There is overwhelming poverty that can be seen throughout this area of Mexico. The relaxed standards of construction is often times very obvious. No matter, the wealth of this country is it's population. Mexicans are a gracious and proud people. They are generous, happy and so much fun to be around.
Keep in mind that this generosity of spirit can be turned quickly if a tourist is disrespectful or rude. Especially with service industry personnel, a show of respect, consideration and a nice tip from the customer will reap a response of accommodation which is always useful for a tourist.
I've had many fantastic moments in Rosarito, especially over a leisurely meal at a nice restaurant and I have been warmly welcomed back each time I've returned.
I hope you enjoy your visit to Rosarito Beach as much as I do.
rosarito refrigerator magnets, a real collectors item. Well, another particular favorite collectors item of mine aside from t-shirts and shot glasses are the refrigerator magnets of the countries and towns and cities and places that i've visited and my refrigertor is full of these ref magnets from all over and here in Rosairto Mexico is no different. the ref magnets here are numerous and has lots of designs and I chose the Corona Beer Style rosarito beer opener and the sandy rosarito ref magnet with rosarito beach sand inside. the ref magnets are available everywhere and the price starts at 40 mexican pesos with the bigger ones at 50 to 60 mexican pesos.
rosarito shot glasses. if you a long time fan of virtual tourist, you should know by now that i love to collect shot glasses in my travels and upon arriving here in Rosarito, mexico is no different so what i did was to buy one hehehe (they have many kinds of shot glasses even the nasty ones like the sex shot glasses wherein the clay paintings in the shot glass depicts what else but sex). i bought 1 shot glass at the price of 40 mexican pesos (kind of expensive i think) to add to my collection. shot glasses are available everywhere and the price depends on the size and the kind of artwork done in it.
this kind of mexican snack is called the takis huakamoles and it features a small, tacos shaped like taquitos. These miniaturized taquitos-shaped snacks were about an inch and half long, and they were crunchy, very spicy and great. gucamoles are avocado-based dip which originated here in Mexico. It is traditionally made by mashing ripe avocados with a molcajete (mortar and pestle) and adding tomatoes and seasonings and can be made spicy or not, depending on the one making it but most are done very spicy. This Takis rolled taquitos have a hot jalapeño guacamole taste and a lingering hot aftertaste that slowly burns your tongue hehehe that you need water after having a few of these. still is delicous though and is available in convenience stores and supermarkets and costs 8 mexican pesos for a small pack and 12 mexican pesos for a large pack. grab a taste now!
again a clarification, the galleta cookies are not a mexican inve4ntion but it came from the spanish and they intorduced this wonderfulk spanish cookies to the colonies around the world and it became popular here in mexico (the philippines has galleta biscuits since it also became a conoly of spain but the biscuits are not as popular like here in mexico). galleta cookies are cookies made from flour with sugar and butter milk and is similar to shortbread cookies of the scottish but the galletas are bigger and has less buttermilk content at 20% instead of 40% for scottish shortbread cookies. it is available everywhere here in rosaito and mexico and comes in different shapes and sizes and a pack costs 5 mexican pesos. buy one now!
again like what i've said in my other tips, potato chips are a generic thing around the world but what makes this mexican potato chips stand out from the rest is due to it's spiciness! this spicy potato chips is spiced up with habanero type of chili which is one of the most spicy chilly around the world. The habanero's heat, its fruity, citrus-like flavor, and its floral aroma have made it a popular ingredient in hot sauces and spicy foods and the potato chips hence this spicy habanero spiced potato chips. these potato chips are available everywhere in convenience stores or supermarkets or food stalls and costs 8 mexican pesos a small pack and 12 mexican pesos a large pack.
well potato chips are a generic thing around the world but what meakes this particular mexican brand of potato chips excerptional is the spiciness of the potatao chips since it is spiced with a chipotle (a chipotle is is a smoke-dried jalapeño chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisine, such as Mexican-American and Tex-Mex, the chipotle has several kinds of flavors and style of drying hence several type of spiciness and is really spicy you know if you taste this potato chips. the price of one bag of this potato chips is 10 mexican pesos so grab one now since it is avaialble everywhere.
Due to Rosarito Beach's proximity to the United States Border, much of its population is infused with American popular culture. However, just because they are aware of American culture, and some even try to emulate aspects of it, doesn't necessarily mean that they are just like all of their American visitors.
Rosarito is quickly becoming a party spot for weekend travelers and serious travelers as well. You will find that the people are friendly and willing to please tourists.
Sadly, I have encountered rather nauseating scenarios where tourists are belittleing or mocking the very people who wholeheartedly welcome them. As with any other country, yours as well, you want to show respect and not be rude to the people who live there.
It's not their fault that their English language skills are limited, be impressed that at least they're trying. Don't be rude to the poor street vendors or beggars you will see. Simply smile and say, 'no gracias' to the former and either give a small amount of cash or say 'no tengo cambio' to the latter. There is nothing as embarassing as patronizing, condescending, and haughty tourists having a go with the locals.
Be mindful of your behavior and treat the city and the people as you would have for yourself.
With the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish Conquistadors came the missionaries and the Catholic religion.
As you might have already noticed Mexican people love vibrant colors. This can be seen in their pottery, paintings, and of course their architecture. The colors they use are usually very warm colors.