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Explore Rosarito Tour

OK, here's the deal for this event.


Sorry I won't meet you in San Ysidro--but crossing over just makes things too complicated and unpredictable.


I'd love to have somebody volunteer to gather people at the San Ysidro McDonalds across from the final trolley stop and lead them off like Moses to meet me, but this seems like a group capable of finding their way.


If a group forms at McDonalds, I'd suggest 10:45 as a good time to start across the border.  You walk south, follow the swarm.  Up the hill, through the turnstiles, down to the northbound line.  Cut through the line and turn left in the plywood "alley" along the street.  When you come to the end of the handrail, at the stairway to the overpass, go up and head west across the footbridge.  Keep going until you descend on the other side of the highway.  Go straight west, by the crowd of taxi jerks and the big union building.  Keep left you can't miss the Caliente race book.  Inside, it's all tables and chairs.  Outside, a few steps further are the tables of the open air "Michoacan" taco stand.  I will be there, wearing a red flowered Hawaiian shirt.


If you have a Mexican phone I am at[masked] in case you get misplaced.  Or call my USA number, which should work that close to the line. [masked]-5423.  I will be there until at least 11:30, giving a half hour leeway on the posted time.  Mexico residents can meet me there, or in town at the taxi stand on Madero between 2nd and 3rd, east side of street, yellow and white vans in the alley opening.


Once everybody is at the cab stand, we'll embark for Rosarito in however many vans it takes to get us down there.  Should be a scenic, comfortable (though perhaps terrifying) ride.  


I have no great itinerary once we get to the hotel.  There are some galleries in the courtyard, the hotel is an art masterpiece inside, there is the seafood bite going on.  Once fed and sated on what the hotel offers, we can walk out to the beach and pier.  From that point, it's group rule.  The area is full of tourist attractions like riding mangy horses in the surf and bars and galleries and gift stores, so we can can do what everybody pleases or split up and reunite.


Depending on the time, we can have dinner or beers, etc. in Rosarito (perhaps one of the brick, arched carnitas places)  or return to Tijuana and have something there.  The later one heads back across the border, the better, frankly.


If you get totally lost, don't worry.  Try to call my Mexican number from a booth in an OXXO  (the Mexican 7-11, and they are everywhere) or just stand on the street and wait for a van going to CENTRO.  Once there grab a taxi and say "LINEA"  expect to pay around $5.


Be sure to have passport or birth certificate.



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  • Denise S.

    I have Friday the 5th off of work. If you all are going on the week end, I might drive down myself.

    August 19, 2014

    • Lin R.

      You mean go to the festival on Friday? Works for me, but I think few would be able to get off for that. And there'd be more going on over the weekend days. Anybody got date preferences? Could you do me a favor and RSVP the suggestion to it will be out where people can see it? Thanks

      August 19, 2014

    • Mark S

      Best time for me is Saturday after 1pm or Sunday the whole day. I can join the group inside TJ.

      August 19, 2014

  • Lin R.

    Hey, I suggested the art festival in Las Playas, Sept 5-7
    If a couple of people will RSVP for it, it will be listed.
    Beach trip with art and music and plenty of opportunities for coffee, beer, and food.

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Mark S

    Lin, Thank you very much for organinzing this trip.What is next?

    August 11, 2014

    • Lin R.

      God knows, Mark. We seem to have a kind of libertarian group now, which is kind of cool. I think anybody who comes up with a tour that people want to go on has got it going on. I'll be interesting to see what comes up.

      August 19, 2014

  • GloriaN

    Great host, great group...hurray for Lin Robinson!

    1 · August 11, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Thanks Gloria. It was a lot of fun having you along.

      August 19, 2014

  • Lin R.

    I enjoyed checking out Rosarito again, and and meeting some new people.

    August 11, 2014

  • Adrian S.

    Find me at McDonalds. Black shirt, small bag with Barrio" sticker ... and definitely a non-mexican face ;-)

    August 10, 2014

  • Jamie S.

    At the Rosario beach hotel there's a fish and seafood festival from 12-7, I don't know the size, but its free FYI

    August 9, 2014

    • Lin R.

      One thing that link points out... the servers at the event are restaurants in the area, so it's also a good way to scout out places to dine in the future

      August 9, 2014

    • Jamie S.

      Sure Lin, buen provecho!!! I'm sure you're familiar with Yaqui/Los Perrones - favorite (in that area) (and good for a group)!!! Say hi to Mclellan jewelry at the festival. If you have Facebook.com/jamiesmitha­uthor is my public page (NSFW LOL) buena viaje!!! :D no puedo ir, ocupado

      August 9, 2014

  • Nicola

    HI all, I have a three year old and would love to take him with me and my husband. I want him to get used to the culture. Is this a kid friendly event for the three of us? If not I understand.... I like to travel in groups and this sounds really fun.
    Thanks!

    August 5, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Sorry, I missed this, Nicola. There's never been kids along that I know of, but I see no reason not to.

      August 9, 2014

    • Nicola

      Ok, Thank you!

      August 9, 2014

  • Lin R.

    OK, boys and girls, tommorow's the day. I'm looking forward to seeing you all. If you have any questions, today is the time to ask. See ya all tomorrow. Red flowered Hawaiian shirt.

    August 9, 2014

  • Nancy V

    Will look forward to another chance to join the group. Can't make it this weekend afterall.

    August 6, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Aw, that's too bad, Nancy. Hope to see you soon.

      August 6, 2014

  • Lin R.

    BTW, for those who haven't come to the border on trolley before, it's better to leave your car at one of the stops like Palomar or Palm or Beyer, rather than drive to the border and pay parking.

    August 6, 2014

  • JR

    I suggest printing a "MEETUP" placard in 48 point type to put on one of McDonald's tables to facilitate locating one another. (We used to do this in some of the San Francisco Meetups I belonged to.)

    August 6, 2014

    • GloriaN

      A marked up person or table is a superb idea even if I am familiar with the names of several signed having 2 meet ups of the group previously

      August 6, 2014

    • JR

      Did you see my message offering you a ride? J.R.

      August 6, 2014

  • Lin R.

    Not a bad idea. Designating tables doesn't work because you never know what it will be like there. And screaming "Meet Up" at the top of your lungs can draw unwelcome attention.

    August 6, 2014

  • Mark S changed the time from 11:00 AM to 10:45 AM

    August 6, 2014

  • Mark S changed the location from San Ysidro Transit Center to McDonald's­

    August 6, 2014

  • Lin R.

    Be sure to note the change in the announcement above. This is the way we'll go about this (it says here :-) ) Any questions, contact me.

    August 6, 2014

  • Brick

    I need to do some shopping on the TJ side before we meet. At what time do you expect to be at the "Caliente" betting book? I would like to meet you all there.

    August 5, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Well, we've been using 11 AM and that seems to be working for everybody. I'll be there by then.

      August 5, 2014

  • Denise S.

    Sorry, I can't get off work on a weekend unless I know a couple weeks in advance.

    August 5, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Wow, your boss sucks. :-) Just kidding, Denise. Sorry we won't be seeing you this time.

      August 5, 2014

  • Joe

    Sorry not going to be able to make this event. Unfortunately,have family in town this weekend. Lin and Mark, thanks for the info on the Ruta Vans. I actually took it to Rosarito this past sat. Vans are on Modero, bet 3rd and 4th. It was <than $2($1.60 converted in Dils) Great way to travel and can easily accommodate 10 people + driver. Hope to attend another event with group very soon. Would love to venture out to Valley de Guadalupe, and check out some Vineyards if possible.

    August 4, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Sorry you can't make it, Joe. Another MeetUp group, Alex's "Baja Border Jumpers" will do a Valle Lupe tour in September.

      August 4, 2014

  • garrett m.

    Sounds Like fun. I like the coastal towns, Ensenada, Gerrero Negro, and the Gulf of Ca side.

    August 4, 2014

  • Belinda R.

    Not back but I hope this tour repeats itself this fall/winter. Enjoy everyone!!

    August 4, 2014

  • ruben f.

    There are vans going straight to Rosarito, from Central Downtown near downtown, only cost about 18 pesos.

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Those are the ones

      August 1, 2014

  • Karin F.

    From what I know about Mexico a lot easier to take a taxi, and quicker.

    1 · July 29, 2014

    • Lin R.

      There are a couple of runs from the Hotel down to Puerto Nuevo, one of them is the typical 2-color van like these. Ruta vans have the destinations painted on the rear fender and almost always a sign on the dashboard visible through the windshied that they can reverse. (From "Rosarito" to "Centro" in this case) I'll guide you to the cab stand and arrange it. Hopefully there will be staging on the US side, but I'll definitely meet you at the Mexican side of the border and will give my cellular number.

      1 · July 30, 2014

    • Linda

      Now I remember, I have taken the Ruta from Centro to Rosarito and back to Centro from Rosarito. … that was a couple of years ago.

      2 · July 30, 2014

  • Lin R.

    OK, meetup starts at San Ysidro Transit Station, southern terminus of the San Diego Trolley Blue line. There is a big McDonalds right in front of the terminus which is often used as an "assembly point." I would really rather not cross the border in order to come back with the group, especially since morning crossing to the North are unpredictable, time-wise. I'm hope somebody can kind of collect people and walk across to meet me at the Caliente book.

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Mark S changed the location to San Ysidro Transit Center

    July 29, 2014

  • Mark S removed the location. It was Rosarito Beach Hotel

    July 29, 2014

  • Mark S

    Lin,
    Is there any “Taking-A-BUS-Option"?
    That may make the choice for the number of participant passengers easier, and give us less headache regarding last minute add-ons or drop-offs.
    I almost don't know anything about bus system between TJ and Rosarito.
    You are the expert.

    July 24, 2014

    • Lin R.

      It's pretty scattered, frankly. I don't even know where the bus station in Rosarito is, frankly. The ruta goes right to the hotel. And, I think will be more intimate and comfortable. We'll see how it plays out. If we get more than 8 but less than 12 we're still OK. More than 12, we'll take two vans. I'll meet everybody on the Mexican side of the line--in Caliente and/or the taco shop--and if everybody wants to take a bus, we can walk over to the terminal as see what they have. They generally bypass the town on the highway, but will let you off to walk across.

      July 24, 2014

  • Lin R.

    Great. 8 sign-ups so far. That's one van-load. Any numbers between 8 and sixteen might get awkward (unless a 12 passenger van happens to be there) but the worst-case would be that we pay like $3 instead of $2 to cover empty seats. Still hoping somebody would volunteer to amass people in the San Ysidro McDonalds prior to walking across the border, if possible.

    July 21, 2014

  • Mark S

    There's gonna be a Supermoon that night!

    July 16, 2014

    • Lin R.

      Look! Up in the sky! It's bird! It's a plane...

      July 16, 2014

  • Lin Robinson changed the date and time to Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    July 14, 2014

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