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Loreto Vacations

Package includes:

  • Choice of accommodations
  • Hotel taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Luggage handling at hotel
  • Maid and bellman gratuities
  • Assistance of a local destination representative

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go?

Nature & Adventure Lovers
Families, singles and couples who are looking to explore natural wonders, including land and sea adventures, won't be disappointed with the amount of activities available, including kayaking, hiking, fishing, bird watching, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Fishing Enthusiasts
The Sea of Cortez surrounding Loreto is known for world-class fishing where enthusiasts can catch marlin, yellowtail, roosterfish, sailfish, dorado, sea bass and giant squid.

Golfers
Located five miles from downtown Loreto is the beautiful Nopolo Sports Center complex featuring the Loreto Bay Golf Course, an 18-hole, 72-par championship golf course.

Scuba Divers
The Bay of Loreto National Marine Park on the Sea of Cortez offers diverse and exciting diving sites with over 800 species of marine life.


What's the climate like?

  Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Average High 75° F 83° F 96° F 85° F
Average Low 52° F 64° F 83° F 71° F
Average Rainfall 8.0" 17.0" 2.0" 7.0"

How do I get around town?

Transfers
Transfers between the airport and hotel are included with your air and hotel vacation package. It takes 15-20 minutes to travel between the airport and hotels.

Taxi
Taxis are available throughout Loreto, and most taxis charge a per-person rate or can be hired at a daily rate.

Car
Rental cars provide flexibility to explore this beautiful destination, and are available through Alamo Rental Cars.

Walking
Most things to do and see in Loreto are within walking distance.


What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?

Loreto's cuisine is a combination of Northern Mexican cuisine seafood and recipes introduced by the missionaries. Specialties include ceviche, lobster, seafood dishes and fish tacos as well as fajitas, fillet steaks and the popular chocolate clams, tatemadas.

Here are a few dining options:

Loreto Islas Restaurant & Bar
Located on the Loreto Malecon (boardwalk) with a view of the Sea of Cortez, featuring fresh local clams, scallops and the famous local Cabrilla sea bass.

Mediterraneo Restaurant
Located on the Loreto Malecon, serving steak, seafood, pasta, freshly baked bread and amazing desserts.

El Nido Steakhouse
A family owned establishment that serves exceptional fare from simple appetizers to mouth-watering seafood and beef entrees.

Nightlife generally begins at sunset along the Malecon, and is usually more relaxed and social than what the norm is for most Baja cities.


Where should I go shopping?

Loreto's quiet, quaint streets offer numerous boutiques featuring arts and crafts found throughout Mexico. Artists offer genuine silver jewelry, paintings, fine textiles from the mainland, ceramic and wood sculptures, blown glass and metal designs and much more.


When are the local events?

Loreto Bay Food & Wine Fest
March. A three-day celebration featuring Loreto's local and international cuisine, wine tastings of more than 10 wine labels from the famous Guadalupe Valley wineries and live music.

Annual Yellowtail Tournament
April. A world-class yellowtail fishing tournament.

NORRA Mexican Rally 1000
April. The NORRA (National Off Road Racing Association) Mexican rally runs the length of the Baja Peninsula, and is an adventure-filled, high-performance driving event.

400 Off-Road Race Carrera de Autos
September. One of the best off-road circuit races on the Baja Peninsula that winds its way from Loreto up to San Javier, down to the Pacific, up the coast to La Purisima around San Javier and back to Loreto.

Copa Dorado Loreto Fishing Tournament
September. An exciting annual dorado fishing tournament.

Feast of Our Lady of Loreto
September. The most important celebration in this picturesque city honors its beloved saint with a joyful celebration that includes music, exhibitions, traditional dance and sporting activities such as fishing tournaments.

Par Campo de Golf Loreto Golf Tournament
December. An annual golf tournament held at the beautiful Loreto Bay Championship Golf course.

What are my golf and recreation options?

Bird watching
Many resident birds and migratory species are found in Loreto as they winter and pass by on their migration to southern locations. Hawks, wrens, woodpeckers, the roadrunner, the xantus hummingbird and the gray thrasher are common sights.

Ecotourism
Desert and sea unite in Loreto with spectacular results such as intense colors, mysterious sounds and marine breezes. Because of its biological diversity and geological peculiarities, Loreto is an ecological entity with varied ecosystems.

The coastline in and around Loreto is one of the richest and most varied in Baja, and home to more than 160 species of algae, octopus, clams, snails and other marine animals. Designated as a nature reserve, the towering Sierra La Giganta mountain range offers forested areas with marsh-like vegetation.

Golf
Located a little more than 5 miles from downtown Loreto, Campo de Golf Loreto is a championship 18-hole, 72-par golf course that hosts an annual golf tournament in October. Designed by renowned architects Mario Shjetman Danton and Pedro Guereca, this splendid golf course features numerous sand traps, two beautiful lakes and a view of the captivating Sea of Cortez coastline with a splendid backdrop of the surrounding desert and Sierra de la Giganta mountain range.

Kayaking
One of the best ways to discover and explore the Sea of Cortez is by kayak. Whether you choose a sunset paddle near the coast or an epic weeklong camping adventure to several islands, you will not be disappointed by the beauty and splendor of the wildlife and scenery.

Sport fishing
Fishing is a popular sport in Loreto due to its world-class, legendary sport fishing for yellowtail, marlin, wahoo, tuna, dorado and more. The Sea of Cortez boasts fertile fishing grounds, especially around Espiritu Santo Island, Bonanza Beach, Punta Lobos and the legendary El Baja Seamount. Fishing is great year round – especially from July through October.

Snorkeling/Scuba Diving
Just opposite of Loreto is the enormous island of del Carmen as well as the smaller islands of Coronado, Danzante, Montserrat and Santa Catalina that make up the biggest marine park in Mexico. These islands form a natural habitat for fantastic terrestrial and marine fauna. Divers have the opportunity to see hammerhead sharks, giant pacific manta rays, whale sharks and more. Snorkeling enthusiasts can swim among colonies of sea lions.

Whale Watching
Known as The Aquarium of the World, the Sea of Cortez is home to countless species of marine plants and animals that form a unique ecosystem dotted with underwater mountains and canyons. These waters host resident pods of sea mammal species including sperm whales, humpback whales, sea lion colonies and dolphins. The opportunities to interact with these friendly creatures are boundless.

Travel Tidbits

Diving
If you plan on diving, don't forget to bring proof of your diver's certification. Many of the dives are for more advanced divers because of strong currents and steep reef drops, therefore local dive companies won't take you out unless you can verify that you are experienced.

Cave Paintings
Admire the inspiration of the first inhabitants of Baja California, captured in the caves of the mountainous interior of the Sierra San Francisco mountain range outside of Loreto. A UNESCO site, the caves are home to a fascinating collection of aboriginal cave paintings dating back approximately 1,000 years ago.

Mission of Our Lady of Loreto
Founded in 1697 and considered to be the "head" and the "mother" of all the missions in Baja California, the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto was the starting point from where the Jesuit monks went out to evangelize the new American territory. The church maintains a Baroque-style, stone façade with oil paintings and relics featuring images of the Virgin of Our Lady of Loreto.

Good to Know

Airport Name:
3-letter Code:

Loreto International Airport
LTO

Best Weather: November-May
Best Values: January, April
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN). American dollars (USD) are also accepted. Many of the smaller establishments in Loreto may not take credit cards. ATMs are available.
Language: Spanish; English is understood in most tourist areas including hotels.
Time Zone: Pacific Standard
Proof of Citizenship: Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
Tipping: 15-20% in resorts and hotels, but make sure it hasn't already been added to the bill.
Dress: Casual dress is the norm except in fine dining restaurants where skirts/dresses for women and collared shirts for men are expected.

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