information on Safety,
Laws and other useful
facts about Mexico and Rosarito please read the following FAQ's.
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Rosarito is 30 minutes south of San Diego, just across the Mexican
border on the Pacific coast of the great Baja peninsula. Downtown
Rosarito is only 18 miles from the border via the beautiful and
well-kept Rosarito-Ensenada toll road, recently renamed the Rosarito-Tijuana
the best time of year to visit?
Anytime! The weather is similar to San Diego's coastal areas, but
with constant ocean breezes keeping us cool in summer. Year round,
we enjoy an almost perfect climate with mild winters and balmy summers.
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Rosarito and the surrounding area safe?
Probably safer than your home town. Guns are illegal in Mexico,
and Baja California has had the lowest unemployment rate in all
of Mexico for almost 10 years, currently at almost 0%. Thus, violent
crime is low, and random violence is practically non- existent.
However, it's always wise anywhere to use the same, normal safety
and anti-theft precautions you would use at home. Lock your car.
Use a Club-like devise. Don't leave valuables in full view on car
seats, and park in well-lit places.
I bring my children to Rosarito?
Absolutely! Rosarito is kid-friendly to an extreme. There's lots
for kids of all ages to do in a very safe, small-town environment.
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if I get sick while on vacation?
There are five good hospitals and numerous highly trained doctors
in Rosarito. Ambulance and helicopter transportation to the United
States is available in emergencies. Many thousands of U.S. citizens
have vacation homes or full-time residences here. They wouldn't
have chosen Rosarito unless excellent health care was available.
I drink the water?
As opposed to mainland Mexico, Baja's water is from wells and has
been considered safe for years. In addition, there is a Mexican
federal law stating that restaurants must serve purified, "drinkable"
water, tested free of contaminants, both for drinking and for ice.
Most hotels in Rosarito also provide bottled or purified water in
guest rooms, and popular international brands of bottled water are
available for purchase virtually everywhere.
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about money and credit cards?
The peso is the official currency of Mexico, but being so close
to the border, dollars are accepted almost everywhere and credit
cards are taken at most major restaurant, shops and hotels. There
are also two ATM machines in town, located at the Banamex and Bancomer
banks. They accept Visa and Mastercard and dispense bills in pesos.
If you prefer to use pesos during your stay, you'll also find several
banks and money-exchange houses in the central downtown area where
you can make money exchanges.
Rosarito a ritzy, expensive resort town?
No. While we have all the amenities of most top coastal resorts
world-wide, we would be considered inexpensive by California standards
and lower in cost, overall, for hotels and meals than Tijuana. Your
dollars go a long way in Rosarito, and you'll find excellent value
for your money everywhere. The atmosphere is casual, laid-back and
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don't speak Spanish. Will I be able to communicate?
English is spoken almost everywhere in the main tourist areas.
I need a passport?
Entering Baja for up to 72 hours and exploring as far south as the
seaport city of Ensenada requires no visa or other paperwork for
U.S. or other citizens. Simply drive across the border (as almost
180,000 people do each day), head for Rosarito and enjoy the unusual
foods, music, festivities and fabulous crafts of Mexico---without
the bureaucratic hassles usually inherent in foreign travel.
you stay the day, the night or the weekend, you can return to the
U.S. just as easily. Only non-U.S. residents must present passports
and visas for entry. U.S. citizens need only proof of citizenship,
like a copy of your birth certificate, to re-enter California---and
rarely is even that requested.
For Baja stays
beyond 72 hours a tourist card is required. These can be obtained
free from international airlines authorized to travel to Mexico,
the Mexican Consulate in San Diego or the Mexican Immigration office
just across the border at San Ysidro. Proof of nationality is required
to obtain a tourist card.
I need special insurance for my car?
If you're driving, Mexican auto insurance is recommended since your
U.S. auto insurance is not valid anywhere in Mexico. Inexpensive
Mexican insurance can be purchased by the day, week or month at
numerous highly visible locations near the border on both sides.
Getting Mexican insurance is so quick and easy that many of these
places have drive-through windows. A number of San Diego rental
car agencies also rent vehicles to Rosarito and provide the Mexican
there any way to get to Rosarito without a car?
Several San Diego tour companies specialize in day trips to Baja
that can include or combine shopping, dining, sightseeing, golf,
wine-tasting and the Puerto Nuevo lobster village, along with a
variety of longer excursions. Round trips run daily from San Diego
to Rosarito, Puerto Nuevo and Ensenada and are open to individuals
or groups. Contact Baja California Tours at (619) 454-7166; e-mail
BajaTours@aol.com, or contact
Travel Care Free Mexico at (619) 475-1234.
offers transportation from San Diego to Rosarito and Puerto Nuevo
with one-day advance scheduling. Pickups can be arranged in downtown
San Diego, Mission Valley, Coronado or Chula Vista. Round trips
start at $25. (619) 232-5040 or 230-5049.
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are the alcoholic beverage and drug laws in Mexico?
Legal drinking age is 18, and most bars and night clubs request
an ID before admittance when they doubt the customer's age. Drinking
on the streets is against city ordinance, and fines are imposed
on offenders. Drinking and driving is a jailable offence that also
carries a heavy fine.
It is a criminal
offense to use, possess or traffic in illegal, mind-altering drugs
(cocaine, marijuana, heroin...etc.). Even the possession of a few
grams will bring a jail sentence of eight years or more. Legal,
medicinal mind-altering drugs, such as Valium, require a medical
prescription for purchase and use. Many common prescription drugs
are available over the counter in Mexico at approximately ½
to 3/4 of U.S. prices.
can I bring into Mexico?
You can bring in your car, personal clothing, camera and other items
for personal use without any problem. For general merchandise, such
as food or medicines, there is a per-person limit of up to $400
U.S. dollars duty free. Anything over that amount has to go through
Mexican customs and pay import duty. Firearms are illegal in Mexico
although special permits can be obtained in advance for hunting.
Check with the nearest Mexican Consulate for regulations regarding
can I take home?
You can take back $400 per person duty-free, including one liter
of alcohol. Mexican arts and crafts are duty-free and don't count
toward your $400 limit.
by common carrier (bus, cruise ship, plane or train), more than
one liter of alcohol is allowed; however only the first is duty
items are legal in Mexico and readily available everywhere in the
border area, but cannot be brought into the United States: Cuban
cigars; turtle products; switchblades, butterfly knives and fireworks.
For full customs
information, check the U.S. Customs web site. http://www.customs.ustreas.gov.