Traveling to Rosarito from San Diego
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Visiting Rosarito from San Diego is safe and easy if you follow some simple tips. Whether you are traveling for Spring Break, work, or vacation, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable trip. From covering driving directions, to restaurant and tour recommendations, this is your personal guide. Come enjoy the sun, beaches, tacos, and everything else that Mexico's Baja California playground has to offer.
Tourist Activities in Rosarito
Rosarito has a lot more to offer than just Papas and Beer. Just like the rest of Baja California, you have incredible weather, great beaches, world-famous street tacos and so much more.
Probably the most famous place to stay is the Rosarito Beach Hotel. This is right in the main strip of downtown and is probably among the cleanest and safest places to stay (though not the quietest, this hotel can definitely be the center of the party). This whole strip along Rosarito beach is full of opportunities for vacationers from the US, but you still should be careful to not travel alone, especially at night.
Things you may not have thought about doing but should:
Go Fishing: Baja California has some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Year round there are opportunities for fishing. Whether you bring your boat, rent a panga, or hire a captain from one of the stores on the strip, you can find great fishing. Yellowtail, Grouper, White Sea Bass, Dorado, and Tuna can all be found just a short distance away.
Surfing: Whether it's your first time surfing or you're an experienced surfer, Rosarito is home to great breaks for you. For your first time, try renting a soft top board and going out at the beach near your hotel. For the more experienced, try one of the beaches near the big Pemex plant, or Baja Malibu just North of Rosarito.
Street Fair: On the North end of town, there is a great local street fair that sells all kinds of local foods and products. I love getting the fresh Mexican mangos or melons and putting lime on it... then enjoy it while hanging out at the beach.
Horseback Riding: You can often find Horse Back rides being offered on the beach (though not always). If you don't see them you can always ask a hotel front desk.
Getting to Rosarito from San Diego
Driving to Rosarito from San Diego is actually quite easy. All you will need is your passport and Mexican car insurance. Be sure to fill up before, since American gas is higher quality than Mexican gas (though you should be fine if you do have to fill up at a local pemex). When you cross the border from the 5 south, you will pass an inspection. Right after you pass the Mexican inspection there will be signs as the road branches in four directions. There is a freeway to Rosarito (libre), but the toll road is the simplest and is a much prettier drive. You will take a right towards highway one (cuota) Rosarito/Ensenada. This is less than a minute past the border, so try to get in the right lane soon to be prepared for it. After that you will drive along the border toward the playas (pacific ocean), and after about 3-5 minutes you will need to take a right hand turn to continue toward Rosarito, which should be clearly marked. At this point, you just stay on the highway 1 until you reach Rosarito. The toll should be about $2.25 in Tijuana, and also in Rosarito if you don't get off before it.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi to Rosarito
, which is the easiest and safest option for your car. You can get dropped off at the border, take the San Diego Trolley, or park on the US side of the border for around $8 a day. Right after you walk across the border, Mexican taxi's will be available to take you to Rosarito. They charge between $25-$40 one way. Just let them know what hotel or destination you want. Most do not speak English, but you could get lucky.
other important tips for travel to Mexico
Before you go to Mexico, be sure to review our page on visiting Mexico-Rosarito from San Diego for very important safety tips and travel advice. Down at the bottom of the page, we cover things ranging from international phones to drinking water. All of this information and more is available in our Printable Mexico Travel Guide to Northern Baja.