The Bahía de Loreto National Park is part of the designation “Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California”, as a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) since the year 2005. In 2006, SEMARNAT granted it the category of National Marine Park, since the Loreto community requested the federal authorities, through this nomination, to help them protect their resources that were being harmed by mainland fishing fleets.
The Loreto Bay National Park encompasses the area that surrounds the 5 islands that lie off the coast. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty and exceptional aesthetic importance, which has important and representative natural habitats for the conservation of world biodiversity and is a specific example of important stages in the history of the earth. Do not forget that, when visiting it, you need to buy your bracelet. Stop by the offices in the dock or ask your operator for your user bracelet. Only by complying with these rules and regulations, can we help protect you.
Coronados Island is the most visited island within the Loreto Bay National Park, due to its proximity to the port of Loreto. This island of volcanic and biogenic origin has beautiful white sand beaches, the most spectacular of which is that the material is organic, that is, remains of gastropods, corals, and red coral algae. The Island has 7 very pleasant beaches for camping or spending a day in extreme relaxation. This island is popular with fishermen, who after they finish catching their prey, come to these beaches to take a dip or simply rest a bit with the magnificent view.
The island has several very attractive sites for diving and snorkeling since its volcanic formation has generated intricate rock formations on the shores and below sea level, mainly in the northeast part where the small caves and walls are the refuge. Of hundreds of fish and sea fans. You can also visit “La Lobera”, a site where a colony of sea lions is located that are very playful, as well as noisy; which will allow you to swim with them, as long as it is not mating or childbirth season since on those days they are very territorial.
Isla del Carmen
The Island is a wildlife conservation area, consisting of 15,000 private and protected hectares with no more inhabitants than the Salinas Bay keepers. Since 1996, this paradise is in charge of the Organización Vida Silvestre, AC, and the company Salinas del Pacífico SA de CV, who work in the administration of this to protect and conserve the flora and fauna. Viewed from the mainland, its size is impressive as it measures 27km long and 9km wide. The History of Isla El Carmen revolves mainly around its salt deposit located to the North of the Island, in the area called Bahía Salinas, an area where the existing buildings are currently located, where houses were built for staff. De la salinera, as well as a school, cemetery, sports fields, workshops, warehouses, fuel and oil deposits, as well as a church. The salt industry ended its operations in 1984.
Danzante has approximately 15 beaches or camping sites, this is clearly determined by the Marine Park, based on the use that is given to each of these sites. The island is commonly used by kayak companies, which work within the Bahía de Loreto National Park during the winter season. This activity represents one of the most popular and productive aquatic activities for the community; together with the observation of “Blue Whale”. The island is very popular with divers and one of the favorite places for snorkeling since its volcanic origin has allowed the development of rocky reefs that are very attractive to visit.
The island also has three very well-marked trails to do some walking, of not so high a degree of complexity, in which you can admire incredible views of the water that surrounds the island.
Monserrat surrounded by beautiful beaches invites you to know it and enjoy it for a few days to discover its secrets, you do not need to be an expert scientist or navigator, it is well worth just being an adventurer in search of exceptional places, since the landscape, where you can appreciate the Impressive and beautiful profile of the Sierra de la Giganta, for lovers of diving and aquatic photography, in addition to its flora and fauna, you will find underwater spaces of great beauty such as its large walls and platforms, without forgetting its Las Galeras islets in the northern part, make the panga ride from Puerto Escondido or Agua Verde worth it.
Santa Catalina Island
The Catalan Island, called by the locals, is an island of oceanic origin, that is, it was never connected to the peninsula or to the mainland before the Gulf of California was opened. It arises from the effort between tectonic plates. As its composition is different from the rest of the Gulf Islands, it acquires a unique characteristic, which is why the development of its species goes beyond what is imaginable. Giant cacti, reptiles, and endemic rodents, as well as other plants, make this island a paradise for scientists. As well as its coasts and beaches originate capricious underwater ways to enjoy diving and snorkeling.
Many of the endemic species were described by scientists in the second part of the nineteenth century. Giving their names to the species and the herbarium collected by them is still in the Museum of Natural History in Saint Petersburg.