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Mariachi Festival Spectacular, Baja Book Festival & Lobster Season Highlight Rosarito Beach October
Mariachi Festival Spectacular, Baja Book Festival & Lobster Season Highlight Rosarito Beach October  

        Fall is upon us and Rosarito Beach is ready for a full season of events! The month of October is packed with activities for people of all ages. Get ready for the Mariachi Festival, the Baja Book Festival, round two of La Playa Motocross series, Salsa Congress with Machito Ruiz, Festival de la Vendimia, Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival, Art Fest, Alex de Pue and Miguel de Hoyos in concert, and the Halloween Dance.   
       Rosarito Beach is a popular resort spot just 30 miles south of San Diego, where there are great activities for all ages, all interests and all budgets. Throw in some of the hottest deals and lowest prices in years, and you won't find a cooler place anywhere than this popular Baja resort. 
       Below is just a sampling of why you should visit in October. Please note, this highlight calendar is compiled at least two weeks previous to the first of the month, to allow you plenty of time for planning. Always check www.rosarito.org for any additions, changes, updates and a complete event listing prior to your visit. 
       Rosarito Mariachi Festival, October 2nd-3rd: Bring the whole family along and enjoy the Saturday evening Espectacular featuring the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas and Friends; Team Mexico vs. Team USA competing during each day (in both mariachi and folkloric dancing) for bragging rights and big cash prizes. This event takes place at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, so come and enjoy a beautiful ocean-front venue. Not only will it be a spectacular show, it also benefits the Rosarito Boys & Girls Club, so you can hear great mariachi music, have fun and help kids have a better life all at the same time. For information and prices www.rosarito.org 
        Baja Book Festival, October 9th: Not just for the bookworm; come together at Joanna Jones Galeria y Café in Cantamar for a one-day cultural and lifestyle event showcasing authors and publishers of both English and Spanish language books and publications. The event will also include a celebration of the Baja regions food, wine and arts. For more information, visit: www.bajabookfestival.com
         Salsa Congress with Machito Ruiz, October 16th: Get ready to show off your dance moves at the Rosarito Beach Hotel with dance sessions being held from 1pm - 6pm. Following is the Dance and Party going all night from 9pm - 2am. Dance the night away to Caribbean music, salsa, bachata, cumbia and more. Entrance fee is $10 USD with food and drinks at an additional price. For more information, visit: www.rosaritobeachhotel.com; U.S.A. call: 1.866.ROSARITO; for Mexico call: +01 (800) 265.2322. 
         Festival de la Vendimia, October 16th: We hope you're thirsty and hungry for wine and cheese because the Rosarito Beach Hotel is hosting an event for the best wines and cheese of Valle de Guadalupe. Activities such as grape stomping and more will be featured at the festival. Entrance fee is TBD. For more information, visit: www.rosaritobeachhotel.com; U.S.A. call: 1.866.ROSARITO; for Mexico call: +01 (800) 265.2322. 
         XVII Puerto Nuevo Lobster Festival, October 17th: It's fresh lobster season and Puerto Nuevo is serving up these tasty crustaceans their own special way. Come enjoy this delicious dish accompanied by an ice cold beer or a glass of white wine from the Baja Vineyards. Along with all the food and drink will be live music and the wonderful culture of Mexico. Do your part in helping consume the one million tasty crustaceans eaten each year in this lobster lovers paradise. For more information, visit: www.rosarito.org; e-mail: info@rosarito.org; call: 1 (800) 962.2252. 
         Rosarito Art Fest, October 16th- 17th: Grab the family and friends and join us for a celebration of all that can be found in Rosarito from art to gastronomy to hospitality. At the Art Fair, 60 artists will feature their work and we invite you to browse and purchase art and enjoy excellent cuisine! Admission is free and goes from 11am - 6pm. For more information, e-mail: rosaritoartfest@yahoo.com
         Alex de Pue & Miguel de Hoyos Concert, October 23rd: Come sit poolside at the beautiful new tower of the Rosarito Beach Hotel and enjoy music from Baja's favorite artists. For only $120 MN or $10 USD with optional dinner from $75 MN you can rock the night away from 7pm - 10pm. For more information, visit: www.rosaritobeachhotel.com;
USA call: 1 (866) ROSARITO; MEX call: 01 (800) 265.2322. 
          Halloween Dance, October 30th: Start planning your costume now and get ready for a great party! Join the Rosarito Beach Hotel for a night of games, activities, prizes and dancing, all while benefiting Flying Samaritans. Admission TBD, from 7pm - 2am. For more information, visit: www.rosaritobeachhotel.com; USA call: 1 (866) ROSARITO;
MEX call: 01 (800) 265.2322.
Ron Raposa
Rosarito Residence: 661-100-6177
Cell: (619)948-3740
The Rosarito Theatre Guild does it again!  "Another thoroughly enjoyable evening of dining and entertainment" was the consensus of all attendees. 
After enjoying a gourmet meal in the Rincón San Roman Restaurant at Real del Mar, guests moved on to the shaded patio where a stage was set to present the Rosarito Premier of "Retirement Tango".  Written by William Shuman, directed by Craig Schaefer with readings by Bill Shuman & Joann Mariano, these talented individuals bring to the production many years of combined theatrical experience.  

The setting is the back porch of Max (a 74 year old actor) and Maxine (a 68 year old actress) Aronofsky's cottage in a retirement community in Florida. The premise of the play is Max's yearning to go back to the glory days of touring while realistic Maxine - not so much.  The dialogue between the two was something the attending, and mostly geriatric audience, could easily relate to.  The lines were funny and appropriate, yet the audience could also feel the pathos the author was trying to bring to the play.  

While the first two performances are sold out, there are still tickets available for the Sunday afternoon matinee.  The complete package is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in our beautiful laid back Baja.  Don't miss it - you won't be sorry! 

Pay online with PayPal at www.rosaritotheatre.org

Contact Bonnie Watt at e-mail:


or call (664) 609-3451

Closest to the Border AND Lowest in Price $248,270

Beachfront Pool
Closest to the border + lowest in price

• 2,035 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story - $248,270 - As low as $120/sq ft

 -  AQUA Residencial is ideally located at the quiet southern end of a 10 mile strand of sandy beach which starts at Coronado in San Diego, passes through Imperial Beach and extends just 2 miles further into Baja.

Come visit AQUA and experience what an affordable and huge difference a few minutes and miles can make in your lifestyle today off the beaten track, away from tourist traffic and smaller vacation condos.

AQUA offers several floor plans of 2,000 sq ft, 3 bed, 3 bath Residences with 2 car secure garage in this new and completed complex of only 30 homes
4 Bed Homes, 5 Bed Penthouses and 2 Bed Lofts also available.

Please see various floor plan pricing in the "Highlight" section below.

Hello to Playas, the little known, laid back, beachfront suburb to the twin cities of San Diego/Tijuana. So close, but a world away from the rigors of the big city life, this fully self contained community of 40,000 residents is generally bypassed and not even noticed by
travelers on their way south to Rosarito Beach , Ensenada and beyond.

With an excellent array of restaurants, all service businesses from auto repair to travel and insurance agencies, spas and gyms, a large shopping complex with multi-screen cinema, plus excellent bi-cultural schools and top rated medical facilities there is little need for residents in this family oriented community to ever leave, yet the bustling business environment of San Diego, Rosarito Beach and Tijuana are just a short commute away
for working members of the family.

Located just a bit over a mile south of the border, the views from your spacious terrace here include the San Diego skyline brightly lit at night and Coronado Bridge plus the famous sport fishing grounds of Mexico’s Coronado Islands.

Historical Plaza Monumental hosts numerous entertainment events throughout the year, the beach, surfing, dolphins & whales are at your doorstep, all at a fraction of the traffic, costs and taxes just a few minutes north

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Downtown Convenienc in Playas de Rosarito $199,000

Quality Construction
Great Value

• 1,500 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story - MLS® $199,000 - In Town

 -  This home is located in the established neighborhood of Colonia Crosthwaite, just east of Quinta del Mar Plaza in downtown Rosarito. Shopping, restaurants, night life and services are all within walking distance of this home.

The large 6,420 square foot lot has an over 1,500 square foot main house which consists of a spacious living area featuring an open beam ceiling, fans to cool you down during the hot season and an airy feeling with the enclosed, screened, indoor patio just outside the living area. There are three large bedrooms and two and a half baths as well in the main home.

Outside there is a separate 600 square foot apartment which is renting for $300.00 per month with two bedrooms and one bath. With the apartment rented, you have a more secure environment because there is almost always someone home or use it as maid’s quarters. The driveway has enough room to park four cars and the lot is fully enclosed by a locked gate for entry.

Although the outside area is fully cemented, there are plenty of potted plants landscaping the patio. The 15 year old home is built by US standards using 2x4 construction with fully insulated walls and stucco outside. There is also, a laundry room outside and two hot water heaters to avoid ever running out of hot water.

Because this is an established neighborhood, most all the homes in the area are owner occupied which creates a safer environment and it shows. You see kids running around and the neighbors talking, as well as looking out for each other.

You can find other homes of this caliber in the area but not at this low of a price. It is ready to move in for only $199,000.00. Call to set an appointment to see all that is Baja!

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Beautiful Oceanfront Home in San Antonio del Mar $345,000

Open Beam, Open floor Plan
Well Maintained Beachfront home

• 2,000 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 2 story "Single level living plus one bedroom below" - $345,000 - Beachfront, Bright & Airy

 -  Beautiful oceanfront home in San Antonio del Mar, with panoramic whitewater view and sunsets over the Coronado Islands. Dolphins just beyond the surf are almost a daily expectation here and the annual whale migration is literally at your doorstep in San Antonio.

18 holes of oceanview Championship golf are just 5 minutes away in Real del Mar, with ridiculously low green fees.

Very bright and airy open floor plan with one of the bedrooms, complete with bath on the main level, allowing for true single level living.

The second bedroom, or master suite is below with its own spacious and private covered oceanfront patio, and an optional private entrance from street level.

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home shows all the signs of diligent maintenance, and is offered furnished and fully turn key.

Equally suitable as a vacation getaway with good rental potential or as a primary residence on the beach.

Located in the gated community of San Antonio del Mar means being 20 minutes close to the border and just 10 minutes north of Rosarito Beach with its shopping center, movie thaeters, plentiful restaurants and all emergency services close at hand.

Low HOA fees of just $60/month help to pay for the guard service and trash removal as well as maintenance of the community tennis court, park with playground, and oceanfront swimming pool.

Realistically priced and seller may consider carrying some short term paper as well.

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Rosarito Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bicycle Ride - September 25
ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO - The Rosarito Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bicycle Ride® is named an "Official Event" of the 2010 Bicentenario. Bicyclists are getting ready to roll on September 25 at the historic bike ride that attracts thousands of riders from around the world.
       "I am honored and thrilled to be part of your nation's Bicentennial celebration," said event promoter Gary Foster of San Diego, attending a press conference in Tijuana with Baja State Secretary of Tourism Oscar Escobedo at which his Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride was named an official event of Mexico's 2010 celebration. "We have been warmly welcomed by the people of Baja for 31 years, and we look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come."
       Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres, whose city hosts the event said: "The ride is one of the signature events for Rosarito and this region of Baja. It attracts excellent people and creates a great atmosphere. We are greatly looking forward to it."
       The Rosarito-Ensenada ride has been called the Original Party onWheels. Revelers in costume roll along, tossing candy to children along the course. Beach cruisers strap boom boxes to their handlebars. Parents tow children in bike trailers. And racing teams form pace lines, trying to beat the official record of 1:52:54 set in April of 2007.
       In addition to the tourism revenue that is generated for the local Baja California economy, the Rosarito Ensenada Bike Ride also benefits the people of Baja with its 'One Way Ride Program,'" Foster explained.
       "Participants have the opportunity of making a positive difference on the life of less fortunate people, by donating a gently used bicycle at the event." Many riders volunteer to bring a bike for donation to the Start Line or Finish Line Fiesta, and event organizers distribute the bicycles to charity organizations. (For more information, contact event organizers through the website at www.RosaritoEnsenada.com.)
       U.S. citizens can register to ride for a reduced price of only $35 USD (available online through September 22, 2010 at www.bettersignup.com) or they can register on the day of the event at the Rosarito Beach Hotel for $40. Mexican citizens can register in advance for $300 MXN at local Baja bike shops and gyms, or on the day of the event for $350 MXN. The event also offers commemorative t-shirts, cycling jerseys,and a free finishers medal for each rider.
       "Transportation packages are available from the United States for anyone who doesn't want to drive," Foster said. "Our tour partner buses riders and their bicycles, and because they return to the United State through the rapid SENTRI lane, our riders enjoy a quick trip back across the border." Round-trip bus rides from San Diego's Balboa Park are available with early online registration for $89 USD. Many hotels offer special rates and are also participating in the Border Fast Pass program which can cut border waits in half, especially on the weekends. 
       Shuttles are available on the event course from the finish line to the start line before and after the event. So if participants stay in Rosarito Beach, they can take the shuttle back to Rosarito after the event, or if they stay in Ensenada, they can take the shuttle to the start in Rosarito before the ride.
       The Finish Line Fiesta is free for participants and spectators, overlooking the Ensenada harbor with panoramic views of the cruise ships at sunset. Live rock-n-roll, jazz and salsa plays into the night while local chefs serve their best. The Finish Line Fiesta is located at Hotel Corona, on Boulevard Lazaro Cárdenas, just south of the giant Mexican flag. 
       Foster continues to see an increase in event attendance compared to years past. "The media is finally reporting that crime has declined and that Northern Baja has never been as dangerous as other areas like Arizona and Texas," said Foster, who expects 5,000 cyclists next month. "The corridor from Rosarito Beach to Ensenada is safe for tourists, and Baja remains a beautiful and affordable destination for travel with friends and family."
Website: www.RosaritoEnsenada.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rosaritoensenada
Email: RosaritoEnsenadaBikeRide@gmail.com
Resort Style Living in Real Del Mar $340,000

Oceanview in your backyard
Affordable Price

• 2,000 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story "with oceanview balcony and private yard" - MLS® $340,000 - Resort Style Living

 -  Nicely landscaped private back yard with a lawn for the family to enjoy
3 bed, 3.5 bath home

Spacious Kitchen

Double Garage with Nicely Finished Built-in Storage

New Fireplace
Security System
Roof-top deck and Multiple Terraces

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Oceanview Home With Large Yard South of Rosarito Beach $139,900

Large Oceanview Yard
Free Home, selling price at land value

• 1,400 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story "plus guest casita" - MLS® $139,900 - Large 10,750 sqft lot

 -  Oceanview home with large yard and room to grow, just minutes south of Rosarito Beach.

The value here is largely in the land, but also comes complete with a very nicely maintained and comfortable manufactured home, plus an additional self contained guest house.

Possibilities are wide open to a number of desires here, whether just a large yard to play in, extensive gardening, room to breathe and room for the dogs, build a stable for your horses, or build additional revenue generating home.

Property is terraced to three levels, includes landscaping and mature trees, fully fenced and gated with a large flagstone drive.

Located just south of the new Blvd 2000 toll road to the border, across from Fox Studios, and just a few minutes from all the amenities of town, yet in an almost rural setting.

If you appreciate the value of land, want a nice oceanview, and single story living with a large fenced and secure yard for your pets and family, this could be perfect for you.

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2 Story, Private Yard in San Marino, Rosarito $129,000

Ocean view Home in San Marino
Reduced price, Cozy and Secure

• 939 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story - MLS® $129,000 - or $650 rent per month

 -  Just 20 minutes from the border awaits your future home tucked within the secure, gated and guarded community of San Marino. This 2-story home affords plenty of room for your family both inside and out. For the kids, there is a grassy park just a half a block from the home with the comfort of knowing there is 24 hour security exclusively for this part of the development.

The main level features an open floor plan containing the living and dining room with a 1/2 bath as well as a roomy kitchen with laundry room. Sliding glass doors off the dining area grant access to your private yard perfect for the kids and pets. Plenty of windows throughout allow the natural light to flow. Upstairs await three spacious and carpeted bedrooms, each with built-in closet, including the master bedroom. An oceanview deck beckons you outside from both the master and second bedrooms. This home comes with the furnishings as well as the opportunity to expand the home, deck or build your garage.

This home is perfect for anyone wanting to experience Baja while remaining a short distance from the border. With the Championship 18-hole Golf Course just 5 minutes to the north, the best surf break of Baja Malibu just 5 minutes to the west and all of the amenities of Downtown Rosarito a mere 10 minutes to the south, you'll quickly find yourself enjoying all that Baja has to offer and at an affordable price.

The home is also available for rent at $650 per month or a lease to purchase. Please contact me by phone or email to learn more about how affordable it is to live near the beach with a secure, family oriented neighborhood. Come see all that is Baja!

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Custom Built Villa in Mision Viejo $458,900

Panoramic Ocean View
Custom Built - Reduced!

• 2,600 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story - MLS® $458,900 - Vintage Charm & Artistry

 -  A tanagible link to Mexico's classic vintage charm and artistry. This beauitful Custom built Villa surrounds a central courtyard and commands an ocean view from almost every room.

Casa Margurite has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, tile floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, 1000 square roof deck, skylights, and custom lighting.

It is located in one of the coastlines finest gated neighborhoods with 24 hour security, tennis court, clubhouse, and beach access. This home is a must see....

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Vendimia Cup 2010-Golf Tournament August 15 at Ensenada
Bibayoff winery presents the Vendimia Cup 2010- Golf Tournament on August 15, 2010 at Baja Country Club, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Shotgun 9am. Cost: $1,200 pesos per player, includes breakfast buffet, wine tasting, Mahi-mahi lunch and attractive raffles. Cash prizes for top winners. For more information: tel: 646 177-55-23 email: jlv@bajacountryclub.com note: all proceeds will go to benefit the “Mother Theresa Of Calcuta” senior care home
Amazing Views, Lobster Village, Popotla, South Rosarito $69,000

Panoramic Oceanview
Home Included!!

• 1,000 sq. ft., 1 bath, 2 bdrm lot / land "Plus 2BR Home" - MLS® $69,000 - Large Lot - Small Price!!

 -  Great value for a large property that is priced at only $86 per square meter which is under the price you would typically pay for raw land in this development. With this property, you get an 8600 square foot (800 square meter) manicured lot, landscaped with fruit trees. There is a septic system, a fresh water tank with electric pump in a brick storage building, two electrical circuits for plenty of power and a 1500 square foot, bi level, two bedroom home! When standing in the family room, you have a panoramic ocean view looking down the coast south of the historic Calafia Resort and looking east, you have a panoramic view of the hills east of Calafia.

The handyman special home has plenty of room for expansion and is located in the established neighborhood of Terrazas del Pacifico which is just east of the Fox Movie Studios.

There are many large properties with big homes in the area and many of the residents live here full time. It is common to see horses, mules and cattle grazing in the neighborhood and in the hills because only about 40% of the lots are developed. When you want to get out and play in town, it is a short 10 minute drive to downtown Rosarito where you have an abundance of restaurants, shopping, services and nightlife. When you leave to cross the border, the new Boulevard 2000 is just minutes away which is a short cut to the faster Otay Mesa Border. The Otay crossing allows you to sneak back to San Diego avoiding the traffic at the main Tijuana/San Ysidro border crossing.

This move in condition property is bank trust ready. Fast, easy and ready to move in, this place is a great value. Call or email for more information and to set an appoint to come and see all that is Baja!

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Breathtaking Oceanviews, Medio Camino, South Rosarito $98,000

Panoramic Ocean view Deck
Seller Financing Considered

• 800 sq. ft., 1 bath, 2 bdrm single story "Hacienda Vista Mar" - MLS® $98,000 - Panoramic Ocean View

 -  Experience breathtaking oceanviews while enjoying the peace and quiet of this getaway nestled in the hills away from the traffic. Safety and Security abound in this gated and guarded community. This completely refurbished single level, 2 bedroom home is perfect for full time residency or use this as your weekend escape. Relax in the living area or proceed through the slding glass doors onto your expansive deck providing 180 degree view of the ocean and peninsulas. See the curvature of the earth from this marvelous vantage point.

This home has been vastly improved with new deck, laundry room, roof, stucco, interior texture and paint, bathroom tile, plumbing and electrical fixtures, water heater and pila pump.

Kitchen cabinets, counters, bedroom/linen closets have been installed. The 235m2 lot provides the option to add-on at house - level and/or below deck.

This centrally located home is just 10 minutes to La Fonda Restaurant/Hotel, 5 minutes to sandy beach, 25 minutes south of Rosarito, and 25 minutes north of Ensenada.

Come enjoy this rural lifestyle perfect for quiet walks or easy hikes with the ocean always in view.

Seller Financing Considered.

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Fully Handicapped Accessible , Baja Malibu $214,700

Hacienda Malibu
Single Level Living,Huge Landscaped Yard

• 2,000 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm single story - MLS® $214,700 - Seller Financing OAC

 -  Single level living, fully handicapped accessible and a huge yard is a tough combination to find amidst all the two story, zero lot clearance homes in Baja.

This hacienda offers it all, just 20 mintues south of the border and a few minutes north of Rosarito Beach, with all of it’s services, shops, spas and fine restaurants. Right across the toll road from the well known Baja Malibu surfing beach break, closest surf spot to the border.

Privacy and Security with this walled and gated property is yours along with outdoor landscaping done with taste and style. The outdoor living is park like, with a grassy area, gorgeous fountain, koi pond, paved patio spaces and mature landscaping. Lots of love and care went into the design of these spaces and the entire property is immaculately maintained.

Plenty of room here to expand if necessary, as well as great play area for the family and all the pets, another rarity in this market.

The main living area offers an open floor plan under open beam vaulted ceiling and features plenty of windows interrupted only by the fireplace, leading to the wrap-around-the-house terrace for true hacienda living.

Kitchen has been recently updated with designer double sink and there is room for everything with cabinets galore.

Generous Master Suite and Master Bath with Custom Cathedral styled doors in the foyer between, large walk-in closet and sitting area, plus a nice sized second bedroom, and bonus room which can be a third bedroom, office or TV room.

Arched windows and overhanging terrace areas give this home a true Hacienda feel, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Baja Malibu.

Take advantage of Mediterranean climate and all this outdoor space to entertain or just relax in knowing you are also paying ridiculously low property taxes of less than $200 per year. Welcome to Baja living and fresh Pacific air.

Maybe best of all, seller will consider some competitive financing for a qualified buyer. Terms negotiable.

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2nd Annual Family Sportfishing Tournament Aug 14 & 15 At: Ensenada
Anglers compete for trophies and prizes in various categories like surf fishing, kayak fishing, father and son team, etc. Info: Armadores Unidos de Pesca Deportiva at (646) 149-2239; e-mail: kchts@ensenadasportfishing.com
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