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Located 84 miles south of Mulege and 217 miles north of La Paz lays the historic town of Loreto. Not only is it the oldest town in Baja California, founded in 1697 by the Jesuits, but its surrounding scenery is incomparable; the magnificent Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, the awesome desert and the azure Sea of Cortez.

Facing Loreto from the Sea of Cortez are the beautiful islands "the Coronados" with its turquoise waters and sea lion colonies; there is also Isla Carmen with its beautiful pristine beaches and private coves; a paradise for scuba diving and a favorite of the ecologist with its unique flora and fauna.

Excellent sportfishing can also be found with an abundance of fish like yellowtail, sailfish, dorado, marlin, wahoo and roosterfish. Sportfishing has made Loreto famous and is one of its main tourist activities. The area of the Sea of Cortez in front of Loreto has been declared a Nation Marine Park by the Mexican government thus preserving the pristine waters.

The mission of Nuestro Señora de Loreto, built in 1752, has been rebuilt due to earthquakes and floods many times, but serves as the leading mission in colonialization of the Baja peninsula. One of Baja's most magnificent missions, San Javier, can be found 23 miles to the west in up a windy dirt road in the Sierra Gigantes.

The tourist corridor of "Loreto - Nopolo - Puerto Loreto" offers many tourist amenities and is developing into a popular getaway with hotels and new ocean front housing developments being built. Along with an 18 hole golf course and a magnificent tennis center , Loreto is growing into Baja's new destination of choice.