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Check Out These Baja California Hotels And Resorts For Your Next Vacation

When it comes to vacationing in Mexico, resort cities such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta often get the most tourist traffic. If you want to go off the beaten path,  start looking at flights and car rental rates to Baja California, a land filled with desert dunes, crashing waves and abundant marine life. Here are hotels and resorts to stay at while you’re traveling around Baja.

1. Hotel Araiza Mexicali

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If you’re heading south of the border through the capital of Baja California, Mexicali, then you might want to book a stay at Hotel Araiza Mexicali. Guests can enjoy paella and ceviche on Fridays and relax by the outdoor swimming pool.

2. Hotel Colonial Mexicali

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If you’d rather spend money on experiences but still have a nice room, Hotel Colonial Mexicali might be more in your price range. The hotel is located within walking distance from the Plaza Cachanilla Shopping Center and the Sol de Niño Museum.

3. Rancho Tecate Resort

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Heading east from Mexicali before you hit Tijuana lies the city of Tecate. During your stay in the city, sip on a glass of wine while touring the vineyards of Rancho Tecate. Rolling hills surround the villas at this resort and the staff is ready to help plan excursions including ziplining and horseback riding.

4. K Tower Hotel Boutique Urbano

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As soon as you cross the border into Baja California, K Tower Hotel is ready to welcome guests with sweeping views of Tijuana from the rooftop pool. Photos of Mexican cultural icons including Cantinflas and Maria Felix adorn the walls of luxe suites.

5. Hotel Real del Río

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This hotel in the Zona Río district of Tijuana, which is the modern business district of the city and is in walking distance from  parks and restaurants.

6.Hotel Real del Mar Golf Resort

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Bring your golf clubs and hit the links at this resort in between Tijuana and Rosarito. Pink and white buildings in colonial architecture overlook the 18 hole golf course, tennis court and mission style church inside the facility.

7. Las Rocas Resort & Spa

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After taking the scenic drive down Federal Highway 1D from Tijuana to Rosarito, you can stop overnight at Rosarito’s Las Rocas Resort & Spa. The resort has multiple infinity pools that overlook the Pacific Ocean, guaranteeing you some zen while you stretch out under the ocean breeze.

8. Rosarito Beach Hotel

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This three-tower resort has enough accomodation for 500 rooms that overlook into the Pacific Ocean. Each building has its own pool and jacuzzi, and guests in the Coronado Tower can see Coronado Islands less than 10 miles away.

9. Hotel Castillos del Mar

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Located five minutes from the center of Rosarito, Hotel Castillos del Mar has 33 oceanview rooms and boasts two private beaches. If you want to get a better view of the Pacific Ocean, take a stroll through the cliffside garden and palapa.

10. Puerto Nuevo Hotel & Villas

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If you like to gram those foodie shots while globetrotting, make a pit stop at Puerto Nuevo, known as the “Lobster Village” of Baja California. Dine on some grilled lobster with a side of piping hot flour tortillas within a block from the Puerto Nuevo Hotel & Villas.

11. Bruma

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Why not visit Mexico’s best-kept secret while you’re traveling through Baja? Valle de Guadalupe’s wine route sits tucked away between sloping hillsides and is finally being noticed as a global wine region although its grape beginnings has been rooted since the late 1800s. For a secluded getaway, book these boxed bed-and-breakfast suites designed by Alejandro D’Acosta at eco-luxury resort Bruma.

12. Adobe Guadalupe

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If the rustic architecture is calling your name more than a modern suite, Adobe Guadalupe’s hacienda style is just as enchanting. Dine al fresco under olive trees at seasonal restaurant El Jardin, which is open between late spring and early autumn.

13. Estero Beach Hotel/Resort

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This has been a mainstay for tourists in Ensenada since the 1950s and regularly hosts beach volleyball, tennis and soccer tournaments. Guests can choose between private rooms with patios and ocean views, or cottage units.

14. Bajamar Ocean Front

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Bajamar’s golf resort includes 71 rooms and 10 junior suites in Spanish hacienda style architecture. Guests will either be provided views of the ocean or the gold course depending on which room they are booked in.

15. Hotel Mision Santa Maria – San Quintín

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This expansive resort sits on the sundrenched coastal town of San Quintín, south of Ensenada. After walking around the courtyard complete with a fountain, relax on the beach after a round of beach volleyball by swinging in a hammock under a palapa.

16. Don Eddie’s Landing

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If you are one of the thousands of tourists eager to reel in some fish off the coast of Baja, take a more casual approach to your lodging by staying at Don Eddie’s Landing Hotel and Sport Fishing Center. The 17-room hotel also has space to park trailers and RVs, and if you forgot some of your fishing equipment, the hotel has a sport fishing store on-site.

17. San Felipe Marina Resort

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The western coast that hugs the Pacific Ocean isn’t the only coast that you can visit while traveling around Baja. Cross over the state to the Gulf of California to the city of San Felipe, where you can stay at the San Felipe Marina Resort. The beachfront retreat has a private beach and sits next to the Fonatur Marina.

18. Hotel El Cortéz

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Named after the Sea of Cortez (another name the Gulf of California goes by), this hotel sits right in front of the ocean and is a little over 10 minutes walking distance from the Malecón San Felipe esplanade. It was built in 1959 and is decked in a tan color that matches the sand dunes of San Felipe.

19. Las Animas Eco-Lodge

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Accessible only by boat, the Las Animas Eco-Lodge is ready to provide guests with a one-stop eco adventure. Go kayaking in the Sea of Cortez or snorkel with dolphins at your side. The adventure is up to you if you’re willing to stick it out in these eco-friendly hut-style vacation rentals.

20. Rancho Rodeo del Rey

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This resort is *completely* the polar opposite from any of the architectural styles of Baja California’s typical resorts. Located on the edge of the, this cabin resort is surrounded by pine trees along the Sierra de Juarez mountain range. Snow even falls in the winter! You can book a stay at Rancho Rodeo del Rey after making the trip either from San Felipe or it’s an easy 2-hour drive from Ensenada.

Which resort would you like to stay in? Let us know in the comments!

Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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According to the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples, Oaxaca has the greatest percentage of indigenous people in Mexico. Making up 48% of the population in Oaxaca, Mexico the indigenous group continues to flourish and influence Mexican culture to this day. And yet, despite their prevalence and contributions, Oaxacans remain sorely underrepresented in Mexico and Latin America. Only recently, with the rising attention towards actress Yalitza Aparicio, have most mainstream outlets featured the indigenous people of Oaxaca on their screens and magazine pages.

Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Karen Vega broke barriers recently after becoming the first Oaxacan model to be featured in Vogue Mexico

Just 18 years old, the model graced the magazine’s pages and spoke out about the importance of seeing more diversity in the world of fashion. “It is time for new generations to have media that show them expressions of equality and educate them about the differences that make us all beautiful,” Vega told the outlet. “My grain of sand would be to put the focus on the southern woman, our stories, where we come from so that more than just photo models, we can also be an inspiration of another kind.”

According to Vogue Mexico, Vega’s journey began at the age of 14 when she helped her abuelo’s wife with her business as a seamstress.

At the time, Vega helped her measure out the dresses that she made for a local fashion form. According to Vega, she quickly fell in love with the world of fashion and began to dream about modeling as a profession. Using social media sites as her instruction guide, she began to obtain an understanding of what fashion meant. She flipped through the pages of magazines and began connecting with models to understand how to break into the world of modeling. Soon enough, after receiving an invite from the designer Pompi García and the photographer Enrique Leyva to model for part of the production “Magical Realism” in the city of Oaxaca she found herself on the path to a professional career in modeling.

She went on to join García and Leyva’s modeling agency, Talento Espina. The agency strives to represent Oaxacan models and ultimately helped Vega receive an invite to participate in an Autumn-Winter show in Mexico City.

“At first there was a lot of doubt about my participation, because although it was a very nice opportunity, the move and my parents’ confidence to leave was difficult, since it was the first time I was leaving Oaxaca,” Vega told Vogue. Fortunately, Vega’s agency was able to help her older brother come along with her.

Now she’s modeling for big brands like Vogue and says its thanks to her agency which taught her to never tolerate abuse from people who hired her and to speak up. According to Vega, working with her agency has taught her that while pursuing her dreams of modeling will come with its struggles because of her Indigenous origins it’s not at all impossible. 

Someone Claims That They Discovered A Long-Lost Frida Kahlo Painting But Experts Don’t Agree

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Someone Claims That They Discovered A Long-Lost Frida Kahlo Painting But Experts Don’t Agree

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Frida Kahlo is one of the most iconic artists in global history. The Mexican artist was known for blazing her own path both in art and in society. One of her most famous paintings “The Wounded Table” has been missing for 65 years but one art dealer claims he found it.

A Spanish art dealer claims to have found a long-lost Frida Kahlo painting.

Kahlo painted “The Wounded Table” in 1940 and over the years it disappeared. It is unknown if it was returned to Moscow, was lost, or destroyed. All that is known is that Kahlo’s largest painting to that date is gone.

Cristian López Márquez, a little known art dealer in Spain, claims to have found the long-lost and highly sought after painting. According to La Voz de Galicia, the art dealers claims to have acquired the painting from some who settled in Spain from Mexico.

The painting is one of Kahlo’s most famous works of art.

The decades-long mystery about where the painting ended up does add to the allure of the claim. However, people are not convinced that the painting is a fake that is being peddled by someone who is after money by selling an inauthentic painting. To make matters more skeptical, the art dealer has very few details but is adamant about its authenticity.

“Time will give us the truth,” Márquez told AP. “Whoever proves genuine interest and the ability to pay the figure of 40 million euros, can spend as much time as wanted with their experts analyzing the work.”

Despite Márquez’s claims, art historians are very skeptical that the painting is true.

Márquez claims to have the painting safe in a warehouse in London. He has put the painting on sale asking for $45 million. No one seems to be biting but Márquez continues to say the painting is an original.

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