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      One of the special treats enjoyed by many a Baja traveler is oceanfront dining. Enjoying a nice meal while drinking in a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez is a very special experience.

      With all of the restaurants located on the Baja Peninsula only a handful are located directly in front of the ocean. Most of them offer seafood, some offer a more diverse menu, and most allow you to order a cocktail with your view!

      Oceanfront restaurants in southern California are usually extremely expensive and there is usually a wait for a table. Have you ordered a salad at a Charthouse Restaurant lately? Throw in a drink and you've just seen the better part of your $20 bill.

      Prices in Baja oceanfront restaurants are generally much more affordable than southern California and other stateside oceanfront restaurants, even though you are looking at the same ocean. The cost of labor and doing business in Baja is much less than in most US cities, and those savings get passed on to you, the hungry Baja traveler.

      Like restaurants in any location, the cost of a meal can rise significantly once alcohol has been added to the tab. But the prices at most Baja oceanfront restaurants is still almost half of any stateside oceanfront eatery.

      For your review we have included a list of Baja's oceanfront restaurants, categorized under Pacific Ocean, Sea of Cortez, and Los Cabos locations. This list does not include some of the taco stands at La Bufadora south of Ensenada or the oceanfront hotel restaurants on the East Cape and Los Cabos.




      Rosarito Beach


        Telephone (800) 343-8582.
        South end of town, west side of street, under the famous arch.
        La Terraza Restaurant for ocean front dining, Azteca for more formal dining, and Chabera's for 1st class.



        Telephone 011-52 (661) 612-1581.
        Fax 011-52 (661) 612-0296.
        Mailing address Post Office Box 354, C.P., Baja California, Mexico.
        Km. 35.5 on the ocean side of the free road.
        Best ocean view dining area on the coast! Indoor and outdoor terrace dining, huge bar area, plus quaint hotel rooms with ocean views!
        Looking to get married? Calafia also has a great wedding chapel with package deals!



        Telephone 011-52 (646) 155-0307.
        Located south of Rosarito Beach at Km. 59 on the free road.
        This new location is just a couple of hunder feet north of the original location.
        Specialty: Seafood and ocean views.
        Good service, ocean views, intimate atmosphere.
        Famous Sunday brunch! Yummy flour tortillas!
        A baja standby for decades.
        Hosts Sara and Orest will do their best to make you happy.


        Puerto Nuevo


        Located in the very southwest corner of the Puerto Nuevo Village on the ocean.
        You can't miss the 20 foot brass shark and the 10 foot boat propeller at the entrance to the restaurant parking lot.
        Until now most of the restaurants in Puerto Nuevo where nice but not spectacular. This is spectacular.
        Three dining area choices: Inside, upper deck outside, lower deck outside.
        Huge "Boat Bar" at the entrance serves all of your favorite drinks.
        If you order more than one margarita make sure you have someone else to drive afterwards.
        Except for maybe Calafia Restaurant 5 minutes north there isn't a better ocean view along the Gold Coast.
        Go ahead, spend $5 to hear a song by the Mariachis!
        Private parking right in front.
        Voted the BEST ocean front dining experience on Baja's west coast by Carlos Fiesta!




        Telephone 011-52 (646) 178-3507.
        Toll free (800) 526-6676.
        North of town 2 miles, facing the ocean, at Km. 106.
        Apartado Postal 2891, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
        U.S. address: PO Box 434263, San Diego, California, 92143-4263.
        Web site:
        On the ocean.
        Specialty: International and seafood.
        Ready for the best food in Ensenada? The Restaurant Punta Morro is exquisite...and the view is to die for! Carlos Fiesta loves the scallops!
        Ensenada's Class Act for those looking for a refined dining environment. Excellent service!!!



        Telephone 011-52 (646) 174-4320.
        U.S. (619) 454-7166.
        Fax 011-52 (646) 174-4595.
        Web site:
        3 miles north of town, on the ocean.
        Ocean view dining with Mexican and International cuisine.
        Banquets and buffets available for special events.
        A first class restaurant with Jazz music on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
        Champagne brunch Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm.
        Open everyday from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm.


        San Quintin


        Telephone 011-52 (646) 621-1244 * 011-52 (646) 162-2722.
        Take the main highway south of town, head west at Km. 1 for 3 miles.
        Located right next to the Old Mill Resort.
        On the bay / restaurant / bar / ocean view margarita deck / fishing trips.
        The new kid on the bay. Give 'em a try...great food and service!


        San Juanico


        CLOSED 2010

        Located outside of town, out by the point, you can't miss the big palapa.
        Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a full bar. Good food, San Diego prices, and sometimes music.
        Dave and Laurie (and their daughter Emily) do a good job running this 'oasis' in the Baja desert. Their experience in running a restaurant on Baja's EAST CAPE goes a long way towards the lofty goal of making the Scorpion Bay Cantina the main focal point for San Juanico. Give 'em a try!
        Scorpion Bay Cantina tends to be the heart of the Gringo action for the whole San Juanico area. Need to know about current road conditions? Need another bag of ice? When are the next waves due? There's usually somebody at the Cantina with the answer.
        Scorpion Bay Cantina is open by 8:00 a.m., and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner until 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week. You gotta love this place! It's one of Carlos Fiesta's favorite places on the planet Earth to drink a cold beer!
        The Cantina offers e-mail access, ice, water, toothpaste, firewood, hats, t-shirts, surf wax, candy bars, cold drinks and hot food.
        Carlos Fiesta's favorite plates here include French Toast with eggs on top for breakfast, Cheeseburgers with french fries for lunch, and tequila for dinner!


        Todos Santos


        Located south of town near Km. 59, then west to the beach.
        Ocean view dining in a palapa-roof setting!
        Inexpensive breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Simple menu...extravagant view!
        Bar, Ping-pong, and (television).



      San Felipe


        Paseo Malecon, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
        Located mid town, west side of the street.
        You can't miss this huge 2 story restaurant...a great place for seafood plus a full bar!
        Head upstairs for a great view of the beach and ocean!


        Gonzaga Bay


        Facing the beach, next to the rooms.
        A relaxing environment, good food, bar.
        The rooftop deck is perfect for sunset margaritas!
        It's always a good idea to give the kitchen crew as much notice as possible as to when you want to eat, and how many are in your dining party.
        Good food and friendly service.



      • LA ALMEJA

        Very end of the north river road, on the beach.
        Good seafood in a very good location. River and Sea of Cortez views!
        Getting there via the north river jungle road is half the fun. Maybe more than half.
        While you are out here take the time to hike up to the top of El Sombrito...the hill at the entrance to the river. This is without question the best view of Mulege. Enjoy!


        Bahia Concepcion

      • RAY'S PLACE

        At the base of the entrance road to Playa Santispac, left side.
        The newest kid on the beach at Playa Santispac, and well worth a visit!
        Ray and his bride offer indoor and outdoor dining, a full bar (killer margaritas!), and great atmosphere!
        Ray has a new chef that is excellent so you will not be disappointed with the diverse menu. Delicious!
        If Valery is working the tables when you drop by for dinner consider yourself lucky. She's a great waitress and deserves a big tip! Tell her Carlos Fiesta said hello and she may give you a free basket of chips!
        Live music can be enjoyed here sometimes at sunset, and with a warm sea breeze and the boats sitting at anchor out in the harbor, you know you have died and gone to heaven!
        On Saturday night don't be surprised if they move a few tables from the middle of the room and creat a dance floor where you were sitting. A great selection of Cd's makes it hard to stay seated!
        After an evening of great food, cocktails and dancing it's only a few hundred feet to the refreshing waters of Bahia Concepcion for an evening swim!
        This is Carlos Fiesta's favorite place to eat dinner in Bahia Concepcion!



        Telephone 011-52 (115) 3-0408.
        Playa Buenaventura, off the highway at Km. 94.
        As nice of a restaurant as you will find along the Bahia Concepcion coastline.
        Crazy Mike got it all put together, then he bailed, and Olivia keeps it all going. She keeps a great kitchen, a clean beach, and there is usually music good music for your listening pleasure.
        For extra fun, walk around the restaurant and check out all of the cool stuff and photos tacked to the walls!
        If you stop here tell Olivia she still owes Carlos Fiesta a cold cervesa!
        The 2 chais sitting just above the sand in front of the restaurant are the best place to enjoy the view of Bahia Concepcion!



      • AUGGIE'S

        Enjoy great seafood right on the ocean! On Blvd. Costero, SOUth of the marina.
        Spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez, good food and a full bar.
        Watch the pelicans dive into the water.
        A walk on the Malecon after your meal is not required but definitely a good idea! P> 

        La Paz



        Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-7744.
        Malecon de Vista Coral, Local #5, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
        Located on the water, with g-r-e-a-t harbor views!
        West end of the Malecon, in Plaza Coral Center (just behind the Estella del Mar palapa restaurant).
        Specialty: California cuisine.
        Also serving, steak, seafood and more. Music!
        Visa and Master Card usually accepted.
        Open daily from 12:00 p.m.


      • EL TASTE

        West end of the Malecon, across the street from the water.
        Specialty: Breakfast.
        Aslo serving lunch, and dinner...a La Paz landmark!
        Great food, service, and awesome Sea of Cortez views!



        Telephone 011-52 (612) 123-0287.
        Alvaro Obregon, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
        On the beach, just across from the Hotel Los Arcos.
        Specialty: Seafood.
        Also serving steaks and more.
        Live music, plus Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.




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