Located on the eastern coast of Baja California Sur, Loreto is an enchanting town (one of Mexico’s famous Magic Towns, actually!) known for its natural beauty, authentic vibe, and abundance of outdoor activities. An insider’s secret to many on the west coast of U.S. and Canada, Loreto offers a perfect setting for an epic family vacation, whether it’s in search of endless adventure, utter tranquility, or a bit of both. Escape the cold this winter and head south for sunny days, blue skies and fun for the whole family in this safe, quiet, and walkable petite city.
An ecologically rich region, Loreto is home to several national parks, including the colossal Sierra de la Giganta Mountain range and the sparkling and serene Bay of Loreto National Marine Park. Meanwhile, the charming town of Loreto itself has an equally rich cultural heritage, featuring numerous accessible historic landmarks and museums dating back to the 17th century. With budget-friendly and high-quality boutique hotels, delicious family run restaurants on every corner, and expert tour operators offering unique land and sea adventures, Loreto is an ideal destination for a last-minute holiday escape, or a bucket list-worthy spring break getaway.
Loreto at Sea
Popular activities include snorkeling and scuba diving in the super tranquil and turquoise waters of the Gulf of California, exploring the local wildlife including many species of whales, dolphins, and sea lions on guided tours, and kayaking in the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park. Tour operators such as Vive Loreto Tours offer personalized guidance in adventures of all kinds, while others such as the newly popular ABT Sailing offer more upscale excursions around the bay in a luxurious catered catamaran. The calm, clear and shallow waters of the bay and its nearby coves makes it perfect for kids to swim and enjoy.
Loreto on Land
Exploring Loreto’s picturesque landscape is equally accessible to families via hiking and biking in the nearby mountains and deserts, also overseen by trusty local tour guides at Loreto Sea and Land Tours. Back in town and only steps away from the main plaza is the historic Loreto Mission (founded in 1697) and it’s connecting museum, Museo de las Misiones de Baja California. A working church, the mission is a still a vibrant part of the community while the museum engages parents and children alike with Loreto’s fascinating origins and Baja California Sur’s distinctive history.
Loreto for Chilling
Family travel requires a careful balance of action and relaxation to ensure everyone goes home energized not exhausted. So after fun in the sun, sea or sand, the whole family can enjoy a peaceful retreat at any of Loreto’s charming, boutique hotels within short walking distance of the main plaza. The centrally located waterfront Hotel La Mision provides a classic upscale hotel experience featuring views of the Bay of Loreto, a courtyard pool and family friendly dining. Set along the Malecon (boardwalk) guests can stroll the walkway to take in spectacular sunsets or enjoy walk in the morning breeze. Right in the center of town, Hotel 1697 offers a particularly authentic and local experience. With only eight guest rooms, a central pool, and communal outdoor kitchen, Hotel 1697 is only minutes away from all the town’s attractions.
For more details about visiting Loreto, where to stay and what to do, go to Visit Baja Sur.