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Monday, November 22, 2010

ROSARITO BEACH - 'Tis The Season To Enjoy


By Ron Raposa
Although the popular tourist destination of Rosarito Beach most often is thought of as spring and summer destination, the holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year here. Rosarito Beach --- Baja California, Mexico --- is a wonderful destination just 20 miles south of San Diego that offers the chance to enjoy the holidays in another country, but one that is an easy drive from the U.S.
Heart-warming holiday scenes abound here: a giant Christmas tree on Boulevard Benito Juarez by the Festival Plaza; nativity scenes in the Rosarito Beach Hotel; posadas --- recreations of Joseph and Mary's search for lodging. It's also a great place to purchase unique holiday gifts at some amazingly low prices. The picturesque shops here are far less crowded than U.S. malls, making for a more relaxing shopping experience --- especially when combined with a stay at one of the region's many hotels, which now feature some irresistible off-season rates. Rosarito has long been known as a shopper's paradise. Its shops are filled with silver, jewelry, leather goods, Mexican crafts and curios, unique household furnishings from throughout Mexico, plus creations by the area's large art and artisan communities. You can even combine shopping with a very affordable mini-vacation. For children and others, the chance to spend holidays in another land is an unforgettable experience.
For those who choose to spend the holidays themselves in Rosarito, the options are extensive. Rosarito has a large expatriate community of about 14,000, so you'll have no trouble finding a turkey dinner with all the trimmings --- as well as fresh lobster. And, yes, Rosarito is known for festive celebrations. New Year's Eve parties range from Mexican folkloric ballet to live dance bands. You can even toast the New Year with wines from the nearby Guadalupe Valley and maybe include a visit there in your trip. Rosarito is the gateway to the famous wine region, about 40 miles to the south. The stunning coastal route that leads there, a mix of mountains and ocean, is one of the most beautiful in the world. This time of year you might even see a whale migrating to birthing grounds in southern Baja, a truly wondrous site. It truly 'tis the season. 

For more information on Rosarito and some great seasonal specials, please visit www.rosarito.org
Ron Raposa e-mail: Ronraposa@hotmail.com