An exclusive look at Loreto, Mexico’s TPC Danzante Bay at the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa
Located among the islands of Loreto, Mexico, TPC Danzante Bay is Mexico’s only TPC golf course. Renowned as an 18-hole masterpiece, as situated along the east coast of Mexico’s s Baja Peninsula, the back-nine of TPC Danzante Bay offer dynamic views of both the Sea Of Cortez and Danzante Bay. But for those travelers who are not serious golfers, TPC Danzante Bay is just one of the amenities available to guests and homeowners at the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, a full-service destination resort community that shares its property with the golf course.
On behalf of Travel And Talk, I had the pleasure of doing Q& A with Brad Myrick (Director Of Golf Operations) and Sixto Navarro (General Manager of the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa), both about Villa Del Palmar and its surrounding area.
More on Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa and TPC Danzante Bay can be found online at www.tpcdanzantebay.com
For someone who is not a golfer, what is there to do at Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto?
Brad Myrick: For a non-golfer, life here revolves around water and desert. Villa Del Palmar offers a wide variety of water sporting activities — from kayaking to paddle boarding — along with desert exploration either by foot or ATV.
What is your favourite amenity of the resort?
Sixto Navarro: My favourite amenities are our three hiking trails, ranging in length from 2.5 to 3.7 miles, and ocean activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and obviously, our golf course.
Brad Myrick: The Rees Jones-designed golf course, TPC Danzante Bay. It is extremely enjoyable for all ability levels.
Is there an average sort of person who stays at Danzante Bay?
Sixto Navarro: We are a family resort, but most of our guests are between 45 to 65 years old. Children are always welcome and we have a developed a robust kids program. Villa Del Palmar is equally attractive for weddings, honeymooners and romantics.
What are some of the things that Loreto is known for? Is the local cuisine different?
Sixto Navarro: Loreto is known for its historical culture, its 1697 mission, cobblestone streets, and authentic downtown. The outdoors is focused on the Sea Of Cortez, with five different islands, and nearly 900 different species of marine life. It’s renowned for world-class fishing, whale watching, and dolphin sightings.
Brad Myrick: The Mission, its courtyard, and the evening activities are the hub of activity in Loreto, which is the original capital of the Californias, as founded over 300 years ago.
Museo de las Misiones Jesuitas
Aside from TPC Danzante Bay, what are some of the local spots in the area you recommend?
Brad Myrick: San Javier, island-hopping among the islands of Danzante Bay, the beach at Nopolo, Loreto Sunday market for local produce and products…
Sixto Navarro: San Javier, fishing, Salt Mine Island, Coronado Islands, Honeymoon Bay, Loreto Mission…
When not busy with work, how do you like to spend your free time?
Brad Myrick: I am relatively new to the area, so I am still in the exploring mode, but most likely with my fly rod in hand.
Sixto Navarro: Fishing, learning about the local culture. Snorkelling among the islands, taking a sunset cruise, or experiencing an off-road adventure on ATVs.
Finally, any last words for the kids?
Brad Myrick: Bring your sunscreen and prepare to get wet! There are all sorts of adventures — on land and on water — for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Sixto Navarro: Prepare for a fun time. The kids’ club offers many surprises and activities, including opportunities to become part of the nightly entertainment, work side-by-side with professional chefs, or make a pizza in the resort’s brick oven.