Baja Christmas

Malecon-of-La-PazEnjoy a short flight over the Sea of Cortez on Volaris to arrive in the land of La Paz, to a place of Peace.  Get out there and thrill while in this port city during the celebration of Christmas or any holiday in LaPaz is a treat!  Take a local tour boat across the Sea of Cortez and visit the surrounding islands. The aqua water is like diving into an aquarium! December is a great month to visit as the temps are cooler. Prepare for a balmy breeze and layer up for this celebrated ” Light Sweater Weather”.  This marina town is a one hour flight from Guadalajara. (click pics to enlarge) There are eco adventures including

kayaking, diving, ATV thrilling, golf courses, sail boarding, zip lining or just walking the malecon and sampling the shops and cafes. It was a sleepy town, but like all other ports in Mexico, it is growing and becoming popular because it has everything that Cabo San Lucas or Cancun offers. Roundtrip airfare deals are always available through Volaris. Extend your time at Sea and take a 15 minute flight from LaPaz to Loreto.  The airports in both LaPaz and Loreto are small and easy to navigate. Just pick up your luggage and hail a taxi to your hotel. Use Hotels.com to book rooms and rack up points for a free stay. We favor Boutique hotels over all-inclusive places because they are much more quiet. We have stayed at Hotel HBlue in LaPaz several times. ADDRESS:  Aquiles Serdán #2042 e/ A – Rosales e I. Allende – La Paz, BCS 23000 – Mexico – PHONE +52-612-123-2583.

After a few days in LaPaz – fly into Loreto, a Pueblo Magico.  The abundant sunshine bakes atop the desert terrain while the Sea elevates the humidity.  With a moderate temp of 76 °F from Nov thru March, we have visited this colorful city on five separate occasions.   Easter and Christmas have always been fun because of all the local events.  According to the National Meteorological Service, Loreto’s highest temp recorded was on July 2, 2006 at 112 °F. Loreto’s lowest temp recorded was recorded on Dec 15, 1987 at 32 °F.   Loreto was the first Spanish colonial settlement of the Viceroy of New Spain on the Baja coast.  The town was founded in 1697 by a Jesuit Order. This missionary order of the Catholic Church was founded by Ignatius of Loyola.  The Jesuits discovered a steady spring of fresh water which enabled them MexicoBajaLoretoMission.jpgto provide for the local indigenous in many ways. The control of the Baja California missions was given to the Franciscans in 1769.  The town served as the capital of the province of Las Californias from its founding until the capital of this Mexico province was moved to Monterey.   In 1768, this Mexican province was annexed as Alta California and today we know it as Baja California.  The city of Loreto is built on flat land and the average elevation is 33 ft above sea level. “La Giganta” is the prominent Mountain Range

which lies to the west.  The Sea of Cortez is beautiful and filled with sea life. From Guadalajara there are NO direct flights for now – so to get there from mainland Mexico, fly Volaris direct to LaPaz, stay a couple of nights then fly 15 minutes on Calafia AIrlines to Loreto.  It is best to use the phone APP “OPODO” to book Aero Calafia as their website is frustrating.  One this trip we will stay 3 nights at the Loreto Bay Golf Resort.  ADDRESS: Blvd Mision De Loreto s/n Col. Nopolo Loreto, BCS 23880 Mexico – +52-161-313-3010– This resort is just outside of the city limits of  Loreto. ❤ We look forward to exploring this new area. Meetups with my bro may be impossible on this trip as the annual Lighted Boat Parade keeps Captain Benito very busy. Enjoy the Christmas season of genuine thanks to God – no matter where you choose to travel — cuz wherever you are, God is.

We were blessed to recently hook up with Mike’s family for his mom’s 86th birthday in October 2019. Mike and I practiced the Thriller moves for the 2016 Halloween fiesta in Ajijic. We represented the OLDEST dance group globally – it was a blast! Our 2018 San Francisco/Canada cruise. Fun Family Reunions 

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  2. October 31, 2019 Barb sent email to Ben and Mary: Happy Halloweeeeeeen you guys! Our cemetery grounds in Chapala are prepared for a night of honoring the dead.
    Katrinas are festooned all around the lake. This is the
    day that I set up my Christmas tree (a fake one from Walmart)
    With that said – we tried to change our airfare to go to Cabo,
    but the cost was enormous, so we kept the flight and changed
    our reservation to stay at the Loreto Bay Golf Course. We will
    arrive and taxi to the outskirts of town on Dec 19- then return
    to LaPaz on Sunday Dec 22. Our flight departs at 4 PM – SO
    if you guys have time for coffee within these three days, we
    will be at Loreto Bay.
    Brother Ben replied: Sounds good will see you then..Happy Halloween .

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  3. WRITTEN on Nov 7, 2005 and sent to the Skipper Nov 7, 2019

    Warm temperatures and a mild breeze greet us. This sleepy little village in the middle of nowhere. The World Series had happened on our voyage. White Sox had won, first time in 88 years… Wow! The “Skipper” didn’t care. His trawler Alley Cat had just arrived. She traveled over 1600 miles. San Francisco to a small town on the baja sea. At the plaza, the blind musician playing something different than “Nora Jones.” The beer was cold, all 4 customers stare at my motley crew. Whale bones hanging from the ceiling, was interesting and dark, like “Bogart” was here. Sea tales and drinks, the stories poured out. I’m sure John and Larry were wondering why this place had stole my heart. Our sea tale fell flat on blank faces. Alas, Alley Cat’s deck was “still”, but that silence was shattered the next morning with voices and nets being tossed around the marina. John now shouting “its 5 o’clock in the morning, what the hell is happening?” Loreto had shown up. Footsteps and laughter cut the calm. The fishing pangas were all around us, loading up and making their way out of the harbor. The heartbeat of life surrounded us. John and I made coffee and greeted the amazing sunrise. Later that morning, the sea trio were blimeyed by the new casa. The grey unfinished structure was way too cool. John, Larry and I continued to Café Ole’ around the corner. American coffee plus great food. John was packed and ready for his escape. We had checked into a hotel next to the old mission. Hot showers and clean clothes, what a concept. We arrived a whole week earlier than expected. John told me that this was “a once in a life time experience”! Larry and Skipper relaxed for the next couple of days. Chino Yee my Mexican amigo gave us the keys to my friend’s van. We had rented a casa for the next 10 days. The tears and hugs met us at the airport, our girls had arrived, it was hot that afternoon, Larry and I gave them a our best “pirate” chuckle cuz our seafaring tale was simply historic with a few facts a tad skewed. Back in paradise, the place I now proudly call home. Skippering on the Sea of Cortez, I had no idea what was really out there. The Alley’s leaving a world they knew for this place in the middle of nowhere. My boat sitting at a fishing pier surrounded by the local natives. The voyage was over. The 13 days spent in Loreto, had secured many details with the help of our friend Chino. The marina’s Harbor Master filed Alley Cat’s paperwork. We first had to go through the proper channels. Our builder was working on “Casa Benito”. We made a few changes to the plan. I made Chino “el captain” of Alley Cat. My new captain had taken the boat out a few times with us. Now to enjoy the sea and share it with many new friends. Captain Benito – Nov 7, 2005

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