Loreto has a lot going for it. It's a very pretty small town with an excellent choice of hotels and restaurants, and a water-sports paradise. It’s also home to the magnificent Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, where the shoreline, ocean and offshore islands are protected from pollution and uncontrolled fishing.
The Loreto area is also considered by anthropologists to be the oldest human settlement on the Baja Peninsula. Indigenous cultures thrived here due to plentiful water and food. In 1697 Jesuit Juan María Salvatierra established the peninsula’s first permanent mission at this modest port some 135km south of Mulegé.
Most hotels and services are near the landmark mission church on Salvatierra, while the attractive malecón is ideal for evening strolls.