Destination guide

Puerto Nuevo: the lobster capital of Baja

Just south of Tijuana, on the west coast of Baja California, lies the tiny town of Puerto Nuevo, often described as the "Lobster Capital of Baja" due to the sheer number of crustaceans caught and consumed in its restaurants. Including the greater Rosarito area, it's thought to number over 1 million lobsters a year. It might only have 150 residents, but that hasn't stopped the town from having more than 30 restaurants serving up seafood to hungry passersby. When you've had your fill, head back to your waterfront Puerto Nuevo vacation rental, or hit the sandy beaches and surf.

Things to do

Puerto Nuevo is a charming spot with nearby attractions

Part of the charm of staying in a Puerto Nuevo vacation rental is its size. That said, if you're looking for more than beaches and lobster, you're not far away from the attractions in Rosarito and Tijuana. Movie buffs should swing by Foxploration, the studio which made James Cameron's Titanic. At the attached museum you can discover how this epic film was created. Further north in Tijuana, you can spend a day at the Caliente Race Track, trying your luck on the dogs. If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, you can score a bargain in the city's main shopping area.


Water sports and seafood feasts at Puerto Nuevo

You'll likely spend most of your days lounging around on the long stretches of Baja California beach when you stay at the Puerto Nuevo vacation rental. To get the blood flowing, you can hop into the cool ocean or hit the water on paddleboards and glide along the coast. In need of a little pampering? Drop into one of the spas for a deep tissue massage. If you're a fan of crustaceans, you've come to the right place. There are more than 30 restaurants serving up lobster near your Puerto Nuevo vacation rental, so you'll be spoiled for choice when you look for your seafood feast.


Skip the crowds and visit Puerto Nuevo in late spring

Throngs of wintertime crowds hit the beaches of Baja California between December and April, when they escape the cold weather further north. While the town doesn't suffer from the same hordes of families and spring breakers found in Tijuana, you can still save a few bucks by nabbing a Puerto Nuevo vacation rental between May and June. Not only will the sun still be beating down, through endlessly blue skies before the annual rainy season begins its summer downpour, you'll also likely have much of the beaches all to yourself.

Natural features

Get up close to migrating whales at Puerto Nuevo

One of the Mexican peninsula's biggest draws is the possibility it offers for wildlife watching. If you stay in a Puerto Nuevo vacation rental in the winter, you can join one of the daily whale-watching charters to see these gentle giants crash around in the warm waters. Getting face-to-face with some of the largest creatures in the sea is a humbling experience. Back on land, the desert scenery provides a habitat for more than 300 bird species, many of which live and breed in the giant cacti. Look out for hawks, mockingbirds and Mexico's national bird, the crested caracara.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Puerto Nuevo

The nearest airport is in Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.), located 19.6 mi (31.6 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Puerto Nuevo?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 424 vacation rentals near Puerto Nuevo. From 216 Houses to 34 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Puerto Nuevo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Puerto Nuevo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Puerto Nuevo:

  • Las Gaviotas: 67 vacation rentals
  • San Antonio del Mar: 38 vacation rentals
  • La Paloma: 36 vacation rentals
  • Rosarito Shores: 54 vacation rentals
  • Playas Rosarito(Hotel): 89 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Puerto Nuevo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Puerto Nuevo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • All the Pretty Horses of Baja Rides and Rescue: 442 vacation rentals
  • Ejidal El Porvenir Park: 248 vacation rentals
  • Liceaga Winery: 285 vacation rentals
  • Baja Studios: 521 vacation rentals
  • Estadio Caliente: 440 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puerto Nuevo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Puerto Nuevo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 216 Houses in Puerto Nuevo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Puerto Nuevo include:

  • Villas: 34 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 131 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Resorts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Puerto Nuevo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 281 vacation rentals with pool available in Puerto Nuevo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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