Via the passionate efforts of the Loreto community, Loreto National Park was established by Presidential Decree on July 19, 1996. This magnificent park covers 2,065 square kilometers, stretching from Isla Catalana in the south, to Isla Coronado in the north. Over 800 marine species inhabit this space, and many of them are currently endangered. The park plays a vital role in preserving many of these species.
One of the most popular places within Loreto National Park is Coronado Island- a small island covered with volcanic cacti and white sand beaches. Upon reaching shore, one can take rest in a spacious beach area that offers hiking and beach activities. The clear blue water offers an ideal environment for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Other islands include Del Carmen, Montserrat, Santa Catalina, and Danzante. Together they constitute a wide network of caves, lakes, and crystal clear beaches undisturbed by man. The chain of islands creates a protected environment for abundant marine life. Popular marine animal sightings include flying fish, dolphins, and sea lions. Underwater explorers will encounter a fascinating variety of fish and many other types of marine life.
Those who wish to stay overnight are able to set up camp in a wide variety of designated areas. Some sites are more ideal than others. The challenge is to find the perfect camping spot with a large sandy area, view of the sunset, and proximity to the water.
There is so much more Loreto National Park has to offer than what is described here. Nature lovers, boaters, adventurers, and just about anyone will find much to fall in love with. Wether it’s the dizzying array of thriving animal life, the rich network of pristine islands and beaches, or the many hiking trails through an undisturbed natural paradise, the park is brimming with natural wonders.