Every year, visitors from all over the world, (in particular from USA and Canada) arrive to the Islands of Loreto to soak up the sun and stunning scenery every year. As far as luxury beach destination in Baja California go, Loreto has everything to offer to the nature-seeking adventure-lover on vacation. With that in mind, here’s a list of the top 7 things to do in Loreto while you’re on vacation.
1 Jesuit Mission and Museum
The Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto is a quaint colonial mission that is more than 400 years old leading the architectural style of Loreto town. Some 18 Jesuit Missions populate the area that surrounds Loreto, which can also be visited. The adjoined Mission Museum is also opened 6 days a week, closing on Mondays, offering a fascinating collection of historical and religious artifacts. A marvelous attraction for history lovers.
2 Parque Marino Nacional Bahía de Loreto
The Parque Marino Nacional is certainly one of the top 7 things to do in Loreto. A protected marine reserve, there is no beating the incredible underwater wanders that you will encounter. Divers and snorkelers will have an amazing subaquatic adventure.The Sea of Cortez and the Islands of Loreto are home to a huge variety of marine flora and fauna in a breathtaking habitat!
3 Cave Paintings
Supposedly bigger and more impressive than those discovered across Europe, these pre-hispanic cave paintings are claimed to date back to around the 6th century. The Cave Paintings near Loreto are protected by UNESCO and clearly deserve their place among the top 7 things to do in Loreto. Get your history and culture fix here, as well as some fantastic vacation snap shots!
4 Non-Motorized Water Sports
Snorkeling, diving, paddle-boarding and kayaking around the Islands of Loreto, or any activity that gets you closer to the stunning surroundings of the region is a highly recommended.
5 Beach Lounging
Enjoying the beaches on the Islands of Loreto are sure to be on your list of top 7 things to do in Loreto. Isla Danzante which is only 2.5 miles from the coast, can be reached by boat of kayak water or you may wish to go north along the coast from Loreto to Conception Bay. In fact the beaches all alone the coast of the Sea of Cortez are famed for their crystal clear waters and clean sand. Playa Coyotes and Playa La Perla garner the most reviews but it would be worthwhile to explore the many options available.
6 Boat Trips
Exploring the water by boat is highly recommended for things to do in Loreto. A fishing excursion or a whale watching tour during the winter months are just two options.
7 Loreto’s Farmers Market
Think of this as more like a souvenir market which has craft stalls, sells clothing, fresh vegetables, fruit and meat. The fruit and vegetables sold here are usually better quality that those found in supermarkets, too. The market it now located in Mimar to the north of Loreto.