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Susan asks…

where should i stay in mexico? within 2 hours of San Diego. ?

im from new zealand, have no idea! spending 3 weeks in cali and vegas.. thought a few days in meixco would be cool.
after a kick ass resort 🙂 any ideas? towns i should look at?


Tijuana answers:

Right across the border is Tijuana, but it’s not really the kind of place to spend a few days in. Plus, with the drug violence and the slow American economy, a lot of the touristy spots have been shutting down for good there.

About a twenty minute drive from the border (or a $25 taxi ride) is Rosarito, which is a small, pretty tourist-oriented town. If you are under 30 and looking to party, that’s probably your best choice. Lots of beach there too.

About an hour from the border is Ensenada. To me, it’s more of a “real city” but still has a lot of tourism. Not much in the way of beaches, but it does have a port and beaches a little further down. If you like shopping, this is a good spot. There are nightclubs as well, but it’s not as wild as Rosarito can be. Ensenada would be the place to find the “resorts”. I, too, recommend Try this link for a list of Ensenada resorts and hotels:

In a nutshell, however, if you’re young-ish, I’d recommend Rosarito. If you’re older and looking to toodle around and relax, then Ensenada.

Be advised, though, that tourism is way down in Baja in general, which can be a good thing for tourists who want to avoid crowds but may mean that a lot of places close earlier or don’t open certain days and that the nightlife may be less lively than usual.

Linda asks…

Is Baja, Mexico exciting during winter break?

I just turned 18 and I’m going to Baja this winter break and I know that most people go there during spring break and it is very wild and exciting, but i wanted to know if it is at least some what similar during winter break.

Tijuana answers:

Rosarito is a big Spring Break town in Baja, but right now it’s a rather dangerous place. In the past three weeks, about 8 of their police officers have been assassinated, and just today there were 9 people killed there in different shoot-outs. Unfortunately, Tijuana and Rosarito have both suffered severe drops in tourists because of the drug violence over the past year, and it just seems to be getting worse. For the most part, the violence is just between the police and the bad guys, but innocent folks have gotten caught in the crossfire.

I’d suggest you go down to Ensenada which is still pretty safe, or take a flight to southern Baja which is very safe. Even if you don’t worry about the violence in northern Baja, the drop in tourists means that many places have closed and the nightlife is pretty dismal. I was in Rosarito in August, and it was fairly dead compared to how it used to be.

Betty asks…

Any cool places to visit on my trip to san diego?

Ill b visiting tijuana for sure! But any fun places ? N san diego like the zoo..and idk..

Tijuana answers:

Forget TJ. It is not safe. There is a major drug war going on and it’s not worth your life for some cheap booze and trinkets.

As far as San Diego is concerned, it is one of the nicest cities in the country. It’s a major tourist destination and there are tons of things to do.

Mission and Pacific Beach are your best bet for fun in the sun. Belmont Park has a vintage wooden roller coaster (one of two remaining seaside coasters on the west coast) as well as other rides. There is a strand (boardwalk) that runs the entire 3 mile length of both beaches. It’s a great place to walk, run, rent a bike or skates.

Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, and Balboa Park. Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. You can get a park passport which allows you entry to a dozen museums as well as the zoo.

Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, the Natural History Museum, the Model Railroad Museum, the Museum of Man, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Hall of Champions, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sunday).

North County San Diego is home to the Zoo’s Safari Park. There are multi acre enclosures where herds of wild animals roam plus lots of hiking trails. It’s worth the visit and is a different experience from the zoo. You can ride a zip line, tour the park on a Segway, or take a photo caravan into the enclosures and feed the giraffes.

La Jolla offers great views, great surfing, great food, great theater, and great shopping.
Check out the surfers at historic Windansea Beach. At low tide you can walk out onto the tide pools. Walk along the Cove and check out the caves. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Take a stroll on Prospect St and check out the shops, galleries, and have some authentic Mexican food at Alfonso’s. Then head to the Birch Aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It has a spectacular view of the bluffs over the Pacific Ocean. The Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse is located nearby on the campus of UCSD. For a few laughs at night, The Comedy Store is on Pearl St.

Take the trolley from Downtown to Old Town. There is a state park there that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse at the Cabrillo National Monument offers great views of the downtown skyline, San Diego Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico.

The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned into a museum

For nightlife, the Gaslamp Quarter offers dining, drinking and dancing. It’s also the home of Petco Park and the San Diego Padres major league baseball team.

For a great dinner with the best view of the downtown skyline, go to Pehoe’s in Coronado. You can take the water taxi across the harbor.

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