The coastal Baja California Sur community of Loreto is a popular resort town in Mexico. The town lies between the Sea of Cortez and the Giganta Sierra mountain range, which makes the location ideal for outdoor recreation. The fascinating destination has a history that dates back to 1697 when it was founded by missionaries. Thus, there are many historic sites found throughout the areas. If lucky enough to reserve vacation rentals through a property management company during certain times of the year, you have the chance to attend one of the many annual events.
Tropic of Cancer Festival
For 10 days beginning on January 11, music lovers arrive to enjoy the sounds created by dozens of bands from Mexico and the United States. The multilingual performances include folk, reggae and rock. Guests also enjoy art exhibits and traditional cuisine options. The concerts take place at the Hotel California in Todos Santos.
Consult with a property management company for accommodations during the month of February to attend the elaborate Carnaval festivities. The grand event lasts four days and is similar to the fun-filled activities of Mardi Gras. Traditional music, folk dancing and extravagant parades are plentiful along with traditional ceremonies.
Blue Whale Festival
Annual events in the community include the activities commemorating the massive cetacean that migrates through the area. The fun begins on March 8 and lasts three days. The many family-friendly activities include viewing the whales from the Bay of Loreto National Park, attending educational workshops and participating in sports competitions. Other festivities include exhibits, lectures, traditional folk presentations. Youngsters enjoy the kite contests. Amateur and professional musicians offer live concerts in a variety of genres.
Chocolata Clam Festival
All enjoy the beautiful coastal views while indulging in traditional seafood dishes during the clam festival that takes place on June 1 and 2. Scheduled activities include a cooking contest, a fishing tournament and samples of local cuisine. Musicians provide the live music for the costumed folk dancers. The fun lasts all day each day and well into the night.
Festivities in Honor of the Virgin
The religious celebration begins at the end of August and continues until September 8. The annual festival has its origin in 1850 with the arrival of an Italian vessel that ran aground while transporting the image of the Virgin. The activities during the event are designed to commemorate the local maritime heritage and include parades, floral offerings and musical performances. There is also plenty of fresh seafood for all to enjoy. On the last night of the festival, all gather to enjoy the fireworks display over the sea.
Off-road fans participate or gather to watch the annual race that takes place during the second weekend in September. Teams and off-road vehicles arrive from miles around for the pleasure of competing in the race, which features a designated route complete with an array of obstacles.
Day of the Dead
The time-honored tradition begins on Halloween and lasts for three days. Festivities during the event include honoring departed loved ones by decorating altars with flowers, candles and food offerings. Musicians offer live performances for the crowd. Dancers don colorful, elaborate costumes. Many communities also host contests, which encourage participants to showcase their writing talents. The festival provides a wonderful opportunity to indulge in local cuisine and socialize with the locals.
Fiesta de las Velas
If staying in vacation rentals during the month of December, guests might enjoy attending the religious festivities on the 11th in the quaint little village of Cosala. The event has a 300-year history and is designed to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe. When the sun sets, thousands appear with lighted candles and proceed through the main street and on toward the chapel. The festivities include traditional dances commemorating local miners and the jaguar tamer. The holiday celebration also includes the chance to feast on dulce de leche, empanadas and tamales.