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A Quick Guide To Loreto, Mexico

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

When I mentioned to friends and family that I was planning on travelling to Loreto for “Spring Break”, their reactions were something along the lines of  “where’s that?” and “never heard of it”.

This wasn’t surprising, as I had never heard of it either until very recently. But although this area of Mexico isn’t very well known, it is one of the most amazing places I’ve had the good fortune of travelling to.

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

A Brief History:

Loreto has been home to people for thousands of years, as even those in the past loved to settle in beautiful places. You can see cave paintings up in the mountains near town and at La Miscion, that show people had settled in this area long ago.

More recently, the Baja of Mexico was decided to be the next hot tourist destination, and all the major cities along the Sea of Cortez were marketed in hopes of promoting tourism. All of the cities but Loreto ended up becoming popular, which is why Loreto still has its local charm. You can walk the beach here and not have to worry about seeing hundreds of people, which never happens in more popular areas.

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

Getting There:

With a relatively small international airport, not all companies fly to this area, and many people we spoke to had to take a very roundabout way to get there from the States. As we were flying from Canada, our options were much more convenient. We flew WestJet directly from Calgary to Loreto on their twice weekly charter flight.

Accommodation:

Although Loreto may not be as touristy as other locations along the Baja, it still has its fair share of resorts and rentals. You can head to Nopolo Bay and stay at the Loreto Bay Golf Resort and Spa, or in one of the hundreds of rental homes. These homes are mainly owned by Canadians and Americans, and therefore, are left empty most of the year. Nopolo Bay is a short 15 minute drive from downtown Loreto, but you will lose a little authenticity and culture being out of town. Check out my review of the Loreto Bay Golf Resort and Spa here.

Interested in booking a trip to Loreto? Click here, to find the perfect hotel, flights, etc….

If you want to be closer to the action (and the culture), there are many rentals and hotels downtown as well. These include Hotel Santa Fe, La Mision Loreto, and Hotel Posada de Las Flores.

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

Activities:

Loreto isn’t a huge party town, but if you decide to visit you will still have plenty to do. Hiking, biking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, boating, you name it! The Sea of Cortez is perfect for a morning paddle board or kayak, as the water is glassy calm and you can see the sea life below, and after lunch, you can hit the water and snorkel around volcanic rock to cool off from the mid-day heat.

Another huge draw for people visiting Loreto are whale watching and snorkelling tours. The whale watching tours allow you to see all sorts of different whale species at different times of the year, and include swimming and lunch on a gorgeous beach. The snorkelling allows you to swim with wild sea lions (why did my GoPro have to break!!!), which was possibly the highlight of my trip!

Guide to Loreto - kayaking

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

Food:

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Quesadillas, tacos, guacamole, tortilla chips, shall I go on? Loreto may not be a huge tourist destination, but they sure do the food well. Some of my favourite restaurants were El Corazon (a Starbucks-esque coffee shop), el Patio, and Mezzaluna (a more Italian style restaurant). You will find many other restaurants that are in the area with a quick google search, and honestly everywhere was really great!

Guide to Loreto, Mexico

One thing that was slightly frustrating about Loreto, was the lack of information on the surrounding area. We had a very hard time getting any information on hikes in the area we were visiting and most locals had no idea either!

Also, if you need to buy any photography gear, make sure to do that in advance. My GoPro broke during our trip and when I attempted to buy a new one, found that I would need to pay almost $900.00 CAD for a Hero 4!!!

So, have I convinced you to visit this gorgeous sea-side town with this guide to Loreto? If so, then make sure to book your trip in advance, as this location won’t be an unknown gem for much longer.

Over to you, have you been to Loreto? If so, did I miss anything? If you haven’t been, would you ever consider going? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 

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Guide to Loreto, Mexico

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Carlinn
    August 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Wow it looks gorgeous. I actually prefer places with less party and more nature!

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Yes! Same here 🙂 This place definitely had a lot of nature!

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    Alaine
    September 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Whale watching and Kayaking with wild sea lions sounds so much fun! Gorgeous photos! Loreto looks like a good place for a summer house.

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Oh my gosh! A summer house there would be so amazing 🙂 And thank you! It was such a wonderful trip.

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    Rhiannon
    September 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Great post! It’s nice to know there are less touristy spots to explore in Mexico 😊

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 8, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you!! And yep, there are still some around 🙂

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    Kay
    September 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I love all of your pictures! I’ve never heard of this town before, but I want to visit just from you post!

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you!!! Nobody has ever heard of it haha! But yes it’s amazing 🙂

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    Alyse
    September 8, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Such lovely photos! It’s great to know that Loreto hasn’t been over run with tourists and still has its local charm 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    stellaencina
    September 9, 2017 at 12:53 am

    huh? this is mexico? makes me want to go aside from the food! the town sure isn’t as shuge or popular like the others but it looks like you had tons of fun and because there are still a number of exciting activities to do there! thanks for sharing!

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    Kristine Li
    September 9, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Same here, I’ve never heard of this place before until your post, haha! Your photos of Mexico look very different from the Mexico in my head, which is also a blurry view. I love the charm of little-known places like this! All the magic to discover. The canoeing part looks especially good and peaceful!

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    Michelle
    September 9, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for sharing! My husband absolutely loved the picture you have of the stars over the water. We will have to put this small town on our list 😉

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    Tracy
    September 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I love the less touristy and party spots in Mexico. Thank you for sharing Loreto!

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    Jill at Reading the Book
    September 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Oh this looks SO much more my sort of place than the party resorts! Sounds like a great place to visit… so beautiful!

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Same here! I love relaxation and adventure over partying for sure!

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    DIANA PETTERSON
    September 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Eryn…love how you spell your name! And really enjoyed your take on a part of Mexico that I was not, until now, familiar with. Plus, I loved your photos.

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    Leigh
    September 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I fell in love with Baja after a kayaking trip to La Paz last winter and I’m hoping to go back this winter on a road trip and stay for a month or so. Loreto looks perfect (I hated touristy Cabo) so I will have to keep it on my radar if we make it down that way!

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Awesome! The Baja is beautiful hey? Let me know if you make it down there 🙂

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    Ufuoma
    September 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Loreto looks gorgeous and I’ll admit I’d never heard about it until now. Love discovering new places so thanks for indulging me. I wonder if there’ll be a flight from Toronto, I’ll check but kudos to Westjet for flying to the area.

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      erynmacgillivray
      September 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks! Yea I bet there will be more and more flights there in the future 🙂

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    Tamar
    September 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Wow, I had never heard of Loreto Bay but I want to go now! I love finding some off-the-beaten-path destinations in a very popular country, and this one looks like the perfect getaway when you really want to get away! Beautiful pics 🙂

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    Phoebe
    September 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Ahhhh these photos! It’s giving me SERIOUS wanderlust for summery sun and delicious food!!!

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    Vicki
    September 9, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I also never heard of Loreto before. But I am not a fan of this typical party vacation. So Loreto seems great for me. I would love to go whale watching. Looks like an awesome adventure. And the food just looks amazing. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

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    Karen
    September 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Love hearing about places on the road less travelled, thank you.

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    Ainsley Duyvestyn
    September 10, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I am SO jealous! Would love to go to Mexico. It’s so high on my bucketlist at the moment! Love hearing about lesser known spots like this. <3

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    Sandy from Tray Tables Away
    September 10, 2017 at 3:01 am

    GReat to know. I’ve been to the Baja and couple of times but have never heard of Loreto in Mexico !

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    Charmaine
    September 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Such beautiful scenery! I’m so glad you had a good time!

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    Selam
    September 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Loreto looks so beautiful! Like you, I like to be around locals so this place looks like such a nice destination compared to the usual spots. Thank you for sharing this trip with us!

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    Eloise
    September 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Woooow! I love sea lions!!! I’d really love to explore this part of Mexico. It sounds perfect. We went to Mexico last year but only had time to go around the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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    Brooke Abel
    September 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Wow! I, like many others, had never even heard of Loreto! This makes me want to go back to Mexico to some of the less frequented places like this. I just got back from Cancun and have been to PV and Ensenada, but didn’t really think about what else Mexico has to offer! Thanks for the info 🙂

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    Ha
    September 12, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Lotero looks so beautiful 😍! I love kayaking, so surely I’ll try if I go there. The food look really yummy as well.

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