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Located 300 miles north of Los Cabos is the historic town of Loreto. Loreto is it the oldest town in Baja California and offers visitor’s unspoiled beaches and the warm waters of Sea of Cortez. Loreto Baja served as the capital of Las Californias from 1697 to 1777. The town’s official slogan is “300 Years Old and Still Undiscovered.” Developers wanted to turn Loreto Mexico into a mega-resort; however, lack of popularity by residents and investors cancelled the plans. Walking the streets of Loreto reminds you of everything that is good about Mexico. Loreto, the first and previous capital of Baja Sur is loaded with historical sites, great fishing, Whale watching, everything from first class accommodations to budget rentals and lots of great food. It is more slow-paced than the more famous surrounding islands, which are also frequented by divers and swimmers. Loreto offers the best of sport fishing with an abundance of fish such as yellowtail, sailfish, dorado, marlin, wahoo and roosterfish. There is an outstanding 18-hole golf course. Loreto has an international airport with daily service from Los Angeles.
Many of the American tourists enjoy fishing in "pangas" for "dorado" (Mahi-mahi or Dolphin Fish). Local restaurants will even prepare the daily catch of the tourists. Loreto has an excellent museum alongside the historic, but still active, parish. The Spanish Fathers found a steady spring of fresh water on this site. This is its main tourist attraction and the main source for jobs (therefore, Loreto’s economy is linked to fishing). It has two well-know fishing seasons: Summer, distinguished by the “dorado” and other species like marlin (black marlin, Atlantic blue marlin and striped marlin) and sailfish, ideal for the fly fishing techniques; Winter, distinguished by the “yellow tail” (jurel) and other species that usually are deep in the sea rocks. While today Loreto is home to just a handful of hotels, a small marina, an 18-hole seaside golf course and a John McEnroe Tennis Center, a major development project plans to turn this secluded spot into a leading residential resort, mainly for the U.S. and Canadian markets.