One of the great parts of being a guest of NextGreatTrip is that we do a lot of the research about the destination so that you don't have to. In the case of Loreto, I flew down a few days early to scope out everything here. I thought it would be helpful to give you a few insider tips based on my own experience and also the tips that I've received from locals.
1) Flying into Loreto - Customs and Immigration form. Let me say first of all that I'm very jealous you all are flying into Loreto on the chartered plane. Getting up at 3:30am and hoping that your 6:00am flight to LAX isn't late so you don't miss your connection and have to wait another day is no fun. Thankfully you don't have to do that. When you arrive in Loreto on Saturday, the airport is very small so you should get through customs fairly quickly- within 30 minutes or so.
Insider Tip- Be sure to fill out the bottom section of the Customs and Immigration form.
So many people arriving in Mexico missed that section, and they spent another 5 minutes in Customs because of it. Also, be sure to keep the small form that the immigration officer will give to you. You'll need it to exit the country or you'll face a fine and hassle.
2) Arriving in Loreto - Where are the pools?
If you are like most families I know, the first place you'll want to go is the pool. For families with children, I recommend the community pool. It has a nice "walk in" section to it, and your kids will love it. For the adults that want to have a little quiet time, check out the lap pool near the beach. The Resort pool is also great, but wait until Sunday as the Loreto Food and Wine festival will be occurring the day you arrive.
3) Other places to know about on Day 1:
- Baja Boss Offices- NextGreatTrip staff will be here along with the Loreto Bay staff to help you with anything you need. It's at FN469 and you'll have no problem finding it.
- Loreto General Store- If you need anything, this small store sells water, a few snacks, and a variety of supplies. Insider tip- The brownies in the fridge are AMAZING
- El Corazon Cafe- Great food for breakfast and lunch. FN162C
- El Cardon Cafe- Another good spot for lunch. FN171
4) Some thoughts on activities to sign up for:
- Coronado Island Tour- This is a must have for anyone that is able. I went today and I saw a school of dolphins (see video on this page), several whales, and a colony of sea lions. You'll also spend some time relaxing and snorkeling at the beautiful white sand Coronado beach. The local "panga" boats are simple but are great for viewing marine wildlife.
Insider Tips- if you don't own 'polarized' sunglasses, stop by a gas station in Denver and pick up a $15 pair. It helps you see sea life much better. Also, bring a little toilet paper to Coronado island in your backpack in case the bathrooms there run out.
- Villas del Palmar- You should spend at least one day visiting Villa del Palmar. Ask any of the NextGreatTrip staff what it is like and sign up.
- Fishing- If you like to fish, sign up for a day of fishing. Everyone I've spoken to says the fishing in amazing right now. Yellowtail is in season, and I spoke to a gentleman that caught five 20-30 lbs of fish yesterday. He had 2 of them cooked at a local restaurant and gave the rest to his boat captain and concierge.
Other insider tips:
- Close your windows and doors between 5-8pm when the "No See Em" bugs come out. If you don't have bug spray, I've heard locals say a little lime juice rubbed on your legs does wonders.
- If you pay in US dollars, make sure the store is giving you a fair exchange rate of at least 12 pesos to $1 US
- Make friends with Julio on the Baja Boss staff. He has lived in Loreto for quite some time and is an expert at every activity in Loreto.
- Say hi to Jorge at the kayak rental shack on the beach. He is known to give out fresh clams for those who want to try eating something exotic and discuss the fun spots to kayak nearby
That's all for now, but I can't wait for you all to get here! It's going to be an incredible week.