Click above to buy this Groupon for a $36 tour to Ensenada ($72 value). Buy here for a $24 tour to Rosarito Beach ($48 value).
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As you discovered during yesterday's morning commute when your hopelessly lost driver dropped you off in Tanzania, there's no better way to explore a foreign country than by bus. Today's Groupon combines advanced bus-tastic technology and knowledgeable guides into two great tours of the Baja Region of Mexico through Gray Line San Diego for half price. Choose between a $36 tour to Ensenada that includes lunch ($72 value) or a $24 tour to Rosarito Beach without the lunching ($48 value).
More relaxing than a hazy drive along the coast in a buddy's Jeep and involving fewer off-key guitar covers of Bob Marley songs, the Gray Line motor coach's 9–10 hour tour is also bold enough to cross international borders. The journey to Ensenada will take you from San Diego through Tijuana, the notable Rosarito Beach Hotel, and Baja Studios, where Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean both filmed oceanic scenes using real regional pirates. Your voyage along the coast will fill you with an explorer's wonder until you arrive at your final destination, the charming seaport town of Ensenada, where authentic Mexican fare (which includes a refreshing margarita for of-age tourists) has been arranged for you, along with plenty of time for local shopping. As you shop, show off the haggling skills you gained during your vacation to Morocco by shouting at every Mexican merchant in rapid-fire Arabic.
If you're convinced that Ensenada is where your life's season finale will take place and don't want any spoilers, opt instead for the ride to Rosarito Beach, which starts with a brief Tijuana tour before giving you the day to take a leisurely oceanside stroll. Take your time exploring the shops and restaurants in the area, and check out the Arts and Crafts Market where jewelry, art pieces, leatherworks, and more are sold at a bargain.
A meditative trip down the coast and onto the soil of another country both refreshes the mind and enriches the adventurer's soul. The happy memories acquired during your Gray Line trip will also prove to be more satisfying than the lifetime of false memories that were implanted in you the day you were built.
Hotel pick-up times vary and run on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Be sure to call in advance to book your tour and discuss an appropriate pick-up location. Children do not get a special rate below the Groupon offer.