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Spicy food, cheap accommodations, empty waves and dilapidated roads; Baja California, Mexico is a land of adventure and has a reputation to attract anyone with a urge to get lost and have a good time on a budget. This is the true west, a glimpse into what was Southern California before suburbia and shopping malls.

The second you hit the Mexican border heading into Tijuana you are transported abruptly into a visually different raw terrain. After a forty-five minute drive on the freeway through all sorts of beach towns and open landscapes, you start to realize at one time there was a lot of hope for the coastline revolving around tourism and retirees. Perhaps a cheaper more rewarding lifestyle in contrast to what is provided just north of the border.

Las Gaviotas is located in Rosarito, Mexico. Rosarito is an intimate, well-maintained and conveniently located community of beachfront homes. Equipped with gym, community pool, fresh ceviche, cold beer and perfect waves – why would you need to leave? However if you find yourself itching for a night out away from the quiet community, just five minutes south of Las Gaviotas is the amazing Puerto Nuevo. Puerto Nuevo perfect if you need souvenirs, a shot of tequila and $20 dollar lobster. Just make sure to pay your respects to Don Pisto on the way out.

AdiĆ³s Amigo!

Photography by Jordan Minardi