Loreto Vacations

Why settle for an infinity pool when the tranquil turquoise Sea of Cortez is right outside your door? When you’re looking for the best place to unwind, an all-inclusive Loreto vacation offers relaxation and enough excitement to keep things interesting. The Sea of Cortez full of vibrant and colorful life, it’s a great spot for diving (free and scuba alike), snorkeling, dolphin and whale watching. Looking for something a little less intense? Check out all the premium spas with yoga and meditation right on the beach – skip anything hydrotherapy related though, it’s just an expensive shower! When it comes to dining, don’t just stick to all-inclusive Loreto vacation resorts; you’ll want to explore local Baja dishes and delicious fresh seafood and get out and explore the vibrant nightlife.

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Let us show you the beauty that can be found in Loreto. Be it your first trip or your hundredth, Loreto is always special as will be your time spent there.

Overview

Why settle for an infinity pool when the tranquil turquoise Sea of Cortez is right outside your door? When you’re looking for the best place to unwind, an all-inclusive Loreto vacation offers relaxation and enough excitement to keep things interesting. The Sea of Cortez full of vibrant and colorful life, it’s a great spot for diving (free and scuba alike), snorkeling, dolphin and whale watching. Looking for something a little less intense? Check out all the premium spas with yoga and meditation right on the beach – skip anything hydrotherapy related though, it’s just an expensive shower! When it comes to dining, don’t just stick to all-inclusive Loreto vacation resorts; you’ll want to explore local Baja dishes and delicious fresh seafood and get out and explore the vibrant nightlife.

Explore what Loreto Has to Offer

A Loreto vacation is almost always centered on the sea, so let’s start there. Fishing for sport and for dinner is a popular activity and you’ll find many charter boats that take you out onto the open water. Glass bottomed boats will take you to the best spots where you can see diverse and colorful marine life right up close without getting wet. Certain times of year bring in massive pods of Blue, Orca, Menke and Humpback whales which are friendly and love to put on a show. If you want to stick close to shore, check out sea kayaking and snorkeling trips!

But all-inclusive Loreto vacations aren’t all about getting wet, there’s plenty to do on land too! Loreto is where the mountains meet the sea, offering spectacular views if you’re up for a hike. 14 islands can take multiple trips to explore and the surrounding desert is just as diverse as the sea itself. Go beach-combing and relax under a palapa thatched umbrella or go four-wheeling out in the desert.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Eat a little, eat a lot, either way you won’t pay extra when you go with an all-inclusive resort. Each resort offers its own restaurants and when you’re a guest you eat free – but it never hurts to get out and explore. Guaycura serves all day with a full wine bar and great 180° views of the sea. Carmen’s can be a bit pricey but it also has great views and La Terraza has the best seafood and steaks in Loreto. If you’re looking for a night out the Campanario Bar sits on top of a terrace with a great view overlooking the Loreto Marine Park.

Who doesn’t want to stay in a casita with the sounds of waves rolling in all night long? An all-inclusive Loreto vacation gives you unparalleled luxury, where the mountains and the desert meet the sea. Call us at (800) 510-5642 and build the luxury vacation you’ve always wanted take for a cheap price. Find out if a Loreto vacation is right for you, and if not we’ll help you find your dream destination so you go on a trip that you will always remember.

Loreto has 360 days of sun, with an average temperature of 80° F. Winter temperatures range from the 60s to 70s, while summer temperatures climb into the 90s.

Activities

ACTIVITIES IN LORETO

Cave Paintings

The true origin of cave paintings in Baja California Sur is still unknown, however, they are thought to be left behind by the Cochimi Indians and date back thousands of years. The most significant groupings of paintings are located in the Sierra de San Francisco and Guadalupe mountains – just outside of Mulegé, which is approximately 84 miles north of Loreto. The best way to appreciate the petroglyphs scarred in stone is by a guided tour. The paintings represent larger-than-life animal and human-like forms of deer, lambs, lizards and silhouettes of hunters. Painted in hues of red, white, yellows and black, they depict scenes that many believe are ritual ceremonies.

One-Day Bike Tour

Start your adventure with a bus ride to the village of Chequerec (Chinchero) where the bike ride begins. Passing the lagoon of Huaypo, arrive at the archeological park of Moray, where you will enjoy the beauty of nature and explore archeological wonders. Then bike to Maras where a tasty picnic is waiting for you. Afterwards, relax and feel the peace of the Andean countryside. Save your energy for a ride to the terraces of salt in Maras and then start again on an exciting downhill ride to the Sacred Valley (Pichingoto, Tarabamba). Finally, relax as your bus returns you to your hotel.

The Deep Blue Sea

Watch whales from out on the water. The magical islands near Loreto frame a tropical marine park that, every year, is a nursery for thousands of blue whales. You can also see humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, turtles, grey whales and more on one of the many tours of the waters surrounding Loreto Bay.

Primer Agua

Primer Agua means “place of first water”. This is an oasis in the Sonoran desert located within a natural preserve. There is a 20-degree difference once inside the oasis. Originally founded by the Dominican monks, it is a perfect location to see wild life roam. Because it resides within migratory patterns, bird watching is an especially popular pastime. Visitors should be able to see red tailed fox, white tailed deer, bobcat, Virginia owls, raccoons, skunks and more. Hike through this sanctuary; spend the afternoon in one of the picnic areas or at the beautifully landscaped swimming area.

Dining

Dining in Loreto

Loreto is an ancient fishing village located on the hills of the Baja California Peninsula. Nestled among the surf of the idyllic Pacific ocean, Loreto has a history richer than most of Mexico. One of the first Spanish settlements in Baja California, the town dates to indigenous settlements reaching back 12,000 years. This historic mix of Spanish colonial, missionary Catholic influence and indigenous diversity creates the perfect storm for a cuisine that is uniquely Loreto and fiercely independent.

Given Loreto’s rich history as a fishing enclave, it’s no coincidence that fish and seafood form the basis for the local cuisine. Indeed, fishing has been a staple of this town since its founding by Jesuit missionaries in 1697. This historic city has provided premier sea products to the surrounding cities and towns for centuries, and is renowned for its ocean-borne dishes. The sea permeates every aspect of life in Loreto, and is reflected in the local food. However, for those with more terrestrial tastes, Loreto features an abundance of locally-produced meat and vegetables to suit any taste.

For the casual eater, fish tacos and potatoes are a staple of the local diet. The tacos are usually served fried without toppings, and can be seasoned to taste. Guacamole is also very prevalent, served at almost every eatery with most meals. Parrot fish is a local specialty, usually served alongside garlic and butter scallops. Fish and seafood aren’t the only items on the menu, however. Beans and rice, those rich staples of Mexican cuisine are also added on to most meals, and when combined with seafood dishes they take on a new life.

A walk around Loreto reveals the city’s strong historic culture, with 17th-century missions and Spanish outposts still standing after the centuries. For a culinary indulgence, it’s simply a matter of strolling through the safe streets and avenues. Outdoor cafes abound, and restaurants catering to every taste imaginable can easily be found. The Loreto Food and Wine Festival features an exciting array of local cuisine, provided by the best local chefs and kitchens. In fact, ex-patriots comprise a large percentage of the town’s population, and they are eager to introduce visitors to the local cuisine. Few areas of Mexico are as inviting to foreigners as Loreto, and saying a simple “Buenos Dias” to a resident may be an easy way to experience the best of what the local culture has to offer.

Orlando’s Mexican Cocina is a great outdoor cafe in Loreto serving traditional Loreto and Mexican cuisine. It features a vast array of seafood options and is known as one of the best casual restaurants in Loreto by locals and visitors alike. La Parala is another popular choice, featuring fish tacos and a host of other delicious entrees.

Loreto has established itself as a historic must-see village on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Located away from the throngs of tourists, this gem of a town offers the dining enthusiast a host of new and traditional dishes to try. From freshly-caught fish to mouth-watering meat dishes, Loreto is a must for any serious foodie.

Nightlife

Loreto Nightlife

Loreto, a historic town situated 300 miles north of Los Cabos, is a quieter scene compared to the latter party hotspot. Still, it presents a fantastic nightlife to unwind at the end of the day with the official town slogan “300 Years Old and Still Undiscovered.” Enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay awake for a nice and cozy evening only at Loreto.

There are a few small bars and cantinas to truly enjoy a margarita or cerveza, or appreciate a delightful glass of lemonade with a majestic ocean view! Relax and hear amazing stories from old fisherman or recount your own fishing adventures with friends and family. Couples on honeymoon will be in for seductive evenings with some wine, beer and cocktails and romantic dancing within the perfect setting of tropical lounges.

Most of the nightlife occurs near the Malecon area with lots of locals. Mariachis are seen walking around and playing their music. The place is infused with smells, sights, and music that are almost untouched by time. You will be wrapped in the magnificence of the sands and unspoiled warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Here are the sweetest picks for Loreto nightlife:

  1. La Terraza – Savor a fresh meal of seafood, steaks and traditional Mexican cuisine as you dine upstairs right next to the plaza. Sip wine and other great drinks with a view of the Sierra La Giganta Mountains, and catch a glimpse of the sun as it fades beyond the hills and your evening in Loreto begins.
  2. La Palapa – Enjoy fresh Mexican food and the freshest, most delicious seafood cooked to order within an authentic Mexican ambiance. The dining room is set beneath palms with Mexico accents laden from top to bottom of the restaurant, coupled with warm service and south-of-the-border cuisine. Not only will the food brimming with flavor satisfy your hunger, but this place in Loreto will make honeymoon hearts overflowing with romance!
  3. Rancho Viejo. Inspired by Mexican colonial style, Rancho Viejo is one of the best spots to have great Mexican food and drinks and enjoy live entertainment to spice up your life and rekindle romance. The restaurant coins its name from their signature 1/4 pound burger, El Rancho Viejo, which is a must-try!
  4. Macaws – Restaurant and sports bar across the Sea of Cortez, serving sumptuous food from breakfast to dinner. Enjoy seafood, Mexican dishes, and great hamburgers while you are entertained with Loreto’s live music.
  5. La Cascada. Serves legendary margaritas that surpass even Mexican standards, which you will be sipping at their indoor-outdoor dining room with vaulted wood ceilings and stone walkways.
  6. 1697 Restaurant. Sit back and relax on outdoor seating amidst nature’s lush greens, gracefully lit by warm lamps that create an inviting dining room with enhanced orange tones. Dress for the evening and have a toast, whereby you’ll hear clinking glasses with a backdrop of chirping birds and cool sea breezes. The cuisine is an innovative fusion of Mexican and Italian flavors for a unique dining experience.
  7. Mike’s Bar – Loreto’s most popular bar where the town hangs out, listens to live music, and drink throughout the night. Tourists enjoy the very friendly atmosphere.
  8. Black and White – A disco bar to dance ‘til you drop to your favorite tunes and hip music trends! You simply cannot miss all the fun in this exciting place found only at Loreto.

Weddings

These Loreto resorts offer wedding-specific packages:

  • Villa Group Mexico

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Lynn Farrell, President

Lynn Farrell
President