Las Vegas to San
Diego - 250 Miles
San Diego to
Rosarito - 25 miles
Rosarito Beach is around 18 miles
south of the border.
Driving time from San Diego is 35 to
The actual time will depend on long
it takes you to cross over the border.
Ensenada is about 62 miles south of
the border and 44 miles south of Rosarito Beach.
Driving time from San Diego to
Ensenada is 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours
Mexico's Legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel Becomes A 500-Room
Hotel just opened a new tower. They also built this pier a few years back.
YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A $400.00 EXEMPTION IN A
30 DAY PERIOD. Articles totaling $400.00 may be
entered free of duty, subject to the
limitations on liquors, cigarettes, and cigars.
Cigars & Cigarettes: not more than 100 cigars
or 200 cigarettes (one carton)
Liquor: One liter (39.8 fl. oz.) or one
6-pack of beer per person 21 years of age or older
What can I take
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. If traveling by common carrier (bus, cruise ship,
plane or train) more than one liter
of alcohol is allowed however only the first is duty free.
Insurance: If you plan to take
your car into Mexico, you must purchase Mexican
automobile insurance prior
to crossing the border. Most U.S. policies are not valid in Mexico.
In the unfortunate event of
an accident, only a Mexican insurance policy will be recognized as valid,
even if your insurance
company says they will cover you within a certain number of miles in Mexico.
In Mexico, you can be
detained in case of an accident until you provide proof that you can pay the
Border Insurance Services: (800) 332-2118 Mexican Insurance by
Representing the largest and
most reliable Insurance Company in Mexico.
Mex-Insur, Inc.: (619) 428-1121 213 Sycamore Road, I-5 at the
Via de San Ysidro exit San Ysidro, CA 92173
Border Crossing Stations
Visitors to the northern part of Baja California do not need passports or
tourist cards if staying in the country
for 72 hours or less. If
you plan to stay longer or travel beyond Ensenada, you'll need to obtain a
This document is free of
charge; proof of U.S. citizenship is required.
San Ysidro Station: (619) 639-7100 (open 24 hours)
Otay Mesa Station: (619) 661-3249 (6AM-10PM)
Tecate Station: (619) 478-5545 (6AM-Midnight)
Know Before You Go (pdf)
The Grand Baja Resort Puerto Nuevo
Restaurant and Sunday Brunch
The La Fonda
Restaurant offers a dining experience that you will never
forget. Watch dolphins play in the waves while enjoying a
sumptuous lunch out on the patio, complete with hand-made
tortillas, or watch the sun set and dine at night in the magical
atmosphere that only La Fonda can conjure. Lobster feasts like
non other, candle light, music almost every night, and the
feeling like you are being welcomed home has been bringing
guests back to La Fonda for decades.
A not to be
missed affair is the La Fonda Sunday Brunch. It is like nothing
you have ever seen. Dish upon dish of steaming Mexican
delicacies from Paella to pancakes, accompanied by all the
Bloody Marys you can drink. Do not pass up on the $12 all you
can eat, banana pancakes, they are unbelievable.
La Fonda is
located about 45 minutes south of the border at Kilometer 59.5
Wine Country in
Question: How far is Rosarito from San
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
Question: Can I bring in merchandise
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, but only with a two day minimum stay (Friday
and Saturday) due to space demand. However, if you arrive on a Saturday and
there are rooms available we will be glad to accommodate you.
Question: Which credit cards does the
Rosarito Beach Hotel accept?
Answer: The Hotel accepts Visa and
MasterCard credit cards only as well as cash. We do not accept the American
Express card. We cannot accept personal checks but will honor cashiers or bank
checks and internationally recognized money orders.
Question: Are pets permitted at the
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
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 readily
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
Answer: US citizens do not currently
need a passport to cross the Baja California border, however they do need to
bring a valid US drivers license and birth certificate or a Passport Card 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
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 driverís 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
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 1/2 to 3/4 of US prices.
On the main highway as you leave Rosarito all the way
until past Puerto Nuevo
you will see tons of these shops where you can get great
deals on the local pottery.
On the main road in Rosarito you can
follow it right outside the town (going South). You will find store after store
selling pottery, iron works, and rustic furniture. This is probably where you
will be able to find some of the best deals. They also seel pottery inside the
town of rosarito but it more expensive. On the road between Rosarito and Puerto
Nuevo you will find a variety of shops that sell tons beautiful crafts.