Rosarito Travel Guide

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Rosarito Highlights

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     Fun during the holidays. 

  • Con
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     Dead during the regular season. 

  • In a nutshell
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     You'll enjoy it with the right people, so leave the hornball "friend" at home. 

Rosarito Things to Do

  • Hotels / Resorts

    Drive to Calafia! Historic, cultural and tourist center. A family resort hotel with ocean view suites, a cliffside restaurant, Club 1773--an old sailing vessel converted into a night club, history, music, conference center and ecological park. Calafia is the official headquarters of the Historical Society of Rosarito, and of the Associations of...

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  • Calafia Resort

    Drive to Calafia! Historic, cultural and tourist center.A family resort hotel with ocean view suites, a cliffside restaurant, Club 1773--an old sailing vessel converted into a night club, history, music, conference center and ecological park. Calafia is the official headquarters of the Historical Society of Rosarito, and of the Associations of...

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  • The Beach

    Other than some tacky tourists traps, the beach is the one and only draw for Rosarito. It is the first swimmable beach down the border (playa Tijuana is too polluted for safe swimming).

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  • the Christ Statue

    When your are booking and ensenada day tour from san diego, it is mandatory to pass by Rosarito before going to Ensenada and along the road in the Scenic Baja California Coast still in the Rosarito Area but 6 miles south in a town called el morro, you will see a towering Figure in the mountains, the figure is a huge 75 foot Statue of a Standing...

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  • Benito Juárez Boulevard (the main...

    Benito Juárez Boulevard (the main street of Rosarito). If tijuana has it's Avenida De Revolucion and Ensenada has it's Avenida De Lopez Mateos, Rosarito Has it's Benito Juárez Boulevard, which is a 2 mile long street where the main shopping and tourist area abounds. The street offers a blinding array of come ons to tourist like the famous...

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  • Views Around Todos Santos Beach

    more pictures around the scenic and panoramic Todos Sanrtos Beach in Front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel Area. you can have lots of activities here and you will see lots of buidlings being built around the beach area for tourist, american expatriates, rich mexicans who like beachfonts since you can have lots of things to do here, you would also see...

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Rosarito Hotels

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Rosarito Restaurants

  • Overlooking the Beach

    We have been coming here for over 20 years now, since they opened and they have always stayed consistently good in quality of food, service and good prices. Even a couple of the same guys have worked here for many years. They also still use the old Mexican coffee pots--see the photo!For lunch and dinner meals, the waiter will make fresh salsa to...

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  • Best Mexian Food in Town!

    UPDATE: Unfortunately this great restaurant no longer exists since 2013.......First tried this one when it opened a afew years ago and went back today to find it still as good! The decor makes you feel as if you are on mainland Mexico, not the Baja Peninsula, and the food is excellent!The menu is extensive with all the Mexican favorites, as well as...

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  • Seafood Mexican Style!

    Ortega's is now a "chain" restaurant and there are Ortega's in Puerto Nuevo as well as in Rosarito. There are about five Ortega's in a four block area. Ortega's Patio is the restaurant I like best. It's the dining room upstairs I favor because the dining room is upstairs and the view of the ocean is better. To reach the Puerto Nuevo location drive...

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Rosarito Nightlife

  • Papas & Beer

    During the day, P&B had a huge, sand volleyball court. Great for people watching. By night, everyone had cleaned up and come back to get their drink on! Nothing like tequila shots with a referee whistle blowing in your ear... VERY casual

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  • Iggy's Club

    WOW...WELL IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME IN ROSARITO..I HAVE HEARD SO MANY + THINGS ABOUT PAPAS AND BEER...I WAS SO EXCITED, SO WE DECIDED TO CHECK IT OUT!!! BORING, WE WANTED TO DANCE HAVE A BLAST, AFTERALL THATS WHAT WE WENT FOR!! SO WE DECIDED TO GO TO IGGY'S NIGHTCLUB, A GUY CUT US A DEAL $12 FOR ALL GUYS AND GIRLS FOR FREE, SO HELL YEA WE TOOK IT,...

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  • Beach When The Sun Sets!

    A few places I would recommend for a fun evening out:Rosarita Beach Hotel: Rosa & Rita Bar An old world nightclub lounge and on weekends a Karaoke Bar. Adobe Lounge A weekend dance club for those who enjoy a less rowdy evening than elsewhere in Rosarito's club scene. Since 1925 this hotel has cartered to the Mexican and has welcomed the traveler,...

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Rosarito Transportation

  • Automobile

    Believe it or Not! These horses were actually offered for hire. They will take you from the main street of Rosarito, down a few blocks to the beach for a 'run' along the Pacific Ocean! I didn't want to go, I was content to sit at the cafe and have a few drinks while my friends rode down to the beach. My friends forced me to join them and the poor...

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  • Mexicoach - crossing border - Rosarito...

    Mexicoach advertises that they will take you from San Ysidro (US) to Rosarito Beach Hotel. They will not unless you have 6 people -- or simply charge you for 6. They don't unless they have 6. Crossing into Mexico, Mexicoach is convenient depending on wait but just to TJ. Then cab it (not yellow cab, negotiate fares & etc with independent) or go to...

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  • Forget the Horse, Take a Car!

    Believe it or Not! These horses were actually offered for hire. They will take you from the main street of Rosarito, down a few blocks to the beach for a 'run' along the Pacific Ocean! I didn't want to go, I was content to sit at the cafe and have a few drinks while my friends rode down to the beach. My friends forced me to join them and the poor...

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Rosarito Shopping

  • Souvenir Shop in Rosarito

    lots of souvenirs off course since this is a souvenir shop. actually there are lots of souvenir shops in the rosarito area especially in the benito juarez avenue which is the main street of Rosarito and here in Rosarito Beach Arcade. name it and they have it! why not buy refrigerator magnets (my favorite) and shot glasses (another favorite...

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  • Convenience Store in Rosarito

    the convenience store in the Arcade fronting the rosarito beach hotel. there are lots of convenience stores in rosarito besides this one like the OXXO which is mexico's answer to 7-11 but most of the day tours of rosarito and ensenada areas pass by the rosarito beach hotel and there are several convenience stores in this arcade and you can buy...

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  • tequila shop

    a tequila shop in the shopping arcade going to Rosarito Beach Hotel. You can choose from an endless array of tequilas and they don't sell the generic Jose Cuervo Tequila here! when you say tequila in mexico, they ask you what kind (like ordering a dimsum in china, they ask you what kind?) of tequila. There are two basic categories of tequila:...

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Rosarito Local Customs

  • Meals Are Never Rushed!

    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...

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  • Ref Magnets

    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...

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  • Shot Glasses

    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...

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Rosarito Warnings and Dangers

  • Carefully Choose Your Companions!

    Many people are afraid to enter Mexico, for various reasons--mostly ignorance and mis-information. Frightening stories have circulated about the horrors of getting thrown in the "Tijuana Jail," or worse. As long as I have been old enough, (18 is the legal age to cross the border without a parent.) I've gone into Mexico anytime, day or night, alone...

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  • Ride at your own risk!

    On Rosarito, I went on a horse. Rides were offered by a local group of vaqueros. One trip up and down a stretch of the coast is about 8 dollars. Be careful to ride! You may be asking for more than for which you bargain. The ride should have been smooth throughout with the vaqueros riding along me with their horseys but my young mare took off on me...

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  • No Sex In The Store

    Like I'm sure you've been told many times before. Absolutely NO HAVING SEX INSIDE THE STORE, ok? Or else, you'll get in big trouble. And remember, you're in Rosarito, so you don't want to be thrown in any Mexican jails.

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Rosarito Tourist Traps

  • Curio Shops?

    Tourists make their own traps here. Bargaining is common in Mexico, mainly at the curio shops. Many people are not familiar with bargaining and feel awkward. "How do I know I'm getting a good price for that?" This is my attitude: "Pay what you think it's worth." Mexico is a poorer country and it is much more difficult for the average person to make...

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  • Tourists Beware - Even MEXICAN Tourists

    Tip !Right, we all know credit card fraud is on the rise, it comes as no surprise. Recently on one of my many trips to Rosarito a fellow traveler used a credit card to pay (not through previous reservation) for her stay at the hotel with her credit card. Fast forward 2 weeks later, she notices loads of transactions in the San Diego, Tijuana,...

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  • Airport Hotel Kiosks

    Whenever we have arrived in a city without a room booked, and tried to use the information kiosks at the airport, we have been disappointed. Maybe it's just us, but we always spend the day after by looking for new lodgings. Try to find someone who knows the town to suggest an alternative. While we were in Chiang Mai Thailand, we found a picture of...

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Rosarito What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Unless you are high maintenance and require a full set of luggage, you will have enough room for all your gear in a regular sized backpack, maybe an extra backpack for purchases or whatever else you may feel the need to bring back.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do I really need to say multiple bathing suits? Girls, two to three pairs of bathing suits/bikinis is a great start. Guys, a couple of board shorts or Speedo's (if you feel compelled to do so) is awesome as well. Flip flops, tennis shoes, and socks should take care of your feet and of course, you will need to pack a hoodie because it does get quite chilly at night, even in the summer!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, tanning oil (big FU to UV rays), mosquito repellent if you tend to always get bitten, some lotion, and all other run of the mill toiletries and med supplies will do. Ease off on the perfume girls, a nice body spray VS or Bath & Body do a nice job and guys, you needn't douse cologne all over yourselves a nice clean scent is always best.

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera, camcorder, regular camera, whatever...just make sure you bring enough film, memory cards, CHARGERS, etc...because this kind of a thing can get a bit expensive and hard to find at reasonalbe prices of or good quality. It's better to be prepared.

    Miscellaneous: I will be doing more updating as soon as I get some R&R time from all my activities. So until then, I'll say goodbye!

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Rosarito Off The Beaten Path

  • "Club 1773"

    "Club 1773" is located at the foot of the cliffs of the Hotel Calafi and it is actually a wrecked 1773 sailing ship that was put back into service. The Corona Aurea Galleon has been turned into Calafia's nightclub. Since 1773, the Mission of 'El Descanso' (The Rest) had been part of the San Diego Mission system, so, Calafia was located within the...

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  • Ensenada

    Ensenada is about 30 miles/20 minutes away from Rosarito. It is a Port city where many of the cruise ships make a stop. Because of this, things are more expensive here. The town is clean and aliitle built up in comparison to Rosarito. Theres alot of places to go party at and shop.You can also check out the Bufadora (blowwhole).Its a relatively safe...

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  • Puerto Nuevo

    This is a great side trip if you are going to Rosarito. It is also very easy to get to. There is one main road in Rosarito and you just keep on following the same road right out of town. You stay on that road for about 15 minutes and you will run right into Puerto Nuevo. Actually you can also get there if you stayed on the toll road but you will...

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Rosarito Favorites

  • The Perfect Day Trip

    The drive from San Diego to Rosarito Beach takes less than half an hour. There are two roads to choose from; Ensenada Libre, the free road, and Ensenada Cuota, the toll road. Just across the border from San Diego to Tijuana you'll see the signs. Taking the Ensenada Cuota road will allow you to by-pass the downtown traffic. This road runs west along...

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  • Maps

    buying maps in rosarito. there are free maps and brochures for tourists but if you want a detailed view of the Baja California and the rosarito area, you can buy the fold up maps at assorted stalls here in rosarito that offers driving directions, the towns around baja and the distances between towns, if you are not fond of printing maps on the...

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  • Rosarito and Baja free Newspapers

    very handy and informative. here in the rosarito area, there are many free newspapers that are aimed to tourists and american expatriates and the newspapers have many articles of the various sights and sounds and things to do and attractions of the rosairo area and baja califnornia area and it also has what else but discount coupons to entice...

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