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Tecate itineraries can be as short as an afternoon or as long as a week, depending on the reason for your trip. Many travelers simply pass through on their way to and from more remote parts of the Baja Peninsula. For residents of southern California, Tecate is an easy drive to spend a day or a full weekend in Mexico. Guests of the spas usually stay for a full week. Last-minute trip planning is not a problem in this area, unless you want to stay at Rancho La Puerta, where advanced reservations are needed.

Rancho La Puerta Cooking School


One Day

  • Baja adventure: Crossing the border at Tecate is a wonderful way to begin or wrap up a longer road trip through the Baja Peninsula. Head straight to the plaza, Parque Hidalgo, to absorb the relaxed vibe of the town. Pick up a sweet treat at El Mejor Pan de Tecate, or enjoy a glass of wine at D’Arce. Explore the Old Tecate Railroad, and make an appointment ahead of time to tour the Tecate Brewery. Pop inside the Tecate Cultural Center to see Indian artifacts. If yo plan to stay for dinner, try Asao at the border or hit the taco stands with the locals.
  • Saturdays at the Ranch: Rancho La Puerta offers popular one-day trips to the ranch from San Diego. Guests ride a bus to Tecate and spend the day in health, wellness, and fitness classes followed by an evening cooking class. This is a full-day program, beginning at 7:30am and ending at 8:30pm back in San Diego. Travel time is about 90 minutes each way.

Rancho Los Chabacanos retreat


Weekend Getaway

If you can stay a couple of days or more, spend a day in town but continue to the mountains to stay in one of the rustic rancho resorts. Hiking, swimming, tennis, and spa treatments are popula activities at these resorts. Alternatively, spend one day in Tecate and a second in the Valle de Guadalupe wine country.


One Week

A full week allows a much more thorough tour of the wineries along Mexico 3, or a chance to get back to nature at the ranchos. Most guests at Rancho La Puerta stay for one week of sunrise hikes, fitness classes, lectures, and healthy eating.