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Written by Melinda Bates   

Visiting Northern Baja For More Than Just The Surf

Baja, Come To Visit, Stay to Live! Surf, Lobster and more!Warm weather and big surf are forecast for Baja in January and February – a  surprise to both residents and the adventurous surfers who flock to the Baja coast from Southern California in search of big waves, last-minute hotel deals, brilliant sunsets and delicious tacos.

From Playas de Tijuana to Rosarito, San Miguel, and Ensenada, surfers are enjoying more waves in Baja then they could ever experience in their crowded home break. Team riders from the US spend day after day riding the deep blue waves of Mexico.  From Hwy 5, Baja’s scenic route, jet skis can be seen towing surfers into the big waves.

However surfing is not the only good news here.  The lobster village known as Puerto Nuevo is well into a million dollar face lift.  Dusty dirt streets are being paved while shops and restaurants are freshening up for an attractive new look.  Visitors to the area from all over the US and Canada have long enjoyed the famous lobster dinners available in the many restaurants there.  In addition to the succulent fresh lobster, dinners include beans, rice, fresh warm tortillas, and sometimes a free Margarita.

To celebrate the lobster season area hotels are offering $99 hotel rooms with a lobster meal included. Many hotels in Baja offer spa services for a fraction of the cost one would find in a coastal hotel in the U.S., so be sure to schedule an affordable deep tissue massage after your day in the surf! 

The beautiful Guadalupe Valle, just 40 minutes south of Rosarito and north of Ensenada on Hwy 1, is the premier wine region in all of Mexico.  Acres of green vines laid out in their orderly rows are punctuated by fine restaurants and charming bed and breakfast inns.  A weekend or weekday wine tour continues to be a favorite pastime for visitors.

And the number one experience for visitors to Baja (and a once in a lifetime experience at that) is whale watching in San Ignacio, where small boats called pangas take fascinated travelers into the water right next to adult and baby whales.  You’ll never forget a moment like this when a whale rolls over to stare right at you from the water. 

Many Americans living on the Baja Riviera  are already spotting whale spouts and fins slapping the water as they look out their living room windows, or stand on their ocean-side patios.

So, we want to welcome you to a Baja 2010 holiday – take a brief drive to a destination with breathtaking views of the coast and new attractions every month.

For more information on events in Baja please visit www.rosarito.org

Baja!  Come to visit, stay to live!


 
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