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Travelling to Loreto is becoming easier and easier. Although not as accesible as other bigger and busier places in Baja , Loreto can be easily reached within a couple of travel hours from the USA, La Paz or Los Cabos. The town counts with its own small international airport, recreational marinas, and superb access by road. Still have questions after reading this page? Contact us for more information!
Flying is usually the fastest way to go. There are several airlines that can get you here, either from abroad and within Mexico. The Loreto International Airport is located literally a few minutes from town which makes transportation and logistics fairly easy and inexpensive.
From the USA:
Los Angeles: Alaska Airlines flies to Loreto all year-round, several times a week. It’s a short, direct flight (less than 2 hours).
San Francisco: Alaska Airlines flies to Loreto from December to April on a weekly basis.
Dallas & Phoenix: American Airlines flies to Loreto from December to April, and from June to September.
From Canada – Calgary: Westjet Airlines flies to Loreto every week between October and May.
From within Mexico – Tijuana, Guaymas, Hermosillo, La Paz and Los Cabos: Aero Calafia flies to Loreto several times a week, all year-round. Volaris flies from Tijuana.
Did you know that you can enter and exit the Tijuana International Airport from the USA?
This is becoming an increasingly popular way to travel to Mexico. It’s fairly easy and can save you some money! You just need to drive or catch a ride from San Diego and voila! Check the Cross Border Xpress website or read this article (“The Newest Airport in the United States Is Actually in Mexico (And You Really Need to Know About It“) to know how!
Driving to Loreto
Taking the longer but more scenic route? Great! Many visitors come to Loreto by car or bus, just because the landscapes along the way are worth seeing. It doesn’t matter whether you come from the north or the south, either way Baja will greet you with its dramatic, unspoilt landscapes. These are the most common routes people follow to get here:
From La Paz and Los Cabos
By car: It’s a 4 hour drive from La Paz and 6-7 from Los Cabos, give or take. You must take the Highway 1 and head north. You really can’t get lost, the road has two lanes, good signage and it’s in really good conditions, so getting here is as easy as it gets.
By bus: Eco Baja Tours and Transportes Aguila do daily trips from many locations in Baja California Sur, including Los Cabos and La Paz.
By car: If you have 12 to 16 hours to spend driving, this makes a superb road trip! Honestly, one of the most scenic ones you can do. Take the Mexico Highway 1 and drive south, that is all you need! The road is long and you may drive for a while in between towns. It’s recommended to avoid driving during the night due possible free-roaming cattle and lack of street lights.
By bus: ABC Buses and Transportes Aguila offer trips from Tijuana to Loreto.
Sailing to Loreto
The Sea of Cortez attracts hundreds of visitors that travel its waters by boat. Calm waters, dramatic landscapes and thousands of coves, islands, bays and beaches make for perfect sailing trips. Loreto counts with its own small marina that provide safe docking and some services. Check this link to learn more about it.
The biggest and most impressive marina though, is located 30 km south of Loreto. The Puerto Escondido Marina is a modern, naturally protected harbor that provides all sort of services and slips for rental. Check it out here.
Cruiships get to Loreto too! If you are in one of those huge lucky fellows that reach Loreto do not hesitate on contacting us. We can organize boat pick-ups and specially designed tours to fit your schedule. Here below we have listed the cruise liners that stop in Loreto. Click on it to visit their website.
The local currency is the Mexican Peso. Visitors from the USA will find that US dollars are widely accepted throughout Baja California and many businesses will take them. Nonetheless, it’s usually a good practice to carry some pesos with you. Credits card payments are common as well, but a fair amount of places do not take them, specially for small purchases in small businesses. If you decide to pay in US dollars, bear also in mind that an exchange rate will apply for the service, as the business might need to exchange that money back to pesos eventually.
In Mexico the power sockets are type A and B. The standard voltage is 110 – 127 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. Travel adapters can be easily found in many convenience or hardware store.
Baja Sur enjoys more sunlight hours than anywhere else in Mexico. Not bad at all isn’t it? Weather is pretty stable here: precipitation seldom occurs and cloudy days are quite rare. The same way, hurricanes normally stay away from Loreto since they tend to pass by further south. Unless you are very unlucky, your holidays should be assured. The north winds could blow hard in the winter months forcing the boats to stay in the habour thou.
Baja is still a very arid place, and climate can get somewhat extreme sometimes. Although average year temperatures are quite nice (24 ºC / 75 ºF), average highs can peak above 95 ºF / 36 ºC during the summer months (specially August and September) and the sun can be mercyless!
Fortunately for us, the sea is always close! The sea temperature suffers from the same fluctuations as the air, dragging slightly behind through the year. Summer months offer the warmest waters, reaching a toasty 85 ºF / 30 ºC and higher visibility, usually crystal-clear. On the other hand, winter can get chilly underwater and it can drop down to 64 ºF / 17 ºC , which is not terrible anyway. Winter months trigger a planktonik-boom and the water is filled with life. Visibility gets reduced but all the big stuff comes to the Cortez to feed, making the cold months the best ones to see whales and other big animals.
Overall, the sea can be enjoyed all year-round and every season offers something different to the visitor.