Laurie's Guidebook

Laurie
Laurie's Guidebook

Outdoor Activities

Trail rides in La Mision Estuary and beach.
Horses by Jose
64 Calle Madera
Trail rides in La Mision Estuary and beach.
https://www.facebook.com/horsesbyvilla
Traditional Horseriding of La Mision
https://www.facebook.com/horsesbyvilla

Food scene

Bright and airy coffee house and restaurant. Nice menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live music nights. In the Puerta al Valle Plaza at Km 62.5 https://www.facebook.com/bajadelvalle/
Del Valle Cafe and Deli
Bright and airy coffee house and restaurant. Nice menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live music nights. In the Puerta al Valle Plaza at Km 62.5 https://www.facebook.com/bajadelvalle/
Local favorite Bar and Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Km 64 in the village of La Mision (Also called Santa Anita) Early and late dining 6:00 am to 11:45 pm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maga%C3%B1as-restaurant-bar/248669465293163
Maganas Restaurant-Bar
Local favorite Bar and Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Km 64 in the village of La Mision (Also called Santa Anita) Early and late dining 6:00 am to 11:45 pm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maga%C3%B1as-restaurant-bar/248669465293163
Delicious thin crust pizzas. Eat in or take out. In the Puerta Al Valle Plaza at Km 62.5 https://www.facebook.com/ArchersPizza
Archer's Pizza
Delicious thin crust pizzas. Eat in or take out. In the Puerta Al Valle Plaza at Km 62.5 https://www.facebook.com/ArchersPizza
Wonderful views with several outdoor oceanfront dining areas. Live music. Km 52.5 free road https://www.facebook.com/SplashBajaCa https://www.splashbaja.com/
57 locals recommend
Splash Restaurant and Bar
1015 Ensenada - Rosarito
57 locals recommend
Wonderful views with several outdoor oceanfront dining areas. Live music. Km 52.5 free road https://www.facebook.com/SplashBajaCa https://www.splashbaja.com/
Beautiful Old World building and grounds with spectacular ocean front dining, live music. Km 52.5 free road https://www.facebook.com/restaurantencanto http://encanto.placeweb.site/
18 locals recommend
Encanto
1015 Carretera Transpeninsular
18 locals recommend
Beautiful Old World building and grounds with spectacular ocean front dining, live music. Km 52.5 free road https://www.facebook.com/restaurantencanto http://encanto.placeweb.site/
Great shrimp tacos. Ocean view, but not on the ocean. Nice outdoor patio, or eat inside. On the Free road Km54. https://www.facebook.com/theshacksportbarosarito
The Shack Sport Bar
Great shrimp tacos. Ocean view, but not on the ocean. Nice outdoor patio, or eat inside. On the Free road Km54. https://www.facebook.com/theshacksportbarosarito
Good food and varied menu with seafood, sushi, tacos, and steaks. Outdoor ocean front deck, almost at beach level with accessible tide pools at low tide. Nice indoor dining room if outside weather is cool. Km 52 free road https://www.facebook.com/people/Kraken-Restaurant/100063534730155/
Krakken Restaurant
Good food and varied menu with seafood, sushi, tacos, and steaks. Outdoor ocean front deck, almost at beach level with accessible tide pools at low tide. Nice indoor dining room if outside weather is cool. Km 52 free road https://www.facebook.com/people/Kraken-Restaurant/100063534730155/
Great wood fired pizzas and salads. Walking distance from Rancho Santini. Very popular place and nicely designed interior. Next door, by the same owner, is Black Dog Gelato. Km 40.5 free road https://web.facebook.com/OlliesPizza?_rdc=1&_rdr
50 locals recommend
Ollie's Brick Oven Pizza
50 locals recommend
Great wood fired pizzas and salads. Walking distance from Rancho Santini. Very popular place and nicely designed interior. Next door, by the same owner, is Black Dog Gelato. Km 40.5 free road https://web.facebook.com/OlliesPizza?_rdc=1&_rdr
Brewery and Restaurant. Rosarito Craft Brewery and Bar. Delicious sushi, seafood, tacos, small plates. Roof top ocean view deck with weekend live music Km 41 fee road https://mobile.facebook.com/colectivosurf/photos/a.538447783020399/1112474628951042/?_rdc=1&_rdr
19 locals recommend
Surf Brewing Company
19 locals recommend
Brewery and Restaurant. Rosarito Craft Brewery and Bar. Delicious sushi, seafood, tacos, small plates. Roof top ocean view deck with weekend live music Km 41 fee road https://mobile.facebook.com/colectivosurf/photos/a.538447783020399/1112474628951042/?_rdc=1&_rdr
Great Grocery store, excellent fresh produce and meats at the butcher counter. Open 8am- 10pm Km 45 Puerto Nuevo
8 locals recommend
Calimax Puerto Nuevo
15 Barracuda
8 locals recommend
Great Grocery store, excellent fresh produce and meats at the butcher counter. Open 8am- 10pm Km 45 Puerto Nuevo
Good Breakfast place across from Las Gaviotas at Km 41.5
7 locals recommend
El Portal
Km Rosarito - Ensenada
7 locals recommend
Good Breakfast place across from Las Gaviotas at Km 41.5

Sightseeing

VALLE DE GUADALUPE WINE COUNTRY Rural Wine Country area with vineyards, wineries, and restaurants and hotels. There are more than 75 wineries! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g499403-Activities-Valle_de_Guadalupe_Ensenada_Municipality_Baja_California.html https://www.discoverbaja.com/baja-california-information/cityregion-guide/valle-de-guadalupe/ https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g499403-Activities-c36-t132-Valle_de_Guadalupe_Ensenada_Municipality_Baja_California.html --Restaurants/Wineries I have visited-- Dona Lupe-original and rustic farm, with newer addition of food court and nice rest rooms. The shop sells homemade jams, soaps, wood fired pizza, aritsan breads and salads. You can do a wine tasting of local area wine, but not a winery. LA Cetto--modern and sleek. Winery tours available, tastings in the tasting room. Las Nubes--on the side of the hill overlooking the Valle. Restaurant and winery. Cava--Unique wine cave (cava) with a roof made from Ensenada fishing dorys. Cava tours and tastings. Also a nice outdoor patio with a small pond, craft beer and a food truck. Frida--Very popular bar and restaurant with a Frida Kahlo theme. Hacienda Adobe--Winery and hotel. Beautiful tasting room. Outdoor dining area with food truck. Dining at the hotel with advance arrangement. Bellinghausen Brewery--Craft brewer with German brewhaus theme. Serves brats and soft pretzels. Nice outdoor seating area. Weekend afternoon live music. La Casa Vieja--Wine maker JoAnn sells her Vintango wine here. Beautiful artisan shop in the oldest adobe structure in the Valle.
155 locals recommend
Guadalupe
155 locals recommend
VALLE DE GUADALUPE WINE COUNTRY Rural Wine Country area with vineyards, wineries, and restaurants and hotels. There are more than 75 wineries! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g499403-Activities-Valle_de_Guadalupe_Ensenada_Municipality_Baja_California.html https://www.discoverbaja.com/baja-california-information/cityregion-guide/valle-de-guadalupe/ https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g499403-Activities-c36-t132-Valle_de_Guadalupe_Ensenada_Municipality_Baja_California.html --Restaurants/Wineries I have visited-- Dona Lupe-original and rustic farm, with newer addition of food court and nice rest rooms. The shop sells homemade jams, soaps, wood fired pizza, aritsan breads and salads. You can do a wine tasting of local area wine, but not a winery. LA Cetto--modern and sleek. Winery tours available, tastings in the tasting room. Las Nubes--on the side of the hill overlooking the Valle. Restaurant and winery. Cava--Unique wine cave (cava) with a roof made from Ensenada fishing dorys. Cava tours and tastings. Also a nice outdoor patio with a small pond, craft beer and a food truck. Frida--Very popular bar and restaurant with a Frida Kahlo theme. Hacienda Adobe--Winery and hotel. Beautiful tasting room. Outdoor dining area with food truck. Dining at the hotel with advance arrangement. Bellinghausen Brewery--Craft brewer with German brewhaus theme. Serves brats and soft pretzels. Nice outdoor seating area. Weekend afternoon live music. La Casa Vieja--Wine maker JoAnn sells her Vintango wine here. Beautiful artisan shop in the oldest adobe structure in the Valle.
Always a fun trip to La Bufadora! The Blowhole is a natural formation in the rock that shoots a geyser of water up every few seconds! A whole industry has sprung up around this natural feature. Take the "Gauntlet" walk from the parking lot to the blowhole and experience all the tourist shopping and merchandise on one street. Good street food stands serving seafood, tacos and beer. There are also 2 or 3 sit down restaurants with nice views. South of Ensenada. About 1.5 hours from La Mision.
147 locals recommend
La Bufadora
147 locals recommend
Always a fun trip to La Bufadora! The Blowhole is a natural formation in the rock that shoots a geyser of water up every few seconds! A whole industry has sprung up around this natural feature. Take the "Gauntlet" walk from the parking lot to the blowhole and experience all the tourist shopping and merchandise on one street. Good street food stands serving seafood, tacos and beer. There are also 2 or 3 sit down restaurants with nice views. South of Ensenada. About 1.5 hours from La Mision.
The Historic Rosarito Beach Hotel is 100 years old. Walk around the beautiful lobby and visit the bar where Old Hollywood Legends are remembered.
29 locals recommend
Rosarito Beach Hotel
31 Boulevard B. Juárez
29 locals recommend
The Historic Rosarito Beach Hotel is 100 years old. Walk around the beautiful lobby and visit the bar where Old Hollywood Legends are remembered.

City/town information

Wonderful walkable town with shopping and restaurants. Well worth the 30 minute drive just for the coast road view! Get on the toll road at La Fonda going south. There is a toll gate almost to Ensenada where the toll is about $2.30. They take dollars and pesos. As you come into town take the right fork and look for a parking garage on your right near McDonalds and Cinepolis. Inexpensive and safe place to park. Street parking is also generally safe if you can find it. Around the corner is the fish market. Even if you aren't buying fish, it's interesting to take a walk through. There are great taco shops there and you can get a bottled Mexican beer for 40 pesos ($2). Check out the wharf down the block where the cruise ships come in. There is a band shell for concerts, vendor booths, and a splash pad. It can get surprisingly hot here on the ocean late in the summer! Across the boulevard two streets east is the tourist shopping district, with a mixture of souvenir and other shopping, and restaurants. If you want to continue on to La Bufadora, it's another 30-40 minutes south. Follow the signs out of Ensenada to the turnoff that goes west on a long peninsula. You will be able to gps directions. There is a small parking fee and a small fee to use the bathrooms.
79 locals recommend
Ensenada
79 locals recommend
Wonderful walkable town with shopping and restaurants. Well worth the 30 minute drive just for the coast road view! Get on the toll road at La Fonda going south. There is a toll gate almost to Ensenada where the toll is about $2.30. They take dollars and pesos. As you come into town take the right fork and look for a parking garage on your right near McDonalds and Cinepolis. Inexpensive and safe place to park. Street parking is also generally safe if you can find it. Around the corner is the fish market. Even if you aren't buying fish, it's interesting to take a walk through. There are great taco shops there and you can get a bottled Mexican beer for 40 pesos ($2). Check out the wharf down the block where the cruise ships come in. There is a band shell for concerts, vendor booths, and a splash pad. It can get surprisingly hot here on the ocean late in the summer! Across the boulevard two streets east is the tourist shopping district, with a mixture of souvenir and other shopping, and restaurants. If you want to continue on to La Bufadora, it's another 30-40 minutes south. Follow the signs out of Ensenada to the turnoff that goes west on a long peninsula. You will be able to gps directions. There is a small parking fee and a small fee to use the bathrooms.

Neighborhoods

The original Dymitri's La Fonda, quaint restaurants and hotel on the ocean cliff. Beautiful beach. Great Spa at Spacifico. Km 59.5 free road
24 locals recommend
La Fonda
24 locals recommend
The original Dymitri's La Fonda, quaint restaurants and hotel on the ocean cliff. Beautiful beach. Great Spa at Spacifico. Km 59.5 free road

Shopping

"Segundas" is the spanish word for Second Hand, or Vintage. This is a great place to stop off and look around. They sell clothing, jewelry, furniture and home goods. They also serve local craft beer, wine and margaritas. Food vendors. Live music on Summer Sundays by the Blues Against Hunger band. Km 41 across from Ollie's Pizza. Open Thurs-Sun https://web.facebook.com/search/top/?q=tempest%20trading%20baja
Tempest Trading
41707 Carretera Transpeninsular
"Segundas" is the spanish word for Second Hand, or Vintage. This is a great place to stop off and look around. They sell clothing, jewelry, furniture and home goods. They also serve local craft beer, wine and margaritas. Food vendors. Live music on Summer Sundays by the Blues Against Hunger band. Km 41 across from Ollie's Pizza. Open Thurs-Sun https://web.facebook.com/search/top/?q=tempest%20trading%20baja
In front of the Famous Rosarito Beach Hotel is a small collection of shops. They have quality Mexican handcrafted items from linen clothing, high-end leather handbags and sterling silver jewelry, to trinkets and souvenirs.
29 locals recommend
Rosarito Beach Hotel
31 Boulevard B. Juárez
29 locals recommend
In front of the Famous Rosarito Beach Hotel is a small collection of shops. They have quality Mexican handcrafted items from linen clothing, high-end leather handbags and sterling silver jewelry, to trinkets and souvenirs.
Shopping for Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs. There are over 100 stalls in this maze off Benito Juarez Blvd, the main street of Rosarito Beach. Start at the block just north of Rosarito Beach Hotel and El Nido Restaurant, and just step in off the sidewalk. Don't get lost!
Benito Juárez
Shopping for Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs. There are over 100 stalls in this maze off Benito Juarez Blvd, the main street of Rosarito Beach. Start at the block just north of Rosarito Beach Hotel and El Nido Restaurant, and just step in off the sidewalk. Don't get lost!
Along the free road on the "Boulevard Artisanal" in the area called Popotla, you will find many arts and crafts such as pottery, Talavera, wood furniture. There are art galleries, restaurants and coffee houses tucked in between Km 31 and 27 just before downtown Rosarito. Also "Segundas" which are second hand stores selling modern and vintage furniture and furnishings.Local furniture designer Fausto Polanco has a store here as well as in downtown Rosarito. Puerta Popotla is a fishing village on the beach with a fish market and several restaurants.
43 locals recommend
Popotla
43 locals recommend
Along the free road on the "Boulevard Artisanal" in the area called Popotla, you will find many arts and crafts such as pottery, Talavera, wood furniture. There are art galleries, restaurants and coffee houses tucked in between Km 31 and 27 just before downtown Rosarito. Also "Segundas" which are second hand stores selling modern and vintage furniture and furnishings.Local furniture designer Fausto Polanco has a store here as well as in downtown Rosarito. Puerta Popotla is a fishing village on the beach with a fish market and several restaurants.