While in Puerto Escondido, we shared a rental car with our friends from s/v Coastal Drifter and spent a pleasant day at nearby Loreto – a small colonial town some 15 kilometers away.
<This the third in a series of posts I am publishing about the three weeks we spent at Puerto Escondido, Baja California. Click here to access the first post>
Despite being by the sea, Loreto doesn’t offer a properly protected anchorage, and Puerto Escondido – some 15 kilometers away – is often used as a base for yachties to visit this quaint little colonial town.
Loreto acquired historical importance during the exploration period of Baja and what constitutes now the state of California in the US, serving as a main settlement for the church and government. It was in fact from there that a mission departed to discover the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1700’s.
The town’s main attraction is the historical Mission Church – Nuestra Senora de Loreto. There is also pretty boutique hotels, handicraft stores, restaurants, and the ubiquitous Malecon (a walkway at the beachfront).
The day we visited it was blazing hot – as most days here are. The girls made it a point to visit each and every handicraft store that was open. We also walked by the Malecon, had some ice cream, shopped for a few spares, stopped by a supermarket to replenish our supplies. And, above all, we celebrated Sierra’s (s/v Coastal Drifter) birthday at one of the town’s restaurants.
It was an intense, very pleasant day, spent in fine company.
Thank You Coastal Drifter for having us along for Sierra’s big day!