“One of our best family vacations... ever!”
We are a Los Angeles family with one 9-yr old son. We love Mexican culture, beach, snorkeling, scuba and fishing, but hate the over-developed areas of Mexico like Cancun and Cabo. Wanting to find a vacation destination close to home that offered us all the amenities we enjoy without paying an arm and a leg for it... Loreto was our answer. Got a great Alaska airlines end of the summer deal ($260/round trip) and booked Loreto Playa based on TripAdvisor's reviews ($99/night). We could not have been happier with our choice! Spacious upper-level sea view room (comfy king bed, a fold-up bed for our son, daily maid service) with balcony and 3rd level viewing tower with hammock, lower level home with cable TV (Netflix, Wii, tons of dvds), full kitchen, quirky small above the ground pool perfect for dipping and cooling off --a beautifully furnished home all to ourselves. And free FULL daily breakfast included --not your typical hotel crappy bread and cereals --I'm talking about fresh juices, coffee, egg dishes, fruit, yogurt, speciality Mexican breakfasts (see pictures! :) that usually filled us enough through lunch! Big savings and value! We felt like royalty when served our delicious, freshly prepared meals. For dinner, we taxi'ed into town (a few minutes, $4) and usually walked home. The owners Paulette and Roberto know what customer service means. Called cabs, suggested restaurants, dive operators (Dolphin) fisherman/captain(Jorge), which saved us from paying "gringo" prices. Paulette even told us where to have the best ice cream in town. We are not "resort renters," but did enjoy purchasing a day pass from the Inn at Loreto Bay (which bought our lunch/drinks) and the over-blown Villas del Palamar, using their spa facilities and Kid's Club. We were always happy to return to our quiet "home." A few highlights: catching 5 dorado in one outing, snorkeling with sea lions, spotting a whale, getting chocolate clams from a clam diver straight out of his hands and an hour later bbq'ing them with the dorado we caught on deserted Coronado Island (armed with a fully prepared picnic basket / chairs from the b&b), snorkeling in warm clear waters and seeing everything imaginable (octopus, sea eels, starfish, rays, turtles). Obviously, we can't wait to return and love Loreto for its safety, undeveloped charm, and friendly people.
If you are traveling with older children and the lower unit is not booked during your stay, inquire...
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