arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin

Welcome to Baja California

Enjoy a Two-Nation Vacation

A trip to San Diego means easy access to international travel with the Mexican border just 17 miles from downtown.

Once in Baja, in a two-hour radius from San Diego, you’ll discover urban culture, beach communities and a bucolic countryside. The main nearby cities are Tijuana, a bustling urban center characterized by its historic markets, unique art galleries, and emerging Baja-Med cuisine; Rosarito, a resort community known for its fantastic lobster, warm hospitality, beautiful beaches and desert hills; and Ensenada, a picturesque port city boasting a cruise ship terminal, fishing boat fleets, a busy downtown district lined with shops, seafood carts and cantinas, as well as the famous Valle de Guadalupe wine region located just outside of Ensenada.

Tijuana

Less than 20 minutes from the city of San Diego, Tijuana Mexico is the gateway to the tourist corridor of Baja California. Recognized as one of the world's most visited cities, with more than 40 million border crossings each year, Tijuana is an energetic hub of activity day and night. The community offers duty-free shopping, authentic Mexican cuisine, a tremendous arts and culture scene—highlighted by the Tijuana Cultural Center Avenida Revolution, exciting sporting events, glittering nightlife and more. For travelers looking for an alternative arrival or departure option, the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) terminal, a pedestrian skywalk bridge connecting the Tijuana International Airport to San Diego, makes both domestic and International travel to the region quite easy.

Rosarito

Located south along the coast, Rosarito is a young resort community known for its beaches, oceanfront hotels, aquatic adventures, shopping, seafood dining and nightlife. . After a day browsing Rosarito’s ceramics, curios, leather goods, baskets, clothing, and jewelry shops, indulge at one of Rosarito's many fine restaurants, featuring Mexican seafood, Chinese and a variety of other cuisines. Just south of Rosarito, in Puerto Nuevo is the famous "Lobster Village," known for the tasty crustaceans.

Ensenada

Located approximately 70 miles south of the international border, Ensenada is an easy 90-minute drive from San Diego along a scenic toll highway, noted for its breathtaking ocean vistas, coastal cliffs and viewpoints. Known as one of the leading resort and commercial centers on the Baja peninsula, Ensenada also boasts a protected harbor with modern port facilities—home to visiting cruise ships and a large sportfishing fleet. Be sure to explore the Mercado Negro fish market, local taco shops, seafood carts, craft beer breweries, mescal and margarita bars, museums and more.

Valle De Guadalupe

Just outside of Ensenada you’ll find the Valle De Guadalupe. Considered the Napa Valley of Mexico, Valle de Guadalupe produces 90% of Mexico’s wine, and enchants as a paradise for wine aficionados. There are more than 100 wineries to explore ranging from artisan and boutique winemakers to large and small commercial vineyards. In addition to offering tours and wine tastings, some of the wineries are also home to outstanding restaurants, serving gourmet farm-fresh cuisine and local seafood.

More Information

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Related Articles and Features

Breweries

Can't Miss Brew Tours

Four of San Diego's best areas for beer

Here are four of San Diego's best areas for beer - and the must-see breweries to hit when you find yourself there - as recommended by San Diego beer legends.

Discover
Family

San Diego History Adventures

Discovering the past in the present

San Diego history comes alive at Old Town State Historic Park, the "birthplace of California," Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside and other historic landmarks in San Diego County.

Discover
Spas

Yoga for San Diego Travelers

Best spots for downward dogs and salutations to the sun

Centers where seekers of health and spiritual enlightenment learn to connect disciplined movement with transcendent thought can be found throughout San Diego County.

Discover
Shopping

Specialty Food Shops

Indulge with wine, chocolates, cheese and more

Indulge at these specialty food shops throughout San Diego with local wines and cheeses, handmade chocolates, fresh baked bread, and authentic olive oil.

Discover

Deals just for you

Activity

Save $136 or more at 4 Famous Theme Parks

Southern California CityPASS
Valid: Jan 1 - ongoing

Save $136 or more with Southern California CityPASS - an admission card that gives you 1-day admission to SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California, PLUS a 3-day Park Hopper® ticket to Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park.

Accommodation

Pet Friendly Package at the Bristol Hotel

Bristol Hotel
Valid: Jan 2, 2015 - ongoing

The Bristol is a pet friendly hotel in San Diego where you and your pet will feel right at home.

Shopping

Bloomingdale's Visitor Offer

Bloomingdale's
Valid: Mar 30, 2016 - ongoing

We've got special offers exclusively for you! Receive a 10% off all-day savings certificate* at our Fashion Valley store.

Events to check out

Event

San Diego Restaurant Week

California Restaurant Association San Diego County
Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2017

This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will celebrate local by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for with Eight Days of Dining!

Event

Museum Month: Half-Off Admission

San Diego Museum Council
Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2017

Presented by Macy's, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ museums throughout the county for the all of February.

Event

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Dec 21, 2016

The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl delivers exciting football action and spectacular pageantry. Each year a top team from the Mountain West Conference takes on a quality opponent. This year it's the BYU Cougars!

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Visitor planning guide

For the ultimate guide to planning your San Diego vacation, view and download the San Diego Visitor Planning Guide, packed with useful information that will help you plan the perfect San Diego getaway.

Read More

Partners

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China Deutschland Great Britain Japan Mexico Korea USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish