Touted as the lobster capital Baja California, this traditional seaside village is a must-visit destination. Located in the municipality of Rosarito Beach, this enchanting lobster village is home to less than 150 residents; however, its cultural charms and lobster cooked to perfection make it a northern Mexico attraction filled with culinary delight and warm Mexican hospitality.
Puerto Nuevo Style
The whole region of Rosarito is well acquainted with the Puerto Nuevo style of lobster, but the village itself is the primary place to enjoy it. Puerto Nuevo chefs and cooks pan fry the lobster in lard to keep the lobster meat succulent and moist. The village is home to about thirty restaurants that specialize in this pan-fry expertise. Served authentically with tortillas, rice, and beans, a Puerto Nuevo lobster meal is a sensational way to celebrate the best in Mexican cuisine.
Aside from enjoying a delectably cooked lobster while watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean, visitors to Puerto Nuevo enjoy shopping for Mexican goods and handcrafts in the town. While not as developed as its Rosarito neighbor, Puerto Nuevo offers a village experience filled with authentic culture as well as tastes. Because it is located near many Baja attractions, it is a popular place to visit for a delightful getaway or side trips from other Baja California cities like Rosarito Beach and Tijuana.
Just ten minutes to the south of Rosarito, the lobster village is also only under an hour from San Diego, California. Many people also head to the town for various town festivals held on the main street like the famous Beer and Lobster Festival and Steak and Lobster Fest. Clearly, lobster is at the heart of Puerto Nuevo, but it’s the main reason why so many tourists flock there for a meal—and return for yet another!
Puerto Nuevo Restaurants
When it comes to choosing a restaurant, many visitors opt for ambience or a local recommendation. Since all boast the pan-fried lobster, it’s not surprising that it can be difficult to decide on a place to eat. Some visitors prefer fresh lobster to frozen so be sure to find out what your restaurant of choice serves. Invariably, most serve fresh lobster, but for the most succulent tastes, go for a medium lobster which tends to cook to perfection. Cash is preferred to credit cards when it comes to Puerto Nuevo so it’s best to plan to pay with cash. Some of the higher end restaurants boast elegant dining and provide an oceanside setting. Many of the town’s best places to dine also boast patios and well stocked bars.
With its beautiful beaches and lovely scenery, nearby Rosarito Beach is a major tourist destination for the state of Baja California. From luxury hotels to affordable inns, there are plenty of great places to stay and, of course, many things to see and do. From horseback riding on the beach to whale watching to scuba, Rosarito provides all the makings of a first class vacation. Plus, its proximity to the lobster capital is just another one of its many charms.
Whether visiting to enjoy the city’s incredible nightlife or simply to enjoy a weekend getaway—Mexican style–Tijuana is loaded with restaurants, cafes, and cultural venues that visitors to the country love. Easily in driving distance from Puerto Nuevo, Tijuana is filled with enticing venues, but many visitors love to momentarily escape the crowds and head to the lobster village for its unparalleled eats.
This internationally acclaimed vacation hot spot has everything vacationers to Mexico look for—plenty of activities for all, world class hotels and resorts, and lots of breathtaking ocean views and beaches. Shopping, dining, golfing, and even visiting the nearby wineries are just a few more things visitors to the Cinderella of the Pacific love to do.
The Baja Peninsula is world famous for its sport fish and fishing industry. While many fishermen successfully make great catches, if you fail to hook something eat, head to the lobster village for a meal!
Tourists come from far and wide to enjoy the internationally renowned races like the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. The region around Rosarito and Puerto Nuevo offers great off-roading opportunities and plenty of scenic terrain.