Loreto is the perfect place to tour, walk along the beach, enjoy the architecture, and of course, to eat. Take a look at all the outdoor activities this town of Baja California Sur has for you. Being a world heritage site, this magical town combines the traditions and beauty of a fishing village with the amenities of a thriving city. Discover everything this place has to offer.
Baja has been the place to Golf in Mexico, and Loreto has become the golf destination with its world-class course at TPC Danzante Bay at the Villa del Palmar Resort. Here you will enjoy playing its 18-hole course surrounded by the ocean, desert landscape, and a peaceful experience, unlike any other place. Hole 17 is visually stunning and one of the most photographed holes in Mexico; it has become Danzante Bay’s signature hole. Golfers must add this to their list of golf destinations.
Our Lady of Loreto Mission
This beautiful church is located in downtown Loreto and was founded in 1697. It is considered the mother of all Baja California missions; from here, the Jesuit friars came out to evangelize the new territory of America. In this small church, in Baroque style, you can see the bell tower, a main churrigueresque baroque style altarpiece, and the original image of the Virgin of Our Lady of Loreto. Through original paintings of that era, you will see much of the Californians’ history and their way of life.
One of the most popular activities in Loreto is snorkeling on the clear ocean with incredible visibility of marine life. Here you can spot from whales, dolphins, and sea lions to schools of fish and turtles. Danzante Island is part of Loreto Bay National Marine Park and is an area protected by UNESCO, and is considered one of the best spots for snorkeling. The Islands of Loreto also have stunning secluded beaches where you can also spot whales in the winter months. You can also snorkel on the Loreto shores without sailing into the sea, and the beach at Ensenada Blanca is a perfect spot.
LED Paddle Boarding
Villa del Palmar resort offers a unique Paddle Boarding activity at nighttime. You go out into the sea after dark and hop on a Paddle Board equipped with LED lights. It is by far one of the most exciting activities in Loreto. Some of the most exotic marine life is most active during the night and LED Paddle Boarding allows you to experience up and close with nocturnal fish that are slow swimmers and are attracted to LED lights that resemble moonlight. Kayaks are also available for this experience if you prefer them.
Loreto Bay is a natural reserve that houses more than 80 percent of the aquatic life that lives in the Pacific Ocean. This protected National Marine Park, which includes the picturesque Danzante Island, Carmen Island, Coronado Island, Montserrat Island, Catalina Island, and various lagoons and wetlands that cover 800 square miles. These are the most famous attractions, and the best way to experience them is by boat. Once you see how beautiful these islands are, you can hang out at the beach and enjoy aquatic activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, and hiking.
ATV Desert Tour
If you’re up for a great adventure, you can explore Loreto and experience its amazing landscape by taking an ATV Desert Tour. It lasts around 3 hours, and you will venture through breathtaking trails that roam through the nearby desert places. The tours are guided and in English. This is a truly unique experience that is highly recommended.
The Loreto Malecon or promenade is a waterfront area where you can take a relaxing stroll and admire the breathtaking ocean view. Enjoy this boardwalk during the morning and be on the lookout to spot dolphins, stingrays, and even whales. For an afternoon or evening walk, you can visit the local plaza, shops, and restaurants which are a short walk away.
Loreto is a magical destination surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty both on land and sea. The relatively new tourist destination in Mexico continues to develop and attract tourism with its world-class resorts. So be sure to include Loreto on your next adventure to Baja.
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