The biggest summer volleyball event in all of Mexico, the Mexico International Volleyball Tournament (formerly known as the Estero Beach Volleyball Tournament) is usually held mid-June in Rosarito Beach. Rosarito’s summer tournament attracts some of the best beach volleyball players in the world. In fact, it’s been called the biggest beach volleyball tournament on the planet. While both amateur and professional players come to Rosarito in the scenic state of Baja California, fans of the sport also travel to the city’s beaches to enjoy watching.
Estero Beach Volleyball History
This famous tournament began in 1974 in Estero Beach, in Ensenada. It has grown to become the international beach volleyball event of the year! The festive atmosphere attracts hundreds to the beach to enjoy the hot playing under the Baja Californian sun. The tournament format is “blind” which means each player registers and is paired with a partner. You don’t know who your partner will be, and if you make the request it will be denied. It is also a weighted tournament which means that unrated players will be paired with rated players to even the playing field. Once paired, in men’s and women’s divisions, the round-robin style match-ups begin. While it’s a great feat for pairs to win their pools (a group of approximately six teams), it’s really the finals that generate the biggest crowds and the most riveting gameplay!
Winners have the honor of having their names attached to the perpetual tournament trophy which is displayed each summer during the tournament. Other prizes are also awarded. The winning team also wins free lodging for the following summer’s tournament! Of course, just getting to the finals is a major accomplishment given the competitive nature of the event and the talent it attracts from near and far.
Beach Party Fun
With so much sun, and sea-loving people on the beach, there’s a real air of festive fun in Rosarito. The day’s matches are celebrated in the bars and clubs of this popular tourist destination. Moreover, there’s considerable anticipation for the Sunday finals, so the nightlife is truly alive with excitement and anticipation. Rosarito is well-known for its dance clubs and bars as well as its great restaurants and hotels. The volleyball tournament may attract a myriad of fans to the sands, but the rest of the town really knows how to show visitors a good time!
So Much to Do in Rosarito
Vendors will be out in full force so no one will starve for food or drink near the beaches. However, the city itself has numerous cafes and restaurants serving delicious Baja food. Many vacationers enjoy Rosarito for weekend getaways since it is so close to the U.S. border. There are hotels for every price range and also many other activities to enjoy at the beaches like scuba, sailing, surfing, and more. Others love the off-roading experience Rosarito affords. Whatever attracts you to this stunning Mexican coastal city—volleyball, beaches, nightlife—it’s not likely to disappoint you during this extraordinary summer event!