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One Tank Trip for Baja Mexico Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
73.8 miles – 1 hour, 38 minutes
Flanked by the Pacific to the west and by the Sea of Cortez to the east, Baja is Mexico’s version of the wild, wild west, filled with stark desert landscapes, striking mountains, and secluded coves where you might just give up needing to know what time it is and trade your watch in for a lounge chair and a nice big beach towel.
Today begin your One-Tank Trip in Tecate, the oldest border city in Baja. The pace in Tecate moves slower than much of the rest of the world, and travelers here are encouraged to relax, take their time, soak in some of the endless sun, and savor each and every step. Many visitors come to Tecate to experience the Guadalupe Hot Springs, an area that’s also popular with the locals. Rustic rock-rimmed hot tubs filled with bubbly clear geothermal mineral water is the perfect way to soak away your troubles. This area of Baja is widely known for its several ancient Indian caves, cascading waterfalls, and endless hiking trail options. Tecate is also a gateway city into the beautiful expanse of land where some of the finest wines in Mexico are made and row after stunning row of grapevines go on and on, carpeting the landscape.
48.8 miles – 59 minutes
Leaving Tecate, arrive an hour later at your next Baja Mexico camping stop, Francisco Zarco. Just as quiet and sleepy as our previous stop, Francisco Zarco also lies in the heart of Mexican wine country. Many travelers venture this way for the idyllic beauty and to visit any one of the several vineyards in the area. Connoisseurs come here from around the world to sample wines or to laze their days away among the vineyards in between tastings — tough duty, to be sure! This area invites you to tap into your inner hedonist and take in a winery tour or two, then bask in the sun while sipping some of Mexico’s best wines.
25 miles – 38 minutes
Your last stop is Ensenada, the third-largest city in Baja. Ensenada is a scenic coastal town with stunning beaches, excellent fishing, and many boutiques, all of which make it a premier Baja destination. Like your previous two stops, Ensenada is also well-known for its many vineyards and tasting tours, but many visitors also come for the opportunity to whale watch and to explore La Bufadora, a natural blowhole formed by marine erosion that throws a column of water up into the air some 24 feet. There are observation decks for safe viewing. Next “must” stop is the nearby botanical gardens. Also of interest is the quaint First Street Promenade, the perfect place to laze in the shade, do some top-drawer shopping, and taste some of the delicious cuisine at any of the fine restaurants along the promenade.
For the RVer, Baja is easily accessible and an exceptional getaway that doesn’t put a great deal of stress on your wallet — which makes it all the more appealing.
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