Just south of the US/Mexico border at San Diego, you'll find the beachside town of Rosarito Beach. And on the sands of the beach, Mexico International Volleyball puts on a two-day volleyball tourney every June. In fact, this will be their 40th year.
On Sunday, with more than half the players out of the running for the finals, the party continues. Tacos, beers, margaritas, tequila shots on the beach. Friends gather and follow their friends who are still in it from court to court until you get down to the semi-finals on the main court.
The semi-finals and finals take on a different vibe. The courts get crowded with spectators within feet of the court. Drinks are flowing and the crowd is getting loose. The peanut gallery is in full force with everyone one-upping each other on heckling. Make a mistake and expect to see a tequila bottle fly on the sand court. If the players don't drink it, the crowd will let them have it. Eventually we have women and men's champions who are exhausted, elated and a little drunk. And that's how you throw a volleyball tourney/party.
|There's some serious volleyball being played|
|Friends gather, drinks flow and volleyball is played|
|What's better than a day of volleyball on the beach?|
|As the day goes, so do the hi-jinx|
|The courts are in front of Papas and Beer where the famous Saturday night party is held|
|Rosarito Beach, Baja|
|Traditional tequila shots during finals play|
|Tequila, beer and beach volleyball. Doesn't get any better.|
|The finals on Sunday|
|Adios Amigos! See you next year.|
Oceana Rosarito Inn Condominiums are located directly next to the volleyball courts. These beachfront towers offer all sizes of condos for rent during the tournament. http://www.mexonline.com/rosaritoinn.htm
Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa just south of the tournament has ocean view rooms including a new 17 story tower. http://www.mexonline.com/rosaritobeachhotel.htm US Tel: 1-866-Rosarito
Tacos! Try El Yaqui tacos for their famous Perrones. The line is worth the wait. It's one block east of Rosarito's main street from Festival Plaza Hotel.
Don't drive in Mexico without car insurance. We used Baja Bound Insurance Services. Easy to buy/print online at http://www.mexonline.com/bajabound.htm
Information/Photos: Ted Donovan