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) far more than any other politician in Rosarito, MX. Rene, a prominent businessman, assisted develop Rosarito from a ranch to a town which later became a city. When Rene was not capable to serve his people any longer he chose as his successor Hugo Torres Chabert, a buddy and owner of Hotel Rosarito. In September 1996, James Cameron’s production crew moved to the newly developed Fox Baja Studios in Rosarito, in which a full scale RMS Titanic had been constructed for the 1997 movie, in which Fox acquired forty acres of waterfront south of Rosarito Seashore.
Whilst Prohibition was the law of the land, several U.S. residents started to cross the border into Mexico, in which drinking was still legal. Tijuana seemed to attract a far more speakeasy-oriented clientele, and Rosarito became a haven for the far more nicely-heeled and Hollywood set. Rosarito was visited by Hollywood movie stars such as Orson Welles and Dolores del Río who have been attracted by hunting (deer, quail and rabbit) and fishing (lobster, abalone). Whilst Rita Hayworth was married to Prince Aly Khan, son of Aga Khan III, the two would pay a visit to the Rosarito Seashore Hotel, take over an entire floor, and bring their personal personnel, like a personalized chef. Other Hollywood site visitors included Mickey Rooney, Ava Gardner, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Coretta Scott King ( January thirty, 2006).
A descendant of Maria Luisa Chabert Uriarte, the young wife of Manuel P. Barbachano the founder of Rosarito Seashore Hotel, her nephew Hugo Torres Chabert led the drive to integrate the city in 1995, and was appointed to a 3–12 months term as Mayor. In 2007, Torres Chabert ran for election and was overwhelmingly elected to a new 3–12 months term. The subject of rising crime rates and police corruption have been major problems in the campaign. Torres Chabert, as owner of the Rosarito Seashore Hotel, was deeply concerned about the security of tourists, and pledged powerful action to deal with both problems. In early 2008, both federal and state police have been ordered into the city (along with neighboring Tijuana) to reinforce the city’s efforts.
Rosarito Seashore was the source of rocks for the Pet Rock collectible of the 1970s.