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Cerritos boasts a popular surfbreak, swimmable beach, and laid back vibes, but it's also super close to the Pueblo Magico of Todos Santos. As December arrives, so does the 11th Annual Gastrovino Festival.
This celebration claims to be a "testament to the power of community and collaboration" in Todos Santos. It features 3 days of food and wine enjoyed in various locations in the downtown of Todos Santos.
December 8 and 9 offer tours through Todos Santos, one in the Northern part and the other day exploring the South side. Each venue visited offer a specially crafted culinary creation from a local chef paired with a wine. After parties for each day's tours are held at Guaycura and Alquemia, respectively, so that participants can dance and mingle more.
The Festival Gastrovino takes places on Sunday, December 10, 2023 and showcases 20 winemakers, 20+ restaurants, live art, and live music. Tickets are $1700 pesos and include 7 wine tastings, 5 culinary tastings, a commemorative wine glass, and an afterparty hosted by Oystera.
If you'd rather drive your RV or campervan down to Baja and stay local, there are still lots of places to enjoy Baja's culinary gems within walking distance to Cerritos Boutique RV. Here are some of our local favorites:
- Barracuda Cantina: When we say Barracuda makes the best margaritas, we aren't fooling around. The bartenders are true mixologists and have a variety of uniquely thoughtful cocktails as well as the OG margarita. The have a simple menu with fish, shrimp, or sweet potato in taco or surfer burrito styles, as well as a few other items. You'll pass Barracuda walking from CBRV to the beach.
- Shaka's: Looking for a taste of home? Wherever home was for you, you'll find it here. Adorned with jerseys and flags from every sports team, Shaka's embraces the atmosphere of a sports bar where everyone is friends. Their menu has the American classics as well as Mexican dishes, and it's all consistently delicious. Try a Shaka's lager!
- Don Nachos: A family run business (the sweetest family, might I add) operates this traditional Mexican restaurant just 2 minutes walking from CBRV. Their menu has some specialties from other regions of Mexico, like sopes and flautas. It's all made with lots of love.
- Casa Maya: Featuring an open kitchen and specials of the day (I like the blackened catch of the day), this restaurant is in the condos right behind Barracuda Cantina. Ever so slightly more upscale, their menu has a BBQ ribs, sushi, soups, and other American fare.
- Tasi Juice Bar: Located in the surf shop plaza on your way to this beach, this small operation puts out some powerfully awesome bowls, smoothie, and juice shots. They top their bowls with frozen fruit to keep things extra refreshing.
Whether you decide to stay local to Cerritos or venture to the big city of Todos Santos, there's no shortage of spectacular food and drink in our area of Baja.
A Rich Racing Heritage: The Baja 1000, organized by SCORE International, has a storied history dating back to 1967 when it was first run. It was conceived as a way to showcase the rugged beauty and challenging terrain of Baja California, making it a true test of man and machine. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most prestigious and demanding off-road races in the world.
Baja's Diverse Landscape: What sets the Baja 1000 apart is the sheer diversity of Baja California's landscape. Racers must navigate through deserts, mountains, canyons, and coastal regions, all while battling unpredictable weather conditions, treacherous trails, and endless dust. Due to the time it takes to travel 1,300 miles, about half the race is done in the dark! This diversity keeps the race exciting and ever-changing.
Cultural Connection: The Baja 1000 has become an integral part of Baja California's cultural identity. The race celebrates the spirit of adventure, the love of the land, and the camaraderie of those who participate. The people of Baja embrace this race, and you'll find local communities along the route opening their doors to racers and spectators alike, offering warm hospitality and support. Small towns that usually don't attract a tourist crowd may become hubs for pit crews and families following the race. The race also helps preserve the traditions of off-road racing, with many families passing down their passion and expertise from one generation to the next.
Economic Impact: The Baja 1000 brings significant economic benefits to the region. It draws racers, support teams, and spectators from all over the world, boosting tourism and creating opportunities for local businesses. Race teams will hire local mechanics who are familiar with the beating that vehicles take when riding through the Baja desert. Many families in Baja rely on the race as a source of income, providing services and accommodations to the participants and visitors.
Inspiration for Adventure: The Baja 1000 is more than just a race; it's an inspiration for adventure. It encourages individuals to explore the rugged and beautiful terrain of Baja California, fostering a deep appreciation for the region's natural wonders.
As the colorful fall leaves blanket other parts of the world, in Baja California Sur, Mexico, we're gearing up for something equally vibrant and breathtaking. November marks the beginning of our high season, where the sun is still warm, and the beaches remain inviting. We kick off the month celebrating the rich cultural tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead and then Baja hosts the famous Baja 1000 off-road race from November 13-18, 2023. The spirit of discovery and adventure is in the air! Here are three popular and three lesser-known highlights to inspire your journey:
1. Cerritos Beach - Surf, Sun, and Sand:
Distance from CBRV: 7 minutes walking
When you arrive at Cerritos Beach, you'll understand why it's a favorite among surfers and beach lovers. This picturesque spot offers a relaxed atmosphere, gentle waves, and a vibrant surf scene. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or just starting, taking surf lessons here is a must. Cerritos Beach is also famous for its breathtaking sunsets and the backdrop of the closed down yellow Hacienda, making it the perfect place to enjoy some chelas and snap sunset photos.
2. Todos Santos - A Pueblo Magico:
Distance from CBRV: 10-15 minutes driving
Often referred to as a "Pueblo Magico," or "Magic Town," Todos Santos is known for its artsy vibe, historic charm, and vibrant cultural scene. Stroll down the charming streets lined with colorful buildings, explore the art galleries, and visit the historic Mission of Santa Rosa. The local cuisine here is another highlight, offering a fusion of Mexican and international flavors. Don't forget to try the famous fish tacos at a local taco stand across from Banorte!
3. La Paz - The Pearl of Baja California:
Distance from CBRV: 60 minutes driving
La Paz is a hidden gem on the Sea of Cortez, offering pristine beaches, excellent diving spots, and a laid-back atmosphere. Visit the Malecón, a waterfront promenade, for picturesque views and a taste of local life. Hire a boat or join a snorkel tour to Espiritu Santo to get up close with the Sea of Cortez wildlife. La Paz is a bit more "local" than Los Cabos and offers a special glimpse into the history of Baja Sur.
1. Playa El Tecolote - A Secluded Paradise:
Distance from CBRV: 2 hours driving
If you're in search of an unspoiled paradise, look no further than Playa El Tecolote. This pristine beach, just a short drive from La Paz, offers crystal-clear waters, perfect for snorkeling and kayaking. With fewer crowds (except for family-day Sundays), it's an idyllic place to unwind, soak up the sun, and savor the tranquility of the Sea of Cortez. There's no cell phone service, but you can pay for WiFi at some of the food stands on the beach.
2. El Triunfo - Restored Charm:
Distance from CBRV: 60 minutes
What used to be a mining town has been slowly restored into a destination between Todos Santos and Los Barilles. As you drive into town, you'll see the towering Chimenea La Ramona. Check out the popular Caffe Triunfo for fresh baked goods, coffee, food, and great views of the town. Visit the Museo Ruta de la Plata to learn about the silver mining history and the importance of this town to Baja California Sur.
3. Farm-to-Table Dining:
Distance from CBRV: 7-10 minutes
While Todos Santos has its share of great eateries, Pescadero's huerta offers something truly special. Indulge in artful farm-to-table dishes and crafty cocktails made from fresh, local ingredients. A few local favorites are Hierbabuena, Cocina de Campo at Agricole, Jazamango, and Siempre Viva.
As we embrace Dia de Los Muertos and welcome the high season in Baja, let these highlights guide you to a deeper appreciation of the region's culture, nature, and hidden treasures. Whether you're exploring popular spots or venturing off the beaten path, Baja's warmth, both in climate and hospitality, will make your journey unforgettable.
We are fortunate to have the vibrant celebration of Dia de los Muertos just 15 minutes away in Todos Santos, BCS. Avoid the bustling crowds of Cabo for an authentic experience in the plaza of our local Pueblo Magico.
Each year, the town of Todos Santos puts together an itinerary of activities and displays to honor the dead during this celebration. The schedule hasn't been announced yet, but it has historically included a car show, photography contest, dance performances, and of course the parade of Catrinas! Women, men, children, and even dogs, get decked out in their best skeleton and walk through the town plaza to be admired.
The festival is rich with tradition. Families build colorful altars to honor deceased relatives and pets. Each day of the holiday is significant. October 27 honors deceased pets. October 28 acknowledges people who died in accidents of tragic ways. October 29 recognizes those who died by drowning. October 30 and 31 honor those who have been forgotten, have no family, and stillborn children. Finally, November 1 is for children and November 2 honors adults.
If you plan to visit the area during Dia de los Muertos, make your plans early as it attracts international travelers and Mexican families from all over.
In an era where eco-consciousness is on the rise, sustainable RV travel has become more than just a trend—it's a responsible way to explore the beauty of our planet. And when it comes to sustainable RV adventures, few places are as captivating as the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. In this guide, we'll provide you with valuable tips and insights to ensure your RV journey down Baja is not only memorable but also environmentally responsible.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint While RVing in Baja
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sustainable travel tips. Stay tuned to the Cerritos Boutique RV ¿Que Onda? blog to learn more about how to be a mindful traveler in Baja and get the most out of your experience. Enjoy the enchanting landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality of Baja, Mexico while minimizing your ecological footprint.
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