Last updated on Aug 29, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Rosarito, Mexico is around 150,000 people. People describe Rosarito as a vibrant beach town with a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the affordability of living in Rosarito, as well as the close proximity to the beach and the vibrant nightlife. The weather in Rosarito is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Rosarito for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 to $600 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 per month.
What do I need to know about living in Rosarito?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Rosarito, they said:
"Expats in Rosarito should have a basic understanding of Spanish as English is not widely spoken. Rosarito is relatively inexpensive compared to other locations, so retirees on a budget may find it attractive. It is important to research the immigration regulations for retirement visas for Mexico before making the move. It is advised to arrange for healthcare prior to arriving, as public healthcare in Mexico may not be extensive or reliable. Additionally, having a reliable source of income to cover expenses is important. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the culture of Rosarito to ensure you feel comfortable and can adapt as an expat," wrote one member in Rosarito.
"There are many people from the USA, Canada and Europe have visited Mexico, love it and have considered relocation. Many visitors also spend their Mexico trip to the top resort areas at the best time of year to be there. This being the winter months. The down season is usually from May through October and the top resort areas are ghost towns. Reason for this is the abysmal heat and humidity. I once spent a month in Mazatlan in August. Mazatlan is just the start of the tropics and the heat and high humidity were abysmal and almost impossible to tolerate. Even walking a short distance can be very unpleasant as are the temperatures that can top 120 degree with 98% humidity. The only tolerable place to be are inside with the air conditioning on high. I love and visit the tropical areas yet only in the winter. I live in the South area of Rosarito Beach, Baja California. Year round climate is beautiful. Never too hot or cold. Winters are very mild and similar to San Diego, Ca. I have friends in Rosarito that spend their summers here and winters in the tropics. Living in the tropics is most certainly not the ideal area for most people. Even the locals hate the low seasons. I have not seen this topic get a lot of attention here yet what I have said is absolutely true," remarked one expat who made the move to Mexico.
What do I need to know before moving to Rosarito?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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