The New York Times posted a list of “The 41 places to go in 2011” (http://www.nytimes.com/…) and it listed Loreto, Mexico, as number 8!
Very cool – I have to agree. See below for a screenshot of the description the New York Times gives of Loreto – it’s right on!
The 41 places to go in 2011, The New York Times, 1/7/2011
Resort mentioned in the article: http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com/
Janelle and first stumbled to what is today Loreto Bay in 2002, when we drove from San Francisco all the way down to Cabos San Lucas and Todos Santos at the southern tip of Baja California Sur (BCS).
At the time we literally stumbled upon the “Camino Real” hotel (what is today the “Inn at Loreto Bay”) – we were asking for directions to a hotel or restaurant and the parking attendant at the “Camino Real” told us “we’re a hotel/restaurant – we just opened!”.
Google Earth has a cool feature that allows you to travel through time and see historical satellite images of the same location. Here’s what is today Loreto Bay, back in August 2003, just like we first remember it, with only the hotel and a few houses around Nopolo -
Here’s the next available satellite image from June 2005, where we can see some progress in Loreto Bay’s “Founder’s Neighborhood” -
Finally, here’s the latest satellite image from January 2010 -
Not only is the "Founder’s Neighborhood” done, but a large part of Loreto Bay’s second neighborhood, “Agua Viva” is also pretty well built.
Try it out for yourself - to download Google Earth, point your browser to http://earth.google.com – it’s free. To enable in Google Earth 6.0 and above click on View > Historical Imagery – if historical satellite images are available you’ll see a slider in the top left to control the year/image.