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Lobster, Puerto Nuevo Style: The Lobster Village Comes out of its Shell for Lobster Season!

October 14 Marks the Start of Lobster Season in northern Baja!

Choosing a lobster: During lobster season, young men, known as "hawkers," come out into the street and right up to your car, displaying a live lobster, hoping you'll dine with them. While the huge lobsters are impressive, chefs and waiters will tell you that the medium-size lobsters are more tender and sweet. But watch out for what is known as "slippers," small, delicious and extremely tender, they are illegal to catch, sell or serve at any time of year. It has been said that in one year alone, Puerto Nuevo served more than 672,000 deep-fried Rock Lobsters.

A great place for lobster, Puerto Nuevo style is Ortegas.

Where to eat lobster, Puerto Nuevo style: Your choices are vast! Some of the most popular include Ortegas, Chela's and Casa de Langosta. The nearby hotel Gran Baja Resort often features the local specialty on its menu, as well.

Hours: Most restaurants are open from 11:00 to 8 p.m. weekdays, winter and summer, and until 10 PM on Friday and Saturday, but this is Mexico, and if there are people having a good time, the party ends when the party is over.

Price: The larger, long-standing restaurants, such as Ortegas in two locations, Puerto Nuevo II, and Angel del Mar run very close in price for lobster dinners that will include, fresh salsas, rice, beans and a salad. Ranging in price from $20 to $30.

Getting there: Puerto Nuevo is a clearly marked village on the Old Road, 10 minutes from the south end of Rosarito. Take the Rosarito-Ensenada toll road to the Puerto Nuevo turnoff at kilometer 49. Turn left onto the Old Road and continue south a short distance to the village, which will be on your right.

What else to do there: Believe it or not, there's a museum! Right on the main drag, you can't miss it and it is especially amusing for children.

Where to stay there: There are plenty of options, including vacation rentals, but one of the Baja.com recommended travel partners is the Gran Baja Resort located right on the Pacific Ocean.

Want to try Lobster Puerto Nuevo style?It comes with pots of golden-yellow melted butter, rice and beans and warm, comforting tortillas.

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