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Mexico: by the sea
La Fonda Hotel, La Misión, Baja California; 011-52-646-15-50-308, http://www.lafondamexico.com . "About 20 minutes below the border, this charming old Mexico hotel offers decorated and themed rooms with fireplaces and 180-degree ocean-front views. The new owners have invested in major upgrades, including a first-class European spa, with attention to detail and pampering. The Sunday brunch alone ($12) is worth the drive. The hotel's restaurant is on a cliff overlooking the ocean and has live music daily." Doubles from $75.