Return to Loreto

Ready to drive to Loreto with a few essentials

Guest post by Jane Lurie.

Ready to drive to Loreto with a few essentials
Ready to drive to Loreto with a few essentials

We have finally made it back to Loreto after a 6 month absence. We drove down with our Honda CRV packed like a stuff bag, with two folding chairs, a roll of screening material, a rug and a roll of tulle on the roof….not quite the Clampetts (AKA the Jacksons) but no room for that thimble that I had wanted to pack.

A storm had wreaked havoc on I5 and the Grapevine was closed a few days before we were scheduled to drive down. So we adjusted our plans to avoid 5, and spent our first night on the road hanging out with our friends, Bonnie and Don in Santa Barbara.

We left Santa Barbara at 7:30am heading for the Tecate border crossing. The crossing at about 1:30PM was uneventful because we have FM3 visas, we were the only ones crossing at that time and we got a green light.

We were looking forward to driving Mexico 3 through wine country. What we found was road construction leaving us on a dirt road for most of the trip. The drive will be beautiful when it is done. For us, it just added at least an hour to our drive to Ensenada. We spent that night at the Estero Beach Hotel/Resort at the south end of Ensenada. We had a lovely room, at a very reasonable rate, facing the ocean and arrived in time to see sunset on the water from our balcony. Here are some photos:

Sharon on the Balcony at the Estero Beach Hotel at Sunset
Sharon on the Balcony at the Estero Beach Hotel at Sunset
Close-up if Sharon and Sunset at the Estero Beach Hotel
Close-up of Sharon and Sunset at the Estero Beach Hotel
Jane in the room at the Estero Beach Hotel
Jane in the room at the Estero Beach Hotel

We left Estero Beach at 6:15AM heading to San Ignacio and a yurt at Ignacio Springs Bed and Breakfast. It was going to be a long haul. We would have to set our watches ahead an hour when we entered Baja California Sur and we really wanted to get there before dark.

Details to come in my next post.

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  • Anne Fletcher

    We realised something the last time we drove back from Loreto to the SF Bay area – the trip chops up nicely into segments where each leg is approx 2 1/2 hours:
    Loreto -> Santa Rosalia -> Guerrero Negro -> Catavina -> San Quintin -> Ensenada -> San Diego -> LA -> Lost Hills -> SJ.
    The exception is the Ensenada->SD leg where the driving time is at least an hour less, but you have to factor in the border crossing.

  • Anne Fletcher

    We realised something the last time we drove back from Loreto to the SF Bay area – the trip chops up nicely into segments where each leg is approx 2 1/2 hours:
    Loreto -> Santa Rosalia -> Guerrero Negro -> Catavina -> San Quintin -> Ensenada -> San Diego -> LA -> Lost Hills -> SJ.
    The exception is the Ensenada->SD leg where the driving time is at least an hour less, but you have to factor in the border crossing.

  • Anne Fletcher

    We realised something the last time we drove back from Loreto to the SF Bay area – the trip chops up nicely into segments where each leg is approx 2 1/2 hours:
    Loreto -> Santa Rosalia -> Guerrero Negro -> Catavina -> San Quintin -> Ensenada -> San Diego -> LA -> Lost Hills -> SJ.
    The exception is the Ensenada->SD leg where the driving time is at least an hour less, but you have to factor in the border crossing.

  • Anne Fletcher

    We realised something the last time we drove back from Loreto to the SF Bay area – the trip chops up nicely into segments where each leg is approx 2 1/2 hours:
    Loreto -> Santa Rosalia -> Guerrero Negro -> Catavina -> San Quintin -> Ensenada -> San Diego -> LA -> Lost Hills -> SJ.
    The exception is the Ensenada->SD leg where the driving time is at least an hour less, but you have to factor in the border crossing.

  • Lorna Forbes

    Hi Sharon and Jane…
    this was so much fun to read! Loved the pics too!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY, Sharon!!!!
    Love, Lorna.

  • Lorna Forbes

    Hi Sharon and Jane…
    this was so much fun to read! Loved the pics too!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY, Sharon!!!!
    Love, Lorna.

  • Lorna Forbes

    Hi Sharon and Jane…
    this was so much fun to read! Loved the pics too!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY, Sharon!!!!
    Love, Lorna.

  • Lorna Forbes

    Hi Sharon and Jane…
    this was so much fun to read! Loved the pics too!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY, Sharon!!!!
    Love, Lorna.

  • Cathy Getman

    Love reading this and can’t wait for the next installment. The hotel in Ensenada looks lovely – and right on the beach! How was the yurt – post pics pls!!

    Have fun!
    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Love reading this and can’t wait for the next installment. The hotel in Ensenada looks lovely – and right on the beach! How was the yurt – post pics pls!!

    Have fun!
    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Love reading this and can’t wait for the next installment. The hotel in Ensenada looks lovely – and right on the beach! How was the yurt – post pics pls!!

    Have fun!
    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Love reading this and can’t wait for the next installment. The hotel in Ensenada looks lovely – and right on the beach! How was the yurt – post pics pls!!

    Have fun!
    Cathy