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Loreto: A Baja Secret

A 17th century-Spanish mission rises in the tiny mountain pueblo of San Javier, near Loreto, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Two pangas, or small open boats, bob in the Loreto harbor. Loreto Bay, in the Gulf of California, is popular among sport fishermen who leave before dawn for the Sea of Cortez. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
A teenager belts out a song at Loreto’s annual talent show. His stage is the quaint town’s central plaza adjacent to City Hall. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
The pristine shores of Coronado Island, in the Sea of Cortez, is about an hour by boat from Loreto. The island is part of Mexico’s Loreto Bay National Marine Park. (Don Bartletti / LAT)
Loreto, a seaside Baja California town, is short flight from Los Angeles. (Don Bartletti / LAT)