Loreto Baja California Sur: TOP 14 Things to Do and See

Loreto and Todos Santos are the only 2 “Magical Towns” in the beautiful Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

In the case of Loreto, it’s no surprise, with its beautiful beaches surrounded by incredible marine life, such as seals, lions, humpback whales, and dolphins.

And not to mention extreme land adventures such as rappelling and ATV rides.

Now, I will gladly share what I think are the best things to do and see in the Magical Town of Loreto, BCS. So stay tuned!

How to get to Loreto, Baja California Sur

Loreto is located in the southern part of the Baja Peninsula along the coast of the Sea of Cortez.

If you are traveling from the United States, you can fly into Loreto International Airport, which has direct flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tijuana.

Alternatively, you can drive from the United States or other parts of Mexico. Loreto is approximately a 15-hour drive from Tijuana.

If you are traveling within Baja California Sur, you can take a bus or drive to Loreto from other cities such as La Paz, San Jose del Cabo, or Ciudad Constitución.

Best 14 things to do in Loreto, Baja Sur

1. First things first: Stay in a comfortable hotel

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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Loreto BCS offers several lodging options primarily designed to cater to the American and Canadian tourists arriving in town through its small international airport or from the terminals of nearby cities, such as La Paz, Los Mochis, and Ciudad Obregón.

Among the top accommodations in Loreto are the Loreto Bay Golf Resort & Spa and the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa.

2. Visit Loreto’s Missions

The Hispanic history of Baja California began in Loreto, with the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto construction at the end of the 17th century.

Other missions of interest are San Francisco Javier and San Juan Bautista Londó.

The evangelists led by the Jesuit Fathers Eusebio Kino and Juan María de Salvatierra would sow the Baja California territory with the first missions of the region in which indigenous and Spaniards coexisted.

3. Visit the Loreto Baja California Sur Museum

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Loreto Museum – Source: VG Foto / shuttlestock.com

The Jesuit Museum gives you a complete overview of the missions of Baja California, both from the facet of indigenous life and the Spanish settlements.

When the conquistadors and missionaries arrived in Loreto, the territory was inhabited by the ethnic groups of the Pericúes, Guaycuras, Monguis, and Cochimíes.

The museum walks through the interaction of the Indian people with the colonization process through 18 missions, showing weapons and other indigenous and Spanish objects, and documents from the evangelization period.

4. Does Loreto have swimmable beaches?

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Loreto Baja California Sur is a quiet and exclusive beach destination to enjoy the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez and its other attractions.

There are wonderful swimmable beaches on the peninsular coast of Loreto and its islands to enjoy the calm water and fine sand.

Most of these beaches are located near Loreto, which is part of the Loreto Bay National Maritime Park, such as Isla del Carmen, Monserrat, Coronado, Catalina, and Danzante.

5. Practice sea activities

Considered a paradise for sport fishing due to the prohibition of industrial fishing in its protected aquatic spaces.

The fish species here are rich and varied, such as dorado, marlin, greater amberjack, and huachinango (red snapper).

Diving is another activity to delight the senses due to the richness and color of the marine fauna. Sailing lovers will also feel at ease in Loreto, whether on a yacht, sailboat, or a simple kayak.

6. Enjoy outdoor entertainment

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The boardwalk – Source: TravelNerd / shutterstock.com

If you prefer land entertainment, in Loreto, you can practice rappeling at the site of El Juncalito, where you can descend rocky walls.

At the same time, you take several breaks to appreciate the desert and extensive landscape.

This magical town also offers the possibility of hiking, horseback riding, and riding through the desert in all-terrain vehicles.

7. Watch the gray humpback whales

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The gray whale has distinguished the Sea of Cortez as the place of choice for calving.

When the waters start to freeze in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, this huge and beautiful aquatic mammal seeks the warmth of the Gulf of California to give birth.

These whales that only live in the northern Pacific Ocean are visible from different points of the Bermejo Sea.

Near Loreto are two insular spaces for magnificent sightings: the Carmen and Colorado islands.

8. Get to know the Rock Art

Between Loreto and Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Sierra de San Francisco, there is a site of cave paintings that is one of the most important in northern Mexico, mainly because of the large size of prehistoric artistic works.

The paintings show scenes of everyday life, such as representations of hunts and other more complex and not fully interpreted, which delve into the vital and cosmic vision of the people who made them.

9. Watch some Sea Lions and Seals

Another thing you must do in Loreto is enjoy the sighting of seals and sea lions.

They can be found in the Loreto National Marine Park, where you can find other species, such as dolphins, and walk along the white sandy beaches of Isla Coronado with colorful fish fluttering at your feet.

10. Explore Coronado Island, Baja California Sur

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Coronado Beach in Loreto – Source: Claudia G Cooper / shutterstock.com

Yes, back to the beaches. Among them, one truly deserves your visit: Coronado Beach.

It has beautiful, refreshing, and crystal clear calm water, ideal for spending an afternoon alone, with your partner, or with your family.

So don’t forget to book a boat tour and visit this unique island.

11. Experience Loreto’s festivities

The patron saint festivities of Loreto have their peak date on September 8, the Day of the Virgin, in many towns in Latin America and Spain.

For the occasion, the mission church and the town dress up to honor the Virgin of Loreto with religious events, music, fireworks, and popular and cultural shows. 

The festivity commemorating the anniversary of the founding of Loreto takes place from October 19 to 25 and is very lively.

Throughout the year, sport fishing tournaments and off-road vehicle competitions in the desert are held in Loreto.

12. Take a shopping tour

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Local souvenir shop – Source: Andrea Izzotti / shutterstock.com

Loreto’s artisans have specialized in making artistic seashell pieces collected on the beaches of the Sea of Cortés.

These souvenirs are available at Artesanías El Corazón and other folk art stores in Loreto.

Some Loreto residents are also skilled saddlers, while others work with clay, which they turn, for example, into the picturesque piggy banks that have almost disappeared.

13. Relax in a SPA

There are several spas in Loreto, mainly inside the hotels.

Las Flores Spa & Boutique, located in the Hotel Posadas de las Flores on Madero Street, gets the highest praise from clients for its beauty and cleanliness, the professionalism of its masseuses, and facial treatments.

Another prestigious place is Sabila Spa & Wellness Centre, at km. 84 of the Transpeninsular Highway, which stands out for its hydration therapies.

You may want to read: Discover Mexico’s Top 20 SPA Destinations for Blissful Retreats

14. Taste the local food

As you may already know, Mexican gastronomy is delicious! and Loreto is no different. Here you will find fused cuisines of the Baja California desert and the Sea of Cortez.

The Gulf of California produces fresh fish and seafood that make delicious dishes like ceviches, zarzuelas, soups, grills, salads, tostadas, and other goodies.

The machaca, both the traditional one from the North of Mexico, based on dried meat and the more modern ones of fish, is also an essential dish in the restaurant menus of Loreto.

And don’t forget to try red and white wines of the “Baja California Wine Route” to make the perfect pairing.

The festivity that commemorates the anniversary of the founding of Loreto takes place from October 19 to 25 and is very lively.

Throughout the year, sport fishing tournaments and off-road vehicle competitions in the desert are held in Loreto.

Don’t wait any longer and visit this magical town in Baja California Sur!

Although it may sound a bit difficult to get to this wonderful place, you will see that it will be worth your while.

There you go; these are just some of the best things to do in the Magical Town of Loreto, so you have no excuses not to enjoy it.

Don’t forget to share your comments and experiences with us below. Vamonos!

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