ABOUT US

The San Nicolas Hotel & Casino was founded and built by Mr. Nico Saad in 1968 originating from the love of watersports, off-road racing and public relations. With only 21 rooms at the time, currently 120 rooms, the hotel has become the place for international celebrities & tourists and local visitors who want to escape and enjoy Baja life at their home away from home.

As you experience the San Nicolas Hotel & Casino you will see and feel the rich history of promoting and hosting numerous events from boat races, waterski shows, surfing tournaments, off-road racing and beauty pageants. What can we say? We like to have Fun!

With over 50 years of personalized hospitality service and counting, we are still a family operated hotel whose goal is to deliver fun and memorable experiences to your stay.

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Early Years

Nico Saad and Hobie Alter
Nico Saad and Hobie Alter
Ensenada Beach
Ensenada Beach
Nico Barefoot Skiing
Nico Barefoot Skiing
Nico's boat races in Ensenada harbor
Nico's boat races in Ensenada harbor
Original Kite Flying
Original Kite Flying

Guests & Special Events

Mario Moreno "Cantinflas"
Mario Moreno "Cantinflas"
Original Pool - Photoshoot
Original Pool - Photoshoot
Nico Saad, Lyle Lovet, Lance Armstrong,
Nico Saad, Lyle Lovet, Lance Armstrong,
Governor Ronald Reagan
Governor Ronald Reagan
Vic Hickey, Nico Saad, and Dir. Howard Hawks
Vic Hickey, Nico Saad, and Dir. Howard Hawks

Off-Road Racing

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Sal Fish, & Nico
Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Sal Fish, & Nico
Rod Hall's Dedication to Nico
Rod Hall's Dedication to Nico
Sal Fish, Mario Andretti, and Nico Saad
Sal Fish, Mario Andretti, and Nico Saad
Nico's Induction into the Off-Road Hall
Nico's Induction into the Off-Road Hall
John Langley's Dedication to Nico
John Langley's Dedication to Nico