Rosarito Beach, Mexico

My first experience with the Mexican border was this past January when Jason and I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law on our cross country road trip.  They were living in El Paso, where my brother was stationed at the ironically named Fort Bliss.  We didn’t cross into Juarez (which is an incredibly dangerous city) but we were able to see the shanty homes perched askew on the side of the mountain.  The corrugated tin roofs were rusty and not a single one looked inhabitable.  I was glad to be on this side of the fence.

My second experience was yesterday when Jason and I headed down to our new beach condo.  The Mexican officers waved us into their country without even a glance at our passports, and instantly the scenery changed.  There were people selling things everywhere I looked, and everything was tagged in illegible graffiti.  Buildings were dilapidated and reminiscent of Juarez, so I was glad when we skirted the city and stayed on the interstate where the landscape and scenery quickly became natural and welcoming.  Before long we were turning off the highway and into our destination, Rosarito.

Rosarito is a small community just about 30 minutes South of the American border.  It’s safe and charming with obvious affluence, but it’s also unquestionably Mexico.  It’s attracted a community of American poker players since the U.S. Dept. of Justice shut down online poker in April 2011.  And now this little community of degenerates (I use the term affectionately- poker players call each other d-gens like black people call each other the n word) has one more: my fiancé.  He’s been scurrying back and forth across the border for the past several weeks looking at properties and getting set up to play down there.  And thanks to the three-day weekend, I finally got to come down and scope out the place for myself.

And I love it.

Tomorrow I’ll share some photos of the beach and community, but I know my friends and family are all anxious to see our new place.  It’s a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo right on the water.  There are two bedrooms and bathrooms on the main level, and a loft area plus third bed and bath upstairs.

It’s basically a resort property with beautiful landscaping and something like 6 pools.  Many of the people live here year-round, but there are also accommodations for short-term guests.  I think it’s fair to say that it’s nicer than our/my primary residence… at a fraction of the price, of course.

SoCal residents, you’ve got to check this place out!

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12 Responses to Rosarito Beach, Mexico

  1. albucco10 says:

    What a gorgeous place. You’re so incredible lucky!!

    • Thanks, Alyssa! We definitely didn’t feel lucky when Jason’s career pretty much vanished without warning, but a year and a half later it seems like things are turning out OK…. or better than OK 🙂

  2. Wow, how awesome is that? Last time I was in Rosarito was for a spring break trip back in the day. I didn’t get to stay in a place like this. What a lovely condo!

    • Thanks! It is lovely but I’ve barely left it since my man’s been working so much. I’m hoping we get out for dinner or something tonight. I’d love recommendations of where to go, if you remember any!

  3. Wow, this is SO beautiful. Can’t believe you’re lucky enough to have a place there 🙂 I went to Mexico when I was younger and it is so crazy how different it is. Once you cross the border it’s a different world. The condo is beautiful!

    Stephanie

    • Thanks Stephanie! What part did you go to? We’ve been trying to plan a Cabo trip for a while now.

      • Just down to Baja California…I was pretty young so I don’t remember much besides eating an amazing chicken quesadilla, seeing where they filmed part of Titanic, buying a ring from a street vendor, and seeing that there were no lines separating lanes on the highway. 🙂 I’d love to visit Cabo or Cozumel!

      • I bet you weren’t too far from here, then. When we first got here we went to a little local restaurant where the owner’s teenage son served us. He gave us a short list of touristy things, including where they filmed Titanic. 🙂

  4. Amanda F says:

    LOVE IT!!! so gorgeous! wish I could jog on the beach with you 🙂 miss you pretty girl!

  5. Tracy says:

    What is the name of this place

  6. roger ridgeway says:

    what is the name of this place and where is it located

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