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.
The neighborhood of Costa Loreto is a well-established exclusive beachfront development in one of the most desirable areas of Loreto. The neighborhood is fully serviced, with electric, telephone, and water service and fiber optic internet is available. No HOA.
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 downtown Loreto, the area of town known as El Bajo is comprised of approximately 145 off the grid oceanfront lots. Residents received power via solar or generator and water via water truck deliveries. The intention was for each of the lots to be equivalent, but there are some variations in lot size and dimensions. The lots are typically around 3,000 square meters (approximately 32,000 square feet or about 3/4 acres) with 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. El Bajo is the perfect place to enjoy nature, with incredible sunrises and sunsets, as well as, stargazing at night while only being a short distance away from Centro, Loreto.
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.
EL RINCON BY NOPOLO HILLS
Nopolo Hills has four different Villa models, which are called La Cascabel, Coral, Dos Aguas, and Custom. Each villa has many unique components providing personal individuality. The first phase of Nopolo Hills contains 44 houses encompassing three different kinds of lots and four different Villa models. This phase also includes the development of our Wellness Center, which includes two pickle ball courts, a tennis court, a fantastic community swimming pool, a putting green, a gym, and a yoga center and spa.
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.
Loreto Shores is an oceanfront community with 24-hour security, a private gated entrance, and amenities such as a community pool, fish cleaning station, on-site property management, and HOA. This property is owned via a land lease, so no bank trust is required. This allows for the property to be purchased and sold more quickly. The annual lease fee includes property taxes, property management services, repairs and maintenance of the common areas, and security services for the community.
Located at Danzante Bay. Mantarraya Residences are a unique and exclusive residential destination with 43 residences, perfect for those seeking a healthy, modern and elevated lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.
Villas Julieta is an exclusive oceanfront community located north of Centro, Loreto. The community has 11 lots, surrounded by a shared privacy wall and gated entrance. Most of the lots have ocean views to the east and mountain views to the west. The community has 60 meters of beachfront and 80 meters of frontage along the estuary/arroyo on its north side. The estuary/arroyo is federal land and can never be developed. The community is fully serviced, with electric, telephone, and municipal water and sewer already at the property, and the community is managed by an HOA. Need to stay connected? Fiber optic internet is newly available in this area of town.
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.