For anyone who loves fishing, Loreto, Mexico provides a great opportunity and is only a two-hour flight from LAX. This last weekend my amazingly awesome girlfriend, and myself decided to take a trip down to Loreto in search for some adventure. With great weather, friendly people, and beautiful scenery this was definitely a great alternative to the very expensive and overcrowded Cabo.
Loreto is a very quiet town with a beautiful town center and nice outside restraints, to enjoy dinner and a few drinks. The town is very safe and there is a large number of retired Americans/Canadians to be found walking about the streets, which makes the language barrier less of a problem.
Now, the important part – fishing!! There are two different ways about catching fish in this small town: you can either go down to the boat docks and haggle with the captains, or you can have the resort (we stayed at La Mision which I would highly recommend to anyone going there) set up the fishing trip for you. If you are to go through the resort the total cost comes to about $300, which includes the following: fishing license, boat and captain for the day (6am – 2pm) bait, lunch and drinks. We however, thought we could beat the resorts price by going and talking to the captain ourselves. Word of advice, if you do not speak Spanish, just have the resort set it up for you, this way all you have to do is wake up in the morning and go! You do not have to worry about getting lunch (resort provides this), drinks, an ice chest, etc.
As for the actual fishing… you will most likely be going out on a small boat that is about 30ft long. The water is not rough as you are in the Sea of Cortez, for those of you whom might fall victim to seasickness. The actual fish you catch, depending on size (biggest we caught was 60lbs) are amazing fighting fish!! We had a total of 8 that were on the line; however, were only able to land 3 of them (the other fish got to live another day). This truly is a great time as my girlfriend and myself were able to get out on the water and enjoy hooking some good size fish(the captain did most of the work and would get the fish on, then hand over the pole to us). If you want to do everything yourself, then I don’t think the captain will mind.
After the day was said and done, our captain took our ice chest and fish and went home to clean them for us. He was even kind enough to bring the freshly caught and cleaned fish back to the resort for us (tip was $20 for this). So for those of you who are into fishing and Mexico adventures, Loreto is a thumbs up in my book as I plan to make my way back down there again soon.