Baja California and the Sea of Cortez

Loreto is an unknown and virtually untouched Baja gem 300 miles North of Cabo. Legendary diver Jacques Cousteau once described the nearby Sea of Cortez as the "world's aquarium."

Mexico's Sea of Cortez and its islands are one of only 32 UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites. The islands just off the coast of Loreto are home to major whale breeding grounds and over 850 unique species of fish.

We invite you to read about what your 8 perfect days in Loreto might look like. 

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Day 1 - Private Charter Flight - Denver to Loreto (2 hrs 45 mins)

Upon your arrival to sunny Baja, the day is yours to relax on the beach and unwind in your charming villa - a week of activities and great adventures await!

Nestled perfectly between the enchanting Sea of Cortez and the majestic peaks of the Sierra de la Giganta mountains is your home-away-from-home at the Loreto Bay Villas. At this seaside resort, you’ll find three resort-style pools, a challenging 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, local restaurants and beautiful villas with rooftop decks to soak in the views.

Though the resort is located just 10 minutes from the Loreto town square, there is plenty to do out your back door with the Sea of Cortez just steps away.

Photo by Coastline Travel Advisors

Take a stroll down the charming resort sidewalks to admire the authentic Mexican architecture, while soaking in the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains and sea.

That evening, you’ll be invited to attend a Welcome Clambake on the beach to meet and mingle with fellow travelers and talk with local hosts to get the inside scoop on all things Loreto.  Before dinner, we’re planning a scavenger for younger kids, to help them get comfortable with the area.

Not to Miss: Traditional Baja Beach Clambake With Friends Old and New

Rooftop View of Loreto Bay and the Sierra de la Giganta mountains. 

Day 2 - Sunrise Coffee and Crystal Clear Water Adventures

Whether it’s first day, last day or every day in between, you can’t depart Loreto without witnessing the captivating sunrise over the Sea of Cortez and glow of the mountain backdrop. It’s this kind of morning that calls for a fresh cup of coffee from the nearby El Corazon Cafe to prepare for a full day exploring the Sea of Cortez.

February, March and April are the best months for snorkeling and scuba diving. We can arrange for a snorkel tour of Baja’s gem, Loreto Bay, made up of the Del Carmen, Danzante, Monserrat, Catalina, and Colorado islands. Under the sea you’ll have panoramic views of spectacular and enchanting marine life, more abundant than anywhere else in Mexico.

If you’d rather try your hand at surfing, check out San Juanico Bay, located approximately 30 miles northeast of Loreto. This is an ideal spot for surfing because of its ideal wind conditions and high swells.

Whether it’s stand up paddle boarding at sunrise, scuba diving, or sea kayaking, you will appreciate the diversity of the region’s thriving and world-renowned marine life.

After a day of sun, sea and sand, freshen up in your cozy villa and enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant within walking distance. After dinner, stroll over to the local Wine Bar for a relaxing evening. 

Not to Miss: A Sea of Cortez Sunrise & Tropical Island Snorkeling

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Day 3 - Lounge By the Pool and Spa

Exploring the nearby Loreto Bay is an incredible experience no doubt, but today is the day to embark on a tour to offshore Coronado Island to see dolphins, flying fish, sea lions and more.

Part of the largest marine natural reserve in Mexico, the white sand beaches of Coronado Island are the perfect setting for a family picnic. Located just 20 minutes away by a panga boat, you will be able to enjoy a multitude of activities and amazing sights.

Need a day off from exploring the Sea of Cortez? Schedule a Villa del Palmar beach and pool day with all-inclusive food as one of the many perks. Just a 30 minute ride south from Loreto Bay, you’ll have access to the spa, pools, restaurants and beach amenities of Villas del Palmar.

Perhaps Dad could and play a round of 18 at the challenging Golf Course at Loreto Bay, before convening with you in the afternoon for fun at the pool or on the beach.

Not to Miss: Villas del Palmar Resort & Spa

Day 4 - Fish On! 

Rise and shine at 6:30am for a panga boat ride on the calm Loreto waters. Fishing in Loreto Bay is widely known as some of the best in all of Mexico, and March is the perfect time.

Photo by LoretoMexico.com

In March, you can expect to catch ample numbers of Yellowtail, Roosterfish, Mackerel, Sea Bass and Snapper, though there’s always that chance for the Sailfish or Marlin of a lifetime. After a full day on the water, return home in time to catch a quick cab ride to Downtown Loreto to explore the charming town and first capital of Baja.

For dinner that night, have your fresh catch delivered to any number of delicious local restaurants, where the chef will prepare it just to your liking.  After dinner, stroll the quaint streets of Loreto, which are filled with old-world architecture, rich history, and the calming background of local street music.

Not to Miss: The local La Michoacana Ice Cream Shop, boasting over 30 delicious flavors.

Day 5 - Inland Hiking and Biking

Following a few days on the water, head inland for a hike or mountain bike. The surrounding area offers hiking trails for all abilities. You’ll find everything from rolling trails and walking dunes to steep natural rock faces. Favor something extreme? Consider rappelling or mountain biking in the Sierra de la Giganta mountains.

Photo by Visit Mexico

After a morning of exploring, take time to lounge by one of the Loreto Bay pools, before embarking on a special evening.

At night, surprise your family or your spouse by taking them on a sunset catamaran tour of nearby islands, always keeping a close eye for dolphins and whales. Then, return to your villa for a private chef-prepared dinner while you take in the sunset on your rooftop patio.

Not to Miss: Hiking and biking in the Sierra de la Giganta mountains.

Day 6 - Tour of the Historic San Javier Mission

After breakfast, make your way to the pre-historic rock formations, cave paintings and desert habitats that are scattered throughout the Sierra de la Giganta mountains.

Photo by Baja Adventure

While you’re at it, complete the trip with a San Javier Mission tour, one of the best-preserved missions in Baja, originating in 1758. Don't miss taking a walk behind the mission to find the olive tree that is over 200 years old.

After a morning of exploration and rich history, return to Loreto Bay for a light lunch and a cerveza before jumping in the pool for a fresh swim.

That evening, we invite you to attend a beachside Salsa Party complete with fresh appetizers, margaritas and, yes, salsa lessons if you wish.

Not to Miss: Visit San Javier Mission, the original mission in all of the Californias.

Photo by Sea Kayak Adventures

Day 7 - Whatever Your Heart Desires!

This is the last full day to soak it all in. You can repeat something you really enjoyed from earlier in the week or try something altogether new.  Rest assured, that from the nearby mountains to the Sea of Cortez and the colonial town-center, you’ll never be bored in Loreto.

Our staff and team of local experts will be on site each and every day to ensure your adventures are endless.

Not to Miss: Endless adventures with your family.

Day 8 - Home Again, Home Again

After a memorable week of playing and reconnecting with family and friends, return home in the same relaxed atmosphere you arrived aboard a direct charter flight.

Not to Miss: The charter flight directly back to Denver. Though we can always wait for you.

Click here to learn more about this upcoming trip in March 2014. Please feel free to call 303.350.4060 with questions.

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