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10 Reasons You Must Visit Villa Del Palmar Loreto

Villa del Palmar Loreto on the Islands of Loreto is a great choice if you want an upscale, all-inclusive Mexico resort experience. The hotel is located in a private cove with unbelievable views, top-notch food and is great for families as well as couples.

Loreto, Mexico is one of the most overlooked Baja California destinations. Known for the beautiful blue waters of the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of Mexico), Loreto hasn’t become a major tourism destination like some Baja California towns such as Cabo San Lucas and the wine region of Valle de Guadalupe.

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Villa del Palmar Loreto on the Islands of Loreto is a great choice if you want an upscale, all-inclusive resort.

This quiet seaside town known as the Islands of Loreto is located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula and should be on your radar if you love to fish, snorkel, and scuba dive. It’s also a great Mexico vacation for anyone who loves a small quaint time, great food and beautiful beaches.  

10 Reasons You Must Visit Villa Del Palmar Loreto

Villa Del Palmar At The Islands Of Loreto By Danzante Bay is a spectacular resort hotel. Below are my top 10 favorite things. 

1. Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita

I love a good margarita made from scratch. On this trip, I tried this twist on the traditional margarita. This jalapeno pineapple margarita was actually the request of a fellow travel blogger during the trip, Nicole Diaz from the Funthusiast blog. This became our go-to cocktail during our visit. So, Villa Del Palmar, per our request, this should become your signature drink!

Jalapeno margarita at villa del palmar, mexico

2. The Gluten Free Pizza

My first meal at the Loreto Villa Del Palmar was lunch at Casa Mia. They are known for their wood oven pizzas and tacos. To my surprise, they offer gluten-free pizza. It was the best gluten-free crust I’ve ever tasted. The hotel offers a surprising amount of delicious gluten free options. I was highly impressed with their gluten-free baking.

Gluten Free Pizza from Villa Del Palmar Loreto, Mexico
Gluten Free Pizza from Casa Mia

3. The Beach & Snorkeling

Explorer Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium” for its abundance of marine life, including sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins, and a kaleidoscopic assortment of tropical fish. It’s the second largest National Marine Park in the world.

There are a variety of activities at Villa del Palmar, but my favorite is heading to the cove from the hotel’s private beach and snorkeling.  

Beach front at Villa del palmar in loreto

4. Take a Hike With Amazing Views

Want a Bear Grylls experience? Take a morning hike with the Danzante tour and travel guide, Carlos Alberto Velasco. Hikes begin on the beach and head into the nearby hills above the Villa del Palmar with some amazing scenic vistas. Carlos shares great survival tips and information about local flora and fauna. 

He also shares interesting facts about Baja California Sur, the local islands, folklore and Jacques Cousteau’s connection to the Islands of Loreto. It’s a decent workout and you’ll have a much better understanding of this beautiful part of Mexico.

view of villa del palmar in loreto, mexico from hike

5. Watch The Sunset from the Beach at Villa Del Palmar

I think the photo speaks for itself. This was one of the most beautiful sunset’s I have seen and it progressively became more and more beautiful and vibrant.

Sunset in Loreto, Mexico

6. The Loreto Villa Del Palmar rooms

Upgrade to a one-bedroom suite and enjoy a large living area, dining room and fully equipped kitchen as well as an over-sized terrace with views of the Sea of Cortez and beautiful pools and property.

villa del palmar, loreto, mexico suite

7. Sabila Spa

sabila spa sauna in Loreto, Mexico at Villa del Palmar

This is not your average spa. With all spa treatments, you can enjoy a 10 step aqua therapy process. The steps involve spending five to seven minutes in a warm Jacuzzi, a cold plunge, sauna, steam room, hot Jacuzzi, pressure shower, aloe bath, and Epsom salt bath. It is a great way to extend your spa experience and feel an extra level of pampering and relaxation.

8. Enjoy the Pools at Villa Del Palmar

There are five pools and one Jacuzzi on the property. If you view the property from a balcony, you can see the pools have been built in the shape of a turtle. So, not only do they offer a spot to escape the afternoon heat, but they are a great photo opp!

Villa del palmar, loreto, mexico pool and cabana

9. Shuttle to the quaint town for a day with a stop at the La Michoacana ice cream shop

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula and the first capital of the Californias. The town is quaint and worthy of a day of exploration. With a center square with surrounding shops, restaurants, museums and an amazing ice cream shop, you’ll want to set aside at least a day to wander, take photos, shop and indulge in some of the local specialties.

La Michoacana ice cream shop in Loreto, Mexico

10. Go Deep Sea Fishing

deep sea fishing in Loreto

Some of the best sport fishing in all of Mexico is just a quick boat ride from the marina in Loreto and minutes from Villa del Palmar.  The hotel offers many excursions to guests of the resort including deep sea fishing.

The Sea of Cortez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to 891 fish species and a third of the world’s cetacean species (which are whales, dolphins, and porpoises). The Sea of Cortez is not only a top scuba and snorkeling spot in the world, but it also renowned for it’s world-class deep-sea fishing.

During my trip to Loreto, I headed out for a one-day deep sea fishing trip with my son, Roland. Our captain said we would most likely catch dorado and yellowtail. Turns out everyone on the boat caught sharks. Protected by the Loreto Marine Park rules, sharks are catch and release only.

Check out reviews of Villa Del Palmar Loreto on TripAdvisor. My favorite place to find great hotel deals is Hotels.com (and you get a free night for every 10 nights booked)! 

Those were my 10 Reasons You Must Visit Villa Del Palmar in Loreto. Have you visited Loreto? I’d love to hear your favorite things about this seaside town.


The best time to go to Loreto, Mexico is October through May when temperatures are mostly in the low 80s. The weather is hot and humid from June through September. High season is considered to be January, February and March.

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Traveling To Loreto, Mexico Soon? Here are a few tips:

How to get there: If you fly into Loreto, you’ll arrive at LTO. The airport is about 5 miles south of town. If you are feeling adventurous, you can drive to Loreto from the southern border of the United States and it will take you about 16-20 hours on Highway 1.

Loreto is a perfect getaway from Los Angeles, San Diego and Pheonix. Check for direct flights on  Trip Advisor for the best flight to Loreto, Mexico.

Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Loreto, Mexico. Hotels range from budget to luxury, but of course I recommend the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor.

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  1. I would head to the place just for the Jalepeno Pineapple Margarita, the sunsets and snorkelling. Looks like a charming place.

  2. I haven’t been to Loreto for many years but based on those sunsets, fantastic scenery and tasty looking margaritas it looks as though I’ve really been missing out.

  3. The ice cream should be the first reason to visit villa del palmar,
    Must be delicious :-)..
    Thanks again Alexa for your informative article. Love reading you here, so keep up the great work!
    Happy travel

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