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Baja Experience

Trying to explain this unique experience is a difficult task, but we are going to try to put it into words.

Oh!! The Wonderful Food & Drinks

One of the many things that Mexico is well known for is its tasty food combinations. Mexico’s dishes vary from region to region and Baja style cuisine is a world of its own.

Baja has food for all. If you are into fine dining steak or lobster; you will find here some of the best restaurants in the world.

Mexican food includes some great dishes. Here we present to you some our best gifts to the world.


Wine, Beer, Tequila, and more

Wine

Mexico has a great variety of drinks to accompany all that great food; some people say the way to a happy heart stars with a full stomach. I will start with the wine.

We have drinks for all the people who visit, from the average Joe to the most sophisticated wine connoisseur.

Baja is known for its world renown wineries, Valle de Guadalupe is the Napa Valley of the region, here you can come and taste some of the best wines in the world.

For more information on the Guadalupe valley, please visit our section on day tours.

Viva Mexico! For Giving Us the Tequila

If a drink can describe a country, that’s the Tequila.

Tequila is only one type of mezcal, which is the name of any distilled alcohol made from the agave plant. What makes tequila different from other mezcal’s is its adherence to the strict standards set by the Tequila Regulatory Council (Mexican norm NOM-006-SCFI-1994). Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the location of the city of Tequila which was not officially established until 1656. The Aztec peoples had previously made a fermented beverage from the agave plant which they called octli (later, and more popularly called pulque), long before the Spanish arrived in 1521. When the Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy, they began to distill this agave drink to produce North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit.

Some 80 years later, around 1600, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, the Marquis of Altamira, began mass-producing tequila at the first factory in the territory of modern-day Jalisco. By 1608, the colonial governor of Nueva Galicia had begun to tax his products.

The tequila that is popular today was first mass-produced in the early 1800s in Guadalajara, Mexico. 1800 Tequila is marketed today in commemoration of the year in which the first successfully aged Tequila was produced. Several large batches of Tequila produced in 1800 (although not of the original single batch) have survived the test of time and are marketed today for commercial consumption. This premium Tequila is a tribute to the earliest master Tequila blenders.

Yes the Beer is Great, Too

We have some of the best tasting beers in the world.

There a whole range of flavors to choose from, there a several brands, here are some so you know how to ask by name for your favorite one:

  • Corona
  • Bohemia
  • Dos Equis
  • Tecate
  • Noche Buena
  • Carta Blanca
  • Negra Modelo
  • Pacífico
  • Estrella
  • Indio
  • Modelo Especial
  • Superior

Baja 1000

Baja 1000 is an off road race that takes place on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula during a full moon to aid the racers. The competition was officially started in 1967 (it had previously been the site of informal dirt bike racing), and originally went from Tijuana, Baja California, to La Paz, Baja California Sur. Now it starts from Ensenada, some 70 miles to the south. It is usually held the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in the United States.

From 1967 to 1973 the race was organized by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA); however, in 1974, the government denied NORRA permission to hold the race, and the fuel crisis of 1974 forced the race to be removed from the off-road racing schedule. In 1975, SCORE International, with sponsorship by Tecate beer, resumed the Baja as a loop course race with the start-finish line in Ensenada, and in 1979, SCORE was able to resume racing on the legendary 1,000 mile course to La Paz, as they have intermittently raced on the 1,000 every three to four years.

The films Dust to Glory & Chasing the Horizon documented the Baja 1000.

Although motorcyclists participate and are often the overall winners, many competitors drive modified or stock 4-wheel vehicles such as cars, trucks, ATVs and dune buggies. Race teams consist of factory supported groups that build custom fabricated vehicles and provide chase vehicles via helicopter, to the much smaller and less glamorized sportsman teams competing in an all stock vehicle with no chase vehicle support at all. Stock Volkswagen Type One Beetles and modified for use in off road terrain known as Baja Bug have been a common sight throughout the event duration, but the factory-supported all-spaceframe Trophy Truck entries are the most visible.

In contrast to the current factory supported modern race vehicles that overall the car and truck classes, Erik Carlsson drove a basically stock front wheel drive Saab 96 V4, finishing third in 1969 and fifth in 1970. All the information you need to know about the Baja 1000, you will find it at this page.


Surfing

Look at a map of the Pacific Ocean and you will see that the Peninsula of Baja California is a unique piece of geography. Baja juts out into the Pacific and is exposed to storm generated swells that can come from the North Pacific in our winter and the South Pacific in their winter. The swell window for the Cape Region of Baja extends from approximately 300 degrees (Northwest) in winter all the way around the compass through South to approximately 130 degrees (Southeast) in summer. This is a huge area of ocean that extends all the way south to the icepack of Antarctica.

Best Places to Surf Baja
Baja Malibu

Wallow in connect-the-dots tube rides at this beach break 15 miles south of th border. Drop in, watch the lip heave, and fly out to the hoots of your buddies on the shoulder. Not for beginners, this potent wave works summer and winter, and it's best at medium to low tide. Take the Baja Malibu exit from the toll road and park on the dead-end street on the north side of the Baja Malibu housing development.

Calafia

Six miles south of Rosarito Beach on the free road (Old Highway 1), this right point reels on a south. It's worth checking during a big north, too. Booties will help you painlessly navigate Calafia's sharp rocks. You'll surf beneath the terraces of the Calafia Resort, which offers ocean-view dining and lodging. To reserve a wave-front room for approximately $55 per night, call 011-52-661-612-1581.

Salsipuedes

Salsipuedes, which boasts a right point and a bowly reef peak, has the best camping and gnarliest access road north of Ensenada. Both waves break on any swell direction, but the point needs six to eight feet to work. Five bucks a night gets you camping in a grove of olive trees that feels like it's a million miles from the nearest fax machine. Located 51 miles south of the border on the toll road, take the Salsipuedes exit onto the tortuous dirt road to the beach. Leave if you can (sale, si puedes) when it's raining. It's not worth checking if the surf is small.

San Miguel

A crowded, thrillingly racy point break, San Miguel is one of Baja's premier waves. This right-hander is best during a west or northwest swell. It's more hollow but more sectioned at low tide. The San Miguel turnoff is immediately after the last toll booth before Ensenada, 61 miles from the border. Pitch a tent on the beach for $10 a night. For the same cost, RVs can plug into one of 30 hookups. Hot showers take the grunge out of camping here. Call 011-52-646-174-7948 for information. There's also a bar and restaurant on the point, but it's worth driving the eight miles south for Ensenada's culinary riches.

Punta San Jose

True Baja begins south of Ensenada. To taste its desolate beauty, spend a few days at Punta San Jose, a series of reef breaks that becomes one sweeping right when a swell fires. It's best on a south or a huge west swell, when the prevailing wind is offshore. To get there, drive south from Ensenada through the verdant Santo Tomas wine-growing valley. Twenty-nine miles beyond Ensenada, turn west onto a dirt road at the town of Santo Tomas. (If you need food or water, buy it here, because there's nothing but surf and star-filled skies at Punta San Jose.) Fourteen miles from Santo Tomas, bear right at a fork in the road and drive 10 miles to a lighthouse. Local fishermen collect $5 to camp, and will sell you fresh lobster for about the same sum.


We have only just begun the Baja Experience here. With such a wide variety of activities to enjoy and cultural novelties to explore, the Baja Experience is one that you will truly want to explore for yourself. Please visit us right here again soon as we continue to bring you more of the Baja Experience.

Condo Amenities

Rosarito Inn Condominium Hotel Suites is proud to offer unique condominium hotel suites in Rosarito with accommodations to make your stay comfortable and secure. Each suite in our hotel is fully and uniquely furnished, including all amenities. Condos are fully equipped, there are laundry units are available in each and every condo for your daily cleaning needs. Additionally, daily cleaning service is at your disposal. For details, inquire at the front desk.