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Puerto Nuevo

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Puerto Nuevo is a Pacific beach community in Baja California, which is described as the "Lobster Capital of Baja", with numerous restaurants serving the large pan-fried crustaceans. The area is comprised of 2 'localities', Ladrillera Pescador and Vista Marina, totaling roughly 1,500 people. Its 6 km south on Mex Hwy 1 past Rosarito Beach. It is 1 km north of a larger (5,000 people) but unremarkable community called Primo Tapia.

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  • You can get to Puerto Nuevo by auto, traveling the Toll Rd south from the USA border, travel time about 45 minutes. Exit Puerto Nuevo, take a left onto the free road and see the village on the right ride of the road. There is the free road that runs parallel and can save you $5 on the toll road, it will take about 15 minutes more on this road. The free road is slow going and a bit tougher on your vehicle, but it's free! Exit at any of the Rosarito ramps, take a left and continue along the coast. You can't miss the Puerto Nuevo arches. Visit the 39 restaurants and numerous shops.
  • There is regular transit service from Tijuana Central Bus Terminal on the Ensenada bus (inquire), alternatively from Rosarito there are touristic taxis.

Get around[edit]

  • Small town can be walked by foot, or by car, however, getting here and away by public transit you'll have to put up with infrequent schedules from Tijuana or Ensenada.

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The history of Puerto Nuevo - in the 50's and early 60's this was a little fishing village where Americans would meet local guides at the billboard off the road. That billboard was for Newport Cigaretts - Puerto Nuevo is Newport in Spanish. This is the likely derivation of the name. One day the wife of a fisherman starting cooking the fish her husband and his clients caught... and the restaurant business was born. That original restaurant is known as #2 (this has to do with the lot numbering system) #1 was the second restaurant in town. Has a nice Mexico touch to it. As an aside... there are 8 restaurants in town with the name Ortegas. They are related and the competition is not all that friendly. Puerto Nuevo is a fun stop - the lobster is good - and you have plenty of choices for food, shopping and people watching!

Puerto Nuevo, located just 8 minutes south of Rosarito, is a small town that offers more than 35 restaurants all serving Lobsters. This style of lobster can be found throughout Baja called "Puerto Nuevo Style".

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  • California Motorsport Adventours Off road adventure tours for people of all riding abilities. Everyone welcome: families, couples, friends, single riders, bachelor and corporate groups. Full day excursions or longer tours available also. Ride in the dunes and then enjoy a guided adventure into the surrounding mountain trails. Contact the office for reservations.

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There are 35 restaurants all specializiing lobster, with the price ranging between $10 and $35 depending on the size of the lobster you choose. Villa Ortegas is the largest restaurant in the town, with a seating capacity of over 500 people. Villa Ortegas is located directly on the ocean, the lobsters tend to be more expensive than other places, nevertheless, if one is nervous about eating in Mexico, then this place offers the American dining experience in Baja.

Because Puerto Nuevo is further off the beaten path than Rosarito, Tijuana, or Ensenada, Farmacias are much more liberal in selling prescription medications over the counter. Not all will, but many farmacias will sell prescription pain killers such as Vicodin and Percocet, Human Growth Hormone and other Anabolic Steroids such as D-Bol and Sustanon, and anti-anxiety and sleep medications such as Xanax, Valium, or Ambien. Although most of these will be the generic forms of the medication, the prices are very cheap and you will not be hassled if you purchase them here.

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  • The Grand Baja
  • Newport Hotel

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