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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.