LORETO NEIGHBORHOODS AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Baja California Sur is Mexico's second smallest state. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, to the east is the Gulf of California, otherwise known as the Sea of Cortez. With the longest coastline in Mexico, it's no wonder beaches in Baja California Sur are known for great swimming and surfing. Baja California Sur offers amazing whale watching, deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Baja California Sur is also home to several scattered islands that provide excellent day trips to boaters and kayakers.
Loreto, founded in 1697, was the first Spanish colonial settlement of the Viceroyalty of New Spain on the Baja California Peninsula. The small town has been recognized as a Pueblo Magico (Magical Town) and has been declated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Loreto has long been known as “The Best Kept Secret in Baja.” The family-friendly oceanfront town has a historic downtown plaza, bustling local marina, and beautiful malecon boardwalk with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. The neighborhood of Centro, is the heart of Loreto. The hospital, bank, supermarkets, department stores, gift shops, and tortillerias can all be found in Centro. Despite its small size, Loreto has over seventy restaurants, each with its own flavor and flair. Downtown restaurants typically offer quaint home-style cooking, but there are also a number of waterfront eateries with epic ocean views.
Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto is planned as a collection of distinct neighborhoods. Each is designed to capture the unique characteristics of its amazing and unique landscape. Danzante Bay offers diverse opportunities, from hiking and mountain biking to snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and sport fishing. Danzante Bay also features a world-class 18-hole golf course with breathtaking views, designed by hall of fame architect Rees Jones. Danzante Bay's master plan will eventually include a full-service marina, Owner's Beach Club, shipping center and boutique hotel.
Located just north of Centro, the area of town known as El Bajo is comprised of 145 off the grid oceanfront lots. These lots are typically 100' on the ocean, by 300' deep. These oceanfront lots have incredible views of the Sea of Cortez, Coronado Island to the east and the Sierra de la Giganta Mountain range to the west. T
Located just north of Centro, the neighborhood of El Jaral is primarily a single family residential neighborhood. It is the northernmost neighborhood in Loreto with city services of water and electricity. Properties further north of the "last light pole" are currently off of the grid. This neighborhood includes Costa Loreto (aka "Gringolandia) the upscale beachfront development in one of the most exclusive areas of Loreto, with direct access to the beach and Sea of Cortez.
The small fishing village of Ligui offers tranquility at the large ‘Ensenada Blanca’ bay, with its white beaches. Just south from Isla Danzante this coast of the Sea of Cortez offers a mountainous coastline interspersed with protected sandy beaches and allows for spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez with protection by the mountains to the west. This area of town is ideal for adventurers who like incredible views and remoteness.
Juncalito is a fishing village and ex-pat community, located a short drive south of Loreto, characterized by its tranquil setting. Playa Juncalito in Juncalito Bay has clear calm waters with both rocky and sandy beaches. The area is a popular location for camping, kayaking, snorkeling and sport fishing.
Located about 20 minutes south of Centro, the village of Loreto Bay is community-driven neighborhood with an active Home Owners Association and numerous community events. The development was planned as a series of “romantic, walk-able, seaside villages.” Each village was designed to be pedestrian-friendly, including retail, entertainment and recreational facilities, where bicycles and electric cars are the primary means of transportation. The village of Loreto Bay currently features charming walk-able streets with lush landscaping, colorful homes, a community pool, golf course, and several popular restaurants. The homes are connected to each other via a network of cool, shady passageways, interspersed with small intimate communal garden spaces.
MARINA PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Located about 20 minutes south of Centro, Marina Puerto Escondido (Secret Port) is a naturally-formed beautiful protected bay with calm waters, making it a popular anchoring spot for sailboats and yachts. This bay is located within Bahia de Loreto National Park. Located within Marina Puerto Escondido, Waicuri, is the only waterfront community to feature private docks in Baja California Sur. The first phase includes 19 spectacular island lots for custom homes. Future plans call for further development of a waterfront condominiums and additional waterfront home sites.
Mulegé is a peaceful oasis town situated at the mouth of the Rio de Santa Rosalita, with a population of about 4,000 residents. The city is internationally famous for its rich fishing grounds in the Gulf of California also known as the Sea of Cortez. Due to the fertile soil and rich water supply in the Mulegé river valley, many tropical fruits such as oranges, bananas, limes and mangoes are cultivated in this area. There are frequently many festivals, fiestas, music, and other events held in town.
Nopolo is a small, safe community located south of Loreto, occupied primarily by ex-pat, retirees from the US and Canada. The city of Nopolo includes the master-planned community of Loreto Bay. The community includes the Loreto Bay Golf and Resort.
PLAYA EL COYOTE, AND BAHIA CONCEPTION
Playa El Coyote, Bahia Concepcion in Baja California Sur, Mexico, just 90 minutes north of Loreto and 20 miles south of Mulegé. This location combines the rugged beauty of Baja together with the sparkling waters of the Sea of Cortez. The Bay of Conception's beautifully clear, calm waters are perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and fishing. Marine life such as dolphins, stingrays a great variety of different fish species, and Whale Sharks can frequently be spotted swimming in the bay. Numerous birds, such as Orioles, Cardinals, Great Blue Herons, and Great White Egrets also inhabit this area. The area also has extensive ancient cave paintings and hiking trails to the contiguous bays and canyons nearby.
San Javier is a small village located in the approximately 36 km, southwest of Centro, Loreto. The village is home of the church of the Misión San Francisco Xavier de Viggé-Biaundó (more commonly known as Misión San Javier) and the oldest olive tree in all of the Americas. Each year, during the Feast of San Javier (December 1 - 3), Catholic pilgrims from around Mexico come to Loreto to hike or ride donkeys up the hill to San Javier cathedral. The chapel was built as a place for pilgrims to stop, rest and pray before finishing their trek. Residents who live in the area raise cattle, sheep and goats. The residents also grow a variety of fruits and other edible crops. Mangos, papayas, figs, guavas, chilies and citrus are common.
Located just south of Centro, near the Loreto International Airport (LTO), Zaragoza is primarily a residential neighborhood with wide paved streets and larger size lots, when compared to other neighborhoods in town. This neighborhood has beachfront access near the arroyo and estuary.