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Danzante Bay, the Newly Completed Rees Jones Golf Course on the Baja Coast, Unveiled with Grand Celebration

The newly completed Danzante Bay Golf Club, the stunning Rees Jones showpiece of Villa del Palmar Resort at The Islands of Loreto, was formally christened last Friday as part of a gala weekend grand opening celebration on the Sea of Cortez.

Hosted by resort developers Owen Perry and Luz Maria Torres, special guests and dignitaries included Jones, the master golf architect; Carlos Mendoza Davis, Governor, Baja California Sur; Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as legendary guitarist Don Felder, from The Eagles, whose performance headlined the weekend entertainment.

“Danzante Bay Golf Club is the result of a special collaboration of creativity and vision,” said Jones, whose first original design in Mexico adds to his illustrious global resume of nearly 230 golf courses. “We have been able to create a golf experience that allows you to see landscape and wildlife that you never would have seen before. It is like no other place.”

Jones added, “The land told us what to do—we walked the area and discovered where the holes should be situated on this diverse site.”

Danzante Bay, the Newly Completed Rees Jones Golf Course on the Baja Coast, Unveiled with Grand Celebration

Part of a luxury master-planned community adjacent to the coastline of Baja’s inland Pacific marine sanctuary, Danzante Bay Golf Club debuted 11 holes late last year. The new seven holes – Nos. 2 through 8 – cover different terrains, including beach, cliff, and canyon. They combine Jones’s creativity with the natural scenery provided by Mother Nature to charm golfers with views that spread out in virtually every direction.

Torres believes the new golf course has the potential to position Loreto as one of the best and most sought-after vacation destinations in the world, while still maintaining its serene and secluded environment.

“We are dedicated to doing our part to preserve the area’s natural beauty and cultural history by minimizing our environmental footprint as much as possible,” Torres said.

The views at Danzante Bay stretch out toward the horizon, amplifying the shimmering waters of the Sea of Cortez. Golfers can enjoy glimpses of migrating whales and other marine life that surfaces below the jutting cliffs.

Now playing between 4,916 and 7,237 yards from five sets of tees, Danzante Bay features wide fairways and greens that must be carefully judged but are never unfair. Most of the entrances to the greens are open — allowing approach shots to run on safely — while the holes along the cliffs feature strategically placed collection areas to keep errant shots from plunging into the blue water below.

Along with the changing terrain come winds that can be different day to day as well as hour to hour, conditions that influence shot value and strategy. That, says Jones, makes for a new challenge at Danzante Bay every time.

Alamán, a highly-respected champion of Mexico’s environment, commended the project for the care being taken during the integration of the real estate with the golf course. “It is important to preserve this region’s unique beauty and authentic culture,” Alamán said. “Protecting the natural habitat, scenic vistas, and quiet beaches are essential to future the Islands of Loreto to be one of the most desirable destinations in Mexico.”

Guests can experience Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa’s 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty through a variety of vacation packages. Danzante Bay Golf Club and Villa del Palmar Resort at The Islands of Loreto are only a two-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Alaska Airlines. They also are accessible with non-stop flights from Calgary, and from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines (three times a week year-round).

Along with the golf course, the resort boasts stretches of exquisite shoreline, stunning ocean and mountain views, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, the 39,000-square-foot luxurious Sabila Spa, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, and sport fishing.

For additional information, go to www.danzantebay.com

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Danzante Bay Golf Club at the Islands of Loreto Ready for December Unveiling

The newly completed Danzante Bay Golf Club, the stunning Rees Jones showpiece of Villa del Palmar Resort at The Islands of Loreto, is undergoing final preparations for its Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Part of a luxury master-planned community adjacent to the coastline of Baja’s inland Pacific marine sanctuary, Danzante Bay Golf Club debuted 11 holes late last year.  The new seven holes will play as No. 2 through No. 8.  

“We’re thrilled to unveil the completed 18 holes,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of The Villa Group, developer of the property. “It is like no other place. We have been able to create a golf experience that changes as you play, on a golf course that allows you to see and landscape and wildlife that you never would have seen before.”

The views at Danzante Bay stretch out toward the indigo horizon, amplifying the shimmering waters of the Sea of Cortez. Golfers can enjoy glimpses of migrating whales and other marine life that surfaces below the jutting cliffs.

Danzante Bay Golf Club at the Islands of Loreto Ready for December Unveiling

The seven new holes cover many different terrains, including beach, cliff, and canyon. They combine the genius of Jones with the natural scenery provided by Mother Nature to charm golfers with views that spread out in virtually every direction.

“The creation of the newest holes is an opportunity for us to showcase a completely different part of the property to golfers,” Jones said. “There are interesting landforms that allow us to create unique holes that are different from, but also complementary to, the other 11 holes.”

Known as “The Open Doctor” for his renovation work on golf courses preparing to host the U.S. Open, Jones fashioned Danzante Bay between the breathtaking Sierra de la Giganta mountain range and the crystal-clear waters of the Sea of Cortez, finding a unique balance for a challenging course that is not overly long or grueling – and thoroughly enjoyable.

Now playing between 4,916 and 7,237 yards from five sets of tees, Danzante Bay features wide fairways and greens that must be carefully judged but are never unfair. Most of the entrances to the greens are open as well — allowing approach shots to run on safely — while the holes along the cliffs feature strategically placed collection areas to keep errant shots from taking the plunge into the blue water below.

Along with the changing terrain come winds that can be different day to day and during the day, conditions that influence shot value and strategy. That, says Jones, makes for a new challenge at Danzante Bay every time.

“The golf course is a complete journey that golfers will really enjoy taking again and again,” Jones said.

Danzante Bay Golf Club at the Islands of Loreto Ready for December Unveiling

Perry believes the new golf course has the potential to position Loreto as one of the best and most sought-after vacation destinations in the world, while still maintaining its serene and secluded environment.

“We are being extremely careful about the integration of the real estate with the golf course,” Perry said. “That is why we gave Rees all the time necessary to build Danzante Bay. His only mandate was to get it right.”

Villa del Palmar Resort takes full advantage of the region’s unique beauty, authentic culture, quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history, and natural habitats. The resort’s complimentary shuttle service enables guests to explore historic Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Guests can also experience Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa’s 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty. The resort boasts stretches of exquisite shoreline, stunning ocean and mountain views, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, the 39,000-square-foot luxurious Sabila Spa, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, and sport fishing.

Danzante Bay Golf Club and Villa del Palmar Resort at The Islands of Loreto are only a two-hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Alaska Airlines. They also are accessible with non-stop flights from Calgary, and from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines (three times a week year-round).

For additional information on the golf course, go to www.danzantebay.com.

 

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Why Danzante Bay is Baja’s Newest Golf Gem

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People around the world are talking about Danzante Bay Golf Club, the eye-popping new Rees Jones-designed course on the Baja Peninsula’s eastern coastline.

Danzante Bay has been cited as a “featured project” in “Golf Around the World 2017,” the annual report of “golf’s global reach in terms of the supply of golf facilities” prepared by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. It “occupies a stunning setting, 250 feet above the Sea of Cortez to the east and backed by the Sierra la Giganta Mountains to the west,” reads the report, which goes on to say that the course “culminates in what promises to be one of the most photographed holes in modern North American golf, the 178-yard, par-3 17th to a green set diagonally on an outcrop with nothing around it but free fall to the water behind and below.”

Why Danzante Bay is Baja's Newest Golf Gem

Golfers are flocking to the course to see and play 11 ocean-facing holes situated near the luxurious Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto. The course offers magnificent views of the bay as well as the Sea of Cortez as it gently takes players from wavy desert terrain around a crystal lake, through sand dunes, and up into the majestic mountains.

Jones also designed an 18-hole putting course inspired by the famed Himalayas putting course in St. Andrews, Scotland, where families can practice and have fun together. Currently nine putting holes are completed, with the final nine to be finished this year. The final seven holes of the 7,107-yard, par-72 course also will be completed in early November.

“The creation of the front nine holes is an opportunity for us to showcase a completely different part of the property to golfers,” said Jones. “There are interesting landforms that allow us to create unique holes that are different from, but also complimentary to, the other eleven holes. The completed 18-hole golf course will be a journey that golfers will really enjoy taking again and again.”

Only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Loreto International Airport (LTO) also is accessible with direct WestJet flights from Calgary and from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines (three times a week year-round).

For golfers ready to be awe-inspired, the Danzante Bay Golf Experience offers two types of golf packages (when booked before Oct. 30, 2017and used by Dec. 19, 2017):

The European Plan includes:

  • 3 nights in a Deluxe Studio Suite
  • 18 holes of golf daily, per person, with cart
  • Use of practice facilities
  • Access to 18-hole putting green
  • 1 spa credit of $25 per adult
  • Priced at $146 per person, per night, based on double occupancy

The All-Inclusive Plan includes:

  • 3 nights in a Deluxe Studio Suite
  • All food, plus domestic and international beverages 
  • 18 holes of golf daily, per person, with cart
  • Use of practice facilities
  • Access to 18-hole putting green
  • 1 spa credit of $25 per adult
  • Priced at $215 per person, per night, based on double occupancy

For reservations, promotional codes and additional information, call 01-800-838-2662 or visit http://danzantebaygolfcourse.com/stayandplay.html

Guests can also experience Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa’s 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty. The resort boasts stretches of exquisite shoreline, stunning ocean and mountain views, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, the 39,000-square-foot luxurious Sabila Spa, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, and sport fishing.

Villa del Palmar takes full advantage of the region’s unique beauty, authentic culture, quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history, and natural habitats. The resort’s complimentary shuttle service enables guests to explore historic Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site.

To reserve a Danzante Bay golf package, or for more information, visit www.villadelpalmarloreto.com, call (800) 790-4187, or email reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com.  For additional information on the golf course, go to www.danzantebay.com.

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Stay at a Romantic Vacation Rental in Loreto Bay

Have a Baja Moment! Stay at a Romantic Vacation Rental in Nopolo or in Downtown Loreto.

Vacation Rental in Loreto

Looking for a romantic getaway? Visit Loreto and get seduced by the history and charm of this magical Baja town. Image: Casa 465 in Nopolo, south of Loreto.

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement in the Baja Peninsula. Once billed as the “Capital of the Californias,” today Loreto is a lovely town with well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings, quiet cobblestone streets, museums, art galleries and a friendly population of close to 15,000 residents.

In Loreto, the crystalline waters of the Sea of Cortez bathe sandy beaches and inhabited islands while the impressive mountains of Sierra de la Giganta overlook the bay. Surrounded by this spectacular landscape, the sleepy town offers a unique combination of historic relevance, natural beauty and local flavor that has resulted in its recognition by the Mexican Tourism Board as one of Baja’s three Pueblo Magicos (Magical Towns).

Vacation Rental in Loreto

Loreto is one of only three towns in Baja to be designated as a Pueblo Magico.

The Loreto area doesn’t lack for excitement and adventure either. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of water-based activities such as diving, kayaking, snorkeling, sportfishing and whale watching, or opt for more relaxing pursuits, like a soothing walk on a secluded beach at sunset. The desert and mountains nearby also provide excellent activities options – hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking- and a visit to see some of the peninsula’s famous cave paintings can be an unforgettable experience.

And when it comes to accommodations, Loreto has something to suit every budget.

Vacation Rental in Loreto

El Tibruon Casitas’ charming accommodations are located in the heart of downtown Loreto.

For instance, it’s hard beat the convenience and affordability and luxury of El Tiburon Casitas. This charming hotel boasts a perfect location on a quiet street in downtown Loreto, and it is within easy walking distance of the historic district and the malecon (marina boardwalk).

El Tiburon Casitas features four little Casita houses built around a central patio and sparkling Pool. The hotel reflects the laid-back style of the town, and is decorated with vibrant colors and Mexican arts and crafts. All units are fully furnished and have a kitchen, private bathroom and well-lighted spaces. Other room amenities include air-conditioning, ceiling fans, fresh linens and towels, as well as daily maid service. Complimentary WiFi, Phone calls, and Bikes.

Vacation Rental in Loreto

Traditional Mexican furnishings are hallmarks at El Tiburon Casitas.

Another great feature of the hotel are its outdoor spaces. The secluded courtyard has a huge palapa and a grill where you can prepare delicious meals for your loved one.

Stay at El Tiburon Casitas and stroll around town, plan a picnic on a nearby beach, or have a romantic dinner in one of the many fine restaurants downtown. The hotel’s amiable staff, convenient location and affordable rates makes it an outstanding option for budget-conscious travelers to Loreto.

 
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Loreto Hosts First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival

Loreto Hosts First Annual Chocolate Clam Festival.

Perhaps best known as California’s first capital, Loreto is also famed for its almejas chocolatas (chocolate clams), and last Saturday, June 1st,  was the perfect time to sample them. The Restaurant Association of Loreto (CANIRAC),  in conjunction with the state tourism department, hosted the historic town’s inaugural Festival of the Chocolate Clam, and it was awesome!

We arrived in the early evening to find the Marina transformed with beautifully decorated food booths, all serving special dishes that highlighted clams. Each restaurant prepared clams in many different ways:  chile rellenos stuffed with clams, clams on the half shell with butter, wine and cheese, clams in escabeche, plus many more. While we sampled all the delicious offerings, we were also enjoying the entertainment, which consisted of mariachis and traditional folkloric dancers, as well as the gorgeous seaside backdrop, with the sun setting over the islands of Loreto and sinking into the Sea of Cortez.

Later in the evening, we were treated to a dramatic demonstration of Almejas Tatamadas, the way locals traditionally prepared clams hundreds of years ago. First they were covered with sand, and then piled high with a brush that was lit and burned for about 40 minutes, perfectly steaming the clams.

We’re already looking forward to the next Festival of the Chocolate Clam, scheduled for the first week in June, 2014!

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Living the Loreto Experience: How to Have a Baja Moment!

Living the Loreto Experience with tour operator Vive Loreto:  How to Have a Baja Moment!

by Ashley Curtin

Vive Loreto is a tour operator in the magical town of Loreto. Photo by Julian Gruening.

Vive Loreto is a tour operator in the magical town of Loreto. Photo by Julian Gruening.

While hiking in the La Giganta Mountains, diving among the colonies of sea lions in the Sea of Cortez or discovering the Mexican culture inside San Javier Mission, Have a Baja Moment! with Vive Loreto.  If you are seeking a way to live the Loreto experience, this mutli-faceted tour operator has a complete spectrum of activities.  Looking for adventure?  Want to learn about the history of Loreto?  Thinking about diving or discovering the islands that are scattered in the sparkling waters of the Sea of Cortez?   Vive Loreto has an array of activities that are easily doable while visiting the Magic Town of Loreto.  No matter age, skill level or niche, Vive Loreto will tailor an adventure just for you.

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The Loreto experience wouldn’t be complete without a romantic sunset.

Land Excursions

Canyons, waterfalls and breathtaking lookouts are just a few of the natural wonders found on a one of Vive Loreto’s guided hikes. While on foot, travelers will trek through the La Giganta Mountains and discover a preserved ecosystem and natural water pools. Or to discover the islands of Coronado or Danzante, travelers have the option of an island hike.

 

Hiking the region around Loreto offers interesting copper-colored terrain framed by sapphire sea. Photo by Ashley Curtin.

Hiking the region around Loreto offers interesting copper-colored terrain framed by sapphire sea. Photo by Ashley Curtin.

 

Another way to explore the countryside is on an ATV or mountain bike. There are different trails and tracks to follow—even the famous competitive ones used during the Baja 1000—to provide any skill level driver or bikers a memorable experience. Or travelers can hop on a mule and ride through the mountains and tour the local surroundings of Loreto the traditional way.

 

Sea Adventures

Snorkel, swim or relax on the beach of one of Loreto’s islands for the day. Vive Loreto offers travelers a boat ride on an open panga or a 21’ cabin cruiser to the uninhibited islands, the best options to for a peaceful and relaxing getaway. It is there travelers can also take advantage of all the fun sea activities and enjoy lunch while looking out at the Sea of Cortez.

 

An open panga boat is a great way to experience Mother Nature.

An open panga boat is a great way to experience Mother Nature.

World-renowned fishing off the coast of Loreto is also a very popular activity among travelers and locals alike. Vive Loreto has options to satisfy both beginner and expert fisher-people.

Whale watching, depending on the time of year, is an amazing and unforgettable experience also facilitated by Vive Loreto. There are two different tours. One often offers travelers the chance to touch Gray whales in Magdalena Bay in the Pacific Ocean; the other allows people to simply marvel at the blue whales here in Loreto Marine Park, with the possibility of dolphin sightings, in the Sea of Cortez.

 

The Loreto experience happens on land and under the sea!

The Loreto experience happens on land and under the sea! Photo by Julian Guening.

The qualified and licensed dive team at Vive Loreto allows any level experienced diver a fascinating view of underwater. Filled with a multitude of colorful fish, rays and coral reefs, the Sea of Cortez offers the most beautiful sea life spotting. For travelers who are looking to learn how to dive, PADI courses, including referrals and refreshers, are also offered at Vive Loreto.

 

Cultural Experiences

Rich history marks its territory in Loreto.  Vive Loreto has many cultural tours to teach travelers about Mexican traditions, starting with the charming downtown. Loreto is the oldest town in Baja and Vive Loreto offers travelers a unique cultural experience starting with the sampling of Mexican cuisine native to the area.  Paired with the culinary experience are excursions to historic missions and distant ranches that are original to the Loreto region. There is nothing like learning about the indigenous peoples, exploring cave art and walking through churches on the San Javier Mission tour or the ranch tour.

 

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Vive Loreto’s tailored tours provide travelers with an unforgettable discovery of all things natural and incredible. Their expertise allows travelers to experience the magical culture, see the magnificent sea life and take part in the ultimate adventures that wait in Loreto.

There are lots of great places to stay in and around Loreto, including the  small and intimate  La Damiana Inn which is centrally located and rich with history, or El Tiburon Casitas, which are fully furnished and near the marina.  And dining?  Loreto is as delicious as it is charming!

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Live it Up In Loreto: Have a Baja Moment! in California’s First Capital

Live it Up in Loreto:  Have a Baja Moment at California’s First Capital

Loreto was not only the first capital of Baja California (and Alta California, for that matter, although gringos just call it California), but the first Spanish settlement on the entirety of the Baja Peninsula.  A sleepy seaside town located about 220 miles north of La Paz, Loreto enjoys a privileged position between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range. It was founded by Jesuit missionaries in 1697, but these days it’s best known as a tourist destination — and heaven for lovers of outdoor adventure and water sports like fishing, diving, sailing, and kayaking.

Situated between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Gigante mountain range, Loreto is known for its beautiful settings.

Situated between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, Loreto is known for its beautiful settings.

Much of the current interest in Loreto centers upon five large uninhabited islands off the coast: Coronado, Danzante, Carmen, Montserrat, and Santa Catalina. These ruggedly beautiful  islands are situated in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park (they’ve also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fish rich environment perfect for snorkeling, diving and whale watching. This marine park is one of the best places in the world to view blue whales (February and March are the best months), and a premier destination for kayak enthusiasts.

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How to live it up in Loreto? Sea Kayak Adventures offers scenic tours of the uninhabited islands off the coast.

Sea Kayak Adventures is one of the companies licensed to give tours in Loreto Bay National Marine Park, and they offer all-inclusive packages that include food, lodging, and of course spectacular kayak trips around the islands, from Coronado’s sea lion colony to Danzante’s romantic Honeymoon Cove. Sea Kayak Adventures specializes in small group tours, and has an excellent guide to guest ratio. Better yet, all of their guides are also marine biologists. This comes in handy when you’re exploring such an abundant wildlife environment, paddling next to dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks, and over 800 species of colorful fish.

Villa del Palmar at Loreto Resort & Spa

Villa del Palmar’s Islands at Loreto Resort & Spa  located 45 min south of Loreto

One of the area’s newest lodgings is Villa del Palmar’s Islands at Loreto Resort & Spa, which opened in March of 2011. The property is actually located south 0f Loreto at Ensenada Blanca, about a half hour drive from the airport, with 181 suites overlooking Isla Danzante and the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Villa del Palmar offers serene settings, first-class dining, and plenty of outdoor activities options.

Villa del Palmar offers serene settings, and plenty of outdoor activities options.

The resort is located within the boundaries of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, and offers outdoor activities options like osprey and whale watching hikes. Guests may relax at the Sabile Spa and Wellness Center, or work up a sweat on one of the two tennis courts. A golf course was just completed in June 2016.

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Have A Baja Moment at Tabor Canyon: Hiking the Mountains of Loreto.

Discover Loreto’s natural playground in the mountains of La Giganta and Have a Baja Moment, hiking the various terrain types and discovering a variety of wildlife living within the region.

by Ashley Curtin 

 

 

Climbing over boulders, wading through pools of water and scaling steep mountainsides in Tabor Canyon is the most popular hike among adventurous travelers visiting Loreto. The impressive natural features of the canyon preserve an ecosystem boasting green vegetation, blue palm, natural water pools and sheltered large trees, all home to the canyon. As hikers approach higher elevations in the mountains La Giganta, beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez across from Puerto Escondido are clearly visible. 

Hikers can Have a Baja Moment in Tabor Canyon.

While Tabor Canyon, located 15 minutes south of Loreto Bay, is a moderate to advanced hike, it is best that a guide accompany hikers of all levels. The hike is about a three-mile distance along various geo-terrains at a climbing elevation of 1,000 feet. With tour groups such as Wild Loreto, the hike takes about three hours with a stop along the way to re-hydrate, snacking on healthy foods.

 

The first part of Tabor Canyon includes hiking along a trail, but as the hike progresses, it becomes more challenging with steeper climbs and an overall less defined route. As waterfalls from mountainsides and natural swimming pools entice swimmers, hikers become one with nature. The natural aspects of the hike are not only breathtaking, but also rejuvenating and invigorating, all at the same time.

 

Within the mountains of La Giganta lie the flora and fauna of Baja. The Tabor Canyon hike reveals indigenous plants and wildlife that inhabit the desert of Loreto. Bird watching is another common and rewarding practice on this hike. There are various species of birds perched in trees or swooping up the mountains surrounding hikers. Various reptiles — some which are rare — hide within their natural habitat and, given the opportunity, might cross path with hikers. It makes for an unforgettable experience.

 

The rugged mountains of Loreto offer travelers a way to seek out adventure with various trekking opportunities. From large, clear hiking paths to less traveled trails, Loreto is a place for hikers of all levels to discover the wilderness.

 

Here are a few tips when hiking Tabor Canyon:

  •  Travel with a guide
  • Pack lots of water
  • Wear proper clothes (long pants, proper hiking boots and a hat to block the sun)
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Start hiking early in the morning
  • Hike with a partner
  • Bring a camera
Check out the video Vimeo below to find out more about how you can Have a Baja Moment in Loreto!

 

 

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Have a Baja Moment: 5 Places to Eat in Loreto

Have a Baja Moment:  5 Places to Eat in Loreto that Serve Up Baja Freshness

By Ashley Curtin

Fresh, local and seasonal:  three of the regular attributes of  the cuisine of Loreto. Located on the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Loreto’s fresh seafood is the main feature on many restaurant menus. Grilled fillets of sea bass, prepared chocolate clams and homemade ceviche are just a few of the staple dishes of Loreto. And to enjoy the area’s authentic cuisine, here are five acclaimed restaurants serving Loreto’s favorites dishes.

Mita Gourmet

A top tier restaurant located on the Plaza in the center of Loreto, Mita Gourmet is serving creative dishes to visitors and locals alike. The restaurant is known for its personalized service, attentive wait staff and exceptional food quality.   From shrimp wrapped in bacon to a fish fillet stuffed with seafood and various cuts of steak, the menu boasts an array of flavors. With both inside and outside seating, the atmosphere is casual, colorful, and intimate  Mita Gourmet’s prices are on the high side, but the restaurant’s superior standards and gourmet food makes it a place worth dining.

Location:  Davis Street In front of Plaza Juarez, Loreto, BCS 23880

 

La Palapa

 

Designed to resemble an oversized palapa—a thatched roof hut on the beach that provides protection from the sun—the fun atmosphere and fresh food make La Palapa a favorite restaurant among visitors who visit Loreto. The restaurant specializes in the preparation of seafood and other traditional Mexican dishes, such as chile relleno. Fresh fillets of sea bass are prepared to perfection, while a fun culinary experience at La Palapa is the Cesar Salad made table-side. A Mariachi band also frequents tables to entertain guests, but be prepared to pay a price for each song they perform. Moderate prices.

Location: Prolongacion Hidalgo a short block away from the Malecon
Loreto, BCS 23880

Conchó

A simple restaurant with no frills makes Conchó’s popular among the local foodies. The casual atmosphere, where plastic tables and chairs line the restaurant, is a fun way to spend an afternoon and fill up on seafood caught daily. Known for serving the freshest chocolate clams in Loreto, Conchó’s guests can choose from various preparations—grilled, raw, stuffed or broiled with melted cheese. But certain preparations can take some extra time so guests should expect to wait. And the wait is well worth the freshness. Conchó’s menu is not only easy on the wallet, but the restaurant provides guests a memorable authentic Mexican dining experience when visiting Loreto.

Location:  Calle Madero at corner of  Carrillo Anastasia, Downtown Loreto

 

The Market

Located  45 minute drive south of Loreto, within the Villa del Palmar Timeshare Property on the edge of the Sea of Cortez, The Market serves a delicious buffet complete with American favorites and authentic Mexican staples during breakfast, lunch and dinner. For guests looking for a serious entrée, the menu is composed of seafood and meat dishes highlighting the fresh and flavorful cuisine of Loreto. The Market is also known for its homemade bread—sweet rolls are made daily on site and served at each meal. The open dining area both inside and out offers guests a place to relax, with views of the pool and tropical landscape.

Address:  Carretera Transpeninsular km 84 Ensenada Blanca, Loreto,Baja California Sur, Z.C.23880

 

Giggling Dolphin Restaurant and Boat Bar

 

The once-boat-turned-bar-and-truck is now a grill!  Remnants of this eatery’s colorful history are scattered about this restaurant, and have become famous fixtures that have visitors flocking to the Giggling Dolphin Restaurant and Boat Bar on Benito Juarez half a block from the water. The main dining area is inside the open-sided restaurant under a thatched-roof and provides its guests a bright and airy dining experience. Known for its fresh seafood, the fish tacos are the most popular choice on the menu. The guacamole served with homemade chips is also a local favorite. To experience the fun atmosphere, sit at the boat bar and enjoy a hand-crafted margarita on the rocks or blend it yourself by peddling a stationary bike. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The fairly priced menu at the Giggling Dolphin Restaurant maintains high quality and consistency, while the lively, colorful decor makes this a popular place to dine at while visiting Loreto.

Location:  Benito Juarez, Loreto,Baja California Sur, Z.C.23880

Whether looking for a restaurant downtown or along the coast of the Sea of Cortez, Loreto has a variety of options for visitors. And no matter the atmosphere,  visitors are sure to Have a Baja Moment eating the freshest seafood and tastiest Mexican dishes while in Loreto.

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A Hide-Away in Baja’s Paradise: Las Cabañas de Loreto

A Hide-away in Baja’s Paradise:  Las Cabañas de Loreto

On the Baja Peninsula, nestled between the towering mountain range of the Sierra La Giganta and the beautiful azure Sea of Cortez, is the tranquil, historic town of Loreto. Just fifty paces from the sea, you will discover Las Cabañas de Loreto, the perfect place to stay to relax and explore this area. The cabañas are within  walking distance to harbor, beach, restaurants and to shopping.

Las Cabañas de Loreto are a hide-away in Baja’s Paradise

Loreto is full of history and is considered the oldest permanent settlement in Baja. In 1697, Spanish padres founded the Mission Nuestra Senora de Loreto, the first mission in the chain of 17 that stretched to Sonoma, California. Loreto remained the capital of Baja California for 132 years, until 1829 when a hurricane devastated the city, and the capital was then moved to La Paz. Loreto has a beautiful Malecon, sea-front boardwalk, that invites you to stroll or rest in one of the benches facing the Sea of Cortez. It also has one of the most quaint town squares in all of Baja, and is the center for people to gather for music, poetry reading and other civic activities. The islands off of our shore have been designated and UNESCO world heritage site.

Loreto is truly a paradise. Photo provided by Las Cabanas de Loreto.

And there, smack in one of Mexico’s most lovely regions, is Las Cabañas de Loreto…a hide-away in Baja’s paradise.  The cabaña studios are behind the main house and face an inner courtyard. The studios have air conditioning, wi-fi access, kitchenettes equipped with microwaves, coffee makers and small refrigerators. The property has a pool, hot tub, guest laundry, outdoor sink area, BBQ and hammocks, available for you to use.

Loreto is one of the most picturesque towns in Baja, and can be easily reached via Mexico Hwy 1 (750 miles from San Diego) or by a 90 minute direct flight from Los Angeles on Alaska Airlines.  Loreto has many activities to choose from; fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, golf, tennis, whale watching, excursions to historic missions, or just watching the pelicans fly over the water.

 

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