Southern Californians use Rosarito (population 150,000) as a weekend getaway, and during school vacations, especially spring break, the crowd becomes one big raucous party. Off-season, the place becomes a ghost town, which is arguably even less appealing than the frat scene. The beach, which stretches from the power plant at the north end of town about 8 km (5 miles) south, is long with beautiful sand and sunsets. Enjoy Rosarito vacations and enjoy all that it has to offer.
Head out to the wooden pier ($1 entrance fee) that stretches over the ocean in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, or hire a horse at the north or south end of Boulevard Benito Juárez for $30 per hour. ATVs are also available at the base of the pier for $25 per hour. There are many nice beaches in Rosarito, including Rosarito Beach. Read on for our top suggestions for planning your Rosarita beach vacation. For a list of all the beaches in Rosarito, and the Sea of Cortez area, go here.
In Rosarito, the summers are short, comfortable, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 49°F to 76°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 82°F. The warm season lasts for 2.6 months, from July 18 to October 5, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is August 26, with an average high of 76°F and low of 65°F. The cool season lasts for 4.6 months, from November 30 to April 18, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is December 27, with an average low of 49°F and high of 65°F.
Loreto International Airport is the closest airport to Mulege. It is about 87 miles from Mulege to the Loreto airport. Americans traveling to Mexico must present a valid U.S. passport. Those traveling by sea can present a passport card and valid driver’s license to gain entrance back into the U.S. Permanent legal U.S. residents who hold a I-551 Permanent Resident card are allowed to board flights from Mexico to the U.S. American tourists entering Mexico by plane or traveling farther than the border zone must buy a tourist card. These are also know as an FM-T, and for travelers arriving by air, it’s usually included in the price of the plane ticket. Other travelers can obtain a tourist card from the Mexican border crossings, Mexican tourism offices, the Mexican consulates and most airlines serving Mexico. To find the best prices, go to AirFareWatchDog.com to watch for the best fares to Rosarito (via Tijuana or San Diego).
If you decide to fly into San Diego, you can take bus transportation to Rosarito. I highly recommend Five Star Tours for this. It is safe, reliable and the best method.
Car Rental & Things to Consider
Loss damage waiver (LDW): Also called collision damage waiver (CDW) or LDW/CDW. This is actually not insurance, but the rental agency’s agreement to waive some of the cost of theft or any damage you inflict on the rental vehicle. This one requires some research and some careful thought. If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage, you can pass on LDW/CDW, but keep some caveats in mind. You are responsible to the rental company for any loss or damage to the vehicle no matter what the cause is or who is at fault. You will be detained until money matters are settled, and if you lack liability coverage, your most memorable vacation sight could include the inside of a Mexican jail until you pay off your obligation. Before you decline LDW/CDW, verify that your auto policy or credit card insurance is valid for rentals in Mexico, and that it includes loss of use. To collect on your credit-card insurance, you must use that card when you rent the car and when you pay the final bill. Carry proof of coverage with you, though rental companies don’t always require it. You must also explicitly decline the offered insurance, which is not possible with companies such as Avis or National, which include LDW/CDW in their rates or bundle it with the required liability.
- Make sure a copy of the insurance policy is in the glove box and is up to date.
- If you book online, print out the confirmation and show it when you pick up your car to be sure they don’t try to charge you a higher rate.
- Try to get your rate quoted in pesos. Prices quoted in dollars will be converted to pesos for payment, usually at more than the going exchange rate.
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Restaurants You’ll Want to Try
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$$ El Gaucho Argentino
This restaurants provides the full authentic and unique Argentinian experience that you will love! Their Parillada (BBQ) is perfect for outdoor casual events. They use delicious fresh ingredients and pride themselves in providing full satisfaction to each customer. For more information call 52 664 440 5984, or visit their website at El Gaucho Argentino.
$$ Mi Casa Supper Club
Mi Casa Supper Club is based in Rosarito, Mexico and was created by a group of food and wine lovers to establish a new breed of dining alternatives. The menus are focused on bold flavors and locally, sustainable fresh ingredients in a unique, elegant locale, while creating a sense of community and friendship through good food and exciting cocktails. For more information call 52 664 609 3459, or visit them on their website at Mi Casa Supper Club.
$$ Cocina Silvestre
This is a great Baja Kitchen and Jazz Club. They have a seasonal menu using local, organic, and the freshest of ingredients. For more information call them at 52 661 613 2308, or visit them on Facebook at Cocina Silvestre.
$$$ Misión 19
Their cuisine is an art and flavor is only a part of what they will serve at your table. Every dish that they prepare has a special care and attention for the guest. Their objective is to take you in a gastronomic journey where your five senses will awake for a great experience. For more information call 52 664 634 2493, or visit their website at Misión 19.
$$$ El Grill Steakhouse
They invite you to live the experience, with the best atmosphere, music and always serving the best quality USDA Prime meat and the best 100% fresh seafood. Allow them the pleasure of serving you and making El Grill a memorable experience. For more information call 52 664 681 7677, or visit their website at El Grill Steakhouse.
Bars & Nightlife
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$$ Rosa & Rita Bar
The Rosa & Rita hacienda-style bar is located just to the right of the hotel entrance. Decorated with wonderfully historical photographs of the hotel from 1926 to the present, it provides guests with an inspiring trip of the grand history of our legendary hotel. But it’s not just a history lesson that awaits guests it’s also one of Baja’s most famous and fun karaoke bars. Come and enjoy yourself, let it all out and sing along to your favorite songs in the only place in town where you are the star! For more information call 52, or visit their website at Rosa & Rita Bar.
$$ Sunio Beach Club
One of the most exclusive beaches in Rosarito is right in front of the Sunio Beach Club deck. The ideal place to live an incredible experience in terms of food, atmosphere, landscape, and facilities. They are located inside the Hotel Castillos del Mar. For more information call 52, or visit them on Facebook at Sunio Beach Club.
$$ Papas & Beer
With 7 fully stocked bars, the best drink combinations and recipes in all of Baja, and the most fun, talented, and quick bartenders you’ll ever come across. Their drinks have been deemed the best drinks at any club by hundreds of Papas clients time and time again. For more information visit them on their website at Papas & Beer.
$ Plan B
Friendly atmosphere, great food, lot’s of flat screen TV’s, draft beer, always neat and clean and great service. Always likely to meet some friendly people here, locals and visitors. Javier is the best! For more information visit them on Facebook at Plan B.
$ Bombay Beach Club
Atmosphere and ambience is typical tourist party in Mexico. Purchase the wristbands is a great deal with its 2 clubs Bombay and CocoBeach for free entry and no cover charge all night, with all you can drink till 6am. This does not include beer until 8pm and they do run out of beer FAST. Beware that the mixed drinks are very strong! Great view out on the sand with swings at the bar as stools. For more information call 52 661 120 2037, or visit them on Facebook at Bombay Beach Club.
Things to Do
Rosarito Ocean Sports
Rosarito Ocean Sports provides Camel rides, horseback riding tours, water sports, scuba diving, quad rentals, stand up paddle boarding, and boat tours. A company with excellent TripAdvisor reviews. Great staff and excellent service. For more information call 52 661 100 2196, or visit them on the web at Rosarito Ocean Sports.
Baja Diving Adventures
Baja Diving Adventures is a scuba diving tour operator certified by PADI (Professional Association of Divers Instructors) under the category of DIVE RESORT. They have specially designed facilities for scuba diving enthusiasts inside the Puerto Nuevo Baja, Hotel & Villas. For more information call 52 646 132 5331, or visit them on the web at Baja Diving Adventures.
They are a family owned business with an alternative to fun offering adventure and adrenaline in front of the sea. They have the adventure circuit which includes a 4 ziplines, a hanging bridge and a quick jump. They also have a pool, children’s playground, and a restaurant and bar. For more information call 52 664 648 0998, or visit them on the web at Pikin.
All the Pretty Horses of Baja – Rescue and Rides
Enjoy ocean-view horseback riding in the hills of Baja area, wine and rides with a cowboy BBQ, with several stops to sample tapas with local wines following by a real Mexican cowboy BBQ. A must do event if you are in the Baja. All proceeds and donations go to Pretty Horses rescue efforts and the care of their growing herd. For more information call 52 619 483 9252, or visit them on the web at All the Pretty Horses of Baja.
Rosarito Beach Hotel
The Rosarito Beach Hotel is located right on the beach and features a spa center and Wi-Fi in all areas for a fee. Ensenada’s vineyard zone is a 1-hour drive from this modern hotel. There are two restaurants available at the hotel. One serves typical Mexican food, and the other one has fusion cuisine of Mexican-Mediterranean food. There is also a karaoke-bar. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Las Rocas Resort & Spa
Located 20 minutes south of Tijuana on the shores of Rosarito Beach, this resort and spa features 2 restaurants and bars, an infinity pool, and a holistic spa. El Meson, the elegant on-site restaurant, serves gourmet cuisine. Café Del Mar is more casual and open for breakfast and lunch. The Palapa Bar is enclosed in glass and situated on a cliff over the ocean, offering beautiful views and specialty drinks. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Las Rocas Resort & Spa.
This Rosarito hotel is 20 minutes south of the U.S. border and is 15 minutes from Puerto Nuevo. The hotel features an outdoor pool with hot tub and apartments with fully equipped kitchens. Shuttle services to the San Diego and Tijuana Airports are available for and additional cost. Washer and Dryer are available on each condominium. Downtown nightlife is a 3 minute walk away. La Bufadora is south of Ensenada, within driving distance from the Rosarito Inn. Guests are also nearby deep sea fishing and golfing in Bajamar. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Rosariito Inn.