5 Photo-Worthy Spots in Rosarito

I went into Rosarito blindly. I knew nothing about this beach city in Baja California, Mexico…and I kind of loved that about it. I had no opinions or thoughts on it, just a clean slate. I left feeling great about the area and that I’d definitely recommend a visit if you are in southern California (it’s just a short drive across the border) or on the northern part of the Baja Peninsula. Since my brain is often wedding-location focused (as a wedding photographer at Mikkel Paige Photography) I kept wanting to put a bride and groom in some of the photo-worthy spots below. They’re all walkable and part of a small radius in what I viewed as the most vibrant part of the city.

1. Rosarito Beach Hotel

We stayed at this oceanfront property overnight when we visited. The hotel was built in the mid 1920’s and has a lot of wonderful features. From its picturesque infinity pool, to walkways lined by banana leaves, to its original mansion I found photo inspiration at every turn.

Photo spots at Rosarito Beach Hotel by travel blog Sometimes Home. Photo spots at Rosarito Beach Hotel by travel blog Sometimes Home. Photo spots at Rosarito Beach Hotel by travel blog Sometimes Home. Photo spots at Rosarito Beach Hotel by travel blog Sometimes Home. Photo spots at Rosarito Beach Hotel by travel blog Sometimes Home.

2. Festival Plaza

loved this abandoned, colorful plaza. Most of it is gated but there’s no need to try to trespass because its exterior was the highlight. With an upside down jester and red and white diamond-esque paint job I was one happy photographer.

Photo spots at Rosarito beach by travel blog Sometimes Home. Festival plaza is colorful and picturesque.

Photo spots at Rosarito beach by travel blog Sometimes Home. Festival plaza is colorful and picturesque.

3. Assorted Murals Around the Area

Street art is a funny thing so I hesitate to recommend any one piece, in particular, but it was abundantly apparent that street art in Rosarito won’t be going away any time soon – there’s plenty of it! If you walk north from Rosarito Beach Hotel (past Festival Plaza) and go towards the water (west, or turn left) you’ll see a good amount of attractive art as you meander through the neighborhood.

Photo spots at Rosarito beach by travel blog Sometimes Home with great murals and street art in the area. Photo spots at Rosarito beach by travel blog Sometimes Home with great murals and street art in the area. Photo spots at Rosarito beach by travel blog Sometimes Home with great murals and street art in the area.

4. Exterior of El Nido and Susanna’s

I walked past this restaurant thinking I was in the wild west. What was this place, sided with zig-zagging wooden boards and wagon wheels? I quickly learned it was El Nido, a popular restaurant in the area. Susanna’s is just around the corner and is also photo-worthy!

Photo spots at Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home, including the exterior of El Nido restaurant. Photo spots at Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home. Photo spots at Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home, including the exterior of El Nido restaurant. Photo spots at Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home. Restaurant Susanna's provides a unique backdrop.

5. Rosarito Beach 

It’d be criminal to go to a beach town and not walk on its sand and hear the waves crashing into the shore. I walked along a very small piece of the area and found at least three great things to capture: 1) the beach, in general; 2) the horses leashed in a couple spots, which are available to rent if you want to go riding; 3) the dock! This cool rusting dock is in need of repairs so it’s actually quite nonfunctional as far as docking boats goes, but it sure is pretty for photos.

Photo spots at Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home. Photo spots at Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home, including the rusting ocean dock. photo-spots-rosarito-beach-mexico-sometimes-home_0009

Would you prefer to photograph the beach or street art?

Photo spots in Rosarito beach in Baja California, Mexico, by travel blog Sometimes Home.

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3 Comments

  1. November 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Looks like a great place. I liked the look of El Nido did you try the food?

    • adminMP
      November 15, 2016 / 2:55 am

      Thanks, Bob! Unfortunately we didn’t get to go in the short time we were there but I heard great things. I’d definitely try it next time!

    • Mary
      October 13, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Bob their food is excellent they serve steaks and Cornish hens from their ranch. Another place to try is the Aztecs in the Rosario Beach hotel. And down the street a hidden gem is La Estancia resturant
      Enjoy.

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