Moving to a new area, especially to a new country, is a challenge, when you don’t know where to go to find things you need, or places of interest to visit. This page is dedicated to give you an overview of the Baja area, and a list of resources that may be of help.
About Playas de Tijuana
Locally, simply known as Playas, is good sized town located on the ocean, right next to the US border fence. Several thousand Americans have chosen this community to live in because they love being near the beach, with easy access for driving back and forth to the US. There are a lot of people who live in Playas, and who work in San Diego. It is just over 15 minutes to the border crossing in Tijuana. In Playas there are a lot of conveniences. There is a Walmart, plus two other large grocery stores. Also, there is a small mall, with a Cinema that shows movies in English, and a very nice boardwalk along a great beach. Plus, there are some very nice restaurants. Here are a few recommendations:
1.- “La Casa de Don Juan”. This is a large house that was remodeled into a great restaurant. Good food, and a very nice ambiance.
2.- “The Yogurt Place”. This is a very nice restaurant, wonderful ambiance, and a healthy menu.
3.- “La Casa de Mole”. This restaurant specializes Mexican mole sauce, and has a rustic ambiance.
4.- “Giuseppis”. A great Italian style restaurant
5.- “Starbucks”, Yes, you can still get a great cup of coffee in Playas.
Rosarito is a beach town about 10 miles south of the US border. It is quite a bit larger than Playas, and has more amenities. It is also a major tourist area, and has many more restaurants and activities. There is a nice mall, with a Walmart, Cinepolis, Home Depot, and Applebees. There are several gated communities along the beach, condominium complexes, a nice municipal recreation center, many hotels, and a lot of organized community events. There is even a theater guild that puts on dramatic productions on a regular basis. This is an ideal area for those who are thinking of retiring in Mexico, with a lot of very nice communities with a good sized population of retired American residents.
Here are a few of the great area restaurants and places of interest:
2.- “El Nido” – A great steakhouse with a unique indoor garden eating area with water features.
3.- “Los Pelicanos”, a rustic, quaint hotel on the beach, with a great restaurant that looks out over the beach. A great place for breakfast.
4.- “Tapanco Steak House” – Another great steakhouse, has a nice garden café next door, and everything, including the hand-made tortillas, are cooked over a wood grill.
5.- “Betuccini’s” A really great Italian restaurant with brick oven pizzas.
6.- “Susanna’s” Sophisticated, and refined California cuisine. A great place to eat.
7.- “Rosarito Beach Hotel”, Not just a great place to visit, but has a great restaurant, and hosts a lot of community events.
Although Ensenada is much further away from the border, there are a lot of Americans who choose to live here. It is a much larger community, over twice the size of Rosarito. It is a Port city, where small boats can dock, as well as ocean cruise ships that come in weekly to let the voyagers come in to get a taste of Baja California. Between Rosarito and Ensenada, there are a lot of nice places to visit, and a lot of great ocean views. On favorite destination are the famous wineries of the “Valle de Guadelupe”, where you can taste the wonderful and diverse artesian wines of the region.
Below are some helpful links and information on services available:
Immigration Work, Bill Paying Services and Mexican Insurance:
- Jorge Cuadros & Associates – www.jorgecuadros.com
Auto, Home and Health Insurance:
- My Baja Insurance – www.insuranceinbaja.com/main/agents/
Eye Care and Vision Correction:
- Codet Vision – www.codetvision.com
Plastic Surgery & Weight Loss Surgery:
- Tijuana Cosmetic Weight Loss – www.tijuanacosmeticweightloss.com
- Hospital Angeles – www.hospitalesangeles.com
- Rosarito Theater Guild – www.rosaritotheatre.org
Sam Dental Tijuana
El Nido Restaurant
Medac Plastic Surgery
Driving Directions to Cross the Border to US:
Sentri Lane directions: http://www.bajabound.com/before/driving/directions/san_ysidro_sentri.php
Ready Lane directions: http://www.bajabound.com/before/driving/directions/ready_lane_san_ysidro.php