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Perched on a ten-mile arc of beach beside the sparkling waters of Loreto Bay, and looking east across the water to the islands that define the bay, or west toward the imposing face of the 5000 foot Sierra la Giganta mountain range, is the historic town of Loreto.  It was first settled in 1697, and is one of the oldest European settlements anywhere on the Baja. In the center of town is Nuestra Senora de Loreto, the first of all the missions in all the “Californias,” (present day Baja California, and the entire west coast all the way north to the Oregon border).
The city is recognized for its enormous diversity of natural attractions, pleasant climate, tourist infrastructure, and well-preserved colonial village atmosphere. It is the perfect mix of a tranquil beach town and an ecological adventure-mecca with traditional Mexican culture and exquisite natural beauty side by side with modern-day pursuits such as scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and motor boating, and whale watching.  The five islands off shore make up a protected marine park and has been designated a "Pueblo Magico" by the federal government.
​The town’s waterside has been developed with a beautiful palm-tree-lined mile-long Malecon (beachside promenade) and a small service marina, undiscovered by time-share pitchmen and vendors.  There is a thriving community of approximately 1500 ex pats with real estate ownership in the city and at Loreto Bay, located about five miles south of town.  Loreto Bay is in a spectacular setting about 5 miles south of Loreto, including a natural protected anchorage on an estuary, with surrounding rocky promontories and the Sierra la Giganta mountains as a backdrop.  It was a natural target for development. FONATUR (the Mexican tourism/development agency) built infrastructure and a hotel. 
The Loreto Bay Company began building the Villages at Loreto Bay project in the early 2000’s. After a halt caused by the US market meltdown, the project has been restarted as of early 2011 by the huge Mexican developer Homex, and now CARSO Group (Carlos Slim), are hard at work building out the original planned urban-environment core and new units.  Loreto Bay boasts the only golf course between La Paz and the Ensenada area. 
​Contact Jill at Mision Loreto Properties, http://www.misionloreto.com,  jill@misionloreto.com, 613 118 2207


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