Villa del Palmar Loreto on the Islands of Loreto is a great choice if you want an upscale, all-inclusive 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.
This quiet seaside town known as the Islands of Loreto is located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula should be on your radar if you love to fish, snorkel and scuba dive.
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. Jalepeno 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. Villa Del Palmar, this should become your signature drink!
2. The Gluten Free Pizza
My first meal at Villa Del Palmar in Loreto 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.
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.
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. Carlos shares great survival tips and information about local flora and fauna.
He also shares interesting facts about Baja California, 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.
5. The Sunset
6. The 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.
7. Sabila Spa
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.
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!
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.
10. Deep Sea Fishing
Villa Del Palmar in Loreto offers many excursions to guests of the resort. 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, it also offers 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 were catch and release only.
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.
WHEN TO VISIT LORETO, MEXICO
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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- The Best Gluten Free Resort in Mexico – On a trip to Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, I found the best gluten free pizza and croissants I’ve ever tried. They also offer gluten free bread, rolls and many other gluten free dishes. The food at Villa Del Palmar was a Celiac gluten free heaven.
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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.
Where to stay: There are many places to stay in Loreto, Mexico. There is a wide range of hotels, from budget to luxury. For a luxury hotel that won’t break the bank, I recommend the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto, which is currently the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor. You can also check HotelsCombined for the best Eugene Hotel Rates.
What to pack: Winter is very popular in Loreto, Mexico the climate is temperate, relatively dry and full of sunshine. So you may want to pack sunglasses, Summer/Adventure wear for snorkeling. You’ll also want a good pair of water shoes. Don’t forget to bring Sunscreen!
Loreto Mexico Trip Essentials
6 Indispensable Items to Pack for a Mexico Vacation
- Get the Moon Baja: Including Cabo San Lucas (Travel Guide).
- Bring a good quality mirrorless camera for getting those beautiful Loreto, Mexico’s beach landscape shots. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 .
- Summers are nice in Mexico, so make sure to bring Neutrogena Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 45
- A great cross body travel bag. Cross body bags prevent theft and are much easier to access.
- Don’t forget sunglasses for the beautiful sunny days. A.J. Morgan Unisex Sunglasses are a great choice and very affordable!
- Loreto’s beach is stunning crystal blue, so don’t forget to bring snorkeling gears to explore beauty with all sorts of colorful fish surrounding.
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Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.