Late Fall and Winter months are high season in this tropical town, but the fishing, paddling and diving are best in spring and summer. Loreto’s beach is an off white color , but south of town the beaches change to white sand. Search the Loreto directory for activities or learn more about one of the highlights below.
- Eco Tours
- Family Fun
- Horseback Riding
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
- Sportfishing Charters
- Whale Watching
Explore Beaches Near Loreto
Loreto has a long sandy stretch of its own beach, with palapas for shade, but it doesn’t compare to the secluded white-sand beaches you’ll find on the islands inside the marine preserve. Nopolo has a pleasant beach, where you can rent Kayaks and Paddleboards. Access is through the Inn at Loreto Bay. Farther south, Playa Juncalito (Km 22.5) is worth a stop for snorkeling.
Two marinas in the Loreto area have marine services for travelers with their own boats. In town, the Loreto harbor and marina are located at the north end of the malecon (Look for the lighthouse). Farther afield, Puerto Escondido has the largest marina in the area. Search the Loreto activities directory for boating information and listings.
Several well-established RV parks are located south of town near the beach. Loreto Shores Villas and RV Park is one of the most popular RV parks, with 36 spaces on five acres and many amenities. Free tent camping is available farther south, at Playa Juncalito. North of town, Rivera del Mar RV Park and Camping has 25 spaces with full hook-ups. Find a complete list of area camping facilities in the Loreto directory.
Day-Trips from Loreto
Tucked away in the Sierra de la Giganta, San Javier is a tiny farming village with one of the prettiest mission churches left on the Baja peninsula.
The Pacific coast is only two hours away by car from Loreto, and if you visit in winter months (December through April), you may be able to observe newborn gray whales and their mothers in this birthing lagoon. The San Carlos bay is also popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders, as well as kayakers.
Find a Loreto Eco Tour
Loreto is a hub of conservation activity, due to the proximity of the Parque Maritimo Nacional Bahia de Loreto, a protected marine preserve. You can dive reefs, seamounts, wrecks, or simply paddle/snorkel/sail around Islas Carmen, Coronado, Danzante, Monserrate, and Catalina. You can also get involved in protecting and monitoring sea turtle nests. Local outfitters also leadMule riding, mountain biking, and cave painting trips. Search the Loreto activities directory for guides and organized eco tours.
Plan a Family Activity in Loreto
Family fun in Loreto centers around the beach. Older children may be up for a day of sailing, kayaking, or snorkelling. Search the Loreto activities directory for more family activities near Loreto.
The 18-hole golf course at Nopolo, Campo de Golf Loreto, has been in pretty good shape in recent years. Carts and clubs are available for rent. Search the Loreto directory for more information.
Isla Coronado is the closest island to Loreto, and experienced paddlers can get there by kayak on a calm day. Beginners and kayakers who want to venture farther should consider hiring a guide for the day, or overnight. The multiday trip from Loreto to La Paz usually takes 10 days.
Loreto Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Combine dramatic underwater terrain with abundant fish and other marine life, and you have a winning dive experience near Loreto. More than 800 species live in these waters, including some of the largest creatures in the sea. There are reefs, seamounts, wrecks to explore around Islas Carmen, Coronado, Danzante, Monserrate, and Catalina. Several shops offer guided boat dives, gear rental, and instruction for all abilities. Visibility tends to be best in summer and fall. Search the Loreto activities directory for operators.
A collection of inviting gift shops line the paseo and plaza. You can find all kinds of artesanias, although most are made on the mainland, not in Baja. Colorful wraps, silver jewelry, ceramics, apparel, coffee and vanilla are some of the souvenirs you might consider bringing home. Find shops and addresses with store hours in the Loreto directory.
Book a Sportfishing Charter
Before the completion of the Transpeninsular Highway, Loreto’s earliest visitors in the 1950s and 1960s came by private plane to fish the abundant waters of the Sea of Cortez. These days, a broader set of tourists finds their way to town, but fishing is still a major draw, and some of the original lodges remain in business. A number of places offer charter services on boats that range from simple pangas to cruisers. In summer, mahi-mahi/dorado is the most prized catch. You might also land a roosterfish, , or billfish. Yellowtail are common in late fall, winter, and spring. Search the Loreto activities directory for sportfishing services or walk down to the Marina and talk to local Captains..
A number of different types of whales spout and breach in the Sea of Cortez near Loreto, but the real up-close action takes place on the other side of the peninsula, at Magdalena Bay. This is one of only three birthing lagoons for the gray whale. Fortunately, the distance from coast to coast in this part of the peninsula is relatively short, and you can reach the Pacific coast in about 2.5 hours of driving time. The typical whale-observation tour takes about four hours in a panga boat with a licensed guide. You’ll see the whale spout and breach, and you might even get a chance to touch a mother or juvenile whale. The whale-watching season is generally considered to be December through April.
If you want to see whales on the Sea of Cortez, go to the marina and negotiate directly with the panga captains there.
Search the Loreto activities directory for tour operators.