Loreto, Mexico

Loreto, Mexico

This ancient and beautiful destination, cradled by the lush hills of the Sierra de la Giganta and the cobalt waters of the Sea of Cortez, immerses you in history and culture from the moment you step onto its shores. Dating back nearly 12,000 years, Loreto is thought to be the oldest human settlement on the Peninsula of Baja California, and you can explore its fascinating cave paintings and petroglyphs. It is also where the Jesuit missionaries landed, founding the first Mission of Baja California and establishing the Church of Our Lady of Loreto, which still anchors the town. Mexican heritage and colonial influences can both be seen as you wander through the quaint streets, browsing curio shops, sampling local fare and meeting the friendly people. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Loreto's sun-drenched and scenic surroundings. Sparkling beaches and dramatic cliff-top vistas invite thrill-seekers and eco-travelers alike to discover the local flora and fauna and the abundant water activities. Kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and sport-fishing are popular, as are more extreme off-road adventures and, in the winter months, whale watching. Come experience the unspoiled beauty of Loreto for yourself!

Top things to do and see in Loreto, Mexico: View Excursions

  • 1San Javier & Mission San Javier

    This quaint village is home to the second oldest mission in the Californias. Its historic 17th-century church boasts period architecture, stained-glass windows and the first weather vane in Baja.

  • 2Mission of Our Lady of Loreto

    Rising above the main plaza, the charming stone church's bell tower is the town's main historic landmark, founded in 1697. Step inside for its beautiful crucifix and golden altarpiece carved in wood.

  • 3Jesuit Missions Museum

    Located in an 18th century Jesuit convent, this petite museum displays 300 artifacts showcasing the development of the Baja and Alta California missions as well as 17th- and 18th-century mission art.

  • 4Outdoor Adventure

    Explore the beauty and wonder of the rugged Baja Peninsula by kayak.

  • 5Underwater Adventure

    Enticing divers and snorkelers of all levels, Loreto National Marine Park, a 100-mile stretch of sea-hugging Baja coastline, is home to over 800 species of colorful fish, unique to the Sea of Cortez.

  • 6Mexican Fiesta

    Savor the flavors of an authentic Mexican seafood specialty exclusive to Loreto. Fresh from the sea, "chocolate" clams, cooked over rocks, are complimented by margaritas and a music performance.