Rosarito is one of the best getaways in Mexico. Located less than an hour from San Diego, California, this laid-back destination offers something for everyone. Here is a list of seven unique activities to do in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Enjoy its Beaches
The main sandy area of Rosarito is one of the most entertaining in Mexico. It is full of people in the day, especially young people, surfing, playing volleyball, riding banana boats, or just sunbathing. In the evenings, the beach is animated with groups of friends who go to the bars to drink ice cold beer and delicious cocktails while they snack, listen to music, and dance.
If you are fond of surfing, the best time of year to practice your favorite sport in Rosarito is the winter period, when the waves are optimal. The best beaches for surfing are those in the coastal corridor, from Punta Descanso to Punta Mezquite. You can choose from many tour operators in town to take you to the best places to dive, snorkel, or jet skis, skiing, and boat tours rentals.
Puerto Nuevo Lobster
Twenty minutes from Rosarito, you will find the famous fishing village, internationally recognized for its lobster. In this town, the fishermen and their families have delighted tourists since the 50s, offering this specialty dish accompanied by rice, beans, hot sauce, and flour tortillas. Its style, although peculiar, is so famous, you will not be able to miss it in your passage through the Baja. Around 40 restaurants in this area offer a festive atmosphere with mariachis and traditional music that will enliven your meal.
Visit the Art Galleries
Explore the Art Route of Rosarito. This circuit of art galleries has become famous for boosting Rosarito’s art scene and also for showcasing the work of renowned Mexican and international artists. David Silvah, Claudia Cogo, and Polo’s are some of Rosarito’s art galleries that you simply cannot miss. In addition, in the State Center for the Arts, you can always find a concert or exhibition at the international level.
Rosarito Beach Hotel
One of the most famous and legendary sites in Baja is the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort. It has welcomed visitors since 1924. Its popularity gave birth to the city of Playas de Rosarito that developed around it. Its old-world charm and hospitality have attracted movie stars and royalty, and it continues to attract travelers from around the globe.
From couples looking for a romantic escape to families who want a great place to vacation together, the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Resort offers the perfect assortment of activities for visitors of all ages.
Go hiking and Horseback Riding
The El Coronel hill is the highest topographic elevation of Rosarito, offering splendid panoramic views of the city, the sea, and the surrounding landscape. The mountain is also an excellent place to observe biodiversity, especially birds. Hiking enthusiasts have a good challenge at Cerro El Coronel, with a walk that takes approximately 6 hours round trip.
It is common to see in the sandy areas of Rosarito couples and entire families riding horses. You can hire a tour company with trained horses, organize the walking route, or get riding lessons for children or inexperienced riders.
Ride ATVs and Hand Gliders
Enthusiasts of riding in the desert with motorcycles, ATVs, jeeps, buggies, and pickups with high suspensions, in Rosarito, you can experience these thrilling adventures in the Cantamar sand dunes, also known as Arenales, a site located 20 minutes from downtown. If you don’t have an all-terrain vehicle in the Arenales of Cantamar, you can rent an ATV. If the SUVs don’t give you enough adrenaline, you can fly unpowered hand gliders over the beaches of Rosarito, Cerro El Coronel, and other beautiful places nearby.
The Coronado Islands
The Coronado Islands are four islands off the coast of Baja California. The islands lie only 7 miles from Tijuana, allowing you to see them from the beach or while driving down the scenic toll road to Rosarito. The islands have diverse wildlife and are uninhabited by humans. Mexico protects this area’s wildlife, including elephant seals, sea lions, pelicans, snakes, and more.
If you’re interested in exploring the islands, visitors may anchor their boats to swim, snorkel, or fish, but stepping foot on the island is strictly prohibited. You can hire a charter boat for tours that offer snorkeling, diving, and fishing.
Any time of the year is perfect for visiting Rosarito; it’s the same weather as San Diego. If you want to plan your trip around the US-Mexico border and when lines are shorter, summer is the high season, as well as all U.S. holidays and weekends year-round. Schedule your next trip to Baja; there are so many things to discover in Rosarito.
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