Escape to Loreto
Winter blues got you down? Looking to escape muggy summer days at home? A long weekend in the dry Baja sun may be just the answer.
Travelers based in the western United States can reach San Diego, Ensenada, Loreto, La Paz, or Los Cabos by air in a matter of hours. From these international airports, a variety of weekend itineraries are possible.
Arrive midday at Loreto International Airport and check in to Las Cabañas de Loreto, Coco Cabañas, or La Damiana. Stroll Plaza Salvatierra and follow the paseo to the malecón as the sun sinks into the Sierra de la Giganta behind you. Mingle with local expats over dinner at 1697 or Papagayo Cantando, or sample the legendary fish tacos at El Rey del Taco.
Rise early to spend the day fishing, kayaking, diving, or touring the islands in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park directly offshore. Then reward yourself with a traditional Mexican meal at La Picazón and drinks at the second-story, open-air Bar Eclipse.
Visit one of the best-preserved Jesuit missions on the peninsula in the tiny village of San Javier, a 36-kilometer drive southwest of Loreto. Finish the day with a meal at Del Borracho Saloon and Grill.
Take an early morning walk along the waterfront. Browse the shops near the plaza for souvenirs. Take one last dip in the pool, and then it’s time to say goodbye.
© Nikki Goth Itoi from Moon Baja, 9th Edition