasio Carrillo. Outdoor seating only. 11am-9pm Daily. Best clams in town!

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Pelicano Loco Sports bar at the Motel Dorado. Happy Hour specials. Open 1:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Campanario Lobby Bar - Inn at Loreto Bay - Blvd Misson de Loreto, Nopolo

This is the place to meet new friends. Located on the top level of the resort, the stars serve as your ceiling and the dramatic combination of the desert, the mountains, and the blue sea offer competing views. Open daily.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Inn at Loreto Bay - Blvd Mision de Loreto, Nopolo - 10 minutes South of Downtown Loreto

A 155-room resort, which sits on a secluded beach. Every room offers spectacular views of the Sea of Cortés. The resort’s heated pool invites year-round swimming and the gardens are ideal for celebrating all types of special events, including oceanfront weddings, family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Adjacent to the resort, you’ll find the Loreto Golf Club, an 18-hole par 72 golf course, and the Loreto Tennis Center.

  • Las Trojes Bed and Breakfast 50277. $50 including breakfast, internet and airport pickup.
  • Baja Outpost Boulevard Adolfo Lopez Mateos, 135 1134 (toll free from the US 1-888-649-5951) [9]
  • Las Cabañas de Loreto
  • Motel Dorado Two star motel located one block from the waterfront. [10] $45-50
  • Danzante Hotel with 9 private suites. 40 miles south of Loreto. $300/night [11]
  • El Santuario Eco-retreat center on the bay where you may "be still and dance". 40 miles south of Loreto. [12]

Get out[edit]

San Javier is a beautiful town in the mountains 30km west of Loreto, with cobblestone streets and a 300 year old Spanish mission. Along the road you will have stunning views back towards the sea. Check road conditions before departing.

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