"Hidden Paradise" Top 5 Page for this destination Loreto by Agraichen

Loreto Travel Guide: 165 reviews and 380 photos


Welcome to the historic village of Loreto, BCS located on the Sea of Cortez about 700 Mi south of the US Border. I came to review vacation property just south of the village and left a land "owner" and a gringo "sold" on the area.

This area is probably a bit similar to Cabo 30+ years ago with ONE major change. Although tourists are desired, the high-rise-mentality is not part of the developement; rather "low rise" walkable neighborhoods are being created. The theme is "sustainability" with regeneration ecosystems being created.

Just think, only 100-200 meters from the Sea of Cortez and you too can experience this paradise.

Once you arrive at Loreto Bay about 9 KM south of Loreto, you are captivated by the scenery, the air quality (I slept better than ever) and you are additionally captivated by the potential for the area; this is the early stages of a tourist destination but it will not have the high-rise hype nor hopefully the traffic. Just a great beach and freindly people to relax with.

Yes there is real estate potential and there will be sales pitches but nothing is "high pressure." You look at the offerings and buy or you just kick back and enjoy the warmth, most of the year and some of the most diverse marine life on the planet.

Travel...well, it's not as adventurisome as the picture denotes but be prepared to stand in line multiple times before boarding and expect another hand check even after the X-Ray check 30 feet prior.

You enter the flight check area after the call for boarding and before walking the tarmac to the plane. The process is very efficient however but there are not many customs people to process the passengers for the Alaska/Horizon turbo-props so be prepared to wait for entrance to the gate.

The NEW terminal has 3 terminals but only 1 is in use by Alaska and Aero Mexico for international flights and a second by a local carrier, Aereo Calafia and also Aereo Mexico for domestic flights. Surprisingly the Aereo Calafia flight to Tijuana (TIJ) is nearly always full.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Weather, People
  • Cons:Hmmm...gotta think about this one for a while...Ah, mosquitos 7 days after a hurricane.
  • In a nutshell:I'm here a few months each year...
  • Last visit to Loreto: Feb 2014
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Oh, THIS Loreto? When you e-mailed me, I thought you meant the Loreto in Tamaulipas. This makes a lot more sense. I was curious why you were going through Baja, to get there. LOL

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    are you 'in Residence' now? looks like I will be coming thru again sometime in July on way up to Rosarito and then taking at least one trip flying out of SAN later on......

    • Agraichen's Profile Photo
      Mar 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      I'm "in town" right now, but need to be back in No CA next week. I will return in either May or June when I drive a car down for my daughter's use. She will be interning at the Loreto Hospital this summer and writing a paper on something about diet and disease between the sea dwellerers vs mountain dwellers that don't get much fish.

    • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      sounds very interesting! hope she enjoys her time there and can cope OK with the weather.

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Hi Al, Loreto looks pretty cool. We should do a mini meet with Larry, Eric, and.... I wonder if any Vt'r is coming to town??? I have purposely left open a bunch of time between Oct 17 and Dec 15...but I would like to get the hell out of Dodge for a 2-3 weeks. BTW, our youngest is living now in Portland, in a area called St. Johns. Talk to you soon. Karl

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    I just love the dolphin video Al!! :o) Had to go quick last night when I was checking out your page so couldn't finish. Bet you were wondering who was giving you those ratings haha ;o) Cheers, Ann.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Fun and helpful tips. Good luck with this adventure.

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    This looks like a wonderful place to vacation. Your photos and tips are excellent. Thanks, Diane

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    This is looking VERRRRY tempting... how can anyone not visit after seeing all your photos of the area! Thanks for sending the links!

  • Jul 5, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Dos Mundos rocks! We were traveling with a 12 year old and Anna completely understood our needs. She gave him the snorkel trip of a lifetime and made his trip!

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  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    AL - the shrimp were a little more than slightly overcooked; but the company more than made up for it!! A very nice visit and evening!!

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