Rosarito Beach lies a scant sixteen miles south of the U.S. border, on the Pacific coast. The beach here stretches for 5 miles and is one of the nicer beaches in northern Baja. Rosarito Beach has earned a reputation as a party town and they do their best in Rosarito to live up to their reputation. This small town has more than its fair share of bars, nightclubs and restaurants where you can drink, eat, drink, party and drink some more.
There is a peaceful side to the town, although you would never know it if you arrived during the five weeks, or so, of spring break. The Rosarito Beach Hotel has been an institution in northern Baja since 1927 and remains a class act to this day. This is one of the places that prospered from the prohibition era in the U.S., as hordes of people arrived from Southern California and points beyond to relax and enjoy legal cocktails and also the gambling that was available for a while. The hotel has a great restaurant, two pools, a spa, a newly built pier, some great suites and a really wonderful bar that is a great place to catch the sunset.
Horseback riding, ATV rentals, fishing, bicycle rentals, cruising the all of great taco stands are but a few of the activities available here. Shopping for arts and crafts, pottery, hand made rustic style furniture and of course silver items from all over Mexico is a good way to pass some time. There is an 18 hole golf course a few miles to the north at Real del Mar and Fox studios has an active set location (tours available) several miles to the south.
Puerto Nuevo…one of the main reasons people make the drive to Rosarito Beach, isn’t really in Rosarito Beach. Puerto Nuevo, also known as Lobster Village is located 11 miles south of the Rosarito Beach hotel and is a major destination by itself. All of the thirty plus restaurants in Puerto Nuevo specialize in one item…Lobster! Many of these restaurants also have other items on their menu, most notably fresh fish, but the real attraction in Puerto Nuevo is the inexpensive lobster dinners. Be aware that this village of restaurants and gift shops can get very busy, especially on weekends. There is a turn-off from the toll road and a large parking lot that is usually full on weekends. Another 7 miles to the south is La Fonda Restaurant, Bar and Hotel, another area landmark known for its delightful cliff side dining where you will get exquisite prime rib or steaks along with great margaritas, served above the Pacific in a very romantic setting.