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  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Explore some of Baja California's top destinations on this day trip from San Diego. This relaxing, scenic getaway takes you along the stunning Pacific coast across the California-Mexico border to Tijuana for a cultural sightseeing tour and time to shop along Avenidad Revolution, followed by a luscious lobster lunch, margaritas and mariachi music in Puerto Nuevo. Walk off your meal with a stroll along the waterfront, and then enjoy free time to explore the lovely historic city of Rosarito Beach at your leisure.


  • Day trip along the Baja California coast from San Diego
  • Soak up picturesque views as you journey along the Pacific coast into Mexico
  • Take a cultural sightseeing tour of bustling Tijuana with your informative guide
  • Enjoy a lobster lunch with margaritas in Puerto Nuevo
  • Stroll along the waterfront while being serenaded by mariachi music
  • Explore the historic coastal resort city of Rosarito Beach at your own pace

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What You Can Expect

Baja California Coastal Day Trip from San Diego

Baja California Coastal Day Trip from San Diego

Get ready for your full-day Mexico getaway! You’ll be picked up in the morning from your hotel in San Diego for a drive south aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. As you cross the California-Mexico border and journey along the breathtaking Pacific coast, you’ll be treated to picture-perfect vistas of sapphire-blue ocean waters, rugged cliffs and rolling hills.

Your first stop is Tijuana, the fourth-largest city in Mexico, where you’ll take a sightseeing tour with your guide to experience this vibrant city’s rich culture and heritage. Visit the Cultural Center, the Tijuana Bullring, the Tijuana Zoo and the Tijuana Tower, and then enjoy time to shop along Avenidad Revolution. Practice your bargaining skills as you browse more than 400 shops!

Then, it's off to Puerto Nuevo, a small community known locally as ‘Lobster Village.’ This cute little village is home to tons of shops and arts and craft stores, but its claim to fame is the group of traditional restaurants serving up the local specialty: lobster. Head to one of these restaurants to enjoy your own lobster meal (included). Chat with your fellow travelers as you savor deep-fried Pacific lobster with unlimited beans, rice, handmade tortillas and a welcome margarita.

Once you’ve had your fill, take a stroll along the waterfront while enjoying some authentic mariachi music. Then, hop on the coach and head to nearby Rosarito Beach, a blooming beachside community that was once the Mexican Hollywood during the 1920s. You’ll have some free time here to explore the city or lounge on the beach, or your guide can direct you to other activities such as horseback riding or ATV riding (own expense).

After your time in Rosarito Beach, it’s time to venture back to San Diego. Drive up the Pacific coast and savor your last views of Mexico as you cross the border and arrive back at your hotel in the evening.

Important Information
  • US and Canadian citizens: You must bring a passport for re-entry into the United States.
  • Non-US citizens: You must bring your passport, and you may be required to show a I-94, Multiple Entry Visa or Resident Alien Card for re-entry to the United States. You must confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The trip was fantastic, mostly because it was only three of us. I found out the night before the trip that there were not enough people registered to run it as a tour. I was told if we pay $200 more, that we could go as a private charter. We decided to do that since we had just arrived from Europe. The pick-up was smooth and we headed to Tijuana and did the tourist thing. I asked if we could visit a winery on our trip, and the guide took us to a wonderful wine cellar in Tijuana. For $10 per person we had four tastings each of the reserve wine (read four almost full glasses of wine!). Needless to say, this made our jetlag disappear and brightened the trip. From there we went to Puerto Nuevo (Lobster Village). The food and vista were great (including a Margarita). Then, we went to Rosarito Beach, where we had time for some horseback riding. Coming back across the border was very fast--we were dropped off at and walked through the border (only the driver can go through in the car).

The guide was super knowledgeable, friendly, open, and was willing to take us were we wanted to go. I suggest you do this as a small group and do some little planning on what else you want to do (such as visiting a wine cellar). The price is worth it, especially if you consider it in Euros. The entire trip cost about 140€ per person (including tip and wine, but excluding any other purchases).

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014


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