The Mission and the Birthday Girl

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.

Window-shopping at all of Loreto's handicraft stores
Window-shopping at all of Loreto’s handicraft stores
Most of them are unpretentiously pretty
Most of them are unpretentiously pretty
The Mission, located in the town's center
The Mission, located in the town’s center
Inside, it is well preserved (in fact, rebuilt, after a fire destroyed part of it some years ago)
Inside, it is well preserved (in fact, rebuilt, after a fire destroyed part of it some years ago)
Sierra and Debra (s/v Coastal Drifter) cooling down under a tree shade in the main square
Sierra and Debra (s/v Coastal Drifter) cooling down under a tree shade in the main square
We eventually joined them for it was really hot under the sun
We eventually joined them for it was really hot under the sun
A pretty boutique hotel. This one had a suspense pool with a glass bottom atop of the main atrium - very cool!
A pretty boutique hotel. This one had a suspense pool with a glass bottom atop of the main atrium – very cool!
One of the many restaurants that line up Calle Salvatierra
One of the many restaurants that line up Calle Salvatierra
Interesting way to keep negative energy away
Interesting way to keep negative energy away
And this one, for keeping the dogs in (or out ?!?)
And this one, for keeping the dogs in (or out ?!?)
The ever-present Malecon
The ever-present Malecon
This actual-sized whale shark feature adorns the Malecon right in front of the City's commercial wharf
This actual-sized whale shark feature adorns the Malecon right in front of the City’s commercial wharf
Pangas ready for duty
Pangas ready for duty
Celebrating Sierra's birthday
Celebrating Sierra’s birthday

 

It was an intense, very pleasant day, spent in fine company.

Thank You Coastal Drifter for having us along for Sierra’s big day!

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