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Old 29th May 2013, 02:58 PM
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Agree with Allbear I love Puerto Escondido it sort of remind me of Virginia Beach in some ways. It's a laid back sort of beach life.
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The only thing I believe these two places have in common is that they are on the coast. I live in Loreto and have visited Huatulco several times. Not sure where to start.
Loreto is a small town, formerly focused on the Sea of Cortez fishery, stretching it's wings to include whale-watching, kayaking, and "adventure tourism". It is centered around it's 300+ year old mission church. In recent years a large development south of town has brought an influx of new second-homers. The ex-pat community has grown as a result. Despite that growth, the economy continues to struggle. Stores open and close. Restaurants come and go. Currently Alaska Airlines pretty much has a lock on the flights in and out of town, with just one small plane a day from Los Angeles. For many visitors, an overnight in LA is required to make a connection with the plane. Smaller, local airlines can get one to the mainland or to Tijuana several times a week. The best beaches tend to be out on the islands, though the development south of town has claimed a very nice white sand beach where the sea is quite shallow. We have windy, cool weather (60's) in January and February (that's when I visit places like Huatulco) and brutally hot and humid weather in July and August (that's when I visit relatives in the northwest). I love the small town feel, having a chance to be part of the community. I love the islands, the boating, the fishing, and, in September, October, June and July, the snorkeling. We can drive the boat through town in just minutes to launch at the local marina, then return to our yard at the end of the day without a hassle.
Huatulco is a relatively new Fonatur development, built for the tourist trade. I actually enjoy the city of Crucecita, which seems to always be bustling. Lots of shopping and lots of nice city parks. "Bahias de Huatulco" also has lots of beautiful white sand beaches. Some of them are developed and some are not. All of the beaches with access are crowded with visitors every day, at least in the time of the year that we visit. In February it is hot and humid. There are several distinct areas, each with their own personalities. Lots of airlines fly in daily from many different cities. There are several large marinas, with lots of fancy boats at moorage.Lots of condos, resort hotels, fine dining.
The two places couldn't feel more different. Loreto is small, Huatulco much larger. Loreto is old, Huatulco is young. Loreto is quiet, Huatulco is busy. Loreto is desert, Huatulco is not. Loreto is on the Sea of Cortez, Huatulco is on the Pacific.
I hope you visit both places before you decide. I would think that if one fits the bill for your retirement, the other will not. The decision shouldn't be too hard. It just depends on what you're looking for.
looks like we'll be headed to loreto in august. recommendations for a affordable place to stay for 2-4 weeks?

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Until next week when the sale of our casa completes, we live in Nuevo Vallarta. We are moving on because we are tired of being harassed every time we go out, by the locals, trying to sell us 'fishin trips' or time shares. In that regard you will probably be better off in Loreto or La Paz. If you like the desert then Baja California is for you, however you can feel cut off from the rest of Mexico. My guess is that the cartels are less active on the lower Baja than Huatalco. Resort communities do not reflect the true Mexican lifestyle in our opinion. Ajijic has no appeal? You will find a wonderful climate there and an active expat community.

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Hotels in Loreto? I'm not sure what "affordable" is to you. Check out Coco Cabanas and Cabanas de Loreto. Both have pools, both are small and homey with very helpful owners. They are close to the waterfront. Somewhat less expensive and without a pool, the Iguana Inn is a great spot, close to the center of town and also helpful, friendly owners. Fancier and right on the malecon is the Hotel Mission. All of these are on the web. There are also many other hotels in town that are very good as well. Doing an internet search will show you many.
August is just about the hottest, most humid month in Loreto. Most ex-pats here try to get out of town in August. Italian tourists love it, however.

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Hotels in Loreto? I'm not sure what "affordable" is to you. Check out Coco Cabanas and Cabanas de Loreto. Both have pools, both are small and homey with very helpful owners. They are close to the waterfront. Somewhat less expensive and without a pool, the Iguana Inn is a great spot, close to the center of town and also helpful, friendly owners. Fancier and right on the malecon is the Hotel Mission. All of these are on the web. There are also many other hotels in town that are very good as well. Doing an internet search will show you many.
August is just about the hottest, most humid month in Loreto. Most ex-pats here try to get out of town in August. Italian tourists love it, however.
thank you...we will check them out. will you be away in august?

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Yes, we will. Most of our families are in Montana and Idaho. August is the best month to visit them, and the easiest to be away from Loreto........................

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Yes, we will. Most of our families are in Montana and Idaho. August is the best month to visit them, and the easiest to be away from Loreto........................
how long will you be gone? we'd love to meet some friendly locals...
are you familiar with posado del cortes? he's offering us a pretty good deal...
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Yes, we will. Most of our families are in Montana and Idaho. August is the best month to visit them, and the easiest to be away from Loreto........................
we ended up booking a week with coco cabanas. when will you be back?

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You will be happy at Coco Cabanas. Barrett and Steve are great. Be sure and get out fishing with Francisco on El Pajaro. They will set you up. Not sure when we'll be back. Probably second week in September. Barret and Steve are "locals" and can give you lots of good info. Be sure and stop in El Caballo Blanco book store on Hidalgo. Jeannine is amazing and can give you lots of insight into the local area. Those two contacts will have you feeling at home in Loreto in no time. Let me know how it turns out.

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You will be happy at Coco Cabanas. Barrett and Steve are great. Be sure and get out fishing with Francisco on El Pajaro. They will set you up. Not sure when we'll be back. Probably second week in September. Barret and Steve are "locals" and can give you lots of good info. Be sure and stop in El Caballo Blanco book store on Hidalgo. Jeannine is amazing and can give you lots of insight into the local area. Those two contacts will have you feeling at home in Loreto in no time. Let me know how it turns out.
we really enjoyed our time in loreto at coco cabana. steve was great! now we're in la paz for a few days and on tuesday we will head to huatulco. wondering where to stay there. we would like to be close to a beach. i will search the internet, but getting a personal referral is always better. hope you're enjoying your holiday in the states! thanks for all of your help''

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