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Loreto was the first settlement established in the Califfornias in 1697 and served as the capital of Baja for 133 years. The first mission, Mission Nuestra Senora de Loreto, founded by the the Jesuit Padre Juan Maria Salvatieerra, was the first mission in a chain of 17 that sprawled to the north as far as Sonoma, California. The capital was moved to La Paz after a hurricane devastated the town in 1829.

Loreto is located on the eastern side of the Gulf of California also known as the Sea of Cortez. At one time this isolated peninsula was attached to mainland Mexico. Over 25 million years ago this long" finger" of land began to separate along a crack way below the earth's surface, known as the San Andreas fault. As the gap widened, the Pacific Ocean rushed in and created the new sea. As the sea rose over thousands of years mountains and hills that attached this land to the mainland, became islands. The islands of Coronados, Carmen, Danzante, Montserrat, and Catalan and the surrounding waters create a spectacular aquatic playground.

Located in a lush, green, palm laden oasis next to the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Loreto is home to one of Mexico's national marine parks, Loreto Marine Reserve, where over 3,000 species thrive in its clear, warm waters.

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Contrary to popular belief, Loreto is not like Hawaii or other beach destinations in Mexico. Loreto is semi arid and has very warm and humid summers and windy, cool winters.

December through March, Loreto is known for its' north-west winds that can be chilly and make for some "choppy" water conditions. All water activity depends and is ruled by these conditions. Temps range from 68-72 degrees, low 50's at night. Water temp around 68. We suggest you save any boating, kayaking, and other water activities for calmer, non-windy days. Late January/early February through March is whale watching season.

April, typically, is the beginning of our Spring season as the temps are rising and the winds are sporadic. Mild beautiful sunny days to enjoy all your favorite activities during the months of April, May and June.

Mid June thru September is our summer months with air and water temps rising. June/July temps in the mid to high 80's, August/September low-high 90's with high humidity. Water temps are inviting in the 80's. The swimming, diving and snorkeling conditions are great with superb visibility.

The hot/humid weather breaks around October 15th give or take a few days. Really, you wake up one morning and the "Fall switch" has been turned on! So, once again clear, mild, sunny days are in store and perfect for golf, tennis, hiking, biking, road trips and shopping and, of course fishing during the months of October and November and into early December.
Loreto, overall, offers a climate for all preferences, year-long fishing, adventure and quiet time.