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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).
Enjoyed this trip. Nice group of people.
Highlight was the Cultural Museum in Tijuana
I recommend taking this trip if you just want a short trip and would like some Puerto Nuevo lobster and margarita, rather than driving yourself. The tour guide was very nice. I would recommend that the vehicle be thoroughly prior to the trip. The vehicle has a trash (food and drink containers) from a prior trip.
Total fabrication as to what is advertised on itinerary. Beware! They were 45 minutes late for pick up. We did not visit the zoo, bull ring, tower, or cultural center as advertised. Spent too long at rostria beach, when could spent time showing us other things on itinerary. Horses on beach had no shoes, emaciated, standing in blazing sun. They were digging holes in sand to try cool hooves off from burning sand. Mariachi singers sang for 3 minutes, if you don't pay they won't sing. Lunch at puerto Nuevo was big disappointment. It is not all u can eat beans, rice tortilla as advertised. We had to share what was given to us between four people. I didn't even know the other 3 people and I had to share from same plate! Lobster is very small, dry, over cooked. If you are hungry, lunch won't fill you! I looked on youtube and there are way better restaurants in puerto Nuevo, offering lobsters twice size as what we got! People were friendly enough, but after your money. Just non stop harassing for tourist dollar. Poor, dirty, depressed place. My biggest disappointment is that I felt ripped off by Viator tours for misleading us on the itinerary, and for disappointing lunch.
The tour we were taken on was not the tour we booked. In fact, the itinerary did not align with any other tour offered (it was not even close to the Ensenada Tour described either). We were supposed to leave the station at 9:00 AM---6 of 7 tour members had to wait until 9:35 for the last one to arrive. We stopped in Chula Vista for another group and waited in Van for 20 minutes before the guide came back and said we were at the wrong hotel. We went to the right hotel and started out for Mexico at 11:30. We did not stop in Tijuana for a cultural sightseeing tour, we did not stop in Puerto Nuevo for the "luscious lobster lunch, margaritas and mariachi music". We deadheaded straight for Ensenada and stopped only once at a coastal scenic outlook. We arrived in Ensenada and strolled down a boardwalk. The guide took us to lunch at a steak and eggs café that served breakfast only. When the group inquired about the tour they booked and the lunch in Puerto Nuevo, we left the café and he took us to a Mexican Buffet that was edible but nothing to praise. No beer, wine, margaritas. He then took us back to Rosarito Beach (after several inquiries from the group) and 2 tour members rode horses (that they paid for) on the beach while the remaining 10 members hung out and purchased drinks. Next, the guide took us to Tijuana to a wax museum (are you kidding?) that charged entrance fee and closed in 25 min. We hung out in Tijuana shopping district until the tour guide thought the wait at the border would be minimal. Most of the tour group spent the majority of time in Tijuana on the bus waiting to head back. It was the most disorganized and unprofessional experience ever! Tour guide was nice---not his fault but I am shocked the company is in business!