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Baja Skinny: A Local Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Rosarito

Congratulations! Anyone planning a trip to Rosarito has chosen wisely. But be sure to make the most of your time in our Pacific front paradise. There are many things to see and do here, and you might miss out on a few memorable moments if you fail to do some advanced planning.

What are the best attractions and activities to enjoy in Rosarito?

Be sure to stop by the Baja Gallery on main street to see work from some of Baja’s most famous artists. But the best walks are those that don’t require shoes. The beaches are gorgeous here, and beachwalking is a perennially popular pursuit. You will also want to check out the pier at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. It’s a quarter of a mile long, and popular with fishermen. The hotel itself is an historic landmark, and has hosted many legendary celebrities and movie stars.


The Rosarito Beach Hotel has been a popular accommodation option for over 80 years. .

What are the best restaurants in Rosarito?

There are many great restaurants in Rosarito, as well as sidewalk food carts and other roving vendors. Here’s the good news: everything is affordable. One of the best restaurants is Susanna’s on the main boulevard. Down the street you will find El Nido Restaurant, known for its outstanding steak dinners. La Estancia, Los Pelicanos, and the Rosarito Beach Hotel are also good choices. Taco lovers should visit Tacos El Yaqui or Taco Loco.


El Nido Restaurant


Tacos El Yaqui

What are the best hotels in Rosarito?

There is no doubt that the Rosarito Beach Hotel is the town’s premier accommodation option, but the Hotel Corona and Hotel Festival Plaza are also good choices. All of them are located on the main boulevard. If you are on a budget you might consider one of the many inexpensive hotels located on the side streets. Some of them post their prices along the main boulevard.

What kind of nightlife does Rosarito offer?

Rosarito nightlife offers a number of venues. The younger crowd prefers Papas & Beer, Senor Frogs, or Iggy’s. These can all be seen from the main boulevard. If you prefer something more mellow, you might like the Rosa & Rita Bar located at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The bar offers karaoke on the weekends. Many of the restaurants offer live entertainment featuring a variety of music.


Papas and Beer

What are some of the major yearly events in Rosarito?

One of the most popular yearly events is Spring Break. This brings thousands of young people to the area. There is also an annual international Mariachi event, usually held in October. Hundreds of bicyclists participate in the annual Rosarito-Ensenada 50-miles ride, which is scheduled in September. The Annual Rosarito Beach Pro -Am surfing competition is another popular event.

What are the best day trips from Rosarito?

A trip south, to Ensenada, is well worth the hour drive. This beautiful city offers a quaint downtown area that has maintained its traditional Mexican flavor. Plus, it’s near Guadalupe Valley, Mexico’s premier wine growing region. Winery visits are highly recommended. Prefer beer? Tecate is also an interesting area, and as you may have heard, they have a very large brewery there. Popotla, Tijuana, and Playas de Tijuana are also worth a visit.

Where are the best internet cafes in Rosarito?

You can drive down the main boulevard and find several internet cafes. Copy Star, Omega Internet Café, and Nube Internet are the most popular. Wi-Fi service is available at many local businesses, including most hotels.


Copy Star is one of Rosarito’s best internet cafes.

What is the one thing people should see or do in Rosarito?

This is highly debatable, but because of its beauty, longevity, history and international reputation, I highly recommend a tour of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.

What are the best places to see live music?

Several local bars and restaurants offer live music: Nuevo Amore Restaurant has singers and musicians, Ruben’s Palm Grill offers music on a regular basis, and Rene’s Sports Bar and Restaurant showcases everything from country and western bands to local singers.

What are the best places to go shopping?

There are a number of small shopping centers in Rosarito, but the most popular is the newly opened Pabellon Mall, which is located at the first exit. Wal-Mart is another popular option, and there are also specialty shops, clothing stores, a cinema complex, and a variety of other businesses to enjoy.


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About Jack E. George

Jack E. George is a Baja writer as well as the author of A Broken Charity and The Autism Handbook (published in English, Spanish, and Chinese).

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