Going South: Mexican Day Trips from Del Mar
One of the great things about being in Del Mar is its close proximity to a whole other country. The Mexican border is a short drive away, and once you cross over, there are plenty of nearby communities to explore and enjoy. Urban excursions beckon with all the diversions of a city with Latino vibes. Foodies have major seafood destinations to partake of. And for those seeking an authentic south-of-the-border beach experience, feel free to slip on those flip-flops and pack up that suntan lotion! Merely a few miles away is another culture to take in. Ready to go for a day trip you’ll never forget? Here are a few great destinations you can visit from Del Mar and still be back in time for a nightcap.
The first city just over the Sothern California coastal border is the storied Tijuana. Immediately, you will see color palettes and architectural styles transform. Avenida Revolucion is the hotspot in town. This main street is about as lively as you can imagine. Restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping are frenetic with energy. It’s basically a party that never stops! Here you will have the chance to buy kitschy souvenirs, eat churros and tacos toiled over by street vendors and see painted donkeys! Check out the craft breweries here as well. And if you love mariachi music, the street performers will keep you dancing the whole time.
Relaxing in Rosarito
Baja California has no shortage of beaches. Resort hotspots like Cabo San Lucas all the way at the southern end of the peninsula are legendary. But far closer to Del Mar is Rosarito Beach. This classy seaside hamlet was once a favorite of movie stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Leftover glamour includes poolside drinks, iconic hotel fronts and nightclubs pumping music well into the wee hours of the morning. Visitors can also enjoy just chilling out on the sand with a margarita in hand or check out what the local craft vendors are selling. It’s also a great area for surfing and diving if you want to take the plunge! Seek out the new artificial reef created by a sunken ship.
Delectable Puerto Nuevo
Now here’s a place you should really work up an appetite for. Puerto Nuevo is well known as one of the area’s premier locations for eating traditional Mexican fare — especially seafood. Sometimes called the “Lobster Village” of Baja California, this charming little town is built around these culinary crustaceans. As soon as you arrive, you will capture alluring wafts coming from the local kitchens. Competing restaurants will have greeters tempt you with live lobsters in hand to prove how fresh their catch is! They are typically served up fried with beans, but there are plenty of quesadillas and tortillas to be had as well. Once your belly is full, wander the streets where vendors offer up curios you can take home to remember your trip by. The atmosphere in Puerto Nuevo is that of a welcoming and warm coastal village.