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Setting the Scene:

Formally known as Playas de Rosarito, this town is growing rapidly, but still feels much calmer and at-ease than the bright lights of Ensenada or Tijuana. Located about 35 minutes south of the border right along the Trans-peninsular Highway, Rosarito boasts a long stretch of pretty beach that has a few good surf spots and lots of space for horseback riding, swimming, or just plain lounging. The town is laid out along Boulevard Benito Juárez, which has lots of hotels, restaurants, and cantinas within easy reach, as well as plenty of handicraft shops. Just south of Rosarito is the location where Fox Studios filmed Titanic and a few other movies. You can stop in for a fun studio visit.

Unique sights:

Beachfront Mural: In the Parque Municipal Abelardo L Rodríguez, you can view Juan Zuñiga Padilla’s mural, called "Tierra y Libertad" and painted in 1987.

Fox Studio's Xploration: Used as a filming site for several Hollywood movies, including Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Jackass. You can go on a tour of the premises for $12 USD admission. Summer hours: 9 A.M to 6 P.M. Phone: 1-866-369-2252. More info and directions online here.

Boulevard Popotla: A great place to go to peruse the hand-built furniture, art galleries, curios, metal sculpture, and other Baja-made hand-crafts.

Puerto Nuevo: Located 15 minutes south of the city center, this old fishing community has become well-known for its fantastic lobster dinners! Order the "Comida del Dia": Lobster grilled in butter and served with rice and beans.

Getting there:

Colectivo taxis: Yellow vehicles with a white trangle logo. For "Playas de Rosarito", leave from Avenida Madero between Calle 3a and 4a. Costs approx. 15 pesos.

Mexicoach shuttle: Drops you off at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Costs: $13 USD one way or $20 USD round trip from the US side of the border in San Ysidro (at Border Station Parking). $9 USD one way or $14 USD round trip from Tijuana (at Avenida Revolucion between Calles 6 and 7). Schedule: Leaves every two hours between 9 A.M. and 7 P.M. Phone:(619)428-9517.

Events:

April 30 - Rosarito / Ensenada 50-mi Bike Race

May 14 - Rosarito's Foundation Day.

July 2 to 20 - Rosarito Fair

Sept. 24 - Rosarito / Ensenada 50-mi Bike Race

Oct. 18 - Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival

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