Surf and Culture South of the San Diego Border

Hello fellow adventurers!

As promised, here is part two of the Baja, California post. As you learned from my last entry, not only does Northern Baja offer a plethora of amazing culinary options, but there is a surf scene and a cultural arts scene just south of the San Diego border that is going strong. You only have to travel a short distance to begin to experience it!

K38 is where to head if you want to escape the crowds in the San Diego surf. Head south for some punchy Baja waves and cut the crowd down by about 25%! But beware, even though it is only a short drive away, the wave quality is certainly different. If you aren’t prepared for it, you may get yourself thrown around quite a bit. Bring your booties, as the bottom here is rock reef. If you’ve got even half of an adventurous spirit, you can hit Baja with the rest of the Californians who head south. Just remember to bring your own wax and ding repair kit, because surf shops are few and far between in the area.

Baja Malibu is said to be one of the most iconic surf breaks in the world. Consistent with a sandy bottom, these waves are fast and powerful, so the pros definitely recommend that intermediate or experienced surfers be the ones to enjoy these rides.


To some, it may come as a surprise that Tijuana has quite an arts scene. The Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) was founded in October of 1982, and has become one of the most significant identifiers of Tijuana. It is home to an awesome Imax cinema, the Domo, as well as the Museo de las Californias. Here, you can find a children’s area, a botanical garden, aquarium, moon forum and international art gallery. At the CECUT you will also find festivals, concerts, art exhibits and theatrical productions going on throughout the year.


Less than two hours from the border and right along the coast, Ensenada’s First Street Promenade is full of shops, local jewelry, trinket and clothing vendors as well as fantastic restaurants, iced cream and sweets. A lovely place to stroll away the afternoon.

Only a 30 minute drive from the San Diego – San Ysidro border, Rosarito is a lovely oasis in Northern Baja. If you’re looking to relax and you enjoy the calm of a spa, you don’t want to miss The Casa Playa Spa at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.

First opened in 1925, the Mexican architecture and breathtaking views, not to mention the spectacular spa rooms and treatments, make this spa the perfect getaway from the chaos and fuss of city travel. To round off a perfectly relaxing day, head down to Rosarito Beach and catch one of its beautiful sunsets…

There you have it. Come to San Diego, but don’t forget to drive that little bit further south to see what Baja, California has to offer in terms of surf, culture and delicious delights! You won’t regret it.




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