The Lobster Bus - From San Diego to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico:
Puerto Nuevo is about an hour or so south of the border and was once a small fishing village. In the 1950's the first commercial restaurant began serving local lobster here and through the years it's become more and more popular with Southern Californians who drive down for the bargain priced "Baja Lobster". The spot is now known as "Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village" and is home to dozens of restaurants, all serving basically the same thing, Local lobster, prepared and served "Baja Style". At most of the restaurants the lobsters come out split and cooked. The traditional way to cook them is deep frying, but they are available grilled or steamed upon request. Beans, rice and tortillas are also served from bowls on the table, with drawn butter and salsa also to be passed around.
The day after the "Spirits of Mexico" excursion to "Lobster Village" had become somewhat of a tradition for some of us. It's a great way to spend the Sunday after The Polished Palate's storied Tequila Bash. In 2006 we booked a bus and opened it up to anyone interested. That year we easily filled a 44 person bus and it was a huge success. We booked two buses for LB2. Twice the people! Twice the Lobster! Twice the Tequila! Now in its 6th year the Lobster Bus is almost legendary and the legend continues with Lobster Bus 6 in 2011. While we continue to take two buses (88 passengers) we expect to sell out.
Get Tickets ASAP and Reserve Your Spots:
2011 is shaping up to be a huge year for the SPIRITS OF MEXICO with a new commitment from the venue, "Old Town" San Diego. There is a lot of excitement and demand for the event already and it will surely build as we get closer to September. The Polished Palate and other invested entities requested that we post Lobster Bus details much earlier this year and so we have. Where we normally began selling tickets in May or June, this year we started on March 2nd. Taking more than 2 buses is just not feasible as the Puerto Nuevo restaurant has a finite amount of space and it would prove extremely difficult to keep track of the additional people. With this in mind we strongly suggest making your plans as soon as possible. You won't want to miss the 5TH ANNUAL LOBSTER BUS.
$80.00 USD per person. This price covers everything needed for a great day in Mexico. Obviously your seat on the bus and the recommended "medium" lobster. Every person will be covered for a Medium Baja Lobster which includes all of the sides served "family style". For those with special needs or interested in something besides lobster this can be worked out at the restaurant but in an effort to keep things as simple and smooth as possible the price will be the same for everyone. Tequila Los Abuelos is providing tequila at the restaraunt and all set ups are included. Soft Drinks and Bottled Water Included (Cerveza at the restaurant is not covered). There will also be pop, bottled water, cerveza and Corrido Tequila provided on the bus and this is all included with your reservation. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus.
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PASSPORTS REQUIRED - ATTENTION: Latest Passport Information for crossing the Border.
As of June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present one of the travel documents listed below.
U.S. PASSPORT This is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies a persons identity and nationality. It is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
U.S. PASSPORT CARD This is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land and sea.
If you don't already have them obtain your required travel documents now so you'll be ready for the Lobster Bus in September!
OUR TEQUILA SPONSORS:
We are extremely fortunate and honored to have the support one of the finest Tequila Brands in the industry!
The last 4 years Tequila Fortaleza (Los Abuelos in Mexico) very graciously and enthusiastically supported the Lobster Bus by providing it's ultra-premium tequila for the festivities. Los Abuelos continues to be a primary sponsor for this years Lobster Bus. Tequila Los Abuelos will be delivered fresh from Destileria La Fortaleza in Tequila, Mexico directly to the restaurant in Puerto Nuevo. Destileria La Fortaleza is the antiquated factory that was restored by Guillermo E. Sauza, where a Tahona is used to crush 100% of the agave used to make Tequila Fortaleza. As this shipment to the restaurant will be domestic inside Mexico, these bottles will most likely be the Mexican labeled, "Los Abuelos" versions. We are so very fortunate to have such an upscale tequila brand like Fortaleza sponsoring the Lobster Bus! Baja Lobster in Puerto Nuevo with Tequila Fortaleza on your table to be enjoyed as you please. Sipped or mixed in a cocktail.
10:00AM: San Ysidro and The Border
Meet at the Mexicoach Lot in San Ysidro, near the border where we board the bus. Everyone will be responsible for their own transportation to San Ysidro. The San Diego Trolley System has a good number of stops downtown and runs to San Ysidro. If you drive? Parking is available at a number of Pay Lots but a good one seems to be Border Station Parking. They have a website at: http://borderparking.com/ that includes maps to their lot which is quite close to the Mexicoach lot where we board the buses.
Note: While the Parking lots at the border are noted for every ones convenience we would highly recommend getting to San Ysidro via the Trolly or a Cab. It's probably no secret that a good deal of the Bus goers get back in the afternoon "feeling no pain". Taking an alternate mode of transportation or at least having a Designated Driver is a very wise option!
There is also good information about getting to the Border at:
http://www.tijuana.com/info.html - and - http://www.sanysidro.com/transportation/
We'll make sure that everyone going will have a map of the area and Lobster Bus Helpers cell phone numbers so they can easily find the Mexicoach Lot.
11:00AM - NOON: Puerto Nuevo - Lobster Village
We'll be shooting for 11:00AM but this will depend on how soon we get everyone on the buses in San Ysidro. We'll unwind, dine and imbibe in Puerto Nuevo. As the lunch and festivities wind down everyone will have a little time to walk around the Lobster Village. There is a decent sized Liquor Store with a good selection of Tequila along with other shops and street markets. It's a very nice little village right on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
2:00PM - 3:00PM: Depart Lobster Village
After lunch and a little looking around we'll get back on the Bus and head back towards Tijuana. The last two years we stopped at an excellent liquor store with a huge selection of tequila. We'll almost definitely stop at this same location again. It's about half way back and perfect for this trip.
4:00PM - 5:00PM: Back Across The Border to San Ysidro
We'll return to San Ysidro and the US side of the Border somewhere between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. This is necessary because our 8 hour Bus charter window would end at 6:00PM.
Advantages of taking our Mexicoach Bus:
• The driver knows where the heck he is going
• The Border crossing on the return trip is much smoother. Mexicoach has a special border - crossing lane for this purpose. Buses and cars do not share the same lane and these lanes can get congested!
• Did I mention? Alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bus.
¡Muchas Gracias y Feliz Viaje!
Buying Tequila in Baja, Mexico
Want to bring some tequila home? Know Your Options and Risks.
Buying Tequila in Mexico is easy enough and you will find some good brands that are not available in the USA. However getting your precious finds through Customs can be a challenge. The accepted legal limit allowed at California Ports of Entry is 1 liter per person. Stick with that and you'll be through in a snap. However many of the people we have on these buses push this limit and bring back more. In fact some push this limit a lot. It seems that every year the Customs agents show a very reasonable amount of patience with these people and most seem to get through without incident. It is up to each individual on what they decide to do when going through Customs on the return trip. It really is an amazingly simple process. We just get off the bus on the Mexico Side, proceed through the turnstiles where you'll speak with a Customs Agent and they will ask to see your pass-port or equivalent and then ask if you have anything to declare. Handle that as you will but be respectful. Trying to fudge the rules probably won't get you into trouble but being inebriated and obnoxious might. If you try to bring back more than the allotted 1 liter per person you do run the risk of having some of it confiscated or destroyed. This has not happened much (if at all) with our group but you should know it is a possibility. That is probably the extent of your risk, then you'll proceed through the doors and get back on the Bus which is now on the USA side of the border.
Your Safety and Responsibility in Mexico.
Everyone going on the Lobster does so "AT YOUR OWN RISK". We started organizing this excursion for friends and it has grown into what it is now but PocoTequila.com is not an insured Tour Company and can not be held responsible for any possible mishaps. Therefore everyone is responsible for themselves while on this day trip into Mexico. In the last few years Crime in the border regions of Mexico has been well documented. The majority of these incidents appear to be among warring crime syndicates but there have been some incidents involving tourists. For the record we have never had a problem in the last 4 years. Most incidents involving tourists seem to be against individuals or very small groups. We feel there is safety in numbers and there will be 80 or more of us traveling in two buses. Once in Puerto Nuevo we will go directly into the restaurant which is terrific. They love us and the business. We did originally let people walk around Puerto Nuevo on their own but last year we discouraged this and asked everyone to stick together as much as possible. There is a chance to see some of the village on the short walk to and from the restaurant. We have a number of helpers and do our very best to keep track of everyone. We count heads when we re-board the buses but remember that it is your responsibility to get yourself and your friends on that bus. We wait as long as we can and have not left anyone in Mexico yet. Please help us avoid this again this year. Watch out for your friends or group, pay attention, and get back on the buses when asked.