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Baja’s Largest Mariachi Festival Returns to Rosarito This October

Star-studded Oct. 7 Concert Highlights 4-Day Spectacular; Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort Offers Lodging & Event Special Packages

The 8th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival, which has grown to be Baja’s largest and one of the top such events in the world, returns to Rosarito this October.

All events from music and dance workshops to competitions to the star-studded closing concert starting at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 7 will again be held at the landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.

Once again, all profits will go towards the construction and operation of the Rosarito Boys & Girls Club.

Baja’s Largest Mariachi Festival Returns to Rosarito This October

Baja’s largest mariachi festival returns to Rosarito this October.

“We attracted thousands of participants and music lovers last year,” said event organizer Gil Sperry. “We expect more this year. While most come from Mexico and the United States (about 25 percent), historically attendees have come come from other countries as well, including Canada, Holland and Japan.”                                              

Featured in the Saturday night closing concert will be Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, voted the best in the birthplace of mariachi, the Mexican state of Jalisco; and from the U.S. the all-female Mariachi Divas, winners of two Grammys and nominated for nine.

Also performing at Saturday evening’s grand concert will be the Latin Grammy-nominated Trio Ellas and Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista, winners of multiple awards as Best Mariachi at festivals recently held in Albuquerque, NM and San Juan Capistrano, CA.

The Mariachi Divas were headliners at our first festival in 2010. That one-night event attracted a few hundred people, but since then tens of thousands of aficionados have been attracted to the festival and over $200,000 in gross income generated,” according to Rosy Torres, President of the local Boys and Girls Club.

Student music, vocal and folkloric dance workshops will be held throughout the week starting on Oct. 4. “One of the festival’s main goals is to promote instrumental music education in Mexico’s schools, where it has been lacking for decades”, said Mr. Sperry, who is also the author of the “Mariachi for Gringos” series of books.

Both students and professionals will perform at the Grand Opening concert at the 8th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival which will open the festivities on Friday evening October 6th.

A full event schedule plus ticket purchase is available at www.rosaritobeachmariachifolklorico.com Tickets offered include all-event ones at $100 to closing concert tickets at $80 (with a $55 VIP upgrade from General Admission available).

The host and sponsoring Rosarito Beach Hotel is offering a Fridays-and-Saturday lodging package that includes an oceanfront room and event tickets for two for $280. Reservations are available by calling 1-800-ROSARITO.                 
“This is one of the premier events for all of Baja,” said hotel director general Hugo Torres, who has supported the festival from its inception in 2010, when he was mayor of Rosarito.

His daughter, Rosy, director of the local Club added that “without the festival and those who have supported it, we could not have made the progress that we have made in serving the children of Rosarito.”

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Chefs Shine at Sabor de Baja 2017

Highlights from the peninsula’s premier culinary competition, held annually at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

All photos courtesy of Lynn Gatch

This year’s event marked the 5th anniversary of the popular Sabor de Baja, one of Baja California’s premier annual galas that focuses upon fine regional wines and craft brews paired with the exquisite offerings of some of the area’s top chefs.

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Chef Bo Bendana, formerly of the restaurant Mi Casa Supper Club in Rosarito, took second place in the food competition.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Chef Bo Bendana, formerly of the Mi Casa Supper Club restaurant in Rosarito, have been at the forefront of this friendly gastronomic competition since its very beginning. And once again, the White Party theme added an even brighter element to the festivities, as a record number of delighted attendees milled past the rows of booths and kiosks that offered samples of an impressive array of gourmet foods and delightful wines.

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As usual, the annual White Party theme at this year’s Sabor de Baja helped make spirits even brighter.

Each year, the culinary offerings at Sabor de Baja seem to inch their way up to an even higher level than the previous year’s event, and this year was no exception.  The recently remodeled Chabert’s Restaurant at the Rosarito Beach Hotel drew great praise from those in attendance with upscale appetizers as they began the foray upon the tasty trail that lay before them.

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The newly remodeled Chabert’s Restaurant at the Rosarito Beach Hotel offered up a tasty presentation of delicious canapes for attendees.

In the end, the winners of the competition are ultimately determined by a panel of astute judges, which this year was comprised of Nick Gilman, freelance Mexican food journalist, Mei Ibach, Culinary Instructor at Santa Rosa Community College, Chef John Ash, renowned chef, Food Network host and author, as well as Scott Koenig, a San Diego based food and lifestyle writer covering Mexico.  The People’s Choice award was decided by attendees who marked and submitted a ballot that was provided as they entered the event.

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Guests were treated to a variety of epicurean delights like these grilled oysters in flavorful Asian sauce.

When all was said and done, the winners of this year’s Sabor de Baja were:

  • FIRST PLACE:

52KOOL – Chef Oswaldo Flores / Pairing by Border Psycho Brewery

  • SECOND PLACE:

Mi Casa Supper Club – Chef Jorge Cuadros / Pairing by Vinos El Cielo

  • THIRD PLACE:

Casa Plascencia – Chef Didier Hernandez / Pairing by Monte Xanic

  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:

KOI SUSHIChef Yaron Del Moral / Pairing by Valley Girl Wines

Although the Sabor de Baja has traditionally provided a showcase for northern Baja’s finest wines, this year’s First Place pairing award went to Border Psycho, a purveyor of quality craft beers based in Tijuana.

Sabor de Baja 2017

Although fine wines may be more prolific at Sabor de Baja, this year’s top honors were taken by Tijuana’s craft brewers who produce Border Psycho; a sophisticated and powerful IPA, paired with food provided by 52 KOOL restaurant, also from Tijuana.

While microbreweries have only been competing at the Sabor de Baja for a few years, their popularity as an accompaniment to gourmet cuisine has been growing exponentially and promises to become even more prominent in events to come.     

The grand tradition of Sabor de Baja continues next year on August 29, the last Wednesday in August. Mark your calendar now; the next gala promises to, once again, transcend the expectations of those who are lucky enough to attend it.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

 

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Through These Doors: An Ongoing History of the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort, from 1925 Until Today

The Rosarito Beach Hotel, now Baja’s largest and most famous oceanfront resort, had a modest birth back on May 25, 1925.

That’s the day an advertisement was published in the San Diego Union newspaper for the opening of a beachfront property 20 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, one backed by American investors.

History of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort

The lobby of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort as it looks today.

Back then the resort consisted of 10 rooms and one bathroom. Basically, it was a small hunting lodge on the beach.

It made sense that it looked that way. At the time, many people in the United States knew the area now called Rosarito, if they knew it at all, as a good place to go hunting.

In 1925, the U.S. state of California was in the midst of the roaring ‘20s. But Baja California, in Mexico, was a lot quieter. Much has changed since then.

Today, almost a century after its birth, the Rosarito Beach Hotel is a nearly 500 room-and-suites, full-service, self-contained resort. It includes three towers, luxurious spa, restaurant, lounges, pools, outdoor gardens and dinner theater.

The hotel has attracted millions of visitors as perhaps the leading landmark in what has become a vibrant tourist region, and popular spot for coastal living. It was the first large business in what was to become the city of Rosarito.

The resort’s – as well as the region’s – transformation largely began in 1929, four years after its birth, when it was purchased by Manual Barbachano, a visionary who also brought electricity and phone service to northern Baja.

History of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort

92 years after its opening, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort remains a landmark regional lodging.

Mr. Barbachano also was determined to bring to Baja a world-class resort, in part to please his soon-to-be wife, actress Maria Luisa Chabert, who was accustomed to the more glamorous life of Mexico City.

Mr. Barbachano began adding rooms and a beautiful casino. The alluring seaside resort became a favorite of the rich and famous, including the Hollywood crowd, in part because the U.S. had enacted a prohibition against alcohol.

Today those guests would be called jet setters, although jet planes had yet to be invented back then. But the resort had a landing strip between buildings and beach, and sometimes more private planes than cars in its guest parking lots.

In 1932, fifty more rooms were added along with the hotel’s grand foyer, with 20-foot ceilings, murals by Matias Santoyo, plus replicas of Mayan and Aztec art. The Salon Mexicano dinner theater and the Azteca restaurant, which had a bar running its length, also opened.

History of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort

Marilyn Monroe, the epitome of the blonde bombshell, was one of many Hollywood leading ladies to visit the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.

Many of the people who worked on the early expansion of the hotel settled nearby, and Rosarito grew up around the hotel.  Mr. Barbachano traveled south in Mexico to recruit workers for both hotel construction and operations. Many of their descendents work at the hotel today.

Casinos were outlawed by the Mexican government in the 1930s and U.S. prohibition ended that decade. Still, during this period a galaxy of stars began appearing at the resort just south of the border and so near Hollywood.

They included Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Frank Sinatra, plus glamorous leading ladies like Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, Joan Bennett and Lana Turner.

In honor of those lovely ladies and so many others, a message on the stained-glass doorways leading to the hotel lobby reads:  “Through these doors pass the most beautiful women in the world.”  The message is accompanied by the colorful image of a lovely senorita.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel became the “it” place for celebrity rendezvous.  Aly Khan, prince of Persia, wooed both actresses Rita Hayworth and Gene Tierney at the resort.

The playboy prince and Ms. Hayworth took long strolls on the resort’s beach, with part of his large entourage trailing behind. The playboy prince once paid for a 50-cent drink with a $100 bill, leaving the rest as tip for the stunned Azteca bartender.

History of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort

Rita Hayworth

Mr. Barbachano died in1954, with the hotel’s Hollywood glamour at a peak, and Maria Luisa later remarried. For about 10 years beginning in 1964, the hotel was leased to a U.S. group.

In 1974 the Barbachanos’ nephew Hugo Torres, who first came to the hotel in 1943, assumed ownership and operations of the resort, and the next major period of expansion began. Much like his uncle, Mr. Torres is a Baja visionary.

Beginning in 1983, Mr. Torres led the effort that in 1995 made Rosarito Beach a city independent from Tijuana, of which it been a suburb. This enabled the seaside tourist region to keep its own revenues while improving and expanding itself.

Mr. Torres twice served as city mayor and also in coming decades greatly expanded the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, of which he is now director general.

The 84-room Playas Tower was added in 1984 and the eight-story Coronado Tower in 1993. An 1,800-foot sports fishing pier was completed in 2000. In 2007, the Pacifico Tower, a grand 17-story structure of luxurious suites, opened. It was the region’s first condo-hotel, where people can be either guests or owners.

Rosarito has grown greatly in popularity over the decades. A major boost came in 1996, during Mr. Torres’ first tenure as mayor, when Fox Studios constructed a facility just south of the resort for the filming of James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Bill Paxton.

History of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort

Lana Turner

A full-sized replica of the famed ocean liner awed those who drove by on the adjacent scenic highway, and the movie’s cast made the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort a favorite after-work destination. The Hollywood tradition continues today.

 “Master & Commander” and many others were produced at nearby Baja Studios. Robert Redford stayed at the resort in 2012 while filming “All Is Lost” and recent seasons of the “Fear The Walking Dead” TV series have been based here.

But the resort didn’t become a legend by glamour and stars alone.

For nearly a century, millions upon millions of guests have been hosted by the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, attracted by its beauty, great location, easy access, affordability, wealth of activities and lodging options.

Many enjoy their visit totally within the extensive facilities of the self-contained resort. Others use it as a beautiful base from which to enjoy nearby Baja attractions, including the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is the heart of a region rich in art, culture, fine food, entertainment and recreation. U.S. News & World Report magazine named it one of eight top spots for outdoor adventures.

And, as always since 1925, through these doors pass the most beautiful women in the world.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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2016 Sabor de Baja Hits New Heights

And the Legend Lives On

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Over numerous decades, the Rosarito Beach Hotel has played host to a myriad of Hollywood celebrities, international dignitaries and discriminating visitors from around the globe.  As a matter of fact, as the years have passed, some of its regular guests even began referring to it simply as ‘the legend’; paying homage to the fact that the hotel has remained one of the top properties of its kind on the Baja coast since the days of the early 20th Century.

As it turns out, during the past several years, the hotel along with Chef Bo Bendana of the Mi Casa Supper Club have worked together to create yet another legend, which now draws throngs of eager epicureans and wine lovers to the annual Sabor de Baja that features delightful samplings of our region’s finest wines and craft brews pared with gourmet cuisine from top local restaurants.  Without a doubt, the 2016 event set a new standard in that regard.

Sabor de Baja

The popular Fuego restaurant in Valle Guadalupe grilled some exquisitely tender pork loin, while Tijuana’s famed Caesar’s restaurant switched things up from their popular salad and instead offered trays of succulent, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell.

This year’s affair was also upgraded with a new VIP section, which offered reserved table seating that was situated adjacent to the main stage.  Guests who took advantage of this option enjoyed easy access to the wine and food along with a close up view of the featured entertainment and presentation ceremonies.

An increase in onsite staffing ensured that the general admission attendees were also well accommodated with additional chairs for their tables whenever necessary.  As always, however, it was the exceptional performance of the many vintners, brewers, chefs and restaurateurs taking part in this annual event that elevated it to its new apex in 2016.

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The team at Madera 5, known for their fine red wines wowed this year’s guests with a stunningly crisp and lightly fruity Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend aged in stainless steel tanks, which allows for a light, clean finish.

Although wine was the most predominant beverage being served, there were also a few wonderful craft brews available; most notably, the Veraniega Mexican ale provided by Ensenada’s Wendlandt Cerveceria.

Nonetheless, from velvety reds to crisp whites and an occasional well rounded blush or rosé, it was indeed the many fine wines available that created some of the best pairing opportunities.  Evaluating the many varietals in an attempt to find a clear ‘winner’ can often become quite subjective; yet one of them must ultimately end up prevailing over all the others.

The judges at the 4th Annual Sabor de Baja had the daunting task of tasting food items from 20 different chefs and tasting 16 wines and 4 craft beers; and then had to determine the winners in each of those categories in a mere 2 hours.

Sabor de Baja

The Alximia winery presented a velvety Temperanillo and Cabernet along with a selection of light Grenache, blush and Helios Rosé.

In the end, they came to a unanimous decision.  It was the cuisine of Chef Armas Gomez and his Ensenada restaurant Mantou Gastropub, paired with a fine red wine from Vinicola Corona Del Valle that ended up taking the top honors.  Yet, the high quality of all the entries presented to them made for some very fierce competition.

Attendees also got an opportunity to weigh in on the many restaurants that took part in the event.  Once again the voting was close, but it was the Rosarito Beach Hotel’s gourmet restaurant Chabert’s that ultimately took the People’s Choice Award for presenting the best cuisine at the competition.

Sabor de Baja

Chabert’s, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, ended up winning the People’s Choice Award.

The annual Sabor de Baja event not only continues to consistently set the regional standard for upscale wine and food pairings of this nature; it also plays an important role in drawing further international attention to the world class wines, chefs and exquisite gastronomic resources that are available in northern Baja California.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

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Baja Restaurant is Among Nominees for 100 Top Experiences In Mexico

Mi Casa Supper Club In Mexico Tourism Board Competition; Your Vote Can Decide Winners

Bo at Mi Casa

Chef Bo Bendana at Mi Casa Supper Club.

Rosarito’s Mi Casa Supper Club has been nominated in the Mexico Tourism Board’s effort to determine the nation’s 100 “must” experiences for 2016.

Winners will be selected by popular vote from nine categories which include hotels, attractions, event, entertainment, historical sites and art. Mi Casa Supper Club is nominated in the gastronomy category.

Ms. Bendana and her husband Dennis Sein also organize Sabor De Baja, a yearly competition among Baja’s top chefs.

The fourth annual edition of that all-white-attire affair will be held Aug. 31 in the oceanfront gardens of the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, Hundreds of people attend the event where 20 chefs’ creations are paired with Baja wines and craft beers

For further information on the 100 essential experiences competition, click here. To vote for Mi Casa Supper Club – which you can do daily – click here.

Mi Casa Supper Club is an elegant experience that features Chef Bo Bendana’s blending of Baja, Mediterranian and Moroccan cuisines.

Mi Casa Supper Club It is located at 54 Estero,  San Antonio Del Mar, Tijuana, just north of Rosarito and off of the Scenic Highway. The restaurant’s hours are Thursday to Saturday 5 – 10 p.m., Sunday brunch and dinner 9 a.m. – 8 p.m-. Its website is www MiCasaSupperClub.com.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Trouble Remembering Valentine’s Day? The Rosarito Beach Hotel Has 29 Of Them

Baja hotel & resort offers special monthly packages plus a masked Valentine’s Ball

Declaring February the “Month of Love,” Baja California’s largest and best known beachfront lodging, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, is offering one-night My Sweet Valentine Packages at special prices for all 29 days.

And on Valentine’s weekend (Feb. 12 and 13), separate one- and two-night packages are available that include tickets to the Saturday night Valentine’s Ball, a romantic dinner event featuring live music and dancing.

Valentine's Day Rosarito

February is the month of love at Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, with special rates available for all 29 nights.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort  has been a top destination for visitors from California  and the Southwestern U.S. since 1925. A short scenic drive south of the border, yet rich in Old World charm, the resort is the perfect spot for a two-nation vacation.

With 500 rooms – 271 suites in its Pacifico Tower – the resort has rates and specials to fit almost any travel budget. Lodging choices range from standard oceanfront rooms to a variety of elegant, fully-equipped suites.

Mexican  presidents and a galaxy of Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe , Gregory Peck and Rita Hayworth have been  guests over the years. And the property is conveniently close to many major Baja attractions, including the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village (10 miles away), and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe (just 37 miles south).

All February, one-night weekday packages in a standard oceanfront room are $159. Each includes getaway dinners for two, complimentary bottle of Guadalupe Valley wine, plate of chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, and two 30-minute Swedish massages.

Valentine's Day Rosarito

Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is hosting a romantic, masked ball for Valentine’s Day, with a buffet dinner and dancing to band Sonora con Inamita.

On Valentine’s weekend, one-night packages in a standard oceanfront room are $159 and  two-night packages $249. One-night packages in a deluxe one-bedroom condo are $229 and two-night packages $389. All include a late Sunday check-out.

Each package includes a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, two tickets to the Valentine’s Ball, plus getaway dinners for two with two-night stays, Tickets to the ball purchased separately from a package are $39 per person.

The Valentine’s Ball will start at 7 p.m. in the Salon Mexicano Ballroom. Each ticket includes welcome margarita, carnival mask and free parking, As well as an expansive buffet and live music by Sonora con Inamita.

Plus, those who wear red to the Ball will have the chance to win a weekend getaway at the resort.

Reservations are available by calling 1-800-343-8582 (from the U.S.)  or 01-800-265-2322 (from Mexico), or by email online at reservation@rosaritobeachhotel.com.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Rosarito Beach Hotel Offers Special Rates to Potential Vacation Club Members

$55 and $99 2-Night Packages Available Through February 2016

Looking for an annual vacation spot and have Mexico in mind? From now until February, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort has an appealing offer.

Through Feb. 29 people interested in purchasing annual vacation time at Baja’s best known beachfront resort, just 30 miles south of San Diego, can ‘test drive’ the experience with a two-night stay in either a standard oceanfront room or deluxe condominium.

Sunday through Thursday, the special two-night stays in a standard room are $55 and $99 in a deluxe condominium , plus tax. Friday and Saturday night stays are $20 per night more. Each includes accommodations for two adults and two children 12 and under.

Rosarito Beach Hotel

Once frequented by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort remains a cross-border weekend getaway mecca for Southern Californians.

Each Vacation Club package includes four welcome margaritas and, to make it easier for guests to sample resort amenities, stays include a 20 percent discount on food and 20 percent at the luxurious Casa Playa Spa, once the mansion of the resort’s founding family.

To qualify for these rates, couples need only attend a 90-minute Vacation Club presentation during their stay.  The offer is open to married couples ages 32 to 62, with minimum  annual incomes of $45,000 and at least one major credit (not debit) card.

Mention the following code upon reserving: RBHCLUB. Available November until February 29, 2015, except Holidays and special events.  To reserve call 1-866-ROSARITO (from the U.S.) or 01-800-265-2322 (from Mexico). Offer based on availability only with prior reservations.

With almost 500 rooms and suites, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa is Baja’s largest and best known oceanfront resort. It includes restaurants, bars, world-class spa, shops, pools, fishing pier, expansive beach and a host of other amenities.

Since it opened its doors in 1925, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, has attracted millions of visitors as well as international royalty with its romantic old-world charm and hospitality. A galaxy of stars including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra have been guests.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel is a totally self-contained resort and yet only a short stroll from the city’s downtown. It is near major Baja attractions, including the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village and Baja’s Wine Country,

The resort also offers ownership options through its Residences program in its luxurious yet affordable 17-story Pacifico Tower, which opened in 2008.

Only 20 miles from the U.S. border, Rosarito Beach is home to mariachi bands, poets, artists and some of the best food in the world. Baja Studios, where Titanic, Master & Commander and other blockbusters were filmed is here

Rosarito also is known for surfing, fishing, off-roading, fine food and a myriad of nearby attractions – including the Guadalupe Valley Wine Country, just 37 miles away.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort Offers Special Packages For Epic Mariachi Concert

Famed mariachi group will appear with a binational symphony orchestra on Dec. 12

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—World famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will perform with a full binational symphony orchestra in a gala concert Dec. 12 at the Baja California Center, off the scenic road in northern Rosarito.

In conjunction with the prestigious event, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort will offer special lodging and concert packages ranging from $169 to $699 for the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. after select VIP events.

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort

The famed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan will perform with a binational symphony orchestra in Rosarito on Dec. 12, 2015.

The resort’s $169 package includes a one-night stay in an oceanfront room plus two general admission concert tickets. A $269 package includes lodging in a deluxe one-bedroom condo in the resort’s Pacifico Tower, plus two gold section tickets.

A $699 Gala VIP package includes the deluxe condo stay plus concert, a preshow meet and greet with Mariachi Vargas at the Baja California Center, and a four-course gourmet dinner paired with fine wines.

Those who purchase the VIP package also will receive a commemorative program containing the history of mariachi and Mariachi Vargas’ position within that history, autographed pictures of the group’s members, and Spanish/English lyrics for all of the evening’s concert selections.

These concert packages are available by phone only at 1-866-ROSARITO. More information on Baja’s largest and best known beachfront resort, plus other specials and events offered there are available at www.rosaritobeachhotel.com

Tickets for the concert only are $60, $100 and $350 per person for the VIP gala. For more information, please call (818) 966-3966 or visit the website at: www.thebigconcert.com or www.bajaconcerts.com. The Spanish website is www.elgranconciertomariachi.com.

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort is offering accommodation and concert packages for the epic concert, with prices ranging from $169 – 699.

“There are certain moments in musical history when we wish we could say ‘I was there,’” stated Ed Marsh, executive producer of the show.

“This musical event will be historical due to its uniqueness, and groundbreaking production values. Who to best perform this epic event if not the greatest mariachi ensemble of all time: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan!”

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort was founded in 1925. The historic property is totally self-contained, yet only a short stroll from the downtown tourist district and a short drive from major Baja attractions like the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, Baja Studios (where Titanic was filmed) and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

“This is a truly exceptional event at Baja’s state-of-the- art convention center,” said resort owner and former Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres. “It will be a wonderful evening both for long time fans of great mariachi and those new to the genre. We are pleased to be associated with it.”

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort also hosts an annual mariachi and folkloric ballet festival, one of the larger ones in the world, organized by Rosarito resident and author Gil Sperry.

 

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Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort Serves Up Special Packages for Thanksgiving

Historic Resort Celebrates Holiday with a Tasty Two-Nation Celebration

Just 30 miles south of San Diego, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort is a great locale for U.S. residents seeking to transform a traditional holiday into a two-nation celebration or mini-vacation.

This time of year, there are many opportunities to do so, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Thanksgiving includes some of the tastiest specials in Rosarito, a resort city that’s home to an estimated 14,000 expats.

Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort Serves Up Special Packages for Thanksgiving

Two-night lodging and dining packages are offered from $259 between Nov. 26 – 29, and three-night packages from $339. Packages includes lodging in a standard oceanfront room for up to two adults and two children (ages 12 and under), plus one traditional Thanksgiving dinner for each guest.

For those interested only in the dining option, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort offers three-course Thanksgiving dinners (including desserts) from Nov. 26 through 29. Early bird prices (before 6 p.m.) are $14.90 for adults, and $7.90 for children ages 12 and under. After 6 p.m., prices are $19.90 and $10.90, respectively.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort has been a top destination for visitors from California and the Southwestern U.S., as well as from mainland Mexico. A short scenic drive south of the border, yet rich in Old World charm, the resort is the perfect spot for a two-nation vacation.

Founded in 1925, the resort boasts over 500 rooms – including 271 suites in its Pacifico Tower – with rooms, rates and specials to fit almost any travel budget. Lodging choices range from standard oceanfront rooms to a variety of fully equipped elegant suites.

The property is conveniently close to the downtown tourist district, and a short drive from major Baja California attractions like the Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, Baja Studios (where Titanic was filmed), and the wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

These packages are only available by phone reservation. Rates include tax, and no other discounts apply. Rooms are subject to availability. To reserve from the U.S., call 1-866-ROSARITO. From Mexico, dial 01-800-265-2322.

For information about other holiday specials, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve, go to www.rosaritobeachhotel.com.

 

 

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Former Navy Vessel to Serve as Centerpiece of Rosarito Underwater Park

Destination Dive: Date Set for Sinking of Decommissioned Mexican Patrol Boat, Creation of Artificial Reef and Underwater Park Near Puerto Nuevo

On November 21, 2015, a few carefully calibrated charges will send the decommissioned Mexican Navy patrol boat Uribe to her final resting place: in 90’ of water in Bahía El Descanso, two miles off the coast of the famed lobster village of Puerto Nuevo.

Rosarito Underwater Park

Named for a hero of the Battle of Veracruz in 1914, the ARM Uribe served as a Mexican Navy patrol boat for nearly 30 years.

The sinking will be the culmination of years of hard work – bringing the 220’ ship over from Manzanillo, cleaning and preparing her, and determining her ideal underwater location were all expensive and time consuming propositions – but also the beginning of a far more ambitious project, which is the formation of the 100-acre Rosarito Underwater Park (or Parque Submarino Rosarito).

In addition to a “ship graveyard” and artificial reef formed by the Uribe and three other vessels, the underwater park will also feature shallower sections showcasing, respectively, pyramids and statues that evoke Mexico’s Pre-Hispanic past, and a Titanic tribute with chimneys, propellers and other pieces of wreckage. There will also be an onshore museum.

Rosarito Underwater Park

The 100-acre Rosarito Underwater Park will feature a graveyard of sunken ships, as well as a Pre-Hispanic “Atlantis,” and a tribute to the Titanic.

Although it will take at least two more years for the artificial reef to develop into a flourishing marine habitat, it is expected that the park will eventually become a Pacific Coast dive mecca and major tourist draw. And since late summer and early autumn are the best times to dive – warmer waters translate to increased visibility – the park should provide a much needed boost during the region´s slow, off-peak travel season. Forecasts estimate as many as 100,000 people a year will visit the park, many form nearby Southern California.

The Uribe, or ARM (Armada de la República Mexicana) P121, was launched in 1982, and was the first of six Spanish built Uribe Class patrol vessels. These were the first ships in the Mexican Navy to operate onboard helicopters. P121 was named for Virgilio Uribe, a young Naval Cadet who died fighting U.S. Marines during the Battle of Veracruz in 1914. The ARM Uribe was retired following a crippling fire in 2011.

For more information, or to help contribute to the project, visit www.rosaritounderwaterpark.com.

 

The Uribe may well be the centerpiece of the most ambitious artificial reef ever created off the Baja California peninsula, but it will not be the first. That honor belongs to the Fang Ming, which along with another vessel confiscated for transporting illegal Chinese immigrants, was sunk near Isla Espíritu Santo – just north of La Paz – in November 1999. The Fang Ming lies approximately 70’ beneath the Sea of Cortez, and is now a thriving habitat for fish, mollusks, sea turtles, and other marine life.

 

And Cabo San Lucas has recently begun offering dive trips to its own artificial reef, thanks to Hurricane Odile. The category 4 storm devastated the Los Cabos area when it made landfall on September 14, 2014, but it did have at least one positive long-term effect: partially uncovering the forward half of the SS Harry Lundeberg, a cargo ship that went down in 1954 while transporting gypsum plaster from San Marcos Island near Santa Rosalía. That the ship sunk so close to Land’s End is rather curious, and local legend has it that the first mate knowingly steered her to her doom after suffering massive gambling losses. Whatever the cause, the shipwreck is now the site of a burgeoning artificial reef, and the southernmost city’s most exciting new dive destination.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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