Exploring around Loreto
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After my sea kayak trip I spent some time exploring around town in Loreto. Loreto is a great medium sized town along the eastern coast of Baja California of Mexico in the Sea of Cortez. It is not a super popular tourist attraction yet so it is still a great getaway spot.
After saying goodbye to a couple of my fellow sea kayak tour people at the hotel I went for a nice breakfast in downtown Loreto at Cafe Ole. It is a nice laid back place near the sidewalk and is a classic breakfast stop. The food is good but not perfect but the atmosphere is very nice.
March 24, 2003:
I had originally been planning to stay at Villa de Loreto, but they were full yesterday and today they have a room for me. They have a really nice place. It is on the south end of town on the other side of the intermitent river. They have a pool and poolside cabins. Very nice atmosphere. There is a small beach in front of the hotel but the main draw for me is the hammocks in the palm trees inside the stone wall of the grounds. Very relaxing. They have bicycles they give out free to their guests. I borrow one and cruise around town. The bikes are pretty rickety but they get you around town. I guess you get what you pay for here.
For lunch I go to El Rey del Taco. Everyone says it is the best place in town for fish tacos and they are right.
In the evening I meet Bill and Joan at my hotel. They are from Port Townsend, Washington who have been staying at the Villas de Loreto Hotel on their vacations for the past several years. They are fun to talk to and they have some great stories about some sea kayak adventures they had in the kayaks they rent from the hotel and go out into the Marine Park for overnight trips.
March 25, 2003:
Today I go diving with the dive shop at the hotel. After a nice breakfast at the hotel we head out fairly early for diving for me and snorkeling for some other guests.. On the way out we see a lot of whales spouting and one of them starts spouting nearer to us so the boat captain heads over and gives us a good view.
After making our way across the channel to Isla Carmen I go diving and the other people go snorkeling. It turns out to be an OK dive, but with poor visibility. I do see a lobster, and a brightly colored eel. The divemaster picks up a balloonfish which expands and turns into a spiky looking hedgehog. Pretty cool. We go on a second dive which is a little deeper and there seems to be better visibility. There are some interesting rock collumns and at one point we are circled by a large school of yellowtail. That was pretty cool. They are big, maybe 2 feet long. From there we go have lunch in a bay on Isla Carmen. It is a nice spot on a beach and we have a pretty nice lunch. After lunch we head back to Loreto. The wind has picked up and the boat ride is quite rough. It tends to get windy in Loreto and boating can get sketchy sometimes. The ride is bumpy but fun and we make it back safely to our beach. For the remaider of the day I have a relaxing afternoon at the hotel and then ride one of the bikes down to the boat marina along the waterfront to watch the sunset. Very nice.