Rosarito Vacations

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.

Weather

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.

Airports

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.

San Diego International Airport

Tijuana International Airport

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.

Pikin

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.

Hotels

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.

Rosarito Inn

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.

 

24 Comments

  1. Owain

    I too have never heard of Rosarito before but it sure does sound like a great place. I would have to hire a car so it was good to also know about whether I am covered for loss or damage to the car. That bit I have always been a bit unsure about so it was good that this was covered.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it can get sticky, to me, renting a car in a foreign country. I have always just taken taxis or buses in the Baja. I rented a car once, and I found the expense was much greater than using taxis. Rosarito is a great beach vacation! I hope you will consider it 🙂

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  2. David Donahue

    Rosarito is a great place to surf. I have surfed Mex in the past and would love to again but I’m on the east coast and live in NC. I’m from San Diego and visiting Mexico is a must! Just be careful of the police!

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  3. David Donahue

    Awesome post! I am from San Diego myself and used to surf in Mexico at a few breaks. I haven’t been to Rosarito but have had friends who surfed there. Mexico is a cool place to visit but you have to be careful of the police!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, that I know 🙂 Actually it has gotten better over the years, but I still do not drive in the Baja. I take taxis or buses, seems the safest bet for me. Thanks for reading!

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  4. Scott

    Thank you, Leahrae, for your absolutely thorough coverage in this post! Looking to travel and visit family on the West Coast in the off season, and this might be just the spot for us!
    Your site is a great resource.
    ~Scott

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Scott! I am glad you enjoyed reading about Rosarito Vacations and visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

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  5. Shaun

    This site offers everything needed for an ultimate vacation to Rosarito. What might be the driving time from San Diego using the bus? I really like that you show a large group of restaurants and provide a link to their web sites. Not only can you plan what you want to do, but you can plan what and where you want eat before you arrive.

    This is a very informative post, I believe I will continue to search your site for other vacation sites that I would like to visit.

    Thank you

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed Shaun.  The drive is pretty quick actually.  Just a little over an hour to take the bus from San Diego to Rosarito beach.  Well worth the trip for sure.  Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com

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  6. Meena

    Hey Leahrae,
    I’ve just read your post and I’m completely blown away by the info you’ve provided. I’m from Europe, and planning to visit the US in the following months.
    However, sometimes planning a trip can be tricky, especially when you want to see everything worth seeing, but also have some leisure time and just relax and stay on the beach. This really seems like a great choice!
    Thanks for the advice!
    Cheers,
    Meena

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome and glad you enjoyed reading.  Yes, I try to put everything into the post that will help the traveler plan the entire trip.  I am a little bit passionate about beach travel and these type of destinations 🙂

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  7. Weston

    Another great review of a beautiful destination! I’ve never heard of Rosarito before. You said a lot of Californians come here. How far from the Mexican/U.S. border is it?

    I appreciate you sharing the video of Rosarito on your post. It helped me to get a better picture of the area. Looks like a great place to visit.

    Thank you!

    Weston

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Boy the Baja of California borders California to the south, so from San Diego, its just a hop skip and a jump.  Super close.  I do prefer to take a bus over the border though, and not my own vehicle….too many hoops to go thru in my opinion.  But Rosarito is well worth visiting.  Just avoid spring break if that is not your scene, because it gets ridiculously obnoxious.  Thanks for reading!

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  8. Mia

    This looks like a great place! I think I’d like renting an ATV and doing the All The Pretty Horses horseback riding trip. It all looks beautiful and I’d love to visit … when it’s not Spring Break (too old for that now). Thanks for the info, it’s quite thorough.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have to agree on the Spring Break thing.  I went to South Padre Island for a week last year during spring break….I ended up leaving after 2 days.  It was not fun.  When it is not spring break Rosarito is a great place to be.  Nice and quiet, pretty, warm, and  just can’t be beat!

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  9. Maria

    Rosarito Beach looks like a fantastic area to visit when on vacation. Mi Casa Super Club looks like a great place to eat, is it very difficult to get there with big city traffic? This looks like it may be a suitable location for families with small children, are there any attractions that one could visit to entertain the little ones?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, actually not a lot of traffic unless you go during peak spring break time.  And then it will not be family friendly at all.  All other times, is great for families and would be a nice slower pace than other Baja coastal communities.

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  10. Noa

    Wow you really know your way around Rosarito! As a backpacker looking for parties this article came just on time for me, I must say you really made me want to visit there! The info you’ve included is super-important for non-US travelers, I’ve learned so much, for other travels too, not just Rosarito. Wish I could take you in my pocket when I travel so you’d whisper to me what to keep in mind all the time:) thanks for this article!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Noa!  You can take me any time in your pocket on your travels!  That way I get to see more 🙂  Yes, when going to Mexico, there really are a lot of things to keep in mind.  I have been so many times, yet I have only rented a car once.  I find the transportation on buses or with taxis to be much less stressful and more economical.

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  11. Noa

    Wow you really know your way around Rosarito! As a backpacker looking for parties this article came just on time for me, I must say you really made me want to visit there! The info you’ve included is super-important for non-US travelers, I’ve learned so much, for other travels too, not just Rosarito. Wish I could take you in my pocket when I travel so you’d whisper to me what to keep in mind all the time:) thanks for this article!

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  12. JamesGSMurrau

    To think I lived in Yucca Valley and never thought about going to Baja for a vacation. Think if I do I’ll stay at the las rocas resort. Great information thank you.
    Oh and thank you for the heads up about the rental cars and the collision insurance that’s one thing I’ve never thought about. You mentioned hires and atv rentals what about seados or jetskie renals?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, there are plenty of jet skis there as well as quads.  Lots of water sports in Rosarito.  Just best to go during the busy season, otherwise the town is kind of sleepy.  Yes, I would have to agree on Las Rocas Resort 🙂  Thank you for visiting Rosarito Vacations!

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  13. grace

    I never heard of Rosarito before so I found it interesting reading about a new destination. Travelling is my passion and I always enjoy learning new things about places, culture, things to do. Thank you for painting a good picture of this coastal resort city and providing a lot of useful and interesting information. I also found the video helpful. Thank you and best wishes.
    Grace

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading about Rosarito.  Great little coastal town in the Baja on the Sea of Cortez.  You would enjoy traveling here!

      Reply

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