Hermosa Beach Sister City Association

In 1967 Hermosa Beach formed a "sister city" relationship with the city of Loreto, in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Hermosa Beach Sister City Association (HBSCA) was thus formed. This serene, picturesque fishing village is located on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California. Over the years, the HBSCA has forged a very close bond with Loreto and its citizens. With assistance and guidance from the HBSCA. Loreto has vastly improved the quality of life for its residence and created many opportunities for its citizens. HBSCA is a United States Congressional recognized program.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Student Exchange Trip

Parents… would you like your 7th or 8th grader to experience another culture over spring break?  Our student exchange program is the longest running program in this age group.  Recognized by the U.S. Congress and read into the Congressional Hall of Records. Students living in the South Bay are able to apply.

For more information please go to here

On Line Application here

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your child’s life with an experience they will never forget!

Annual Group Trip to Loreto – 2019

Come join us on our annual visit to our beautiful sister city – Loreto Baja California Sur Mexico. Enjoy great food, great company and wonderful activities.

For information about the 2019 trip please contact: George Barks 310.379.2538 or  EMAIL


Hermosa – Loreto Sister City Programs

Student Cultural Exchange Program
Established in 1974 Hermosa Beach and Loreto have had an ongoing student exchange programs between 7th and 8th grade students.

More information on the Student Exchange program can be found here

Paramedic, Fire and Medical Programs
Established in 1999, HBSCA sponsored paramedic and fire fighter training to the bomberos of Loreto.  Today it is a highly recognized model program throughout Baja California.

More information on the Paramedic Program can be found here

Educational funding
Teach-the-teacher courses on environmental education
Classroom supplies
Computer labs
Sports Equipment donations

Children health and welfare support to the local DIF program in Loreto