El Tiburon Casitas

Luxury Rentals in Loreto, Baja California Sur

   FAQ / Common Questions    last update Feb 2023                                                    What about Internet?        

 FREE  High Speed WIRELESS AT  EL TIBURON CASITAS!!!     Our Wi Fi was recently upgraded with a new  wireless router and 5G booster antenna.   We  have new fiber optic high speed internet now since Feb  2022!   Good connections in all casitas. Wi Fi also available at nearly every restaurant.


Are Passports Necessary? COVID tests?

 Passports are required for re-entry into the United States or other Countries.  Passports are always necessary to Fly. Covid testing not necessary. 

  We will help you get tested if needed while at the Casitas, either on site or at a lab, your choice if you feel sick.     Always check with your country of Origin for the latest rules for reentry.  Currently not required to fly to USA. 

What should I bring with me from Home?

 Favorite Coffee or special drinks you want to have here.    ( Coffee maker, grinders, teapot, French press, and filters are in  your room.)   Bring  snacks, nuts, candy you may want as selection may be poor and price often high.  US Cash or Pesos, small bills, Debit card.  Check that money is clean and unmarked in any way no damage.  Airline approved Cooler if you are taking home fish. Do not bring fresh produce or red meat.


Is there a pool available year round?

We have a beautiful  sparkling clear  swimming pool  with underwater seats.    Normally  the temp is in the 70-80's depending on the month.    Pool towels are in the casitas for on site use.   The pool is partially shaded in summer to stay refreshing and limit sun exposure!   Pool / Patio/ BBQ area is open to registered guests only. The entire fenced Compound  is Private.  Currently ( in Jan) temp is 73.

What about money and credit cards in Loreto? Exchange dollars for Pesos?

Dollars or Pesos generally accepted everywhere. Currently US Dollars can not  be exchanged  for pesos at the Bancomer bank in the Square.  Azteca Bank on Juarez st.  may change dollars to pesos. $300 usd per day limit.  There is a new money exchange booth across the street from Pescador market ( hours vary).  ATM  debit Cards are the most reliable way to get pesos once here. There is normally a fee.  It is not possible to withdraw USD from a local ATM. 

Almost all tour operators, Fishing Captains, restaurants, large shops, and grocery stores happily take dollars.   No one will take Canadian dollars or traveler checks.     Visa/MC is taken at Cactus liquor store, grocery stores and many restaurants.  Small shops and taco stands it is best to have pesos.    If you want a lot of pesos for some reason, exchange at your home bank, such as Wells Fargo.

 Be sure to notify your bank at home that you will be in Baja!  

The main  bank ATM machine at Bancomer Bank is 1 block away in the town square. Open 24/7.   There is a Banamex ATM in the Ley Grocery store.   Azteca bank is on Juarez street and the money exchange is on Hildago st. across from Pescador market.


Is there secure parking for my car or boat?

Yes, We are within a secure gated compound and have space for your car. Inexpensive secure Boat parking  is just around the corner or next to the Marina at Silver King.   We are the closest Casita Hotel to the Launch ramp and Marina.

What about  Phones, Water and  Utilities?

 The Hotel is on city water, electricity, and sewer.  The water is safe to drink but most people drink our supplied osmotic filtered water to be sure. All of our rooms have complimentary hot/cold drinking water coolers with unlimited filtered drinking water.  We do not want you to have to buy plastic bottles!! Bring your Yeti!!

Electricity is 110V, same as in the US.  Each Bathroom has a wall Hair dryer.  Most US and Canadian phones work well here if on International plan. Check with your provider before coming.   We have free high speed wireless internet on site AND Free phone calls (exc 800 numbers) to US and Canada from the Library landline included in your rate!  

Are there laundry facilities?

 Our staff will wash and fold your laundry for 5 usd per regular load. Laundry service free for stays over 10 days.

What is illegal to bring to Loreto? Or take Back to USA?

A Partial list of items that will be confiscated at customs when entering Mexico includes:

Firearms, Fresh vegetables, Fresh Fruit, soils, plants, Biologicals, Red Meat, Dog treats containing meat, prescription drugs not labeled correctly. 

Review Customs Policies on line for a complete List.  You can bring food items for personal use such as coffee, candy, nuts, cookies, crackers. etc. if unopened and clearly labeled.    One laptop computer/pp. 

It is legal to take back to the US a liter of Alcohol per person,  Fish and seafood if packed properly and checked, Vanilla, souvenirs,  candy.    Frozen fish  and liquids should be in the checked bag or cooler.

What is the smoking policy?

 All interior rooms are non-smoking for the comfort of all of our guests.   Please smoke away from Casitas and shared areas, esp if other guests are present.  Ashtrays  are located  outside and we will set up your private smoking table on request. No smoking under our palm palapa. 

Can I freeze my fresh fish catch in the freezers in the Casitas?

No, the freezers in the rooms are for ice and  edible food for our guests. There is no way to keep the freezers fresh smelling for edible ice and food with raw fish that takes  too long to freeze and ALWAYS leaks fish juice into the grates and vents in the freezers. The good news is that ALL the legitimate Loreto fishing Captains will fillet, bag, and quick freeze your catch in their fish freezers and deliver it to you a  hour before you depart! 

How do I get to the Casitas from the airport by car or Airport Taxi?

Airport taxi cars and vans are always standing by at the airport curb. Prices are posted at the exit doors of the terminal near the rental car kiosks and are not negotiable. ALWAYS ask and CONFIRM the price before getting in any airport Taxi or Van to avoid any misunderstandings. Try to find others to share a Van.  Can pay with dollars or pesos. Tips extra. The small white cars may be the cheapest if you have a party of 3 or less and do not want to share a Van. 

If you are renting a car, plan on picking it up at the airport. ( see tips below)

From the Highway, follow the signs to the beach/ Malecon/ Harbor. Turn Left on Deportivo  and then a right at the first street which is  Benito Juarez. Continue straight towards water and go  left on Calle Davis.    4th place on left. Big black steel  gates and a HUGE Mako shark on the wall! 65/ 69 Davis St.


Go to the waterfront and then 

From the south end of the Harbor/ Marina, turn up the paved road at the  life sized sculpture of the blue whales.   This is Agua Dulce street.   Straight ahead you will see our black steel gate with sailfish.    

 There is a big mural and sign  on the back wall as you look through our big black gate.

 If lost, call  Liz at  +1-613-111-1614 Mex Cell phone for help.  Taxi drivers all know our Hotel. Corner of  65 Davis and Agua Dulce.

Rental Car Info- check with your CC provider first

We have five rental Car agencies in town and at the airport.   The cost varies by number of days, type of car, and what kind of insurance you have through your credit card. So check your coverage with your credit card company before booking a car. You must have Mexican liability insurance to drive in Mexico. Just like any other country, the counter person will try to sell you the highest comprehensive insurance plan. You will have to decide what level of coverage and risk you are willing to assume. If you only need a car for one day or to go to San Javier, consider letting us call you a van and personal driver to take you anywhere you want to go for the whole day at a very reasonable rate! We have a regular driver with a 6 person Van that everyone loves and is super reasonable.

What about a taxi to the Loreto airport to leave Mexico?

Taxi Vans can come pick you up at the Hotel gate 2-3 hrs before your scheduled flight.   Currently cost is about $300 to 350 pesos per Van for 2-4people.   (approximately 17 usd)  Tip not included.      Ask Liz to call an airport Taxi  Van if you need one or use Library phone.

How to Book a Casita?                     

Call US Phone   805-755-5828   Please leave message if no answer,  we will call you back same day!

 ****email : lizinloreto@gmail.com     We respond quickly!  ****  Best and fastest way to book. Include date of stay and number of persons, number of beds wanted.

 Loreto  office phone:   613-135-2536         613-111-1614  Mexican Cell

 See Calendar Page for sold out days. Empty boxes means there is availability. See Rates Page also for specials. 

 We do not accept bookings through Trip adviser or booking.com, Hotel.com, etc. You must book directly with us.

What about housekeeping/maids?   

  Daily Maid service is included in the room rate and must be utilized.   Rooms must be maintained to our standards to keep bugs out.  All Casita bath towels and bed linens are supplied and towels and sheets/linens changed as needed, usually every 3-5 days.   All Covid protocols are followed and the staff will not enter your room if you are inside.  If you want towels to take off the property, ask us, please do not take our good bath linens on the boats.


What about the Bicycles?

We have a large selection (8-9 bikes)  of Bikes and beach cruisers to use locally in town on paved streets. We do not provide helmets or locks. Use anytime.  Just keep them with you for safekeeping. Restaurants allow you to keep them with you.   Please do not use on dirt roads with thorns and glass.    Rent mountain bikes for that. 

Is there TV or Cable? Is there a safe in my Casita for valuables?

All rooms have a TV with 1 or 2 local Mexican channels and a  built in VHS and/or DVD Player with remote control.  We  have a complementary VHS/DVD Library with an extensive selection of VHS/DVD American  Movies.    There is a small safe in each Casita. Theft has not been a  problem at our Hotel, but you may want to lock up your passport and  home keys, as you will not need these normally while in town .                                                        

Time Zone?    Electrical current? 

Loreto is on Mountain Standard Time, one hour ahead of California.       Electrical plugs in the Casitas are 110V, same as in the USA and Canada. 

Are pets allowed? Not usually, although we have made exceptions

  It is not that we do not love dogs, because we do!  As a retired Veterinarian I am sympathetic BUT we have a Female Mexican rescue dog onsite and this makes things complicated.  She guards the hotel and knows the routine.  Also other guests may not appreciate additional dogs.    Male dogs mark the wall paintings, poles, pots and artwork all over the property. Visiting dogs get in the pool, scratch the windows, howl or bark.    We tried!!!   

Is there an Ocean View from My Casita? or courtyard?

All of our Casitas are within our gated  garden compound and all face the pool and inner courtyard. We are very close to the Marina and Public Beach though so very short walk  to the water!    The entire  Central Loreto malecon is a seawall, not a beach. We are very close to the public swimming beach however, so very easy to get to the sandy beach and palapa areas just north of the Marina and Lighthouse.

Cancellation Policy

 We will make every effort to re-book your trip on a different date if necessary, with enough advance notice  and if we are not sold out and have turned away all other inquiries and Bookings.  As a small hotel  with only 4 Casitas we do not have flexibility to change rooms at the last minute , esp in Holiday  or peak seasons. Bookings are final once paid for and confirmed.   Confirmed bookings  cannot be refunded, however they are transferable to another person for the same days! Travelex Insurance has full coverage including Covid related Issues.  Consider trip insurance if you think you may not travel and want to be reimbursed up to the last minute!. 


What is a FMM from Immigration?

 FMM is an acronym for Forma Migratoria Multiple and it is a document that allows foreign travelers of some nationalities to cross the Mexican border without a resident or temporary card holder. The FMM form card for Mexico is basically an official tourist fee that everyone who enters the country must pay.