Off the Beaten Track: A Life-Changing Experience for Horses and Tourists

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Off the Beaten Track:  Pretty Horses Rescue creates  Life-Changing Experiences for Horses and People By Carla White Some might call this a Pony Tale, but it is a story of good works, happy outcomes and Baja travelers who see Mexico in a way they never thought possible. It about Pretty Horses of Baja Rescue (and how everyday travelers can support the cause by visiting, riding and playing with the ponies — not to mention wine tasting , eating BBQ and more).   The main highway from north to south through Baja parallels the coastline, running through Playas, Rosarito , Puerto Nuevo , Cantamar, and southward. At many …

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Wine Bar La Vid and the Plaza de los Artistas in Rosarito Beach

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In Rosarito, there is a special place that houses wine bar La Vid and the Plaza de los Artistas …and a treasury of art. By Jack E. George Nestled in amongst a collection of unique and innovative shops, in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel , visitors will be greeted with a variety of unusual treats at the Plaza de los Artistas. One of the small businesses is known as La Vid. When I stepped inside this wine bar and specialty store, selling fine wines from the smaller producers in the Guadalupe Valley , I was overwhelmed with the homey feeling, the cleanliness, and the …

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November Events in Rosarito and Ensenada

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There are scores of events at any time of the year throughout Baja.  The following are some of the key festivals and events to be held in the coming weeks!  For a more complete schedule of events and activities, visit  the Baja.com events pages. Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip. Tijuana Playas Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada:  Shine On Baja When: to be held on November 3, 7 p.m. Where:  At many ‘points of light’ locations including Splash !, the  LighthouseRosarito Beach HotelLa Salina Cantina , Javi’s Paradise, Plan B (km. 22), Castillos del …

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HOLA MEXICO

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Hola Mexico! by Ashley Curtin   It is the unthinkable, the unimaginable, heck, it’s considered to be taboo in many people’s eyes. But with this breathtaking view awaiting me, there was no reason not to visit and experience the culture of Mexico. We crossed the border into Tijuana with much ease and followed the rugged coastal road down to Rosarito , a small little beach town about 30 miles south of San Diego after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This is where we spent three days bathing in the sun, drinking cerveza and eating tacos—lots and lots of them—while viewing the country through …

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‘Shine On Baja’ Lights Up Baja’s Pacific Coast from Tijuana to Ensenada

Organizer Debbie Shine recently staged a test run for 'Shine On Baja'

by Carla White On Nov. 3, 2012, the sun will set at 5:49 p.m.  Assuming fair weather,  the western sky will transition from fiery orange and fuschia hues to the deepest purple-black of night.  This is the time when the northwestern coastline of Baja California is peaceful, illuminated every few miles by light clusters that represent cities, towns and fishing villages.  But on this special Saturday night — a changeable climate notwithstanding – there will be something different happening.  At exactly 7 p.m., hundreds and even thousands of beautiful multi-colored ‘wish lanterns’ will be released into the atmosphere as ‘Shine On Baja’ lights …

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Grand Baja Resort: Family-friendly Oceanfront Resort in Rosarito

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Just south of Rosarito, and right next door to the famous Lobster Village of Puerto Nuevo , is the welcoming Grand Baja Resort.  With recently remodeled rooms, suites and villas overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this large hotel complex offers dining, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and great amenities for groups and families.  Accommodations at the Grand Baja Resort are suited for short, weekend stays or — especially in the comfortable and well-equipped suites — longer stays, giving visitors the chance to get to know the whole Rosarito area a little bit better.  Because of its outstanding location and vistas, the Grand Baja has also …

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Lobster, Puerto Nuevo Style: The Lobster Village Comes out of its Shell for Lobster Season!

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by Martina Dobesh October 14 (2012) Marks the Start of Lobster Season in northern Baja!  Try Baja’s Succulent Lobster. Puerto Nuevo Style!    Perched on the sandy bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the world famous Puerto Nuevo Village (aka “the lobster village”). Tasty Puerto Nuevo-style lobster, or as the local’s say, “langosta,” is the reason millions of travelers come from all over the world to visit the famous Mexican lobster village . Mariachis stroll through the little streets, made up of thirty restaurants and festive gift shops. You can shop until you drop with the variety of gift items: vibrant colored blankets, pottery, and  of …

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Having a Coffee in Rosarito: Lots of Choices

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by Jack E. George Having a coffee in Rosarito isn’t hard:  There are lots of choices.  If you visit  Rosarito  Beach, chances are you have been to at least one of the coffee shops located here. No, we do not have a Starbuck’s like Ensenada or Tijuana do, but no one seems to care. We can still buy our leaded or unleaded, our picker-upper, our mud, our black brew or, as it is known in Mexico, our café. If you start your day with a cup of coffee, you can take comfort in knowing it is one of the most consumed drinks in the …

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Finding Treasures on Rosarito Beach

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By Jack E. George Rosarito doesn’t lack activities or things to do, but when I am antsy, I often remember when I was a young boy and I would see those “old men” walking around the school playground, the park, or even on the beach carrying long poles with something attached to the ends. Once in awhile, the thing at the end of the pole would make a noise. It seemed like the man would become a little hyperactive, excited…or something. He would take a little shovel and dig into the ground or the sand. Well, here we are, decades later, and I have become one …

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October Events in Rosarito and Ensenada

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There are scores of events at any time of the year throughout Baja.  The following are some of the key festivals and events to be held in the coming weeks!  For a more complete schedule of events and activities, visit  the Baja.com events pages. Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip. Rosarito 3rd Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklórico Festival When: to be held October 3-7 Where: Rosarito Beach Hotel The 3rd Annual Mariachi & Folklorico spectacular will feature the best of Mariachi music and dance groups from Mexico and …

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