Despite more warnings from friends (“You’ll get your heads chopped off!”) we headed back to Mexico for a week at La Paloma Resort in Rosarito Beach. It was a wonderful, relaxing trip. The weather was perfection and the resort lovely.
Driving from Prescott, AZ, we spent our first night in San Diego. After breakfast, we hopped on the freeway and headed south. The border crossing at Tijuana was a breeze, we hopped on the toll road ($2.50) and made it to Rosarito Beach in about 45 minutes.
La Paloma Resort is in the south end of town. It is situated on the coast looking west over The Pacific Ocean. It is a very secure, gated resort. You must check in with the guard each time you leave and return. Throughout the day, guards can be seen checking license plates on cars, making sure everything is as it should be.
My husband and I came to La Paloma to relax and that is exactly what we did. For seven days, we walked on the beach, swam in one of the three pools, and sat on our balcony, overlooking the beautiful Pacific. It was exactly what we had hoped for. Peace and tranquility.
Everyone at La Paloma was friendly and helpful. We got a chance to practice our Spanish, which is pretty pitiful. The office staff was perfecto! They were quick to give us suggestions on what to do during our days, and had maps to help us find our way.
We drove to Ensenada one day. It’s about an hour from the resort. When we arrived, we realized that it was port day for one of the cruise ships, and there were many touristas wandering the streets. It was very loud, music pouring from the local businesses. We had a quick lunch and headed back to La Paloma, anxious to get back to the peace and quiet of our little compound.
Our condo was impeccably clean. We had everything we needed from a coffee maker to a hair dryer. The bed was very comfortable, the view of the ocean from our balcony stunning. We spent many hours outside reading and people watching.
Speaking of people, there were very few! I’m sure that during the summer months there are many, but we came in mid October. We pretty much had the resort to ourselves.
There is a restaurant on the grounds and I HIGHLY recommend it. It is open only to resort guests. It is called (for some reason) Mama Mia, but the food is not Italian. It is fresh, delicious Mexican food of the highest quality, and very reasonably priced. The quacamole is incredible! We ordered it for every meal. It is freshly made each day, and is the best we have ever had. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day but Wednesday. You will love Mamma Mia!
Will we return? Absolutely. La Paloma is a little bit of heaven, just south of the border.
Word of warning: Mexico is NOT The Caribbean. Outside the gates of La Paloma, there was poverty everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Paloma is a 300 unit private condominium development with 1-3 bedroom individual units, four swimming pools, three tennis courts, with beach access. The entire property is managed by a Homeowner's Association which does not manage rental units. Rentals are available through individual owners and agents: BajaSe and BajaNor Also, some units are timeshare membership through WorldMark Wyndham and World International Vacation Club. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Paloma Hotel Rosarito
- La Paloma Rosarito