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Tecate, Baja California

"Fun" and "camaraderie" describe a week at Rancho La Puerta, a destination spa stretching across 3,000 acres at the base of Mount Kuchumaa. The family-owned property, located 45 miles southeast of San Diego and just over the border of Mexico, has welcomed guests for weeklong retreats since 1940. Fitness fans, this is your mecca −gyms and exercise studios, aquatic areas, and three health and beauty centers keep guests invigorated, as does a collection of winding trails that suit hikers of all skill levels. Mindful eating is emphasized with a vegetarian menu, which uses produce picked daily from the on-site organic garden. At day's end, guests retreat to Mexican-style casitas adorned with folk art. Rates include all lodging, activities, meals, classes, programs, and scheduled transportation.