The Mexican beach town of Loreto is located in the state of Baja California Sur on the Sea of Cortez and is famed for its picturesque islands that make it one of Mexico’s most idyllic and tranquil vacation spots. The town was officially founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries who built the first church there, Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, which was completed in 1703.
Enjoying daily flights from the United States and Canada arriving to the international airport in Loreto, the town has become a hub of tourism and eco-friendly tours to complement its small population of around 10,000 inhabitants. There are various options for places to stay including five star hotels as well as activities to enjoy such as diving, golf, tennis, camping, kayaking, sailing and more.
Historically, Loreto has much to offer in terms of religious buildings and significance, with a Jesuit museum to accompany the mission church as well as other buildings dating from the 18th century. The Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto at one time marked the start of a famous pilgrimage or “Camino Real” which Spanish missionaries would walk to Sonoma, California. The museum has a large collection of religious art as well as tools and arms from the 17th and 18th century.
Close by in the Giganta Mountains, you can also find cave paintings and carvings in the rocks.
There is a magical charm about Loreto that can only be fully understood when you arrive.