Rosarito’s weather encourages spring breakers to start their partying from at an early hour. As it gets later in the day, hundreds of young people walk fearlessly through Rosarito’s Tourist Zone. All the tourists drinking their alcoholic beverages waiting for the next musical act to start, all without worry.
The United States State Department issued a Spring Break travel advisory about Mexico. The advisory states that tourists may face hazards such as medical emergencies, drowning, unregulated alcohol and sexual assault.
Brian who is 19 years old, says it is his first time to Rosarito. He knows this is a good place because it wasn’t on the advisory list that was reported in January. In that same report the US State Department didn’t raise the level 2 warning that is set on Baja California. Brian also says “I feel safe while I am able to drink on the street or the beach, knowing I won’t be messed with”.
The US State Department advisory threatens to hurt Mexican tourism by $20 billion, which accounts for 7% of the countries GDP. The response by the government’s Mexico Tourism Board was “Mexico’s major international tourism destinations have been explicitly listed as having no travel restrictions”.
Hotels in the area, reported over the weekend to be 80% filled. The local experts expect in coming weeks the number of spring breakers to swell to higher numbers.