he modern-day fitness and spa vacation experience began in 1940 in a sheltered valley only an hour’s drive from San Diego, California. Here, in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, Edmond and Deborah Szekely founded the world’s first destination fitness resort and spa. Soon Rancho La Puerta became the paradigm of all multi-day “destination spa” vacations that encompass health and wellness for mind, body and spirit. An amazing program of fitness activities, healthful cuisine,luxury spa amenities, superb accommodations, and entertainment awaits you.
Our 3,000-acre property (see
world-class landscaped gardens, an organic farm, internationally known
cooking school, and mountainsides and meadows of great hiking and walking
experiences. Our health resort aims to help you develop a lifetime
of healthy habits.
Ours is a nature preserve that preserves people! The year-round climate,
poised as we are in the mountains between sea and desert, is nearly
perfect, with sunshine the norm year-round. It's even better than San Diego's, because we're far enough inland, at an altitude of 1,600+ feet, in a region where high clouds (known as "coastal marine layer") usually don't penetrate. Approximately 125 guests enjoy our classic one-week program (see
sample Activities program), arriving and departing on Saturdays. A
few each week stay for three or four nights only, while some may stay
multiple weeks. To hear about some of their experiences—in their own words—read
their recent letters here.
Whatever your preference, we’re here for you.
For more Ranch videos, including interviews with guests, please click here.
In addition, a new program offers a one-day-visit experience (transportation included) to San Diego-area residents: “Saturdays At The Ranch” combines not only a half day of fitness and spa activities, but a long, wonderful afternoon spent in a hands-on class at our new culinary center set in the midst of our organic farm, followed by dinner. We make healthy people healthier! You’ll return home stronger, with the healthful glow and spring in your step that comes from a vacation devoted to relaxation, good eating (our cuisine is vegetarian with a fresh fish dinner option served most days), learning, and exercise.
Find your wellspring of energy in the midst of nature’s beauty, and discover how even one week at Rancho La Puerta can change your life.