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Loreto, Mexico

Loreto is nestled between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains and boasts breathtaking landscapes. The contrast between the blue waters of the sea and the rugged desert mountains creates a unique and captivating scenery. Also known as the Gulf of California, the Sea of Cortez is often called the "Aquarium of the World" due to its rich marine biodiversity. Snorkeling, diving, and kayaking in these waters offer opportunities to witness colorful coral reefs, diverse fish species, and encounters with marine mammals like dolphins and whales.


Loreto was the first settlement on the peninsula and was the capital of the Spanish colony of the Californias in 1697. It is a beautiful place with relics from its past, especially the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto. A string of offshore islands, secluded coves, dramatic rock formations, sea life and crystal-clear waters make this a popular port for all who visit.


Ship Location

Ships drop anchor in Loreto Bay and tender passengers ashore to a dock on the town's waterfront.


Getting Around

The town of Loreto is compact and pedestrian-friendly. Many attractions, restaurants, shops, and accommodations are within walking distance of each other. Walking allows you to enjoy the town's charm at a leisurely pace. Taxis are readily available in Loreto and can take you to where you want to go. Negotiating the fare with the driver before starting your journey is advisable, as taxis might not always have meters.



Loreto, Mexico, offers a delightful blend of historical, natural, and cultural attractions. Mission of Our Lady of Loreto (Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto.) This mission, founded in 1697, is one of the oldest in the Californias. It's an architectural marvel and a significant historical site. Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this marine park is home to a richly diverse biosphere.


Visit Isla Coronado, a popular destination for day trips. Dolphin and whale-watching tours abound. Learn about regional history at the Museum of Missions (Museo de las Misiones) for insights into the history of the missions in the region and the indigenous cultures of Baja California.


Take a day trip to the mountains to see cave paintings by indigenous groups that predate colonization, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go kayaking or stroll along Loreto's waterfront boardwalk, where you can savor local specialties and gaze out at the sea.