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Published on 14/12/2022

Explore Loreto Bay National Park

Explore Loreto Bay National Park Manta Ray

Get ready to fall deeply in love with the breathtaking destination of Loreto, Mexico and its unique Loreto Bay National Park, which is home to one of the most important migratory destinations for whales and other marine animals in the world. The background of this natural reserve’s five islands, its biodiversity, and its natural beauty will mesmerize even the most critical eye, and the number of on-site activities it provides create unparalleled adventures for both young and old. Sun and fun invite you to come and enjoy Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto, the Loreto Bay National Park. 

The Sea of Cortez and its Five Jewels

The Sea of Cortez and the five islands that lie offshore of Loreto, Mexico make up the Loreto Bay National Park. Officially declared a National Marine Park in 1996 by the Mexican government and a World Heritage Site in 2005 by UNESCO, Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto encompasses slightly over 494,000 acres. It gives shelter to a myriad of marine creatures, from tropical schools of fish to gigantic whales. When visiting the destination, you can expect to see the wonders of Mother Nature, particularly if you visit during the months of February and March, which is the migratory season of the great blue whale. It’s enormous biodiversity is why the Loreto Bay National Marine Park earned its title as “the World´s Aquarium” by famous explorer, Jacques Cousteau.

Danzante, Carmen, Coronado, Montserrat and Santa Catalina are the names of the five islands that offer the backdrop to numerous activities that you can enjoy while visiting Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto. When visiting one or more of these islands, you’ll see a secluded side of Loreto Mexico where you can soak up the sun, snorkel in crystalline waters, observe unique marine animals including dolphins and sea lions in their natural habitats, and explore the virgin beaches that call the islands home. 

Exploring the Loreto Bay National Park with Adventures from A to Sea

Loreto Bay National Park offers a great selection of activities for all family members to enjoy. There are tons of guided tours and activities to the islands of Loreto, including sailing tours, snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions, island tours that explore the rich history of Loreto, and more. Take some time to scout them out, believe us when we say there’s plenty to choose from. Whether you opt to snorkel, kayak, dive, fish, hike, or just bask under the sun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to get to one of the Islands of Loreto, you’ll most likely need to book a guided tour service ahead of time, which can be done by checking online and finding the best fit for you or by checking with the concierge at your hotel. As a suggestion, make sure to hire an authorized tour guide/activity. Another helpful tip is to bring the essentials, such as biodegradable sunscreen, a towel, a hat, water, and something to munch on, particularly if you are bringing along little ones that may require extra care. Your camera is also a must to capture all the memories!

Also denominated a Ramsar 2004 site, Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto is an important site holding space for species that have been endangered. Your visit goes a long way in creating awareness and preserving for future generations to continue to visit. Enjoy and partake by visiting one of the most extraordinary marine settings in the world, Loreto Bay National Park.