ACTIVITIES & RECREATION
Baja's Gold Coast, the 60 scenic miles that stretches from just south of San Diego to Ensenada. Surf our waves where the Mexican national championships are held (or get lessons), or fish from the quarter-mile wooden pier or charter a boat. Ride the beaches on ATVs or horses. Golf on courses located both North & South. Parasail, shop or enjoy the nightlife with dancing and dinner in many of our local restaurants. Visit the nearby wine country or art galleries. Secluded getaway or romantic weekend, enjoyment will be as unlimited.
Tequila & Wine Tastings
Sommelier from the finest Vineyards offer wine tastings of the Guadalupe Valley. Offered as a tour or walk in. We suggest the tour because there's a designated driver!
Tequilier Masters guide you through a full lesson on how Tequila is made and what the different kinds of Tequila stands for in the varieties and aging techniques. Offered by appointment for groups of 6 or more. Drivers may be hired for this fun event.
Bajamar, just South of Rosarito Beach, is a Scottish style course that play around and over the beautiful Pacific. The crashing waves and volcanic rock will demand the utmost in concentration from even the best golfer.
Real Del Mar, located north, is canyon-style golf on rolling hills with views of the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Islands. The par 72, 6,400 yard course has six lakes, a challenge for players of all levels.
Baja California with the exception of Hawaii and San Francisco, the waves at Islas Todos Santos off the coast of Ensenada are said to be the biggest in Pacific winters. Swells at Baja Malibu and Calafia are renowned for their consistency.
The beaches in the Rosarito area are probably better for body surfing and Boogie Boarding than for surfing, mainly because of the lack of any consistent shape. The waves do get large, but they are often walled up. South of Rosarito, where the bluffs start, the shape improves considerably.
Constant pacific winds and surf make the best wind surfer’s challenge for a fun ride. Almost any beach is suitable for this activity. Jump in!
Guadalupe Valley , just northeast of Ensenada, is Baja California’s Wine Country. The Valley is home to about 18 wineries that range from to small organic winery. These wineries have achieved awards in excellence from countries such as France, Italy, Spain, England, Canada and the United States.
Dining Baja Style
Almost a million lobsters are served in the Rosarito coastal area each year. "Puerto Nuevo-style" is a specialty preparation of lobster by the expert chefs and local family-run restaurants. Rosarito is justly famous as a gourmet's paradise since it offers more than 85 quality restaurants.
From traditional Mexican cuisine that dates back to pre-Colombian cultures to the best Tacos you'll ever eat.
The annual grey whale migration is one of the most extraordinary migrations on the planet. Their journey begins in the Arctic, and they travel a distance of over 6,200 miles to reach the southern Baja California lagoons for their reproduction cycle and nurse their calves. Book a whale watching trip with one of the local tour guides – it will be one of the most memorable things you do here. Occasionally you'll get lucky and see a Blue Whale - the largest mamal on earth!
Baja´s Gold Coast is becoming a mecca for artists and art lovers. Many artists have galleries in town or in their homes. Great art is everywhere and going gallery hopping is becoming a popular thing to do in Rosarito.
Fishing & Boating
The waters off of Rosarito have plenty fish! However, everyone is so busy entertaining themselves with all of Rosarito's other options, that fishing never really caught on here. The best fishing in the area is off the Coronado Islands, just north west of Rosarito, and most fishing packages are arranged with fishing companies in either Ensenada or in San Diego.
The ROSARITO-ENSENADA 50 MILE BIKE RIDE is one very fun event! This annual collection of fun-seekers really turns Rosarito on full volume! This annual event starts in Rosarito Beach, then heads south on the free road along the coast. At Km. 60 the road heads inland, and then UP!. The last 5 miles are generally a downhill cruise, and the party in Ensenada afterwards is not to be missed!
There are several hiking options in the Rosarito Beach area. Of course hiking along the low bluffs and beaches south of town can be fun. But there are other inland options as well. For an interesting article about hiking the mountains behind Rosarito Beach by award winning author and Rosarito resident Paula McDonald.
Rosarito Beach has miles of open beaches. Playing along the surf line can be a fun way to keep cool on hot days!
Horses are available for rent in Rosarito Beach as well as just south of town, right off of the free road. Bring a pocket of carrots, some of these horses look a bit hungry! Where else can you romp in the sand and surf on a horse for $10?
Launching off the beach is usually no problem. Because most of Rosarito's coast is sandy beach or charter a boat to take you out so you can Kayak back in. Kayaks can often be rented and the two small islands make a fun kayak excursion (once you get out past the waves!)
Snorkeling - Diving
The Coronado island directly in front of the Rosarito Beach is a good snorkel and dive spot when the ocean surface is calm. This is usually during the summer months. Just north of Rosarito Beach, many dive clubs offer day trips to the Coronado Islands. These islands are an easy one day jaunt and the visibility and sea life is exceptional.
Restaurants - Bars
Rosarito Beach probably has more restaurants and bars for travelers to enjoy than any other Baja city, aside from Cabo San Lucas. Most restaurants will accept U.S. dollars, and many are now accepting credit cards. Got pesos? They'll take those too! The drinking age in Mexico is 18. Drink responsibly, stay safe.
Most of the shops are located directly on the main street Blvd. Juarez, and parking is plentiful and free. If you are looking for a lot of shopping in a concentrated area, just park your car near the south end of town. There are plenty of shops here, all within walking distance of each other! More and more shops are accepting credit cards, and accept U.S. dollars.
From the north end (where the smokestacks are) all the way south through town, the beaches are wide and accessible. Locals love to camp on these beaches on holidays, and Baja travelers enjoy all of the traditional sun and surf beach activities, especially in summer.
Special Places – or things only Locals would know about or suggest
Specialty – locals Restaurants (a bit rustic and so Baja - but worth it!)
Ensenada - the City where the big Tour Boats go
The Naked Lady House - you'll miss it if you don't ask about it!!
Puerto Nuevo - Lobster Village & Tourist shops
Popotla - Local Fishing Village
The Black Market - actually the Fish market
Los Globos - The biggest 2nd hand, Antiques & produce weekend shops of Ensenada