Vacations in Ensenada

ensenada baja california mexico

Looking for a mini vacation spot for a weekend getaway that feels like you went far, but really didn’t have to drive more than 2 hours?  Ensenada is the place for you. It’s a relaxed place where you can hang out and party as much or a little as you want.

Driving to Ensenada

Driving to Ensenada is easy peasy, you just cross over the border at San Ysidro into Tijuana and follow the signs to Playas de Tijuana/Rosarito via the toll road (Cuota).  You’ll drive for about 2 hours or so along the coast, it’s a beautiful drive! Once you come to the 3rd toll both, you’ve reached the beginning of Ensenada. Signs are actually decent in that area and you shouldn’t have a problem navigating to the downtown area.

Exploring Ensenada

Ensenada is the third town in Baja that still has a small town vibe. It’s a cruise ship destination that caters to locals and visitors. Here’s a few things to check out:

  • Shopping – Downtown area has shops with a mix of souvenirs and jewelry.
  • Marina – the marina is long and good for a stroll.  There are souvenirs along the way, a few restaurants, like Villa Marina Restaurante, and near the end a park with a kid’s play area.
  • Ocean – from the Marina, you can charter a private or group boat ride to either fish, see whales (during whale season) or just see more of the harbor.  We did one fishing trip and one whale trip and the part I remember the most about both of them was the 100+ dolphins we saw swimming around the boat.
  • La bufadora – this is a natural blow hole that is more impressive in the afternoon.  This is a bit of a drive out of town to the south, but if you’re spending the weekend, could be worth it.
  • Valle de Guadalupe – Wine. El Valle deserves a whole day to really enjoy it.  Honestly, it could use a lot of days! There’s so many wineries that it can be overwhelming.  I’ve found that 3 is usually about all we can get to in a day. More on this coming soon…
  • Festivals – Ensenada hosts quite a few festivals including beer, wine (of course), music, and carnaval in Feb.
  • Camping – Las Cañadas is a great camping ground with plenty of activities such as pools, paddle boats, ziplines, and hicking.
  • Nightlife – Downtown area is the main nightlife scene and includes various places to drink, enjoy music and dance, including the famous Paps & Beer.

Eating in Ensenada

If you’re looking for traditional Mexican food, then I highly recommend Loncheria Chaparrita, this little hole in the wall has a variety of dishes to choose from that they prepare daily.  Don’t expect fancy service though, it’s more of a lunch counter feel. And all dishes are served with rice, beans and pasta salad.

You also can’t go wrong with seafood, Baja is where the fish taco was invented!  Check out La Guerrenrense, now also a restaurant, where Anthony Bourdain raved about the best tostadas he’s ever had.  

From downtown to the marina, take a stroll down Mercado Negro and you’ll find plenty of tasty seafood spots.

If you’re a bit sweet, like myself, then head over to El Rey Sol Restaurante and pick up some sweet breads.  Best in town!

In summary…

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Ensenada, especially if you like wine.  It’s a great place for families, couples and friends. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

Summer Fun in Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana

Summer is finally on the horizon, so let’s talk about Tijuana summer fun! What beaches to go to.  Did you know there’s a waterpark? And of course, the festivals that are coming up.

Beaches

There’s not much difference between the beaches in San Diego and the ones near Tijuana except maybe what the people wear and what people drink.  The 2 main beaches within 30 minutes of the border are:

  • Playas de Tijuana (10 min from San Ysidro border)
  • Rosarito Beach (30 min drive from San Ysidro border)

Playas de Tijuana is known for being right next to the border. I’m sure you’ve seen the photos in the news a few months back of the migrants sitting on top of the ‘wall’. That’s the place!

There’s also a nice wooden boardwalk and all kinds of food. The beach here has darker sand and is small in width…meaning, it fills up fast! In order to get a good spot, you should arrive before noon.  And just as a heads up, most people don’t wear swimsuits here… the majority will be in clothes :).

Rosarito beach on the other hand, has a popular section near the bars like Papas ‘n Beer, but there’s so much more space here and you can find a quiet spot for relaxing.  The sand here isn’t quite as dark and the majority of people wear their swimming suits.

Whichever beach is best for you, either one allows alcohol in any form.  So pack up that cooler and enjoy a nice cold bev on your day off. If you forget to bring snacks, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunity to buy something like pizza, corn in a cup, fruit salad, mangos on a stick…you get the idea 🙂

You can also spend more quality time down here and Rent a house to spend the whole weekend on the beach!

Waterpark

Another great way to enjoy the hot, sweaty summer is to go to the waterpark El Vergel .

El Vergel is less than $10 per person and you can spend the day at the various pools, slides, lazy river, wave pool or kiddie pool.  They also have food and beer to purchase or you can bring your own food and have a carne asada. The only thing you can’t bring in is alcohol.  Get there early to get a good spot!

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El Vergel kiddie pool

Summer festivals

Not into water or the beach?  No problem! There’s plenty of festivals to attend, here’s a few that are currently on the calendar:

Enjoy the summer wherever you are! Maybe I’ll see you at a festival.

Street Food

Tijuana Street Food

Street food is iconic in Mexico and when  you’re in town, you’ll never go hungry no matter what time of day or night it is!  The first thing that probably pops into your head is tacos. And yes, that is by far the majority of the street food, but there’s a few other options as well. Tijuana street food here we come!

Hotdogs

If you grow up in the mid-west like I did, you probably had a cookout with some grilled hotdogs that you wrapped in a cold bun and slathered some ketchup, mustard, and onion on it.

If you grow up in Mexico a hotdog is something you can find in any neighborhood in the afternoon through to late night/early mornings.  Not only do you get a grilled hot dog…it could be wrapped in bacon, or bacon and cheese, topped with ketchup, mayo, mustard, jalapeños, onion, grilled mushrooms, or beans all served on a hot steamed bun.

Gorditas

The word Gordita has a few different meanings in different Mexican states, but I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed.  They are just delicious in all forms. In Tijuana, gorditas are made from corn dough that is thicker than a corn tortilla, cooked up on a comal and then someone slices it open and stuffs cheese and butter in there to melt. Then, it’s stuffed with the meat of your choice, onions, cilantro and salsa.  To which you add lime, salt and more salsa to your liking.

There is one Tijuana stand in particular that is amazing, it’s called Tacos Puebla.  It’s located on the corner of 5th street (Emiliano Zapata) and Av. Francisco Madero (one block down from Revolution Ave).

TACOS

Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!! The second you hear the word you picture yourself gnawing on something tasty in a tortilla listening to a mariachi band…just me? OK, I kid, I don’t usually hear the mariachi band when I dream of tacos, I’m more of an Angeles Azules kinda lady.

Who created the taco?

According to the man who wrote the book about taco history, tacos started back in the 18th century in the silver mines of Mexico and have evolved ever since.  Over time, they have even been influenced by the large Lebanese migrants who first put that pork up on a vertical rotisserie and created tacos arabes (still sold in Puebla) and then adobada/al pastor.  The taco has been evolving ever since, in Baja California for example, the fish taco was created since there’s so much fish that is caught in the area.

What can you put in a taco?

These days…anything!  In Tijuana, you have all the traditional tacos – all meats and seafood, but then you have places that are experimenting and creating new flavors by fusing cultures, trying new recipes or going vegan.  What you can find in the street though is usually tacos varios and meat tacos.

Tacos Varios

These tacos are usually offered in the morning until they run out sometime in the afternoon.  Or they are set up near the nightlife for a midnight snack.

What makes them special is that they have about 10 different homemade dishes to choose from – chile relleno, chicharron in salsa verde, chicken in adobo, etc.  Then they put it together in a corn tortilla, refried beans and some rice.

Meat Tacos

There’s so many! You can find just taco carts of one type of meat to 4 or 5 types of meat.  What you’re craving or what’s close by will end up being the determining factor for this category.  The two that we frequent the most are located in our neighborhood and provide either an evening snack of taco/quesadilla de adobada or a weekend morning breakfast of birria.

This adobada stand though…hands down has the best quesadillas.  First they heat up a flour tortilla, then they throw on some cheese to melt, THEN they flip it over and fry the cheese a little bit before they throw in the adobada, salsa, onion and cilantro… gosh, I’m making myself hungry!

Don’t be afraid…

To try that street food!

Tijuana Breakfast Feasts

Tijuana Breakfast Huevos

Breakfast in Mexico can take many shapes and forms.  It could be tacos, quesadillas, seafood or cow intestine soup (menudo)! But for my purposes today, I’m going to highlight 3 breakfast restaurants in Tijuana where you can order a variety of egg delights, coffee and juice to stuff yourself silly.

Before we dive in, just FYI – I didn’t think my photos did any justice to these 3 places, so you’ll have to check out their Instagram accounts for that.  Proceed with Caution: It could make you really hungry…

Café de la Flor

Café de la Flor is my go-to and I was introduced to it by my friend Karla when we nestled into a booth at the Chapultepec location on a cold Sunday morning around 7 years ago for brunch.  I’ve been in love ever since.

Breakfast here is always delicious and they have quite a few options that include pancakes (hot cakes), crepes, french toast, egg plates, omelettes, chilaquiles and some specialty combos.

One of their combos on the menu is called the La Flor Slam, which for you cake for breakfast people like me, tops off the plate with a piece of either cake, cheesecake or a crepe! #sweetandsalty

Top that off with some fresh juice and smoothie options, cafe de la olla and lattes (my favorite is the Café de la Flor 🙂 made with cajeta) and you’ll be stuffed until dinner!

Average breakfast spend + coffee or juice = $7USD

Alma Verde

Alma Verde, what a great addition to Tijuana!  This new restaurant really brings home the farm to table atmosphere with a comfy, modern vibe.

Not only is their food amazing, which I’ll get to in a minute.  The most surprising was to find out that they have a nursing and changing room.  YES, you heard me!

Nursing mothers, listen up – they offer a comfortable room with plush chairs, changing table and they even have wipes and diaper cream to use.  Oh, and if you would like to order something to help milk production, there’s a special menu for that too. As a mother of a now toddler, I know this is a rarity in any restaurant.  I am usually crossing my fingers that there’s small flip down changing table in the bathroom!

Ok, back to the food. There’s an option for everyone!  And if you’re a vegan, this place caters to you too.  With choices from House Chilaquiles or with beet sauce, omelettes, french toast, pancakes to parfaits and sweet potato hash browns.  Nom nom nom…

Average breakfast spend + coffee or juice = $10USD

Los Chilaquiles

Los Chilaquiles is what you’d expect, a restaurant that offers a wide variety of Chilaquiles.  If you’re unfamiliar with this dish, all you need to know is that it’s a very traditional Mexican breakfast and great for hangovers too.  The simple version is that it’s tortilla chips with salsa! But yet, so much more than that.

This place offers about 30 different salsas to choose from.  And yea, you can get something else like pancakes or omelette…but why?  You have 30 salsas to try!

Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

Average breakfast spend + coffee or juice = $7USD

Provecho! Bon Appetit!

Let’s talk Mexican Beers

Montezuma Mexican Beers

Contrary to popular belief, Corona is not the most popular or most liked Mexican beer among Mexicans living in Mexico.  It’s more like the Miller High Life in an icy cold variety pack – you know, the one you either drink first to get it out of the way or last because it’s not your favorite, but hey – it’s beer!

Mexican National Beer

For starters, I’d like to point out that this info is only about National Mexican beer.  Tijuana’s craft beer scene is also booming, but that deserves its own conversation.

There are two main breweries for national beer – Moctezuma and Modelo and I bet you’ve heard of a few of each.  But there’s a few that don’t make it too far over the border which are quite tasty if you’re stopping by.

Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery

This brewery is responsible for Dos Equis, Sol, Bohemia, Noche Buena, Indio, and Tecate.

  • Dos Equis – They have a pale lager and a Vienna-style amber lager called Amber 🙂
  • Sol – This is a light beer that’s good for hot summer days.
  • Bohemia – The original is a pale pilsner, but they also offer a wheat beer similar to Blue Moon and a dark Vienna beer.
  • Noche Buena (Poinsettia) – As you might guess, is a holiday beer and usually only available from Nov-Jan. The style is a delicious bock with a Christmasy taste.
  • Indio – One of my favorites and is the best lager they make!
  • Tecate – Which you’ve probably heard of (especially since it’s named after the town of Tecate not too far away), but it’s a light beer and at least in the north, Tecate Light is probably the most popular beer.  
  • Heineken/Coors Light – These obviously aren’t Mexican national beers, but they have partnered with Moctezuma and brew both of these on national soil.  You can usually find them in Tijuana for the same prices.
Mexican Beer Tijuana

Grupo Modelo

This brewery is responsible for Corona, Victoria, Pacífico, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Modelo Light, Estrella, and León.

  • Corona – maybe the most well known world wide, but definitely not a Mexican favorite 🙂
  • Victoria – Another favorite of mine, it’s a Vienna lager with a crisp taste.
  • Pacífico – This is a pale lager and comes in regular and light.  You can find baby sized bottles of these in some corner beer stores – they are great for the beach!
  • Modelo – Especial and Light are the lighter versions while Negra is a dark style lager.
  • Estrella – this one isn’t as common in bars and restaurants but can be found in grocery stores, it’s a pilsner beer.
  • León – This beer is a dark amber beer on the rise for popularity.
Grupo Modelo Mexican Beers

Buckets of Beer

Here is Tijuana, most of the bars will offer a bucket of 6, 10 or 20 beers for your table.  This is a great way to have your next beer handy and not having to ask the server for a new one every 30 min or so.  You can also mix it up and request a variety pack. Either way, it stays cold with the ice they provide and stays tasty with the lime, salt and chile they provide 🙂

Next time you hop on over, don’t forget to try a few new flavors!  ¡SALUD!

Un cafecito por favor – Coffee please!

Tijuana Mexico Coffee Shops

Coffee culture is booming!  Tijuana’s streets are popping up with so many coffee shops, it’s hard to know where to go!  My suggestion…all of them 🙂

Mexican Grown Beans

Mexico is one of the top 10 coffee producers in the world.  Most of the coffee is grown on smaller organic farms in the southern states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas.  

Climates throughout these states range from tropical with fertile volcanic soil to mountainous highland region providing excellent conditions for cultivating coffee.  Not only do these family farms export their coffee to the US and other parts of the world, but Mexico also consumes quite a bit!

Mexican Specialty: Café de la Olla

Café de la Olla is a traditional Mexican drink and was probably created in the colonial era.  If you like your coffee on the sweet side, you need to try this.

There are a few variations of the recipe, but the main ingredients include: clay pot, coffee grounds, piloncillo (a type of brown sugar), and cinnamon = DELISH

Coffee Shops in Tijuana

There are so many coffee shops in Tijuana that have popped up over the last few years!  It’s hard to do a top 3 here because there’s just too many that are too tasty. I’m just going to provide a list of ones that you might want to check out that are near the San Ysidro border.  And here’s a ready made Top 10 list for you.  

What I will say is that a 12oz coffee averages about $3USD versus the San Diego shops or Starbucks that averages $5USD.

P.S. This list doesn’t include all the various breakfast restaurants that have their own varieties of coffee drinks as well.

When in Mexico…Visit the Mercado!

Mercado Hidalgo Tijuana Mexico

What’s more Mexican than a mercado?  It’s full of colors, flavors and smells of Mexico!  Probably every city and town in Mexico has one and for Tijuana, Mercado Hidalgo has been around for over 60 years supplying all sorts of foods, crafts, pottery and natural remedies.

Getting there

Mercado Hidalgo is in Zona Río and is a 20 min walk from Revolution Ave or 10 min in car/Uber/taxi from the San Ysidro border. The map below shows walking options from Revolution/Sixth Street intersection.

Exploring the Mercado

Mercado hidalgo is about the equivalent of one block squared.  Within it, you can find spices, herbs, piñatas, candy, cheese, fruits, veggies, restaurants, dishware, souvenirs, clothes and many other things. If you’re feeling up to it, there’s plenty of new flavors to try!

Mexican Candy

Not everyone likes Mexican candy because of its sweet and spicy nature. 🙂  If you’re ok with that, then I highly recommend the Pollito Asados and Pulparindos to take home!  If you want to try something on the spot, then look for the big buckets of candy mixed with Chamoy or the sweeter caramelized fruits.

Cajeta is another Mexican favorite, it’s kind of like caramel but made with goat’s milk. You can buy candies made out of it or by it by the pound/kilogram.

Candied fruit and coconut sweets (cocadas) are also very popular and are easy to buy just a few to try.

Grabbing a Bite

Not only is a mercado a place to buy goods and candy, you can also eat there!  Mercado Hidalgo has at least 6 little restaurants and there’s even a few good tacos joints within a block. Here’s a few for starters:

  • La Oaxaqueña – Oaxacan style food including tamales, tlayudas, and quesadillas with blue corn tortillas.
  • Cuatro Etnias – Traditional plates with an upscale modern twist and a mixology bar!
  • El Rincón del Oso – Traditional Mexican soups, birria (beef soup/tacos) and guisados (dishes of the day).
  • Tacos el Gordo – This taco spot is just across the northwest corner of the mercado and they serve up a variety of meat tacos including Adobada and Carne Asada.

Bring it Home or Eat it there?

Just remember not everything is allowed back to California.  The government has quite a few restrictions on meat, fish, vegetables and fruits for personal use.  For the meat/cheese/fruit/veggie department it’s best to just buy enough to eat while you’re there and only bring home the packaged foods.

Here’s a few interesting fruits you can try:

  • Tuna – Tuna is Spanish for Prickly Pear and if they are in season, you can find them de-skinned and ready to eat.
  • Lychees – these are like big white grapes with a seed in the center, very sweet.
  • Granadilla – If you’ve ever tried boogers, the consistency is similar, but the taste is sweet, just crack it open and eat the gooey inside. 🙂
  • Coconut – You can get fresh coconut milk and meat in a baggie for the road!  Your choice if you want to add chile and lime. And don’t forget to try coconut candy!
  • Fruit Cup – Usually you can find vendors who sell fruit cups ready to eat and can include mango, cucumber, jicama or tunas. You can also request it with lime and chile!

Where to get sandwiches in Tijuana

Wild Cypress tijuana mexico

Who knew right? Of course Tijuana has a lot more than just tacos.  Don’t get me wrong, tacos are probably the best, cheapest, tastiest meal you can get here.  But if you’re looking for something different here’s a few places with some pretty tasty sandwiches.

Wild Cypress

This gem opened last year in 2017 and has become a family favorite.  They are a gastro deli and they serve what they call their masterpieces → artisan sandwiches.  We’ve been there so often that we’ve tried just about every one of them and it’s hard to pick a favorite!  Fresh bread marinated meat, full salads, delicious soups, fresh squeezed OJ, coffee and beer!

Yes, you heard me, not only do they serve great sammys, they also have breakfast and beer…ON TAP and not just any old national beer, it’s TJ Beer.

So needless to say…HAPPY HOUR anyone?

Enough boasting about the food, this place is big, bright and has a unique style.  There’s inside and outside areas with tons of outlets for laptops or cellphones. Wifi, coloring and foosball is included!  It’s located off Aguas Caliente near the Torres, right where the Blockbuster used to be.

Kasa Café

Kasa Café has a large variety of cold, hot, and traditional -Roast beef, Pastroni, etc, and non-traditional sandwiches – including the Willy (served on a bagel!), Norteña and Sureña.  Plus the one thing Wild Cypress doesn’t have…Fries! Regular or cheesy. They also serve breakfast, coffees, smoothies, salads, and fresh waters.  They use all fresh ingredients and the service is fast.

They have 2 locations – the original is in Otay, which is how we found it since it’s close to home.  It’s also close to the UABC, so there’s lots of students who frequent this location.
The second is down in Zona Río in the same plaza as the Sam’s Club.

Blue Luna Café

Ah, the Blue Luna, I can’t talk about their sandwiches without talking about the coffee. If you’re in the mood to try a new latte flavor, then head here.  They have some pretty interesting and tasty bevs and use ingredients like matcha, mazapán and dulce de leche.  I admit, it was the coffee the lured me here, but coupled with the food…it didn’t take long to turn into a favorite.

To me the sandwiches they offer are like Italian inspired with a Mexi twist. You can also order up a salad, smoothie or breakfast.  Everything is super fresh, including the bread!

And it seems that wherever you are, there’s a location near you!  There’s 13 locations around TJ!  The ones that I have visited are usually more outside space than inside, so just keep that in mind when heading out.

Wrap it up to go

If you live or work  in TJ and don’t have time to check out the locations, you can hit them all up on Uber Eats.  Although, I don’t think you can get beer delivered 🙂

These are my top 3 sandwiches places, what are yours?

Border Crossing to Tijuana in 2019

Playas de Tijuana Mexico

Are you a bit leary of crossing the border to Tijuana now with all the news and hype around the Honduran migrant situation, government shutdown and border wall??

Well, I’m happy to report that the border is open for business!

Border closures?

Since the Honduran migrants have arrived over the past month or so, there’s only been 1 incident of closing the border.  The border that closed was San Ysidro. Otay remained open and processed those who unfortunately had to wait in the much longer lines the Sunday after Thanksgiving!

Crossing the border

This is a question I’ve been getting a lot lately…How’s the border crossing now with the migrant situation??  Answer is: “It’s the same.”

Going into Tijuana you can either head there via foot/bike or car.  I suggest walking if it’s a day trip.  Transportation is easily acquired. If you’re headed somewhere a little too far for walking, just grab an Uber!

If you’re doing a day trip on a Sunday, just remember that the border crossings are busier than the rest of the days because most TJ weekend visitors are headed home.

Frequent travelers

For those of you who frequent TJ often or plan to, I suggest applying for the Global Entry Card.  This card allows you to go through the SENTRI lanes at the border (the fastest moving lanes!).  It also gives you Pre-Check status at most US airports and grants you faster processing when going through Customs after an international flight.

Checking crossing times

What I’ve found to be the most reliable is the BorderTraffic app.  You can find it in Google Play or Apple Store.  They have real time cameras that can check the status of the line going into the San Diego and Tijuana.  It works best for cars, but some camera angles are good for walking as well. It’s $5 a year.

A free option is checking the CBP app, but they only make updates every hour and sometimes it’s longer than that.

Booking a tour

Looking for more of a guided tour experience?  There are a few options here that I know of – Turista Libre, Club Tengo Hambre and Tijuana Walking Tours.  These 3 offer a variety of tours as part of a group or you can book a private tour.  Most tours include tacos. 🙂

Come Visit!

Anyway you do it, you’ll have fun, eat well and enjoy the TJ culture!  Let me know how you’re trip was!

Traveling Throughout Mexico Via Tijuana

Flying via Tijuana Mexico

Mexico is not all beaches and provides a lot of diversity in its landscape, food, music and people. There’s so many places to visit and you can get there fairly cheaply! Especially if you fly out if Tijuana versus San Diego.  Here’s how:

First, sign up for promotional emails

I know that’s probably not what you want to hear — more junk mail!  But unless you are going to monitor the website, sign up for promotional emails on Mexican airlines in order to get the best deals.  Promotions are the only way to go! Especially if you have an idea of where you’d like to go and when. Sometimes the deal is so good that you can justify getting away for a long weekend!  

To show you how good you can get it, I’ve bought tickets for less than $100 a person round trip!  You just need to be patient and open those junk emails!

Volaris | Aeromexico | Interjet | Viva Aerobus

Second, buy your ticket!

Once you find a ticket you like, make that purchase online.  A few things to keep in mind when purchasing:

  • You may want to make the purchase in pesos (MXN).  Depending on the airline, they charge you extra to buy in dollars, but your bank may charge you a conversion fee if you pay in pesos…
  • Usually there’s a few different kinds of tickets to determine what kind of baggage you want included.  Decide now or you’ll end up paying extra at the airport!
  • Keep your eye on the amount, sometimes there’s automatic add-ons and you just need to make sure you’re not purchasing more than you’d like.

Third, have an airport plan

If you live in Tijuana, you should just take an Uber!  Getting home is a different story, the Uber drivers can get a ticket for picking up passengers at the airport.  We had a few drivers cancel on us before we got one who agreed to pick us up outside of the airport and on the side of the road. Worth it because those taxis are way too expensive!  Our Uber ride home is $65mxn and the taxis charge over $200mxn!

For those of you in CA, the easiest way to get to the TJ airport is through the new Cross Border Xpress (CBX).  The CBX entrance is located off the 905 and you walk across the border through a skywalk and down into the TJ airport.  They will also process the Mexican visa you’ll need for your stay. On the way back you exit straight from baggage claim to the CBX! Easy Peasy.
Of course you need to pay to use this, but it’s the fastest and most convenient way to get to and from the airport.  

Fourth, pack your bags!

This should be obvious, but make sure you know what the weather is like and pack appropriately!  Not all locations are beach weather. 🙂

If you need help with where to go:

Travel via Food – Mexico has some amazing cuisine and each state prides themselves in their own dishes.  Lucky enough in Tijuana we have quite a good mix from all over. But if you want the real deal, here’s a list of the 7 culinary regions of Mexico.

Travel via Location – Mexico has some amazing locations with each state supplying their own charm.  Here’s a list of regions and what they offer. Personally, I think Oaxaca should be included with Chiapas or have its own listing, but I can’t say I’ve been to all these locations yet to make my own list.

Wherever you end up, I hope you enjoy the food, the scenery, the culture and the people.  

¡Buen Viaje!