Rancho La Puerta: Destination Spa | Fitness and Spa Retreat
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Wellness Resort & Spa

Embodying wellbeing since 1940

A Personalized Experience

Discover wellbeing at Rancho La Puerta, nestled in natural surroundings at the foot of Mount Kuchumaa with 40 miles of hiking trails, world-class fitness classes, and farm-to-table dining. Only an hour from San Diego, experience genuine Mexican hospitality that feels like home.

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4,000 Acres

Rancho La Puerta’s 4,000 acres include 40 miles of hiking trails, 32 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, an organic farm, and La Cocina Que Canta cooking school.

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Your home at the Ranch


Dwell in beauty and privacy in one of our 86 casitas tucked away in luxuriant grounds. Each has a distinct personality and architectural flair.

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Experience the evolution of Rancho La Puerta, an oasis of well-being over 80 years in the making.

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Voted #1 Destination Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure Readers' Poll 2024

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Founder’s Story

The Szekely Family and the History of the Ranch

Origins of the Ranch – Family-owned and operated since 1940

Since the beginning our motto has been Siempre Mejor! — the Professor’s favorite greeting, delivered in his booming voice. “Always Better!” still guides us every day: Rancho La Puerta has been recognized around the world since the 1950s as the progenitor of the modern fitness resort and spa movement, and has been lauded by every major travel awards program.

History of the Ranch

Joint Effort

Our co-founder Deborah Szekely says that “movement is life.” Without healthy joints, movement can become restrained, painful, or even impossible. Luckily, there are several strategies that can be utilized to promote positive joint health. Several guest lecturers have visited Rancho La Puerta over the years to teach guests about how to maintain lubrication and elasticity […]

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