Loreto is full of history, and is considered the oldest permanent settlements in Baja. In 1697, Spanish padres founded the Mission Nuestra Senora de Loreto, the first mission in the chain of 17 that stretched to Sonoma, California. Loreto remained the capital of Baja California for 132 years, until 1829 when a hurricane devastated the city, and the capital was then moved to La Paz. Loreto has a beautiful Malecon, a "boardwalk along the sea", that invites you to stroll or rest in one of the benches facing the Sea of Cortez. It also has one of the most quaint town squares in all of Baja, and is the center for people to gather for music, poetry reading and other civic activities. The islands off of our shore have been designated and UNESCO world heritage site.
Mission Nuestra Senora
Waterfront & Mission Nuestra Senora


Loreto is one the the best sport fishing areas in in Mexico, and is home to Bahia de Loreto National Park, which boasts over 3,000 species of marine life that can be discovered by diving, snorkeling or kayaking. There are also excursions to historic missions, whale watching and aboriginal cave paintings. Loreto has plenty of wonderful shops full of local handicrafts, and just a 10 minute drive gets you to a world class tennis center and a championship golf course.

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There are many exiting activities


Loreto is 750 miles from San Diego and can be easily reached via Mexico Hwy 1 or by a 90 minute direct flight from Los Angeles on Alaska Airlines (800-252-7522). Loreto is also accessible by flying into La Paz or Cabo San Lucas by an AereoCalafia flight to Loreto or renting a car and driving or taking the bus to Loreto. If you fly to Loreto, it is not necessary to have a car since the cabañas are within walking distance of town and the harbor, but if you would like, you can rent a car from Budget (800-472-3325), Hertz (800-654-3131), and now Europcar at the airport or in town.
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