Camping is one of the major crowd-drawing activities in Rosarito. The long stretch of beaches and the city’s vibrant night life are more than sufficient reasons for tourists and travelers to pitch their tents and park their RVs in Rosarito.
Summer and holidays are the more popular seasons for camping. There are designated campgrounds and RV parks in the city as well as in the neighboring city of Ensenada.
The Popotla RV Park, situated along the beach, is a gated resort with a bar, restaurant, and pool. It allows tenting and up to 35 full hook-ups. The parking rate for winter is US$2 for four people but it goes up to US$25 during the summer. The Hotel Baja del Sol is another private RV Park in Rosarito beach which provides a bar and a pool. Other camping facilities are the Baja Season, located 20 minutes south of Rosarito, and the Oasis hotel, north of the city.
Public beaches are generally open for campers free of charge. However, if you plan to camp on private land, be sure to ask for the owner’s permission first to avoid getting unceremoniously kicked out of the camp site.
Before starting your road trip, have your vehicle checked properly and be prepared for roadside breakdowns. Familiarize yourself with minor vehicle problems such as flat tires, discharged batteries, hose leaks, blown fuses, and erratic car alarms. Bring a tool kit with spare parts and a repair manual.
You need not fret too much though when traveling around the Baja area. The Auto Club of Mexico provides roadside assistance and towing services specifically tailored for North American travelers. They will help you with simple vehicle mishaps such as flat tires, running out of gas, car lock out, or discharged batteries. They will also tow your back to the United States if you are within 200 miles south of the border.
The Club charges a minimum fee of US$8.50 but the rates vary depending on the type of vehicle and length of stay. You must pay for the roadside assistance and towing service before entering Mexico in order to avail of their services.
Planning ahead is one of the keys to a great camping experience but also allow room for spontaneity and the unexpected. After all, just about anything can happen when you immerse yourself in Rosarito’s bustling beaches and lively party scene.