By Helen Argyriou and Robert Zirgulis
Special to the Culver City Observer 

Road Trip Adventure from Tijuana to Ensenada


Special to the Culver City Observer

Embarking on a road trip from Tijuana to Rosarito Beach may seem like a fun and exciting adventure, but it can also be filled with moments of fear and uncertainty. But fear not, for the journey is worth it, especially when you take in the scenic views and attractions along the way. Discussing this with your friends will provoke some frightful comments but forge ahead as this is an easy 2-hour drive from Sant Monica.

One of the highlights of the trip are the 200 wineries that dot the landscape. Among them is Cuatro Cuatros, a popular winery known for its unique blend of rustic and modern architecture. Another noteworthy winery is Monte Xanic, which is famous for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. And for those looking for a more intimate experience, there's La Lomita, a boutique winery that offers tastings and tours by appointment only. This family-owned winery offers tastings of their award-winning wines, as well as tours of their vineyards and cellar. Another great option is Vena Cava or Adobe Guadalupe, located in the Valle de Guadalupe. for its unique design and use of recycled materials. Visitors can enjoy a glass of wine in the winery's outdoor lounge, which is made entirely out of old boats.

Aside from wineries, there are plenty of shopping opportunities along the way, from cement sculptures to metal designs. In Rosarito Beach, Fausto's is a must-visit store for unique and quirky souvenirs. Buying some beautiful Mexican pottery or some garden gnomes out of cement.... what an easy way to either tweak your garden or give it the "My Greek Wedding" picturesque décor.

When it comes to dining, Tijuana offers a range of options. Cesar's, the birthplace of the Caesar Salad, is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. How fun to see the signed photos of Lucille Ball or Laurel and Hardy on the wall. Meanwhile, El Nido boasts an eclectic décor of old juke boxes and a fun waterfall inside the restaurant. The delicious menu that's sure to satisfy any foodie's cravings is reasonable and is designed for a he man eating experience. And for those looking to indulge in seafood, Puerto Nuevo is the place to be, where you can enjoy a delicious lobster meal with margaritas for just $20.

For art enthusiasts, there are several events and galleries worth checking out in the area. The Tijuana Art Walk takes place on the last Saturday of every month and offers visitors the opportunity to explore local galleries and studios. The Rosarito Art Festival, is another great event that showcases the work of local and international artists.

Surfing is a popular activity in Rosarito Beach, with several areas offering great waves for surfers of all levels. The K-38 surf spot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, with consistent waves and a friendly atmosphere. Other popular spots include La Fonda and Popotla.

For those looking to stay active on their trip, there are several golf courses and pickleball courts in the area. The Real del Mar Golf Resort and Bajamar Oceanfront Golf Resort are both top-rated courses that offer stunning views of the ocean. Meanwhile, the Rosarito Pickleball Club is a great place to get in a game or two while enjoying the beautiful weather.

For accommodations, there are plenty of beachfront options with magnificent views. The Hotel Las Rocas is a popular choice, offering a variety of amenities and activities for guests. Also a relaxing massage while your friends go surfing nearby. Another option is the Rosarito Beach Hotel, which has been a staple of the area since the 1920s.

No trip to Mexico is complete without enjoying a margarita or two, and there are plenty of places in Tijuana and Rosarito Beach that serve up delicious versions of this classic cocktail. Some of the best places to enjoy a margarita include El Pescador, which is known for its fresh seafood and killer margaritas, and the Blue Bar at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, which has a fun and lively atmosphere. The best margarita from my experience was the one at Cesar's in TJ.

In conclusion, a road trip from Tijuana to Rosarito Beach is an unforgettable adventure that offers something for everyone. Whether you're a wine lover, an art enthusiast, a surfer, or just looking for some rest and relaxation, this region of Baja California has it all. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready for an unforgettable journey.


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