In Ensenada, Cheap Mexican Charms Await

Less than two hours from San Diego, down the Baja California peninsula, it’s one of the easiest and safest places to experience Mexico on a budget — which makes it easy to think of this small coastal city and cruise line layover as a sort of Mexico for Beginners. But dismissing northwest Baja is a mistake. Beyond the souvenir shops selling sombreros, knockoff artesanía (handicrafts) and tacky T-shirts, there’s a college town, a port town and a budding culinary capital that invite exploration. While Ensenada and the surrounding area can require a bit of patience, its pleasures are worth the time it takes to find them — and all the more so because they can be had so affordably.

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Chefs, wine give Baja a new flavor

The trio, with about 12 restaurants between them in San Diego, Tijuana, Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe, are Baja’s Emissaries of Eating. While out promoting their own businesses and brands, these globe-trotting gastro ambassadors are at the same time shifting the narrative of a region once known more for kidnappings and cartels than quail and kumamotos.

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Housing inventory not much of an issue in northern Baja California, broker Kathy Katz says

Low housing inventory is a challenge for most San Diego County real estate firms. But it’s a different story just south of the border. “We have great inventory in northern Baja California,” said Kathy Katz, broker and co-owner with husband Max Katz at Baja Real Estate Group in Rosarito Beach and Ensenada.

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The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico

  The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico January 15, 2014 Below is an unbiased look at the best places in Mexico to retire – with real pros and cons – to help you make an informed decision as to which best meets your needs, interests and ambitions. So writes “Johnny Punish” (www.JohnnyPunish.com) in edited excerpts from his article written originally as an exclusive for www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) and under the title The Top 10 Places…

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360º Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours

  360º Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours 360º photography showcases your property unlike anything else. It engages potential clients at a more intimate level. The interaction resulting in browsing a whole room or an area far exceeds that of pictures that shows a portion. They’re a proven marketing method of placing people in the space of your home. Allowing buyers the opportunity to view your home, both, inside and out. Virtual Tours not only give buyers the opportunity to tour…

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Experience the winery, dining and beauty of Baja California, Mexico

  Experience the winery, dining and beauty of Baja California, Mexico Jan 12, 2014 By Fernanda Beccaglia    Approximately only 10 percent of Baja California’s wine gets exported, meaning you will need to make a trip to the area, specifically Valley of Guadalupe, to sample it for yourself–personally, I don’t mind. Some of the popular varieties you will find include Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Malbec and Barbera. If you are planning a trip any time…

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10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014

  Valle de Guadalupe/Baja California, Mexico —Michael Shachner What’s that, they make wine in Mexico? Indeed, they do—have for centuries—and not just sacramental wine and plonk. In the northern reaches of Baja California, along Route 3 in the Guadalupe Valley, the quality of wine has risen over the past two decades. Wineries here have teamed up with chefs and hoteliers to create Baja’s very own Ruta del Vino (wine route). Less than two hours from San Diego, the Valle de…

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Looking to rent a car in California to drive to Mexico

Looking to rent a car in California to drive to Mexico You must have so many  questions, hopefully the following will help answer all your questions. Is Mexico safe and should I be worried? When talking about Mexico, many people do not understand that there is Mainland Mexico and Baja Mexico. Mainland Mexico has many wonderful areas, but has had its share of bad publicity for shootings and drug cartel action, most of which takes place in Juarez, Mexico. How…

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An oasis of music and wine in Baja

    An oasis of music and wine in Baja Steve Lopez Recent Columns October 12, 2013, 12:05 p.m. In the hills high above Ensenada, on the road to Ojos Negros, a dust-covered, mustachioed cowboy named Don Heriberto Aguilar has found the perfect life. A trip to Aguilar’s rancho was not on my itinerary in Mexico. I was there to research a story, which will be coming soon, on more than three decades of good deeds performed in Baja California…

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