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Surf during the day and play at night in one of the most magical places just twenty miles south of the border. Beautiful coastal highways will delight you and your family at this coastal resort city in the Mexican state of Baja California. It’s one part of the municipality named Playas de Rosarito ("Beaches of Rosarito") and thrives on its largely tourist-based economy, offering over 900 hotel rooms from 25 resorts such as Las Rocas Resort, Grand Baja, and Festival Plaza Hotel, golf courses and spas galore, as well as an array of restaurants, outdoor activities, nightlife options, and culture, especially within the Popotla Boulevard area in south Rosarito which has developed a reputation for original art and furniture manufacturing. More than one million visitors come to Rosarito every year for the beaches and the great surf. Not surprisingly it is also a popular destination for young people from the U.S. during the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. As the second largest city in the Tijuana metropolitan area, it truly is paradise at its finest. So enjoy a stay (or two) at one of the magnificent hotels, eat at one of the many excellent restaurants, relax and be pampered at some of those wonderful spas, go horseback riding on the beach, or just relax by the shore while sipping on an ice-cold margarita and watching a spectacular Baja sunset. The warmth and glow of Rosarito awaits.
Things to Do in Rosarito
You’ll never run out of things to do at this historically rich city. The waterfront is full of seafood restaurants, most serving the town's signature dish, Baja lobster-- so get ready to get your grub on. Boulevard Juarez offers several miles of shopping, where visitors can pick up everything from folk art, ceramics, and onyx chess sets, to sculptures, leather, or other one-of-a-kind gift items and mementos. Every store is an adventure to explore, boasting Mexican craftsmanship at its best, with an array of hand-carved wooden or custom wrought furniture, mirrors, home accessories, and even feisty little piñatas for the kids to take home! In terms of art, there’s been a virtual explosion of Baja Galleries in the area in the past decade, and with its ever-thriving artist community, Rosarito offers remarkable pieces of artwork to check out. Stroll around town and admire the skill of local painters, sculptors, and even fine furniture designers. There are even numerous art galleries along downtown and Boulevard Popotla, as well as an annual full scale art festival featuring hundreds of area artists showcasing their best works. If you’re looking to wind down and relax, there are plenty of Baja Spas available to revitalize mind, body, and spirit-- they’re the perfect place for a nice weekend getaway to indulge in a single spa treatment or a full day package. You sure won’t be disappointed with the massages, facials, and herbal wraps offered as well. Cap off your nights with wild fun because once the sun goes down, Rosarito absolutely bursts at the seams with life. Ride a mechanical bull at one of the crazy bars, play volleyball in the sand under the moonlight, shoot some tequila or have a Tecate beer. Even dance, karaoke, and party until the roosters crow come dawn. Don’t forget to visit the world famous Papas & Beer beach club, located at the heart of the city along the beach-- it offers a great space for music, friends and a grand old time.
Rosarito Day Trips
Downtown Rosarito is right across the Mexican border on the Pacific coast of the great Baja peninsula just half an hour south of San Diego, making it an ideal and convenient location to access all sorts of fantastic vacation adventures. Trek on down to this beachside haven via twenty miles of beautiful and well-kept Rosarito-Ensenada toll roads, recently renamed the Rosarito-Tijuana Scenic Road. Experience the splendors of Rosarito Beach or Baja California, located at the heart of major attractions such as the Guadalupe Wine Valley, Ensenada, Tecate, and Mexicali. There are even several San Diego-based tour companies specializing in day trips to nearby hotspots that include shopping, dining, sightseeing, deep sea fishing, and wine-tasting options, as well as visits to the famous Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, the Titanic Dining Room in Calafia, the Sand Dunes of Los Arenales, the Bajamar area for golfing, or a variety of other longer excursions. Take a ringside seat at a live bullfight or a courtside seat during a game of ‘Pelota Vasca’ or Jai-Alai (a handball-like game of Spanish Basque origin) in Tijuana—even stare in awe at La Bufadora (“The Blowhole”), a marine geyser located on the Punta Banda Peninsula. The spouts of water occurring every minute or so in varying degrees of height will excite you to the core.
Experience Baja-style living at its best in Rosarito where there are affordable accommodations at every level, with over 2,000 rooms at walking distance from the beach. First-class hotels and luxury resorts offer special packages for large parties celebrating weddings or other special events-- from a simple ceremony to gala fiestas at marvelous rates. Most also come complete with spa services and night club events. Make sure to ask about the ample array of all-inclusive packages and special group discounts as well. Plus, since the quaint little town also happens to be a popular tourist mecca for visiting Americans, you’ll also find plenty of awesome local motels, condominium rentals, and recreational vehicle parks. Regardless of where you stay, you are sure to be pampered by the tradition of Mexican warmth and hospitality.
Just twenty miles south of the Baja border but a world apart, Rosarito offers a safe and accessible Mexican adventure with great year-round weather, beautiful beaches, and nice spots to chow down at. The main entrance to the state via air is the International Airport of Tijuana which is used by all Mexican airlines from destinations all over the country. Serving more than a hundred flights daily, the space has two landing strips covering the needs of private, cargo, and commercial flights alike. Other important ports of entry include San Diego airports such as San Diego International Airport, located just forty minutes from Rosarito, which serves fourteen airlines and over two hundred daily flights to major U.S. cites. Brown Field Airport, located under five minutes from the International border in La Mesa de Otay serves private and cargo flights as well. Though taximeters are not as widely used in Baja, there are many options for public transportation, with a variety of companies offering single or group transportation services from the U.S. to Rosarito and back! Toll roads offer another route. For a toll fee of merely $2.40 US dollars, there’s a seventeen-mile scenic trip that will take you to Rosarito Beach for just under twenty minutes! Plus, with three different exits off the toll road to choose from, you’ll have the chance to explore the downtown area by taking the first exit for a drive along Benito Juárez Boulevard (main street). Or if you prefer to avoid city traffic, opt for the third exit, which takes you directly to the heart of the tourist area (two short blocks). By plane, bus, or automobile, there’s no stopping you from getting around.
Popular Day Trips Near Rosarito