The Road Less Traveled: Baja California

Road Trips. There is nothing like them. They are the essence of modern day adventure. Anyone can do it, big or small, young or old. It’s not about the final destination, but in the experiences we have on the way. I personally love road trips. I love driving, getting lost and exploring brand new places, even in my own back yard. The feeling is amazing!

Sausage Egg McMuffins with  Sriracha sauce give you a pretty amazing feeling too.

Sausage Egg McMuffins with Sriracha sauce give you a pretty amazing feeling too.

With the spirit of adventure high and the urge to explore the open road, we decided to take ourselves down south, south of the border. Baja!

Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

There is not much you can’t say about Baja California. Once you’ve crossed the border and you’ve made your way through Tijuana, it’s a sight to behold. Gorgeous beaches as far as the eye can see. Great food, adventure, beautiful views, there’s not much more you can ask for!

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There is a toll booth once you’re outside Tijuana. It’s around $2.50 or 30 pesos and they accept both pesos and dollars. It’s best to exchange currency before you leave the US. The exchange rates are usually better.

Once we were through the toll, we continued our drive south towards Rosarito.

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Jesus on a hillside

We arrived in Rosarito and stopped to fill up on snacks and fuel. We bought a few things for the beach as well.

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A bunch of ranch hands rode in to town

A bunch of ranch hands rode in to town

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Armed with Gatorade, a full tank of gas, and a MilkyWay candy bar, we hit the road and continued our journey down route 1.

After driving for a little, we pulled off the main road and hiked down to the beach. It was a beautiful little spot called Medio Camino, which means “Halfway.”

A view of the beach from on top of the cliffs

A view of the beach from on top of the cliffs

Hiking down to the beach

Hiking down to the beach

You don't see this guy on the beach everyday

You don’t see this guy on the beach everyday

An old lighthouse off in the distance

An old lighthouse off in the distance

We walked down the beach and found some little caves inside the face of the cliffs and we set up camp and went for a swim.

The Beach!

The Beach!

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The cave we found

The cave we found

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The view from inside our cave

The view from inside our cave

Some seaweed posing for the camera

Some seaweed posing for the camera

Found a freshwater spring coming out of the side of the cliffs

Found a freshwater spring coming out of the side of the cliffs

A few hundred selfies later, we packed up our stuff and hiked back up the cliffs. We continued our journey a place called Puerto Nuevo.

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This place was alive with culture. Drunk shop keepers as well, but they just made it more fun. We explored a few of the store fronts and shops, then went down to the beach where all the fishermen were coming in with their catch.

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This shop keeper gave me tequila to dress up and take a picture with him

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Fishermen showing their catch for the day

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A few boats waiting to go back out

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The streets of Puerto Nuevo

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We wandered around and explored the beach until we were hungry. Puerto Nuevo is famous for it’s seafood, specifically lobster. There are tons of restaurants and bars in this little area, so it may be hard to choose which one to go with. Especially when they have similar menus and price points. While we were exploring the beach and shops earlier in the day, we met one of the restaurant owners named Pablo. We talked and joked around for a little while, and started trading shots of tequila and verbal jabs with each other and the shop keeper(he was a Chevy guy). When we parted ways he made us promise to come visit him at his restaurant before we left Puerto Nuevo. We agreed, and since we were starving, we went to go check out his restaurant, El Siete Mares.

The Balcony of El Siete Mares

The Balcony of El Siete Mares

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This guy decided to chase us on the street. Apparently he liked the way we smelled.

This guy decided to chase us on the street. Apparently he liked the way we smelled.

We did a quick tour of the restaurant and since we were hungry, we asked about getting a table. Pablo walked over to front of the kitchen, grabbed a table and instructed us to follow him. He made his way upstairs and out onto the roof. He quickly set up the table and told us we were his guest, and if we needed anything, all we had to do was ask. Pablo left us with our server and headed downstairs.

Rooftop Dining all to ourselves

Rooftop Dining all to ourselves

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We were in Puerto Nuevo, so of course, we ordered the lobster. A few minutes later, we had our feast on the table with the sun setting off in the distance.

Absolutely Delicious!

Absolutely Delicious!

It was perfect timing, the sun was setting while we enjoyed a great dinner with a breathtaking view

It was perfect timing, the sun was setting while we enjoyed a great dinner with a breathtaking view

When the Sun goes down...

When the Sun goes down…

We'll be groovin'

We’ll be groovin’

Almost gone!

Almost gone!

The sun completely behind the horizon

The sun completely behind the horizon

It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day. It made the 3 hour wait in customs worth it. Although I did have an interesting conversation about living in Singapore with the customs agent.

Two hawks enjoying the night almost as much as we were

Two hawks enjoying the night almost as much as we were

 

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4 thoughts on “The Road Less Traveled: Baja California

  1. Thanks for the article… I am considering a move to Baja. That rooftop dinner looks spectacular. Just curious, why was there a 3 hr wait at customs? thx

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    1. The wait to get back into the US is usually pretty long. From what I hear, it’s gotten a lot better. It’s one of the busiest border crossings. You can also apply for an express pass, which I highly recommend. What part of Baja were you considering?

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