We advise thinking about the activities you plan to do before choosing lodging for your trip. For example, the sportfishing crowd has different needs from scuba divers and campers. Here is a summary of the different types of places to stay in Loreto:
- Resorts: The Loreto area has just one large-scale resort (200+ rooms), Villa del Palmar Timeshare Resort property, which opened in 2011 south of town at Ensenada Blanca, about a 45 minute drive from Loreto. For more options of this type or all inclusive resorts, continue south to La Paz or Cabo San Lucas.
- Fishing Lodges: Rustic fishing lodges are a tradition in Baja travel and offer a unique experience, especially if sportfishing is on your list of must-do activities. Many have been run by multiple generations of the same family. They usually serve early breakfast and can book your fishing charter, rent equipment, and prepare your fresh catch when you return. Rooms tend to be rustic and common areas are often decorated with historic fishing memorabilia. In Loreto, these accommodations are near the beach for easy access to the marina, ie Oasis Hotel.
- Small Hotels: Loreto has several boutique-style inns located on or near the plaza. They offer a personal and generally upscale experience. El Tiburon Casitas is closest to the Marina, just steps away from the Panga fishing fleet.
- Vacation Rentals: If preparing your own meals is appealing, you can rent a cabana or smaller casita from the owner or property manager. These homes provide flexibility so you can prepare your own meals. Most are located in Nopolo, and this is NOT in the town of Loreto. There is no public transportation to get to Loreto from Nopolo.
- Camping: The best way to get close to nature and save money for food and activities is to bring your own shelter and camp at the beach. Veteran Baja road-trippers pride themselves on having the ideal camping setup for the desert/ocean environment. They might pop a tent in the sand, sleep in the bed of their pickup truck, or drive a fully equipped RV camper to the region.
- Small local affordable Hotels/Motels- usually farther from the beach or Marina, may not have AC or hot water but provide a Baja experience for every budget.