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Stay near Rosarito's top sights

Pabellon Rosarito58 locals recommend
Baja California Center10 locals recommend
Festival Plaza5 locals recommend
Papas & Beer318 locals recommend
Castillos del Mar5 locals recommend
El Nido131 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Rosarito

  • Total rentals

    1.9K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    65K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.4K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    580 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    760 properties have a pool

Your guide to Rosarito

Welcome to Rosarito

With near-perfect weather, wide sandy beaches, and some of the prettiest, most rugged stretches of coastline in Baja, it’s no wonder people have been appreciating Rosarito’s charms for 4,000 years. But a couple centuries after Dominican priests established a mission nearby, the city’s legacy has taken a somewhat less holy turn. Rum runners and stars of the Hollywood Golden Age all spent time here during Prohibition, and in later decades, this laid-back beach town about 12 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border became an obligatory stop on the college spring break circuit.

Today, retirees and weekend escapees come to eat, drink, spa, golf, and sunbathe in any number of gated condo communities that line the coast. Visitors can shop for tchotchkes at the downtown crafts market; explore the coastline on horseback, surfboard, or stand-up paddleboard; or pop down to nearby Puerto Nuevo for a taste of the signature dish, fresh local lobster doused in butter. Sometimes the best plan is to do nothing more than stare at the sun setting over the ocean while sipping on a freshly machete’d coconut.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Rosarito

Rosarito enjoys great weather all year, though its cloudy summer mornings can come as a surprise to those unaccustomed to the region’s May Gray/June Gloom — don’t worry, the marine layer burns off by afternoon. You can’t go wrong with layers, and don’t forget your swimsuit: Even if you find the Pacific too chilly to brave without a wetsuit in December, there are plenty of clear, sunny days to spend on the beach. Summer and fall are great times to book one of the area’s vacation rentals as these seasons are packed with events, kicking off with an art festival on Memorial Day weekend and the Rosarito-Ensenada bike ride, a popular 50-miler that happens twice a year. Autumn is ripe with food and drink festivals, from the Puerto Nuevo lobster fest to the Vendimia harvest party in wine country. In winter, keep your eyes on the ocean: You might spot the fluke of a migrating whale.

Top things to do in Rosarito

Popotla Fish Market

A few miles down the old coastal highway, next to a movie studio where a number of blockbusters have been filmed, an inconspicuous unpaved road leads to tiny Popotla Beach, where fishermen unload the day’s catch, which is then cleaned, filleted, and sold at small shacks set up right on the sand. You can buy whole yellowtail, oysters on the half shell, live langoustines, or plastic cups brimming with tangy clam ceviche.

Adrenaline Adventures

If you’re looking to get the endorphins pumping on your beach vacation, try renting an ATV to cruise the enormous sand dunes at Primo Tapia, a village about halfway between Rosarito and Ensenada.

Valle de Guadalupe Wine Country

Drive down the stunning ocean view toll road from Rosarito for about an hour, hang a left, and soon you’ll find yourself surrounded by purple mountains, rustic homesteads, and dozens of small family-owned wineries. Welcome to the Napa Valley of Mexico, better known as the Valle de Guadalupe, where artisan winemakers are doing interesting things with Nebbiolo and Cabernet Franc, while talented chefs have created an equally compelling dining scene.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Rosarito?

    Rosarito has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters around 63°F (17°C) and warm summers averaging 72°F (22°C). Rain is less common, and the most sunny period is from July through September.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Rosarito?

    Visitors to Rosarito often enjoy relaxing on the sandy beaches, surfing the waves, or exploring the vibrant local markets. Horseback riding along the coast and attending cultural events are also popular activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Rosarito?

    Rosarito is frequently visited from June to August when the weather is warmest. This period also coincides with the Rosarito Art Fest in May, a cultural event showcasing local artists, and the Baja Sand festival in August, featuring impressive sand sculptures.

  • What are the best places to stay in Rosarito?

    The downtown area is often recommended for its close proximity to local attractions, shops, and restaurants. Renowned residential areas like Las Gaviotas and Popotla offer a more relaxed environment, often with ocean views.

  • What are the best places to visit in Rosarito?

    Rosarito has a variety of places to explore including the Baja Studios, known for film productions like Titanic. Visitors also enjoy the vibrant Mercado de Artesanias for local crafts and Christ of the Sacred Heart, a monumental statue with panoramic views.

  • What are some hiking trails in Rosarito?

    If you're up for a hike, consider heading to K-38, a scenic trail along the coastline. The Cerro El Coronel offers a more challenging trek, rewarding hikers with spectacular views at the summit.

  • What are some family activities to do in Rosarito?

    Families visiting Rosarito can enjoy a day at the beach, exploring marine life at the Interactive Ocean Center, or visiting the local markets for an authentic cultural experience. Horseback riding and surfing lessons are also family-friendly activities.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Rosarito?

    Near Rosarito, you can explore the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe, about 75 miles (120 km) away, or visit the historic city of Tijuana, just 12 miles (19 km) away. Another option is Ensenada, a coastal city known for its natural beauty, located 53 miles (85 km) from Rosarito.

  • Are there pet-friendly casas particular rentals in Rosarito?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Rosarito. Choose from more than 10 casas particular rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there casas particular rentals with a dedicated workspace in Rosarito?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 casas particular rentals in Rosarito featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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