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, helped 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 production group moved to the newly built Fox Baja Studios in Rosarito, where a complete scale RMS Titanic had been constructed for the 1997 film, in which Fox acquired forty acres of waterfront south of Rosarito Beach.
While Prohibition was the law of the land, several U.S. residents started to cross the border into Mexico, where drinking was nonetheless legal. Tijuana appeared to attract a far more speakeasy-oriented clientele, and Rosarito grew to become a haven for the far more properly-heeled and Hollywood set. Rosarito was visited by Hollywood film 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 pay a visit to the Rosarito Beach Hotel, take over an total floor, and bring their very own personnel, including a individual chef. Other Hollywood guests 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 Beach Hotel, her nephew Hugo Torres Chabert led the drive to integrate the city in 1995, and was appointed to a 3–year term as Mayor. In 2007, Torres Chabert ran for election and was overwhelmingly elected to a new 3–year term. The subject of rising crime prices and police corruption were significant problems in the campaign. Torres Chabert, as owner of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, was deeply concerned about the security of visitors, and pledged strong action to deal with each problems. In early 2008, each 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.