Playas de Rosarito

Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
Trip End Mar 20, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

After having driven about 2,400 miles it was time for the real fun to begin. We dropped off the car and put our packs on our back and took the bus downtown to connect with the trolley to the border of Mexico. After ten minutes of walking across the border into Tijuana to find the bus to Rosarito beach I'm trying to work out what I can get rid of out of my pack. I must be carrying about 20 kilos, Gareth's probably closer to 30 kilos, this is exactly how you should cure a shopping addiction. Make them carry what they buy, it's working for me so far, I want to live in the same shorts and T-Shirt for the rest of the year if it means I won't walk like a crippled old man for the rest of my life! On the plus side this is great training for the Inca trail. After 20 minutes of torture with our necks and shoulders screaming out we manage to find the bus station only to be told that we had missed the last bus so we had to take a taxi, which is music to our ears right now. Arriving at Rosarito Beach (Playas de Rosarito) we check into the Rosarito Beach Hotel built in 1925 and was the favourite spot of many Hollywood celebrities. It's in a great location in the hub of the city with direct access to the beach. Rosarito it seems is the new spot for the Spring Break crowds and is set up for party lovers although it's still obviously out of peak season as while enjoying drinks in the sun loungers at Papas & Beers it feels like we're the only people here. We decided to stay an extra night and give ourselves time to work out how to get to our next stop Loreto, as well as to further explore this area. Gareth had read about Puerto Nuevo which is where lobster lovers should go. We were told that we needed a taxi to get there so headed out to find one. After walking away from one taxi as the price was too high ($20 it should be about $3) we approached another and soon we were heading 12km south to the lobster shacks. Let's just say I'm looking forward to our Spanish lessons in La Paz, I thought the taxi had said $3, $30 later..... The lobster was okay, not sure it's deserved of it's reputation. More fun was to be had in getting back to Rosarito, the only taxi we came across wanted $50, think I'd rather walk. Fortunately a local was to hand and told us about a bus, it's the best $1 we'd spent all day. Backpacking reality is about to kick in, tomorrow we make our way to Loreto by bus which will take us approximately 17 hours! Will there be chickens too?
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