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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Parental Indiscretion

There were the family day trips—lunch at Calafia, curio shopping, maybe a stop in Tijuana for a photo with a zebra-striped donkey if we had an out-of-town visitor along. As teenagers, my friends and I took the trolley to San Ysidro and walked across the border, treating TJ like an exotic mall. San Diego kids went to Baja to surf and camp and eat fish tacos and drink Coronas. (Let’s not discuss the nightclub shenanigans we partook in once we could pass for 18.)

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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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New lanes ease wait times at border

Could long lines at the San Ysidro Port of Entry be largely in the past?
Many drivers accustomed to waiting in line for hours instead sailed through the busy border crossing within minutes on Wednesday. What made it possible was the reopening of seven inspection lanes — and the completion of a key phase in the $741 million reconstruction of the massive port, the busiest on the U.S.-Mexico border

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After The Kids Have Gone: Former Spring Break Destination In Mexico Finds Quieter Ways To Prosper

The Rosarito Beach area of Baja California in Mexico, once a thriving spring break locale that was decimated by crime and a collapsing economy, has had to find new, quieter ways to prosper.

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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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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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1 Picudas Este, Las Gaviotas in Rosarito Beach 22710

  1 Picudas Este, Las Gaviotas in Rosarito Beach 22710 Nestled along the Baja Coast, a mere 1 hour from downtown San Diego, is the exclusive oceanfront hamlet of Las Gaviotas. For over thirty years this community has set the standard for coastal living in the Northern Baja corridor. A secure community with exemplary amenities, Las Gaviotas is home to the most esteemed estates on the Baja Coast. http://www.bajarealestategroup.net/images/virtual_tours/html/1_casa_piedra_back_patio.html

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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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