Baja Explorer

Self-Drive Tour 3 Days / 2 Nights
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  • 200.0 mi = 320.0 km
  • 60.0 - 100.0°F = 15.6 - 37.8°C

Bienvenidos a Baja California! Welcome to the original California-Baja. This three day, two night tour visits Mexico’s premier wine district, the Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada, a beautiful seaport with an eclectic mix of shopping, food, and activities.

Tour Itinerary

Today your ride from San Diego to Ensenada begins with a US-Mexico border crossing at San Ysidro, one of the busiest border crossing in the world. In Playas de Tijuana is the start of the Tijuana-Ensenada Toll road. Be sure to check out the “Bullring by the Sea”. Stop for lunch in Rosarito Beach at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. Opened in 1925, a sign above the lobby entrance states “Through this door pass the most beautiful women in the world.” The most spectacular overlook on today’s ride is at Salsipuedes. Stunning views of the coast and surf. Situated on the coastline of Bahia de Todos Santos, an inlet on the peninsula’s Gold Coast, Ensenada is an important commercial, fishing and tourist destination. Watersports including surfing, wind surfing, whale watching, sport fishing, the Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race and of course the Baja 1000/500 are just a few of the area attractions. Ensenada’s Fish Market, the Mercado Negro, sells an amazing array of fresh fish, including tuna, shrimp, California spiny lobster, abalone, sea urchin, sardine, mackerel, seaweed and smoked marlin. Be sure to sample a local specialty, fish tacos. South of Ensenada on the Punta Banda Peninsula is one of the largest marine geysers in North America: La Bufadora (The Blowhole).
The Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico’s “Napa Valley”. Over 30 regional, national and international wineries offer wine tastings. This small region is also home to two of the top 10 Mexican restaurants: Corazon de Tierra and Laja. Every year during the month of August, the beginning of wine harvest season is celebrated in the Guadalupe Valley and in the city of Ensenada with a two-week-long series of cultural and culinary events, all under the title banner of Fiestas de la Vendimia (Wine Harvest Festival). This event attracts people from all over the world.
Today, ride through the wine country to the border town of Tecate, home of one of Mexico’s most popular beers. The annual Tecate-Ensenada Bicycle race (held in July) has thousands of participants from both sides of the border. After crossing the border, follow great twisty roads through the Laguna Mountains back to San Diego to return your bike. We hope you enjoyed your ride through Baja California and look forward to sending you out on the open road again!
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