Manila America, before I leave my good ol’ home San Diego, CA for Incheon, South Korea in 3 weeks, I decided to make the most out of my limited days here where it’s forever sunny. My brother and his friends wanted to take a trip down to Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico for the weekend, so I decided to tag along.
Now before I reminisce about my weekend, let it be known that driving / visiting Mexico is relatively SAFE and not how it used to be. Recently, many drug cartel seniors have been caught and killed, or so they say. Also there are numerous checkpoints run by the policia, which has made the streets a little more safer. However, if you ever have the opportunity to drive down there, WATCH OUT for potholes. They are ridiculous. Past the horrible roads and crazy drivers, I made it to the condo just in time to catch the sunset.
Friday sunset from the penthouse balcony
Other than the amazing sunset, another beautiful thing about my day and a half in Mexico was the food. I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly delicious and mouth watering every bite of every food I had there. From the authentic Mexican tacos, lobsters, candy, tequila, everything made the taste buds orgasm.
Freshly made authentic Mexican tacos right in front of you!
Freshly made authentic Mexican taco de cabeza (head meat taco) from Rosarito
Some Info & Tips
1. For a 6 bedroom penthouse right on the coastline, the 8 of us paid $80 (US Dollars) each for the weekend, a spankin’ good deal. Be sure to reserve a place that has it’s own beach and a working jacuzzi. They will make your stay a lot more enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to shop for groceries at a grocery store there, or if you feel more comfortable, buy them before you cross the border. Also, don’t let restaurants and merchants hustle you. If you roll deep with a big group or look foreign, they’ll try to get as much money out of you as they can.
2. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to head down to Puerto Nuevo just south of Rosarito for some quick shopping and food. They have great dulcerías (candy shops) and amazing restaurants overlooking the water for your lobster fix. If you’re looking for something to do at night, stop by Papas & Beer in downtown Rosarito. It used to be a pretty big hit before the whole drug cartel scare, but it’s still a fun place to escape to if you go there on a good night. Paid $12 for entry and open bar.
This is what an extra large lobster for lunch looks like, only in Mexico
When In Rosarito Mexico, the highlights of my stay: riding a mechanical bull for the first time, breaking the bed in my room, buying a 1.75 L bottle of great tequila for $27, spotting a cricket the size of a cockroach, and waiting 3.5 hours to cross the border. This guy was the size of a pen cap!! But only in Mexico will you experience all the above.
Jumbo Sized Cricket! Look at this guy!
Anyway, just thought I’d share some of my international travels and stories with you guys and my good friend Vince!
So When In Mexico, just like When In Manila, try to do as the locals do. Have their authentic food and drink their authentic local beers. Of course, don’t forget to try their Authentic Mexican Tacos and their fresh lobsters! Best of all, grab yourself some cold cervezas at the local watering hole! Most of all, never forget that what happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico!
When in Rosarito, Mexico: Authentic Mexican Tacos, Lobsters and More