Traveling from San Diego to Baja, Mexico

Mom in front of the border

Yay! You passed the border, now you’re on your grand adventure. Here are 12 towns to visit on your way from San Diego to Baja California, Mexico.


Get something to eat (your mom will be happy) and check out the scene in “TJ” (tee-jay) .

Telefonica Gastro Park  Food trucks, but with a gourmet type of feel. Very hip and a hot spot for locals.

La Justyna – One of the best fusion restaurants I’ve ever been to. If you call yourself a “foodie” and have not been here – do you even eat?

Tijuana Cultural Center – FREE MUSEUM!


Tips Start out at a Cholos Game, they are SUPER ROWDY.

Papas and beer is touristy but FUNNNNNN. Food around there is super cheap though,  if you walk a few blocks from Papas. 

Hotel Corona which is definitely the cheapest hotel and if you get an ocean facing room it’s super nice, and free breakfast 🙂 There’s a seafood place right across the street that has yummy fried whole fish, and it’s affordable. 

Tacos El Yaqui 

San Antonio Del Mar

Cute town that is south of Rosarito. 

Mata Ashta Restaurant


This is a quiet beach town south of Rosarito. Nice views. “Real Mexico.”

Las Rocas

Las Rocas is a cool spot to bring people from out of town to go along the way to hang out, go in the infinity pool, sip on cheap margaritas, play cornhole and has a great view

Mar de Calafia

Staying here will be less “touristy” compared to Rosarito. My friends and I love coming here for beach getaways. The whole area is very calm and peaceful. There is nice cliffside places to explore. 

Hotel Calafia Rosarito

Puerto Nuevo

You will have a great experience here! I love how you can choose your fish off a fisherman’s boat and there are bbq’s all around you, with locals to cook it for you, with ALL the fixings. And lots of oysters. You’re on the sand and all the locals drive their cars down and sometimes get stuck in the high tide. Their fish & lobster is a MUST! 

Valle de Guadalupe 

A little North East from Ensenada but this town is very “Mexico”. Tons of wineries and modern cuisine restaurants! Very unique town. 



Cuatro Cuatro is a must if you’re feeling like P.Diddy!!!

Boules has a great vibe! Super charming and tastes yummy.  It’s across from a local park . 

If there is one thing that you do on Sunday, it is going to be going to Dmytri’s La Fonda for brunch. Less than 20 bucks for all you can eat and drink, overlooking the ocean.  Drive  down just for this.

La Guerrerense-Anthony Bourdain’s favorite fish tacos and ceviche spot!

Ventana al Mar is a charming harborside park with a relaxed vibe featuring a playground, fountain & live music events.

Fun to rent quads/ATVs, hike or go off roading in Ensenada.

Punta Banda

You can only get here by car so if you’re able to check it out. AMAZING. Hot springs ON THE BEACH, marshes, kayaking

La Bufadora

 “The Whales Blowhole”

Blowholes, Cliffs, and the ONLY marine geyser in Mexico. Also, a memorable destination for snorkeling and/or diving. Vendors are set up for a little shopping and eating.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!

Santo Tomás, Baja California, Mexico

If you’re driving along the coast this is about the furthest you want to travel in your 2-3 hour range.

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