Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Loreto

Parque Marine Nacional Bahía de Loreto

This park makes Loreto a world-class destination for all types of outdoor activities; a number of outfitters offer everything from kayaking and diving to stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling along the reefs around…
Top Choice Mexican in Loreto

Asadero Super Burro

At this locals' favorite, watch this team of women press fresh tortillas, and stew and grill the beef and chicken at the open kitchen. Super Burro is known for it's flavorful arrachera (grilled skirt steak), giganti…
Church in Loreto

Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó

This wonderful mission is well worth a daytime detour. The windy road passes some beautiful arroyos (streams) before arriving at the mission. Be sure to wander to the back garden to see the 300-year-old olive tree w…
Outdoors in Loreto

Sierra de la Giganta

The trails in the rugged, striated mountains that rise up behind Loreto are seldom marked, but there's great hiking for the fit and adventurous. Guides can be found at the Municipal Department of Tourism or via www.…
Mexican in Loreto

Orlando's

Colorful tablecloths, plastic furniture, a palapa (dried palm leaves) roof; this place has a no-frills setting but serves superb food. Try the coconut shrimp with mango salsa for a real tastebud treat. The service i…
Mexican in Loreto

Pan Que Pan

Serving simply awesome breakfasts, this friendly, funky alfresco cafe and bakery offers big omelettes served with beans, avocado, local cheese and fresh bread, continental-style lighter breakfasts of granola or past…
Mexican in Loreto

El Zopilote Brewery & Cocina

Owned by a Mexican-Irish couple (ask how they met; now there's a story!), this restaurant and microbrewery has cuisine that is fittingly diverse, ranging from creamy pastas to fillet steak and chicken fajitas. Its d…
Church in Loreto

Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto

Dating from 1697, this was the first permanent mission in the Californias and was the base for the expansion of Jesuit missions up and down the Baja peninsula. Alongside the church, the Museo de las Misiones chroni…
Mexican in Loreto

Tacos del Rey

The best fish tacos in town are sold at this simple kiosk-cum-restaurant, which is clinical in its cleanliness. The carne asado (roasted meat) is another standout and there is plenty of topping choice to custom-desi…
Books in Loreto

Baja Books

Probably the most comprehensive collection of books on Baja in the region, plus maps, art materials, pottery and a bottomless coffee pot for browsers.