Loreto, located 700 miles south of the border on the Baja California Peninsula along the Sea of Cortez, is the Baja Peninsula’s oldest communities, and a wonderful spot for sport fishing. The first capital of the Californias, Loreto has a rich history, but maintains a pristine small town atmosphere that is prized for its tranquility.
Loreto boasts that it has the best sportfishing in the world. Other activities enjoyed year round in Loreto include sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, mountain biking, golf, tennis, and hiking. Loreto is also home to 29 species of marine mammals and winter whale watching is a great adventure. Taking a panga to Coronado Island in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, you will be treated to virtually private beaches where sea lions, turtles, crab, and other marine wildlife are abundant in one of Mexico’s finest unspoiled natural areas.
Loreto does not have the bustling nightclub party scene found in many Mexican resort towns, which makes it a perfect place for the serious angler to enjoy a peaceful and successful Baja Mexico fishing vacation.
Aeromexico, Delta, and Alaska air offer flights to Loreto International Airport through Los Angeles’s LAX, making it accessible from virtually all major U.S. cities. Loreto is also located along the Transpeninsular Highway, also known as Mexico Highway 1, or “Mex-1.” Approximately a 2-day drive from the border at San Diego, driving to Loreto along the Baja Peninsula can be a great adventure with numerous points of interest along the way.
Loreto’s famous summer dorado run is an angler’s dream. As the waters of the Sea of Cortez warm in July, the dorado move to Loreto in vast numbers. The surface virtually bubbles with these golden beauties. Anglers of all skill levels are easily able to catch their limit of dorado. They say it is almost impossible not to catch a dorado in Loreto in the summer! Also world-renowned is the winter yellowtail run. A much more challenging fish to catch, the deep water yellowtail off Loreto is a prized catch for the experienced angler, and the winter yellowtail run is a true Mexican sport fishing adventure.
In addition to the famed dorado and yellowtail fishing, Loreto offers seasonal fishing for numerous inshore and offshore species. If you are interested in inshore fishing, roosterfish, needlefish, cabrilla (sea bass), and sierra are widely available. Deep-sea, offshore species caught off Loreto include marlin, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna.
Loreto’s famous dorado fishing runs seasonally from late June to early November peaking in July-September, while the yellowtail season runs November to May with its peak in March and April. Yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and marlin are available in the summer months from July through October, while inshore, cabrilla (sea bass), and snapper are caught year-round, with roosterfish and sierra available in the winter and grouper caught in the early summer months.
Loreto’s charter fishing fleet ranges from 20’ open-air pangas to luxurious 50’ foot yachts that offer sport fishing vacations to fit anyone’s taste and budget. With temperatures averaging in the low to mid 80’s year-round, any time of year is a great time for a Loreto, Mexico fishing vacation.
With unspoiled natural areas, a rich history, quiet and tranquil beaches, numerous water and land activities, and world-famous fishing, Loreto, Mexico is truly one of Baja California’s greatest fishing vacation destinations.