DAY 1

11:30 am meet Rosarito Beach hotel van at San Diego Airport
Abraham Camacho, our driver, narrates an interesting scenic sightseeing drive through new portions of Tijuana before taking us along the coast to Rosarito Beach Hotel. 

1 pm arrive and check into Rosarito Beach Hotel go
Great location! The hotel sits right along the beach, and our modern tower, Pacifico, has huge, contemporary rooms. We stay in a luxurious one bedroom condo complete with mini kitchen – cooking, refrigerator, coffee maker, dishes, silver, pots. From our 14th floor balcony (with two wicker lounges and table) we see the layout of the grounds – other buildings, pools, ocean, beach and pier below. Welcome margaritas slaked our travelers thirst and helped ease us into vacation mode.

1:30 pm lunch on pier Rosarito Beach Hotel
Rosarito Beach Hotel’s Julio Flores arranged for us to lunch at tables set right on the pier. The tasty alfresco Mexican style brunch/lunch was plentiful, well-prepared with leisurely service – we’re now on “Mexican time”. The 500-meter sportfishing pier (open daily 10 am-6 pm), built at the rear of the hotel in 2000, adds a very picturesque touch to the beach. From here we can see horseback riders trailing down the beach, paragliders gracefully sailing above us and practicing surfers below. A beach beauty salon, offering corn row braids, has many customers waiting for service.

3 pm historic hotel tour Rosarito Beach Hotel
As we’ve much hotel history to learn and sights to see, Julio Flores guided us on an extensive tour pointing out unique features and architecture. In the oldest part – original adobe structures – there are tiles imported from Spain and Italy, hand painted massive wooden ceiling beams, Mayan themed paintings on leather affixed to the hallway walls, and large wall murals depicting other parts of Mexico in the spacious lobby. Wood colors are dark but the openness, the light and colored tiles create a feeling of welcoming warmth.

4 pm downtown tour of Rosarito Beach
A relatively modern town by Mexican standards, Rosarito has not lost its hispanic flavor. Some wide main streets and well paved roads approach the town but narrow lanes angle off the main drag. Mostly single story downtown with very individually designed buildings. The “club” area could be considered “glitzy” but most of the town is a retro return to an earlier, simpler era. And what is a trip to Mexico without a little bit of shopping? Rosarito’s excellent but somewhat hidden artisan Mercado, is just a short stroll up Benito Juarez (the main street), beginning next to the El Nido restaurant. A large (almost 100 stalls), intricate bazaar/souq, we get lost in the maze of small shops that offer wrought iron goods, blown glass, wood carvings and numerous traditional Mexican art pieces. Also a number of food serving establishments squeezed into minuscule quarters from which wafted fragrances of the foods being prepared. Colorful and interesting – everyone friendly.

7 pm dinner Chabert’s Restaurant go in Hotel
This elegant French style restaurant was part of the mansion built by the original hotel owner. Designed in the European style of the time, all the original decor and themes – including wall colors, crystal chandeliers, silk drapes, fireplace made of 13 different types of marble, mirrors framed in Japanoise of the period – have been maintained, and add to the charm. We are joined by Hugo Torres (hotel owner), Ron Raposa (PR rep) and Jorge Peon (General Manager), which makes for very interesting and lively conversation. The guitar/keyboard duo adds soft background music to a very pleasant dining experience. Menu is cosmopolitan; nice touches such as table side service for Ceasar salad and several flaming desserts; we drink Mexican wine; service attentive and impeccable – a must do.

stay Rosarito Beach Hotel go

Day 1 photo gallery