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A First-timer’s Guide to Mexico’s Islands of Loreto

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The town of Loreto is designated as a pueblo magico (magic town in Spanish) by the Mexican government, which gives this distinction to towns with significant natural beauty or historical importance. Loreto is built around the enchanting Mision de Loreto, a Mission-style church from the end of the 17th century. Along the cobblestone streets you’ll find historic buildings, exotic flora, open-air markets, and a vibrant town square filled with friendly locals.

It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring boutiques, galleries, and local shops like Casa Valentino and Curios La Casa Da La Abuela. Stop for cold cervezas at Café Olé, sample the delicious street food, or settle into a traditional Mexican meal at La Palapa Bar, where majority of the dishes are cooked over an open grill that uses mesquite and other regional woods to capture the true flavor of the region.

A view of Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto by Danzante Bay Resort
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto by Danzante Bay Resort

Where to Stay: Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto by Danzante Bay Resort

The resort sits along a protected, scenic cove on the Sea of Cortez, 30 miles south of Loreto. Villa del Palmar’s quiet beaches, exceptional service, and stunning natural habitat makes it feel like Cabo did 30 to 40 years ago.

An optional all-inclusive resort, Villa del Palmar offers every modern amenity. It’s also incredibly family-friendly, while still maintaining the relaxed feel of Mexico. Spread throughout the 4,447-acre resort, guests can enjoy five different swimming pools, an award-winning spa, and three outstanding restaurants. There are also tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, ATV tours, kayaks, and paddleboards. And, you can’t miss the fantastic sport fishing and snorkeling just offshore.

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