Forget the crowds, the high prices, and the soaring crime rates. Escape the snow and sub-zero temperatures. Discover the best-kept secret in Baja, discover Loreto!!!
A Closer Look at Loreto
Loreto, a small town with a truly spectacular setting…the gold and green hills of the Sierra Gigante mountain range are to the west and the clear blue waters of the Sea of Cortez are to the east. Rain is rare and the skies are clear 360 days of the year. And there are hardly any bugs as the dry desert climate is not one in which insects survive. In recent years, Loreto has become a haven for retirees from all over the world. On the surface, it’s not unlike many other small towns in Mexico.It has characteristic cobblestone streets, tiled roofs, and a relaxed atmosphere. However a closer look revels several differences.
Loreto has every modern convenience – the finest medical facilities, well – stocked supermarkets, cable and satellite TV, a nearby championship golf course and tennis complex, an excellent museum, Telephone/Fax services as well as several Internet Cafes, ATM banking…even sports bars!
With low rainfall and temperatures averaging a mild 70 degrees year-round, Loreto can boast the ideal climate. In the hot months of the year, most residents head back north to visit the children and grandchildren.
Just minutes away from the first international airport south of Tijuana, Loreto is approximately 700 miles south of the border and is located on the Sea of Cortez. Many residents and tourists have been driving their vehicles (including motorhomes) down the Baja. The Mexican Government has instituted the “Green Angels” who patrol the Baja with full mechanical/repair trucks to help anyone that has not already been assisted by the friendly locals.
The cost of living in Mexico, although not as inexpensive as years past, is still significantly lower than many other countries including Canada and the United States. Food, housing, medical care, utility bills, and domestic help are among the best values. Although cost of living is a personal thing, two people can live quite comfortably on less than $1100 U.S. per month, depending on whether they own outright or rent.
Shopping and Dining
Loreto has many excellent and colorful shops where shoppers can find anything from fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meats, to clothing, toiletries, hardware items and auto parts. Also many hand-crafted items from such materials as wood, pottery, copper, brass, leather, silver, glass, & ratten are readily available. And most of the shops are located in the historic centre of the town and are an easy walk from most accomodations. And for it’s size…Loreto boasts having a large number of excellent restaurants serving traditional Mexican fare as well as International cuisine.
Fishing and Diving
Fisherman say this part of the Baja offers some of the best fishing in the world, and there are many boats for charter. And for those who just wish to look.. the diving and snorkeling off nearby Isla del Carmen and Isla Coronado is outstanding! A short drive north brings you to the Bay of Conception and more reefs and sights to enjoy. And Loreto has a number of full-service dive centers with friendly staff to insure your stay is unforgettable!
With a number of “Norte-Americanos” in residence, it’s only natural that Loreto has a number of English-speaking shopkeepers, waiters, doctors, etc. And without the extensive and friendly population of “ex-patriots” life would be boring. Unless you spoke Spanish fluently.. odds are you wouldn’t last long in a setting where you had no idea what was going on around you…no matter how exotic or lovely the setting. Loreto has several schools with very reasonable rates for those wishing to learn the language.
In Loreto,compassionate and competent medical and dental care is close at hand. House calls are common and many of our doctors are U.S. trained. A national state-administered health care program called IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social) is available at very reasonable rates. Enrollment entitles one to non-deductable ambulance services, hospitalization, medications, doctors services, dental exams and eye exams. Another health care plus is the availability of low cost prescription and over the counter drugs.
Quality of Life
The Mexican lifestyle itself appears to be conducive to good health. Perhaps it is simply a matter of unwinding and easing the stress that is so typical of life elsewhere. Or perhaps it’s the fresh chemical-free fruits and vegetables.Or maybe it’s the mild climate or clean air. Or maybe folks here have just rediscovered how beautiful and enjoyable life in Loreto can really be.
How Can We Help?
Whether you are considering renting, vacationing, living, retiring or investing in Loreto and surrounding area, Alexander and staff can help. With years of commercial real estate experience, Alexander brings a wealth of knowledge in dealing with Americans and Canadians purchasing property in Mexico. He is also intimately familiar with all of the Baja peninsula and particularly the Loreto area. In the past nine years, the staff at Alexander Real Estate and Investments have helped people discover all that the Loreto area has to offer. We can help obtain answers to all your questions, such as those about immigration, importation of personal belongings or pets, employment laws, investment practices etc. We are also well versed in obtaining bank trusts (Fideicomisos). We manage a number of rental properties and have escrow services.
So, contact us today and discover for yourself why so many persons have decided on Loreto- the best kept secret in Baja!