Mexican beach resort just an hour away
It might seem to some like an act of bravery to venture south of the border these days, but the quiet housing community of Las Gaviotas offers an affordable surfing getaway with a feeling of security.
The approximately 300-home gated compound and surrounding areas — Rosarito is about 10 minutes north — feel almost exotic, but it’s practically in San Diegans’ backyards, less than an hour’s drive in good traffic.
“It’s such a nice little community, you feel so ‘away’ down there,” said Betsy Victor, who owns one of the homes in the community. “For Southern Californians in particular, it’s such an easy vacation where you feel like you’ve gone somewhere out of the norm, yet it’s only an hour from San Diego.”
Around Las Gaviotas, as in much of Baja, visitors can get a lot for a little, whether in food, souvenirs or lodging. The compound itself, which has an around-the-clock security detail, has well-kept six-bedroom homes with sweeping ocean views for $150 a night.
Without leaving the compound, travelers can surf fun waves — swell permitting — lounge in a beachfront hot tub, play volleyball or hang out on a balcony overlooking the ocean, a great place to sip coffee by morning or a margarita by night.