Puerto Nuevo, 10 miles south of Rosarito is a must-do on any Rosarito itinerary. This small fishing village began in the 1950’s as a small stand near a Newport cigarette billboard (Newport translates to Puerto Nuevo in Spanish). The billboard is long gone but more than 30 restaurants and shops now dot what has become one of the most famous lobster destinations, claiming to serve more lobsters in this town than anyplace in the world.
One restaurant, Puerto Nuevo II is owned by one of the founding families of this famous lobster village, Rosa Maria Plascencia and her husband Enrique. Puerto Nuevo II is more upscale than the other establishments, and lobster preparation here is a science. Live lobsters are split down the middle then deep fried to perfect texture, drenched in butter and served with salsa and chips, rice, refried beans, limes, and freshly made tortillas whose heavenly aroma permeates the restaurant and street beyond.
The cost of this scrumptious feast won’t set you back very much – a mere $15, a fraction of what you’d pay at a similar seaside restaurant in the U.S.
Baja’s lobster capital covers three blocks and is just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Walk off your meal with a stroll by the surf, or browse one of many shops selling local crafts, pottery, rustic furniture, blankets and other wares.
Puerto Nuevo II
Km. 44 Carretera a Ensenada
Av. Renteria # 2
Puerto Nuevo, B.C. Mexico