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- Beaches and surfing
- Horseback riding
Beaches and Surfing
Rosarito has some of the nicest beaches in northern Baja, and some of the best surfing in Baja, particularly from October through April. The breaks in Rosarito are Baja Malibu, with a very thick heavy wave, and also K-38 which is probably the most popular and well known in the region. Around Popotla, just south of the city, is a beach area where local fishermen will glide up to the shore and present visitors with a choice of catch-of-the-day items that can be purchased and cooked at a stand, on site.
Rosarito is not a charter fishing locale like its neighbor to the south, Ensenada. However, it is known for pier fishing and tournaments, right in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. In addition, just a few miles south of town is Popotla, where local fishermen will sometimes take hires out to cast a line near kelp beds or rocks. There is also fishing and mussel collecting that occurs down the road, near Splash! restaurant, south of Cantamar/Primo Tapia.
There are day-trips aplenty that can be taken from Rosarito Beach. The city is almost equidistant between Tijuana and Ensenada, either of which makes a perfect one-day visit. With the relatively new Highway 2000, a toll-road, it is just a short, half-hour trip to charming Tecate, for a visit to the brewery or colorful town plaza. Beach-goers might want to drive the 15 minutes north that are required to arrive at Playas de Tijuana, the westernmost neighborhood of Tijuana that is remarkable for its bull-ring and for a casual beachfront lifestyle. Of course, Puerto Nuevo – only 10 minutes away – is the Lobster Village with its own museum, shopping, and numerous seafood restaurants.
Shopping in Rosarito Beach can be hazardous to your pocketbook…but that is only because there is so much you’ll want to buy. The Rosarito Beach Hotel is home to an arcade that features some of the nicest tourist shops in town, with authentically crafted clothing (summer cottons and woven blouses), stores with talavera wares, Day of the Dead artifacts and much more. Nearby, just next to El Nido restaurant, is the Mercado, a hidden market of more than 100 little stalls and shops where you can buy just about anything Mexican. Popotla is the heart of the art district, and here you will find excellent art galleries; Oaxacan rug stores; furniture shops (for which Rosarito is world-famous) where can be had hand-crafted iron and wooden furniture and accessories, and curios stores that bring forth goods from all over Mexico – purses, dishware, masks and more. There are also several high-end furniture and accessory outlets, including the famous Fausto Polanco and Arte y Diseno.
Horseback riding comes in two different categories in Rosarito: the basic beach ride that can be had along the shores the city’s main municipal playa, or the more boutique form of the activity that can be enjoyed at either Pretty Horses of Baja Rescue and Ride near La Mision about 25 minutes south of Rosarito PrettyHorses features rides through the local hills, with a stop for a wine tasting along the way.
Just minutes north of Rosarito is Real del Mar Resort, an 18-hole course that looks out over the Pacific Ocean. The Real del Mar hotel, once a Marriott Residence Inn, offers a hillside setting and a well-landscaped course that proves itself difficult for all but the straightest hitter.