Golf en Loreto

El campo de golf de Loreto se encuentra en Nopoló, 9 kms al sur de la aldea. Es un par 72 18 hoyos y 2 lagos artificiales.

Muy pronto en 2014 el majestuoso campo de golf de 18 hoyos en el hotel Villa del Palmar, que en su primera etapa contará con 9 hoyos y demostrará para ser un campo de 18 hoyos, donde el famoso arquitecto y golfista Reese Jones es encargado de edificio en este campo.

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Here is a quick quiz.  Can you guess where this place is based on these hints?

  • This town sits on the shores of a protected marine park with 5 islands.
  • It is the home of six species of whales.
  • It is a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • It is the home of the #4 Best Mexican Beach for 2016 according to the USA Today Reader’s Choice Awards.
  • It was voted as the Best Mexican Cruise Port by Holland America cruise passengers.
  • It has a first class international airport.
  • The first mission of the California’s is the centerpiece of this town.
  • The town is one of Mexico’s Pueblo Magicos.
  • It was founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries.

Those of you who know Baja, most likely know the answer, but my guess is that most of you have no idea of where this place is.  This is why Loreto is still the best kept secret of southern Baja.  The fact that Loreto has remained unknown to most of the world, has protected it from being overrun with huge tourism projects.  Today it remains a small Mexican town of about 15,000 people in a stunning location.

My love affair with Loreto started ten years ago as a vacation to visit a location in Mexico I had never seen.  Over the years I had visited many of the tourist sites in Mexico, and though most were interesting and beautiful, none of them had the welcoming feeling that I experienced upon my arrival in Loreto. Loreto still today welcomes people with open arms.  You immediately get the feeling that you are not a stranger.  Walking along the beautiful beachfront malecon, locals and visitors alike will stop to say “Hola”. 

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that Loreto really exists.  Rereading the bullet points above, how can a small town be all those things?  The answer is that the people of Loreto love their town and are passionate about maintaining its charm while opening their doors to visitors from around the world.  Those who have been lucky enough to discover Loreto, whether it is for a few days or like me, who decide to create a home here, have the opportunity to experience amazing things. 

The abundance of outdoor activities available in Loreto is incredible.  Every day can be a new adventure.  Boating, sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, hiking and whale watching to name a few.  There is something for everybody in every season. 

Loreto may be the best kept secret of Baja, but we are anxious to share it with you.  Getting here is easy too.  With flights, some daily, from the US and Canada, there is no reason to wait to visit us.  We will be waiting for you with open arms.

Visitar el lugar donde las montañas llegan a nadar

Loreto has often been described as “the place where the mountains come to swim”.  One needs only to gaze over the landscape of the area to see exactly what inspired that description.  On its eastern shoreline, the Sea of Cortez with its various shades of blue, from Caribbean turquoise to deep dark blue, creates a stark contrast to the mountains to the west.  The Sierra La Giganta Mountains to the west of Loreto rise above the town and appear literally to be running into the sea for a swim. 

The beautiful vistas of Loreto are certainly a reason to plan a visit, but it is just the beginning. With the range of activities and experiences available to you, you might soon find yourself realizing that even a week is too short to see and do everything.   

Certain activities are seasonal, but others can be enjoyed year around. Here are some ideas:

Explore the town of Loreto:  Loreto sits directly on the Sea of Cortez, with a small marina and a beautiful malecon (boardwalk) with plenty of benches for you to sit and gaze at the sea.  The town itself is flat which makes it very walkable and from the malecon there is a tree-lined pedestrian walkway to the plaza in the center of the town.  Loreto was founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries. The centerpiece of the town and the building of the most historical significance, is the first Mission of the Californias, Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, which was completed in 1744 and is still in use today.   Adjacent to the church is a very interesting small museum that displays many artifacts from the town and provides a glimpse into the lives of the early settlers.

Visit the Mission of San Javier: From Loreto it is about an hours drive into the mountains to reach the beautiful Mission of San Javier.  The interior of the church is intricately decorated and embellished with gold. It is worth the trip to marvel at how such an incredible building could be constructed in such a remote place. Behind the church is a garden with olive trees that are over 300 years old.

Experience the abundant sea life:  Loreto is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.  During the winter months, the sea in front of Loreto turns into a stage of natural wonders.  Whales, many of them full time residents of the area come out of hiding.  From shore you can see Humpback, Orca, Fin, and Pilot whales.  Blue Whales have made Loreto their home, and it is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the largest animal in existence up close.  Licensed whale watching boats will take you on a trip of a lifetime.  And if you are lucky, you will see dolphins and other whales during your trip.  In early February, the town celebrates this magnificent creature with its annual Blue Whale Festival.

Get wet: One of the attributes of the sea offshore of Loreto, is that it is safe for swimming.  For almost half the year, the water is warm enough to swim comfortably without a wetsuit.  Many of the beaches offer great snorkeling right off shore.  For those who want see more, a boat ride from the marina over to Coronado Island, is a must do activity.  Scuba diving, snorkeling and a picnic lunch on the white sand beach of Coronado is on the top of many visitors lists.  The trip to Coronado will provide you with a glimpse of the many full time residents of the Island, including the noisy colony of Sea Lions and the flocks of Blue-Footed Boobies. Loreto is one of the few places outside the Galapagos where you can see these entertaining birds.

Catch a fish:   Sport fishing has long been one of the major draws for visitors to Loreto.  Every season of the year you can experience the adrenaline rush of pulling in that big fish.

Go kayaking:  There are lots of places to visit by kayak along the coast of Loreto either on your own or with a guided kayak company. 

Take a hike:  Loreto offers hiking adventures for all levels.  Some hikes are available close to town, while others will take you on exciting adventures into the Sierra La Giganta Mounains.  Tours offered by local guide companies will show you those hidden places where you can see ancient cave paintings. 

Finish your day with a great meal:  Where do we want to eat tonight?  This is the most common phrase you will find yourself pondering at the end of each day.  Loreto, for its size, has an amazing number of fabulous restaurants.  Most visitors find that they never have enough time to experience them all.  Of course, the answer to this problem, is that you will just have to come back and visit Loreto again.  I am sure you will agree once you have visited this “place where the mountains come to swim”.

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