Hotel Santa Fe Loreto
Why We Love This Hotel
- Low-key retreat in a low-profile Baja beach town
- The Loreto region is one of the oldest colonial settlements on the peninsula
- A scenic waterfront promenade is only blocks away, as is a mission from the 1600s
- Rooms have kitchenettes and balconies
A small village on a quieter stretch of the Baja Peninsula, the town of Loreto offers a lower-key respite from the throbbing tourist scene to the south in Los Cabos. Its spot on a relatively uncluttered stretch of the Sea of Cortez makes the town a popular destination for water sports and fishing.
At the Hotel Santa Fe Loreto, simply decorated rooms have kitchenettes with refrigerators and small dining areas. Sliding glass doors open to patios that face the mountains or a a pool courtyard dotted by palm trees and cactuses.
Guests are only a three-minute stroll from the Malecón, a seafront promenade popular for people watching. A few blocks in the other direction is the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, a church founded in the late 1600s by Spanish explorers.
In fact, “the Loreto area is considered by anthropologists to be the oldest human settlement on the Baja Peninsula,” says Lonely Planet, with other historic sites and missions scattered across several villages. The Parque Marino Nacional Bahía de Loreto includes several offshore islands and is a protected wildlife and reef area.