Fifteen minutes south of Rosarito (6.5 km), around Km. 33, a concrete arch in need of a paint job marks the entrance to Popotla, known for its collection of seafood vendors and other food stands. Menus are based on the catch of the day, which lands right there at the beach.
Near Popotla, Las Rocas Resort and Spa (Km. 37.5, Mexico 1, tel. 661/614-0354, toll-free U.S./Canada tel. 888/527-7622, www.lasrocas.com, US$70–110) has a rustic feel with views of a popular surf break, fireplaces, and kitchenettes in its rooms. The rooms can be hit or miss, so ask to see one before you commit. Amenities include secured parking, cable TV, a restaurant, swimming pool, and hot tub. The hotel’s on-site spa provides a full menu of treatments, such as massage and facials, and a steam room.
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