The Flavor of Old Mexico
by Bob Carter

Interested in hiking panoramic hills, relaxing in a peaceful atmosphere, or lounging in the shad of majestic oaks? If it sounds appealing you may want to check out the flavor of old Mexico at Rancho Ojai, the newest KOA Kampground in Mexico. Tecate KOA is a working cattle ranch just east of Tecate, Baja California Norte. The town of Tecate sits along the California-Mexico border about 45 miles southeast of San Diego. Tecate KOA is 13 miles west of Tecate on Mexico Highway 2; the phone number is 011-52-66- 54-47-72.

When you go you'll discover plenty of opportunities for nearby day trips. Here are a few favorites provided by the folks at KOA:

Guadalupe Valley contains five different wineries producing a variety of vintages. Tastings and tours are available, as well as picnic facilities with barbecue grills.

History buffs may view primitive rock paintings or a trip to several of the Baja California missions.

Leonardo Di Caprio fans may visit the town of Rosarita where a set from the movie "Titanic" is open to the public.

Fans of the sun, surf, or deep sea fishing find plenty of each on Baja Pacific beaches.

If you prefer to stay around Tecate, you won't want for things to do.

The marched de artesanias provides shopping for pottery, figurines, baskets, toys, hand-blown glass and more.

Tecate brewery is world renowned and offers tours through the brewing process.

La Iglesia is a richly decorated church boating intricately carved wood panels. The sanctuary is open as a place of peace and worship.

Tecate town square is a traditional park with a gazebo and found. It's a place where visitors and locals take some to stop for a respite.

Rancho Tecate offers a challenging course just outside of town for campers who can't leave home without their golf clubs.

KOA Directory Available

The popular KOA Directory, Road Atlas, and Camping Guide is available free at any KOA Kampground. For a postpaid copy, send $3 to cover shipping and handling to KOA Directory, P.O. Box 30558, Billings, MT 59114-0558.

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