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Question: How far is Rosarito from San Diego?
Answer: Rosarito and the Hotel are only 30 minutes from San Diego and a pleasant drive on the highways. There is a modern toll road that accepts both US and Mexican currencies.


Question: How do I cross the border?
Answer: From San Diego California take Highway 5 or Interstate 805 south. This will take you to the San Ysidro Border Crossing at Tijuana. Proceed through the Border and follow the directions on the Directions Page.


Question: Can I bring in merchandise into Mexico?
Answer: Whether crossing the border by foot, bus, or your own car, you may bring your personal items without a problem. Firearms are illegal in Mexico and you will be subject to criminal prosecution. Food and medicines are regulated. Crossing back into the US, there is a $400US limit on goods and medications are restricted as well. Please check with your local Consulate for more information.


Question: Does the Rosarito Beach Hotel accept Saturday-only reservations?
Answer: The Rosarito Beach Hotel does accept reservations for Saturdays.


Question: Which credit cards does the Rosarito Beach Hotel accept?
Answer: The Hotel accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards and the American Express card as well as cash. We cannot accept personal checks but will honor cashiers or bank checks and internationally recognized money orders.


Question: Are pets permitted at the Hotel?
Answer: Pets are not permitted at the Hotel. Guide and service animals are permitted. Please notify the Reservations Desk if you have special needs.


Question: Can I reserve a specific room number?
Answer: On firm reservations we guarantee a specific room type but not room number. We will try to accommodate you on arrival if the room you desire is available.


Question: Do I need to change money?
Answer: The US Dollar is easily accepted in almost all shops and services. Sometimes however you may find that with gas stations and some services that the exchange rate is not as favorable as that issued by a local bank.


Question: Do I need a passport to go to Rosarito?
Answer: US citizens do need a crossing card or passport to cross back into the US. Non US citizens need their passports or residency cards. Please check with the US and Mexican Consulates in your area with any questions.


Question: How can I exchange currency?
Answer: The official currency in Mexico is the Peso, but U.S. Dollars are readily accepted by the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa as well as most merchants in Rosarito. If you still need to exchange currency there are several banks and money exchange houses within walking distance of this hotel that will make the exchange (in either Pesos or U.S. Dollars) for you.


Question: Are there ATM machines in Rosarito?
Answer: There are two banks near this hotel that have ATM machines: Banamex and Bancomer. They accept debit cards, Visa and MasterCard. Certain banks dispense cash in either Pesos or US dollars.


Question: What are the alcoholic beverage laws in Mexico?
Answer: The legal drinking age is 18, most bars and night clubs require proof of age such as a valid driver's license or a passport. Drinking on the streets is against city ordinance, fines will be applied. Drinking and driving is definitely against the law, offenders will land in jail and will be subject to large fines.


Question: What are the Mexican drug laws?
Answer: It is a criminal offense to use, possess or traffic illegal mind altering drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, etc. Even the possession of a few grams can bring a jail sentence of 8 years or more. Legal medicinal mind altering drugs (Valium, etc.) require a medical prescription for purchase and use.


Question: What if I get ill while vacationing in Rosarito?
Answer: Excellent medical care is readily available. There are two good hospitals and many doctors in Rosarito, with many more in Tijuana (20 minute drive). Ambulance and even helicopter transportation to the US is available. Most prescription drugs are available over the counter at approximately ½ to ¾ of US prices.

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