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BAJA CALIFORNIA BECKONS
Visit both Ensenada and Rosarito Beach,
for a taste of the Baja experience.
Ensenada is located a little more than one hour south of Tijuana. Duty free shopping, very low prescription drug prices, nice beaches nearby, and friendly people, make Ensenada a very popular destination. A significant wine industry has developed around the Ensenada area, and it produces some very good wine and brandy. It is a wonderful place for strolling. Great restaurants abound. Prices are still a bargain by U.S. and Canadian standards. Many fishers come here to enjoy the fabulous deep sea fishing, and surfing is popular too. A Mexican flag so large it’s probably visible from space flutters proudly over the tourist zone. Ensenada’s population is estimated at 220,000, including about 38,000 Americans and Canadians.
Rosarito Beach is one of the finest in Mexico. The population is estimated at 85,000 with perhaps 25,000 North Americans. Once a deserted, sandy beach that marked the original border between California and Mexico, then a Hollywood film location, Playas de Rosarito is finally coming into its own. Hotel Rosarito (now the landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel and our accommodations) and its long, sandy beach pioneered local tourism in the late 1920s. Fox Studios Baja, built in 1996 for the filming of Titanic, has since served as a primary filming location for Pearl Harbor and, more recently, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Ensenada and Rosarito Beach’s climate is best described as “Mediteranean”. It is very similar to San Diego, and people there think it is just about perfect. Temperatures rarely go above 85 degrees F., or below 50 degrees F., year round. The cool pacific waters moderate temperatures here, but go inland a few miles and temperatures can climb quite high in the Summer.
Depart Yuma at 8:30 am, with a no-host breakfast stop before crossing the border. By early afternoon, we check in at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. Listen to the surf just outside your balcony. Stroll the beautiful sandy beach. The hotel has an awesome spa — perhaps get a massage or facial.
The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the area. There are lots of nearby boutiques for shopping, and numerous restaurants. The Rosarito Pier is a good place to catch the beautiful sunset over the Pacific — or the beach if the pier is closed.
You may wish to make an optional excursion to Puerto Nuevo, the self-described “Lobster Capital of Baja”. Here you can choose from dozens of restaurants serving up langostas, pan-fried lobsters. According to tradition, the lobsters are pan-fried in lard, so the meat stays soft and tender with beans, rice and homemade flour tortillas served on the side. Almost a million lobsters are served in the Rosarito coastal area each year. “Puerto Nuevo-style” is now a world-famous synonym for the exquisite lobster offered in local restaurants. In Puerto Nuevo Mexico you can enjoy incredible ocean views in most of the restaurants, however make sure you don’t judge the restaurants by appearance alone, you might miss out. Puerto Nuevo is locally known as the “Lobster Village”. The hotel staff can arrange for a taxi.
This morning, depart to visit La Bufadora [Buffalo Snort]. This spectacular marine geyser explodes upwards sometimes as high as 100 ft. above sea level, producing a tremendous sound. La Bufador is considered the second highest of the world, after Hawai, however it is the most impressive because it is situated on a rocky inlet near the tip of the ruggedly beautiful Punta Banda peninsula. Its tremendous roar seems to come from a huge angry animal at bay. Shell and curio shops line the walkway to the blow hole.
On the way back to Rosarito Beach, we stop to visit some popular sights in Ensenada.
Later, return to the hotel. Join in the optional group dinner at local favorite, El Nido.
Bid farewell to Rosarito Beach in the morning. We travel the scenic Guadalupe Valley route as we head back to the United States.
Visit L A Cetto Winery for a tour and tasting. Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe, blessed with a Mediterranean climate, offers a Napa Valley-type wine experience for a fraction of the price. L A Cetto is one of the oldest and most highly respected wineries in all of Mexico. It produces approximately 1,000,000 cases of wine each year in three facilities and has become the largest wine producer in the country, not to mention one of the largest wineries in all of Latin America. The Valle de Guadalupe tasting room is spacious and elegant. Guests sitting at its long bar under a beautiful wooden beam roof look out upon a veritable sea of bottles neatly organized into wooden racks and are served by friendly winery staff, most of whom speak both Spanish and English fluently. A picnic lunch at the winery is included.
NOTE: Sequence of itinerary subject to change, due to weather and availability. PASSPORT REQUIRED. It is suggested you carry US currency in small denominations for your street purchases. Hotel bars and restaurants generally accept credit cards. Mexican pesos, of course, are also accepted. Be prepared to relax and experience Mexico’s culture and customs. Store and restaurant hours are not always predictable, especially the shops near La Bufadora. Hotel rooms may not be equipped like US hotels. Bring your own coffee maker, hair dryer, face and hand towels if these items are important to you.
$TBA pp/do…Escorted tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation and professional driver, 2-nights accommodations at the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa with baggage handling, sightseeing as indicated, winery visit and tasting as available, picnic lunch at winery. $399 single. Upgrade your room to a Beach Grand Suite Condo. $TBA pp/do
All rooms and restaurants in Mexico are non-smoking. Smoking is allowed on balconies and outdoors.
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