Along its 5 miles (8 kilometers) of wide and sandy beaches, the ocean is as blue as it is beautiful. Here, the adventurer can find stores that sell or rent equipment for all kinds of water sports, such as surfing and sport fishing. This destination is well known for its select gastronomy, in which the Puerto Nuevo style lobster is outstanding. In addition, the nightlife in bars and nightclubs makes this a perfect choice for fun. Playas de Rosarito has a wide array of hotels, spas, condominiums and timeshare apartments.
Famous as the setting for important Hollywood movies such as Titanic, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Pearl Harbor, Playas de Rosarito has an important cinematographic infrastructure in Baja Studios (www.bajafilmstudios.com). Boutiques along the streets of the Popotla Artisan Corridor offer handicrafts and large-scale wrought iron art.
This is Baja California’s most important fishing port and one of the entry gates to the largest wine making region in Mexico. Starting in Tijuana, there are several daily tours to the vineyard area where, only minutes away from the city, you can taste exquisite Mexican wines and get to know the details of their production. Ensenada is also a first class port terminal, visited by tourists from all parts of the world, who come for the good food and nightlife.
The port has interesting museums and cultural spaces such as the Centro Estatal de las Artes Ensenada and the Centro Cultural Riviera that explore science and illustrate the history of the peninsula as well as exhibit the work of some of Baja California’s most important artists. A winter attraction is the arrival of the gray whale that migrates from cold northern waters to complete its mating and gestation cycles here. There are a number of eco-tours toward the Bay of Todos Santos where you can go bird watching and see sea lions. Another must-see is La Bufadora, a cliff where a geyser shoots up to 98 feet (30 meters) in height.
In this Baja California city, you can best appreciate the essence of Mexico’s traditional towns. With their colonial architecture, the streets of Tecate are framed by imposing mountains that
watch over wide farmland valleys. This is the home of the beer of the same name, one of the best-selling brews in Mexico. The region is rich in recreational ranches with spas surrounded by forested mountains where cave paintings are waiting to be discovered. The city is known for its delicious breads, beautiful ceramic art, and the Museo Comunitario Kumiai. In addition, this is the northern gateway to the Ruta del Vino, a tour through the largest winemaking area in Mexico.
Located at the southern tip of California, San Diego’s next door neighbor is Tijuana, Mexico. Downtown San Diego is filled with stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, art galleries and theaters. With a rich and varied international cuisine, it offers infinite gastronomical surprises for those who love fine dining.
Visitors to Tijuana can enjoy shopping tours to San Diego’s outlet stores, take a boat ride or a water taxi to explore the bay, or hop on the ferry to Coronado Island. See the San Diego Zoo, one of the world’s most important, and enjoy an afternoon at theme parks such as Sea World and Legoland, among others.
This is the main city in California and the second largest in the USA, with cultural manifestations from all parts of the world and an urban landscape of skyscrapers, freeways and golden mountains caressed by Pacific breezes. The fun here can be found in its theme parks such as Disney World, Hollywood, Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain, among others.