Rosarito, Mexico has historically been centered on tourism. It started with the Ortiz family’s establishment of Rene’s (Bar, Restaurant, Trailer Park and Motel) in 1925. Rene served his town holding the position Delegado (Mayor) more than any other politician in Rosarito, MX. Rene, a prominent businessman, aided produce Rosarito from a ranch to a town which later grew to become a city. When Rene was not ready to serve his men and women any longer he chose as his successor Hugo Torres Chabert, a good friend and owner of Hotel Rosarito. In September 1996, James Cameron’s manufacturing group moved to the newly created Fox Baja Studios in Rosarito, exactly where a total scale RMS Titanic had been constructed for the 1997 movie, in which Fox acquired 40 acres of waterfront south of Rosarito Beach.
While Prohibition was the law of the land, numerous U.S. residents started to cross the border into Mexico, exactly where consuming was still legal. Tijuana appeared to attract a more speakeasy-oriented clientele, and Rosarito grew to become a haven for the more effectively-heeled and Hollywood set. Rosarito was visited by Hollywood movie stars this kind of as Orson Welles and Dolores del Río who were attracted by hunting (deer, quail and rabbit) and fishing (lobster, abalone). While Rita Hayworth was married to Prince Aly Khan, son of Aga Khan III, the two would check out the Rosarito Beach Hotel, take more than an complete floor, and bring their personal employees, which includes a personal chef. Other Hollywood guests included Mickey Rooney, Ava Gardner, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Coretta Scott King ( January 30, 2006).
A descendant of Maria Luisa Chabert Uriarte, the youthful wife of Manuel P. Barbachano the founder of Rosarito Beach Hotel, her nephew Hugo Torres Chabert led the drive to integrate the city in 1995, and was appointed to a three–yr phrase as Mayor. In 2007, Torres Chabert ran for election and was overwhelmingly elected to a new three–yr phrase. The subject of rising crime costs and police corruption were major issues in the campaign. Torres Chabert, as owner of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, was deeply concerned about the security of visitors, and pledged robust action to deal with the two issues. In early 2008, the two federal and state police were ordered into the city (along with neighboring Tijuana) to reinforce the city’s efforts.
Rosarito Beach was the supply of rocks for the Pet Rock collectible of the 1970s.