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 place Delegado (Mayor) more than any other politician in Rosarito, MX. Rene, a prominent businessman, assisted create Rosarito from a ranch to a town which later on grew to become a city. When Rene was not ready to serve his folks any longer he chose as his successor Hugo Torres Chabert, a friend and owner of Hotel Rosarito. In September 1996, James Cameron’s manufacturing crew moved to the newly developed Fox Baja Studios in Rosarito, in which a full scale RMS Titanic had been constructed for the 1997 film, in which Fox acquired forty acres of waterfront south of Rosarito Seashore.
Although Prohibition was the law of the land, many U.S. residents started to cross the border into Mexico, in which drinking was still legal. Tijuana seemed to attract a more speakeasy-oriented clientele, and Rosarito grew to become a haven for the more well-heeled and Hollywood set. Rosarito was visited by Hollywood film stars this kind of as Orson Welles and Dolores del Río who have been attracted by hunting (deer, quail and rabbit) and fishing (lobster, abalone). Although Rita Hayworth was married to Prince Aly Khan, son of Aga Khan III, the two would go to the Rosarito Seashore Hotel, consider in excess of an whole floor, and bring their own employees, such as a private chef. Other Hollywood guests incorporated Mickey Rooney, Ava Gardner, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Coretta Scott King ( January thirty, 2006).
A descendant of Maria Luisa Chabert Uriarte, the youthful 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 three–year term as Mayor. In 2007, Torres Chabert ran for election and was overwhelmingly elected to a new three–year term. The subject of rising crime costs and police corruption have been major concerns 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 the two concerns. In early 2008, the two federal and state police have been ordered into the city (along with neighboring Tijuana) to reinforce the city’s efforts.
Rosarito Seashore was the supply of rocks for the Pet Rock collectible of the 1970s.