Monday, November 12, 2007

Back from Baja

Returned late last night from four fabulous days in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Loreto Bay is one very cool (if not very expensive) new development; look for an UnSprawl case study on the new community in's next issue, which launches January 10. Just as wonderful is the town of Loreto, and indeed the entire area, from mountains to islands to the Sea of Cortez.

Here are a handful (assuming your hands are large) of photos. These and 82 others are available in larger format for your review here.

Loreto Bay development's main office, in Loreto, in the shadow of Baja's oldest mission.

The Inn at Loreto Bay, foregrounded by an estuary and mangrove nursery.

The full Loreto Bay development, which currently has 350 completed houses, plus some commercial, but will have 6,000 houses, plus commercial, in distinct neighborhoods.

Sunrise over Isla Carmen and the Sea of Cortez.

Friend and neighbor Scott Calhoun also made the trip. Here, he chats with pelicans.

The Inn at Loreto Bay. As with Civano (where I live), color enhances place at Loreto Bay.

Homes at Loreto Bay.

Architectural detail in the homes at Loreto Bay.

A wooden bridge spans the estuary at the golf course at Loreto Bay.

Organ pipe cactus along a cliff on the Sea of Cortez.

An early morning egret among mangrove.

On the boat to Isla Coronado.

One of over one hundred dolphins we saw on our amazing voyage.

The harbor at Loreto, Baja California Sur.

A Pacifico patio in Loreto's historic town center.

Scott and I enjoy delicious pistachio pelatas. I'm hooked!

Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó in the evening.

The warm exterior and interior colors of a Loreto Bay home.

Rooftop patios are a feature of most Loreto Bay residences.

The Loreto Bay logo, projected on the Inn at Loreto Bay's belltower.

In addition to extensive tours of the community (including residences, golf course, agricultural center, and recycling center), I had the opportunity to snorkle, sea kayak, mountain bike, hike, and eat lots and lots of excellent Baja cuisine. I'm hoping to bring Billie and the girls down there next fall. Learn more at


jd said...

Wonderful photos. Looks like a fun trip.

Suzanne said...

These photos are stunning Simmons!

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Thank ye kindly!

Tauromaja said...

Lovely pics! Are you connected with Loreto Bay? The photography on their page is stunning....

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Not affiliated, per se, though I wrote the Loreto Bay UnSprawl case study for

Tauromaja said...

I also recommend trying the fresas con crema paletas. Usually they have a whole strawberry embedded at the bottom of a creamcicle. Yummie....

Aubrey White said...

Hi, I was playing around with Google and happened to stumble upon your blog. I really enjoyed your photos and I have some of them myself!

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by, Aubrey. Loreto is a pretty magical place, even in spite of all the new development!