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!
Points of Interest
- San Javier & Mission San Javier
- Mission of Our Lady of Loreto
- Jesuit Missions Museum
- Outdoor Adventure
- Underwater Adventure
- Mexican Fiesta
- Loreto Estuary & Beach
- Sierra de la Giganta
More about Loreto, Mexico Points of Interest
San 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.
Mission 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.
Jesuit 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.
Explore the beauty and wonder of the rugged Baja Peninsula by kayak.
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.
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.
Loreto Estuary & Beach
Once you mount up, you'll gently ride off to the Loreto Estuary & Beach to begin your approximate two-hour adventure.
Sierra de la Giganta
A dramatic landscape of towering cliffs, massive boulders, sprawling canyons, babbling springs and mirror-calm pools.