Downtown Loreto, Mexico isn’t like most city centers, bustling with people and traffic. Alternately, the center of this historic city is a peaceful retreat from the masses, with its rich history and stunning seaside views, it’s a great place to spend the afternoon. If you’re looking for things to do in Loreto, Mexico, spend the day strolling the streets of downtown, visiting its historic sites, and taking in the laid-back luxuries that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are six of the best things to do in downtown Loreto, Mexico. 

1. Mission of Our Lady Loreto

Visit the Church and Museum of the Mission of Our Lady Loreto. Whether you’re a history buff or just like looking at old architecture, this is one of the most highly rated things to do in Loreto Mexico. One of the oldest missions in the Americas, Our Lady of Loreto holds a special place in Mexico’s past. Step inside the church to see its altar or visit the museum to view the Catholic relics of the 1600s. The church is small, but it will give you a grand sense for the life and culture of Loreto’s people. 

2. Plaza Salvatierra

Enjoy a few moments relaxing in the newly renovated Plaza Salvatierra, located in front of the mission and museum. Surrounded by trees, local shops, and a few restaurants, the plaza is a calming spot to rest your feet and escape the sun’s rays for a while. You’ll even find public restrooms so that you can enjoy any number of the artistic and cultural events that will happen there throughout the year.

3. Buy unique souvenirs from local shops

Downtown Loreto, Mexico is filled with little stores where you can pick up unique trinkets, beautiful jewelry, and household decorations that will remind you of your home away from home. Even if you’re not planning to purchase, shopkeepers are always thrilled to show off their merchandise, much of which is made by local artisans, so peruse the shops on your way through town.

4. Malecón

Walk the Malecón, snap pictures in front of the iconic Loreto sign, take in the stunning sunsets and panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, and simply bask in the glory of a spectacular vacation. When you visit the Malecón in downtown Loreto, Mexico, you’ll be able to enjoy the ocean views before heading back through the cobblestone streets of the Magical Town. 

5. Downtown Beaches

Enjoy one of the downtown beaches, La Dársena. Hang out where the locals do on the beach downtown. It is a great place to build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic lunch, play games, and hunt for seashells. While it isn’t the most scenic of Loreto beaches, it is definitely a great spot to spend some time. 

6. Visit a local restaurant or bar

Enjoy the food and drinks at a local restaurant or bar. Of all the things to do in Loreto, Mexico dining is one that will bring you enormous satisfaction. There are a few restaurants downtown that serve up local favorites and delicious Mexican dishes that will have you visiting the city time and again. 

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