There is nothing more fun than a road trip down to Mexico, especially when that road trip includes a stay in Rosarito. This charming little beachside town is located in northern Baja California just south of Tijuana, making it the perfect distance for residents of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Rosarito has a ton of really great things to do: from their killer food and night club scene to their picturesque beaches and resorts. Even better, the downtown area is just a block from the beach with cute storefronts and restaurants all within walking distance. We always feel very safe when we’re in Rosarito and the locals are very welcoming and accustomed to tourists.
And while there might be more things to do in Tijuana, Rosarito is perfect for a quiet and relaxing weekend away from home. In case you still aren’t sold on a trip to Rosarito, here are 19 Amazing Things To Do in Rosarito, Mexico.
19 Amazing Things To Do In Rosarito, Mexico
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1. Have killer pancakes for breakfast from The Pancake Republic
This charming breakfast restaurant is a total hidden gem in Rosarito. If you need a place to eat breakfast, then this is the spot. The pancakes were absolutely incredible, and we loved the bright and colorful atmosphere in the restaurant. Even better, it’s located right in the heart of downtown Rosarito, just a block from the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
2. Hit the beach at Playas de Rosarito
You can’t visit Rosarito without spending time on La Playas de Rosarito, the picturesque beaches that the town is known for. The water is definitely quite chilly in the winter, but it’s the perfect temperature for swimming during the summer months. Since the beach is just a block away from the downtown area, it’s very easy to get to the beach for a picture perfect stroll in paradise.
3. Check out the incredible street art
Spend any time in Rosarito at all, and you won’t be able to miss the colorful street art all over the place. It really makes the downtown area come alive with color, and it’s something to take note of and appreciate while you’re there.
4. Ride ATVs on the beach
Yeah, you read that right. You can actually ride ATVs on the beach in Rosarito! Just head south of the boardwalk and you’ll see the long line of ATVs all ready for you to rent and take for a spin. It costs about $20 USD to rent an ATV for approximately 30 minutes. This was probably our favorite part of our entire time spent in Rosarito. It’s a total adrenaline rush, and of course the views aren’t bad either!
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5. Stroll down Blvd. Benito Juárez
The main downtown area in Rosarito is located on Blvd. Benito Juárez. Take a stroll down this lively street and you’ll find all sorts of great restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and galleries. The locals are definitely used to having tourists around, and they’re very helpful if you need help finding anything or just want recommendations on fun things to do.
6. Explore the Rosarito Beach hotel
This iconic hotel was built back in the 1920s and it sits right on the beach. The architecture of the hotel is really beautiful and there’s a pool in the back, as well as a path down to the beach. The hotel even connects directly with the Muelle de Rosarito.
We haven’t stayed here, but recommend that you book a room overnight if you do decide to make the trip down to Rosarito. It’s centrally located and beautiful–we’ll definitely be staying here on our next trip to Rosarito.
7. Take a picture in front of the colorful Rosarito sign
Who can resist taking a picture with a colorful Rosarito sign? Make sure you snap a pic with it during your trip; it’s located right outside the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
8. Have the best taco of your life at Tacos El Yaqui
It’s no exaggeration when I say that this will be the best taco of your life. Tacos El Yaqui is a casual lunch spot that might not look like much, but hang around and order a perrone and you’ll definitely be coming back for seconds.
They cook the meat on a grill as you wait in line for your food, so you know it’s extra fresh. Make sure you show up here early if you want to skip the line; we once waited an hour for our perrones (still worth it).
9. Check out the beautiful art at Ugi Fine Art Studio
We stumbled across this beautiful gallery while making our way to the beach. Located in a small strip mall right outside the Rosarito Beach Hotel, this beautiful gallery has a ton of gorgeous locally made art. It’s a great way to support the local economy while also getting a new piece of art to keep for yourself or gift to a friend.
10. Pamper yourself at The Casa Playa spa
The Casa Playa Spa is a beautiful spa located just next to the Rosarito Beach Hotel. While services are pricier than you may think, it’s well worth it to visit this pristine spa if you are looking for a great way to treat yourself.
11. Grab a margarita at the picturesque Acua Bar & Mar
We stumbled across the very aptly named “Acua” restaurant as we were wandering down Blvd. Benito Juárez. They had a great deal for margaritas listed on the board outside, so we stopped for a drink in this cool spot. The margarita was great, but we loved the cool blue atmosphere even more.
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12. Visit the Muelle de Rosarito
The Muelle de Rosarito is the fishing pier on La Playas de Rosarito. While it was closed when we went, you should definitely walk down this expansive pier if you get the chance. We bet it has great views of the ocean and downtown Rosarito.
13. Enjoy a crazy strong margarita at La Cazuela Del Mole
Another centrally located restaurant in Rosarito, La Cazuela Del Mole should be one of the restaurants on the top of your list to check out. The atmosphere has many intricate statues with a stunning attention to detail, including hand-carved colorful wooden chairs. The margarita was served in a beautiful cactus glass, and was as strong as they come.
14. Have dinner at El Nido
You must must must eat at El Nido! The interiors of this incredible restaurant are decorated like a jungle, and the food is even better than the atmosphere. My personal favorite are their enchiladas, but they also have some very tempting looking steaks on the menu. We always have great service when we come, and can’t recommend this restaurant enough.
15. Explore the hidden wine cellar at El Nido
We are crazy about anything hidden and spooky, so when our server at El Nido told us about the wine cellar, we had to check it out! It didn’t disappoint; this old wine cellar isn’t very big but was a ton of fun to explore and take pictures in. Ask your server about it when you come!
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16. Enjoy delicious drinks at Papas & Beer
Papas & Beer is probably the most popular night club in the entire Rosarito club scene. It’s located right on the beach, and it looks like a crazy party at all times during the summer. We came on a quiet Thursday night in November and still loved our time there: the drinks were delicious, the atmosphere was cool, and the service was friendly. What more could you ask for?
17. Take a short drive for a scenic seafood meal at Popotla Restaurant & Bar
Popotla is a small fishing village not even 5 miles south of Rosarito. We really recommend you make the drive down there, because we had an incredible seafood meal overlooking the ocean at Popotla Restaurant & Bar. Practically any restaurant you eat at will have fresh seafood, but we loved this beautiful restaurant for its amazing views and modern interiors.
18. Horseback Riding on the Beach
If ATVing isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you can also ride horses on the beach! Again, it’s super easy to find them. Just head down to the boardwalk and you’ll see a bunch of horses lined up with people eager to sell you a ride on a beautiful horse along the beach.
19. Explore one of the many colorful shops along Blvd Benito Juarez
Lastly, don’t forget to visit one of the many colorful shops lining the streets of Rosarito. They sell everything from candy and pinatas to clothing and jewelry. Whether you pick up a snack for the hotel room and a beautiful new piece of jewelry, it’s always great to support the local economy.
Where To Stay in Rosarito
Looking have a more local and authentic experience in Rosarito? You can’t go wrong with booking an Airbnb. It’ll give you a more personalized space that is often way better stocked than a sparse hotel room. Plus, it’ll give you access to a local host who usually has awesome recommendations.
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What To Pack For Rosarito
Since you can’t drink the water in Mexico, finding drinkable water can often be a challenge. You can either buy a bunch of plastic water bottles which is terrible for the environment, or you can get a Lifestraw Water Bottle. It has a filter that allows you to drink the water–no matter where you go. We’ve literally used it to drink water from a river in Bosnia. The filter is amazing. It’s definitely more expensive than your typical water bottle, but it’ll save you money in the long run while also saving the planet from more wasted plastic water bottles.
If you want to take some awesome pictures while you’re in Rosarito, it may be time to upgrade your camera. Our Sony RX100 is the best travel camera. Ever. It’s lightweight and compact, yet it takes better pictures than almost every DSLR camera on the market.
We’ve been on the road full-time for about a year. So at this point, we pretty much consider ourselves packing experts. Check out these 17 Things That We Can’t Travel Without for more packing ideas for your next trip 🙂
Rosarito is definitely one of the greatest hidden gems in Mexico. It’s got incredible food, shopping, and accommodations, plus it sits right on the water! If you get the chance to visit this adorable beach side town, we highly recommend it.
If you’re planning a trip to Rosarito, why not include it as a stop in a Baja California road trip? Check out our Perfect Baja California Road Trip Itinerary for more details 🙂
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