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The zocalo in central Tecate


Although located adjacent to the U.S. border, Tecate is not along the tourist-route, so has not been over-grown, and is one of the most authentic Mexican towns in all of Baja. The center of town is focused around its very nice, and active, z�calo. Tecate is home to the brewery of the same name, as well as a spa for the jet-set (Rancho La Puerta -- around $3000/wk for 2 people).

Places to stay:

Motel Para�so -- West of the z�calo on Aldrete, just north of Av. Ju�rez. Basic, clean, with hot-water and old a/c units. 665.41716. Budget

Motel El Dorado -- Av. Ju�rez 1100, west of the z�calo. Cable TV, a/c, phone, carpeting. 665-41101. Moderate

Rancho Tecate Country Club -- Six miles south of Tecate on Hwy 3. Golf, tennis, pool, and restaurant/bar. Nice sprawling grounds with hacienda-style architecture. 665-40011. Moderate to Deluxe


Taco vendors on/around the z�calo -- Numerous, and above-average. Ultra-Budget

La Carreta -- Ju�rez & Santana. Local favorite for Mexican/seafood/margaritas. Budget to Moderate

Drag�n Cachum� -- Hidalgo & Obreg�n, by the brewery. Lots of brewery business conducted over lunch here during the week. Decent oriental food. Budget to Moderate

Panader�a El Mejor Pan -- On Av. Ju�rez, east of the z�calo. One of the best bakeries in all of Baja, with excellent pan dulce, bolillos, etc. Ultra-Budget

Things to do:

The Tecate Brewery -- There usually are no regular tours, but if you call ahead, and have a decent sized-group, it's possible to make arrangements for one. Sometimes tours have been offered on Saturday's. Best to call direct and find out the latest. 665.41709, or 42011 x-299.

Valle de Guadalupe -- The center of the area is at km 77 on Hwy 3 towards Ensenada. Community museum, and other remnants of original Russian immigrants who settled the area. Numerous vineyards in the area. The museum is open 9-5, W-Su. | www Link: Baja Vineyards |

El Vallecito Place Museum

The San Diego Railroad Museum has special events over the course of each year which include special trips from the U.S. side of the border (Campo) to Tecate, Baja California.  Usually in combination with wine tasting or a tour of the Tecate brewery.  It's an excellent way to spend a day on a weekend in a pleasant and historic atmosphere.  Combined with the low-key town of Tecate, it's a pleasant adventure to partake of/in.

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Last revised: June 21, 2002

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