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Loreto, Mexico

Loreto sits on the east coast of Mexico's Baja California Sur peninsula. The town faces the Sea of Cortez, a place Jacques Cousteau once called the "world's aquarium" because of its biodiversity. Loreto may be a small town, but has a big stake in the cultural history of the region. Colonial and pre-colonial sites dot the area, for you to explore.

Set your sights on the Loreto Bay National Marine Park and witness sunbathing sea lions and the odd breeching whale. Boat over to Coronado Island and explore the white sand beaches, or spy a spiny lobster while snorkeling. Head into the Sierra de la Giganta and marvel at cave paintings made between 1000 BCE and 1300 CE, a licensed guide can take you into those areas. Venture just outside Loreto and visit the well-preserved baroque Mission San Javier built in the eighteenth century.

Reel in a sea bass or a dorado, and then have a local restaurant cook up your day's catch. Enjoy a fresh lime margarita and some coconut shrimp as you look onto the sea at La Picazon. Eat family style and sample a tripe or fish taco at El Rey del Taco. Spice up your morning with huevos rancheros from La Mision Bar and Grill.

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