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Hotel Review: South of the Border at the Rosarito Beach Hotel
July, 2014

Hotel Review: South of the Border at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Travel the world, July 25, 2014. By Katherine Belarmino.

In the past the Rosarito Beach Hotel was the only hotel choice in Rosarito. It’s been around since 1925 after all. When Rosarito was Hollywood’s playground the Rosarito Beach Hotel was frequented by the likes of Orson Wells, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy, and Rita Hayworth. In fact, just above the entrance is the statement, “Por esta puerta pasan las mujeres mas hermosas del mundo,” which means through this door pass the most beautiful women of the world. Smooth talker.

Of course a lot has changed since the 1920s. The most recent addition in 2008 of the 17-story, 271-suite oceanfront Pacifico Tower means the Rosarito Beach Hotel has 500 rooms to choose from, all with ocean views.

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A trip south of the border.
July, 2014

Savor Mexico's Pacific Coast sunsets at these spots.
USA TODAY, July 24, 2014. By Mark Rogers.

Mexico's Pacific coast is perfectly positioned to take in a gorgeous sunset. While there's not a bad seat in the house, there are some spots where the dial on the "Wow Factor" is turned all the way up. These extraordinary locations may be special for a variety of reasons: their ease in getting to, being in the middle of one of Mexico's resort cities on the coast; their romantic ambience; or the possibility of combining an excellent meal with a sundown show.

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Baja Bulues Fest press release.
July, 2014

Baja Bulues Fest press release.
RBH news, July 19, 2014. By Jackie Alameda.

7 Great Bands

  • The Mannish Boys featuring Sugaray Rayford and Kid Ramos
  • The Backwater Blues Band (Hosting) with special guest “Mighty Mike” Shermer
  • Nathan James
  • Sharifa and the Good Thing
  • Kara Grainger
  • Tayran Donath
  • Hola Soy Lola with special guest Guitarist “Chuy” from Ensenada

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A trip south of the border.
July, 2014

A trip south of the border.
MadHungryWoman.com, July 17, 2014. By Anita Lau.

Several weeks ago, I was invited to join a group of travel writers in Rosarito, Baja for a weekend of adventure. Because our schedule was a jam-packed one, I won’t be able to fit everything into one post, but instead, I will space everything out into several stories.

Seeing how Rosarito is a seaside town and we all had an ocean view at the Rosarito Beach Hotel — I thought it apropos to begin with our sea-to-table experience.

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Sea and Farm-to-Table Dining in Rosarito Beach Restaurants
July, 2014

Sea and Farm-to-Table Dining in Rosarito Beach Restaurants.
Travel the world, July 14, 2014. By Katherine Belarmino.

We all know that Baja California is the land of some of the best taco stands in the world. The towns along the coast have also been long known for delicious and affordable grilled local lobster. In addition to these Baja food staples, Rosarito has also joined the farm-to-table movement, which provides some additional exciting dining opportunities for visitors to Rosarito and nearby Baja towns. During a weekend in Rosarito we had the chance to eat ourselves into oblivion at a few Rosarito restaurants so we could share some of Rosarito’s best food finds with you.

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8 Ways to Eat (and Drink) Your Way through Rosarito Beach.
July, 2014

8 Ways to Eat (and Drink) Your Way through Rosarito Beach.
A gringo in Mexico, July 6, 2014. By W. Scott Koenig.

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA - Located off Baja California’s Highway 1, tiny Rosarito Beach (pop. 70,000) is often overlooked as a culinary destination in deference to Ensenada’s seafood scene to the south, and Baja Med just north (and closer to the border) in Tijuana. But a little time spent exploring some of Rosarito’s restaurants, taco stands, farms, hotels and its single winery will unearth an abundant, fresh, farm-and-sea-to-table smorgasbord. Of course, every old “Baja Hand’s” favorites are still there…Puerto Nuevo style lobster and El Nido’s mesquite-grilled Sonoran steaks. But on a recent trip, I found some surprises as well…craft beers at the Rosarito Beer Fest and a famous taco stand somehow missed during past excursions just south of the border.

In no particular order, read ‘em and drool...

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We Are The World, We Are The Children.
March, 2014

We Are The World, We Are The Children.
RBH news, June 1st, 2014. By Gil Sperry.

Nearly thirty years ago, Bob Geldof, the leader of the very popular Irish New Wave Punk Rock group with the funky name of The Boomtown Rats, came up with the idea for an international benefit concert which he called 'Live Aid.' To get the world's attention, he recruited superstars Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to write an altruistic anthem to catalyze fundraising efforts. Producer Quincy Jones helped to attract celebrities to participate and provided the brilliant arrangements that contributed to the mutual success of the event and its musical message. The first stanza's lyric is universally acknowledged as pure genius, encapsulating the universal plea sung by superstars over the emotionally charged melody: "There comes a time when we heed a certain call, when the world must come together as one. There are people dying and its time to lend a hand to life, the greatest gift of all."

In early April of this year, Baja Norte's 1st Lady, Brenda Ruacho de Vega, approached Rosy Torres, the President of The Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito, and asked her to set up a local Organizing Committee. Its purpose would be to come up with a plan for a fundraiser to help the state's special needs and at-risk children.

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Anticipated D-Day Launch of World War II film “Little Boy.
May, 2014

Anticipated D-Day Launch of World War II film “Little Boy.
SanDiegoRed.com, May 14, 2014. By Cal Trimble.

ROSARITO.- The long-awaited and much-anticipated feature film, “Little Boy” - shot at Baja Film Studios, Rosarito and at nearby Baja locations - will have its U.S. premiere on June 6, 2014 in a limited release, to open wider later, according to the International Movie Data Base (IMDB) and confirmed by sources involved with the production.

The United States limited release date commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied invasions of June 6, 1944, when one of the greatest military interventions in history was launched across the Channel onto the Normandy beaches, 150,000 men strong, to signal the beginning of the end of World War II’s European theater of operations.

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A Unique Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride: I Rode the Toll Road!
May, 2014

A Unique Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Ride: I Rode the Toll Road!
Baja Is Yours..., May 04, 2014. By Astrid Erickson.

Since 1979, the Rosarito to Ensenada 50 Mile Bike Ride has been inviting people from all over Mexico and the US to join in what has been recognized as the best national and international cycling event.

Because it became so popular, this race now happens two times a year, once in May and another in September. At their peak, the race welcomed 18,000 people, and it looks like the numbers are growing again.

The bike ride is 50 miles, from Rosarito to Ensenada. It’s known as being pretty tough due to the various uphills and the famous Cuesta del Tigre. However, this year we were lucky, due to the scenic road collapsing in December, the ride was on the scenic road, which was accommodated for the ride.

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Spa destinations Casa Playa Spa.
April, 2014

Spa destinations Casa Playa Spa.
spaexpectations.com, April 10, 2014. By Tammy Kincaid.

Looking for a bit of history and plenty of sunshine on your next spa getaway? Then join in the Baja experience and travel south of the border to the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa. A short 30 mile drive from San Diego you will find inviting white-sand beaches and beautiful vistas and of course the Casa Playa Spa.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa was the original dream of Manuel P. Barbachano, a native of Chihuahua who acquired what was a small eight room property with only one bath in the late 1920’s. As the years progressed so did the property and its surroundings. Barbachano married in 1937 and built next to the hotel a 19-room estate that today includes the Casa Playa Spa. A visit to the Spa invokes visions of what it must have been like to live on the property so many years ago. Beautiful Mexican tiles still adorn the building and only add to the rustic ambiance.

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Baja road trip – Rosarito Beach
April, 2014

Baja road trip – Rosarito Beach.
foodhoe.com, April 06, 2014. By Foodhoe.

Mr. K and I took a quick road trip in the new car down to Baja California last week which I was keen to explore after reading many mouthwatering accounts of the gustatory delights that can only be found south of the border. We left San Leandro at an ungodly early morning hour, and were rewarded by virtually no traffic all the way past L.A. and San Diego, arriving at Rosarito Beach by 1 pm!

I found a great deal through Travelzoo for a studio suite at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, a historic spot right on the beach that was easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants.  We were there a couple of weeks before spring break, so it felt almost like we had the place to ourselves, the beaches were empty, and the weather was unsettled with dark cloudy skies one moment, then blue skies and sunshine the next.

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Press Release - The Perfect Family Getaway This Easter Weekend.
March, 2014

The Perfect Family Getaway This Easter Weekend.
RBH news, March 24, 2014. By RBH news.

  • It’s a good idea to plan and reserve early.
  • Special Packages & Free Children’s Activitie

ROSARITO BEACH HOTEL, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO - Easter arrives later in spring this year - April 20 - so there’s plenty of time to reserve a perfect holiday getaway at the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.

Baja’s largest and most famous oceanfront resort, which marks its 89th year this May, offers fun-filled Easter weekend packages from $135 per night. Each includes an oceanfront room in the resort’s Coronado Tower, getaway dinner for two adults, a 15 percent discount at the luxurious Casa Playa Spa, and a pass for quicker and easier return to the U.S. lus two children 12 and under always can stay free with their parents.

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Press Release - Mariachi Divas
February, 2014

All You Need To Know About “Grammy Jammin’ with The Mariachi Divas.
RBH news, Februari 12, 2014. By RBH news.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel is proud to announce that on Saturday evening March 15th it will be hosting an event to honor The Mariachi Divas’ unprecedented feat of winning their 2nd Grammy Award. This result, along with the recognition of winners in 83 other musical categories, was announced on an internationally televised presentation at the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles (CA) on Sunday, January 26th. No other mariachi group (male or female) in the 56 year history of the awards has ever won more than once in the category of ‘Best Mexican Regional Music’.

The Divas’ winning CD, ‘A Mi Manera’ (My Way) featured the original ‘Rosarito’ which was composed by the Divas’ multiple Grammy Award-winning Musical Director Alberto ‘Beto’ Jimenez and his collaborator, Ismael Gallegos

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10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014
February, 2014

Visit Baja, California… Rosarito Beach.
RBH news, Februari 1, 2014. By RBH news.

Before you schedule a trip to Baja California (Mexico) you need to know passports are required for all U.S. citizens traveling to or from the United States to Mexico. Travel to the border regions from the U.S. does not require a passport, but you cannot re-enter the USA without one. It’s fairly easy to get into Mexico but you need a passport to return home. Not a birth certificate but a passport. With one you eliminate a possible hassle getting back into the US. Also, many American cell phones will work in Mexico, depending on your location. Contact your phone company for instructions and rates. Rates for U.S. carriers in Mexico tend to be very expensive. If your phone won't work where you're going or you would prefer cellular rates that are comparable to (sometimes better than) calling card rates, there are companies in the USA that will rent you a phone for Mexico. In general, despite what you’ve heard or read, travel in Baja California is considered to be safe and visitors should feel welcome in the area.

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10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014
February, 2014

10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2014.
Wine Enthusiast magazine, February 1, 2014. By NA.

3.- Mexico Valle de Guadalupe / Baja California

What’s that, they make wine in Mexico? Indeed, they do-have for centuries-and not just sacramental wine and plonk. In the northern reaches of Baja California, along Route 3 in the Guadalupe Valley, the quality of wine has risen over the past two decades. Wineries here have teamed up with chefs and hoteliers to create Baja’s very own Ruta del Vino (wine route). Less than two hours from San Diego, the Valle de Guadalupe, anchored by the city of Ensenada, has moved past its Tequila-and-Tecate roots to ones based on the grape. Head south of the border for a wine-and-travel experience you won’t forget. -Michael Shachner

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First Time To Rosarito Beach—A Wife’s Perspective by Patty Flynn
January, 2014

Mexico has very low violent crime rates.
howsafeismexico.com, January, 2014.

The U.S. Assault rate is 5 times higher than Mexico’s. Mexico’s violent crime rates for Assault, Kidnapping and Rape are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department issues no such warnings for Canada. The rate for Rape in the U.S. is more than double the rate in Mexico.  The numbers in the charts below have been adjusted for unreported crime from the respected 2012 Prominix report and are the most accurate statistics available on this subject.

Unless you are involved in the drug trade, you are statistically safer in Mexico than anywhere else in North America. Even though the U.S. murder rate of 4 per 100,000 is lower than Mexico’s, tourists and visitors are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the U.S., Canada and many other countries regarded as safe.

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2013


Hotel Holidays
December, 2013

A Festive $99 Special Makes This Famous Rosarito Hotel A Great Holiday Destination.
RBH news, December 12, 2013. By Ron Raposa.

December a Wonderful Month for Tourists as well as Whales

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Giant gray whales pass through here in late December on their yearly migration from Alaska to Baja’s warm southern waters --- and the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is making this a great month for human tourists to visit, too.

Concluding its 88th year, Baja’s most famous oceanfront resort is offering a $99 special now through Dec. 26 that includes a bottle of Guadalupe Valley wine plus two daily breakfasts or dinners from its Getaway menu.

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Americans returning to Baja as crime dips
November, 2013

Americans returning to Baja as crime dips.
The Wahington Post, November 30, 2013. By Associated Press.

SAN DIEGO - Dan Johnson hadn't crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in years despite the fact the San Diego native lives 20 minutes away and spent most of his life making weekend runs for Baja California's surf and fish tacos.

“Everybody was scared,” Johnson said of San Diegans' impression of their Mexican neighbor after violence spiked about eight years ago. But now Johnson, like an increasing number of Americans, is being lured back by a region that has transformed itself while fighting the drug war.

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First Time To Rosarito Beach—A Wife’s Perspective by Patty Flynn
November, 2013

First Time To Rosarito Beach—A Wife’s Perspective by Patty Flynn.
ypepad.com, November 13, 2013.

Patty and Terry Flynn made their first trip to Rosarito Beach with Phil Friedman Outdoors this past weekend. The couple were a delight to be with and such giving people. Patty wrote the following story proudly presented to you now by Phil Friedman Outdoors.

I was recently invited to go with Phil Friedman on his trip to Rosarito Beach.  My husband Terry, an avid fisherman , was very excited to go, and why not, he got to combine his 3 favorite things, fishing, helping others, and beer.  I was a little more reticent.  I’m a fisherman’s wife, not an actual fisherperson on my own. 

What would I have in common with all of these fisher-people, what would I do?  I found that I had quite a bit in common with everyone and had a wonderful time. 

We stayed at the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, an idyllic resort right on the beach.  We stayed in the new tower and the suites were comfortable, spacious, and had a view you could look at for hours.  We overlooked the ocean and below we could see the pier, the horses and the ATVs that were rented to the hotel guests.  The days were warm with a slight breeze; the sunsets a cavalcade of color as the sun touched the ocean; and the evenings pleasantly cool.

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