I am going to be flying into san diego and would like to go to mexico for 4 days..
we are planning on renting a car...
i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to go.. we would rather not do the touristy things.. but see some nice towns.. able to go to the beach.. so some outdoor stuff..
also some recomendations of where to stay would be wonderful!!
also anyone ever rented a car and driven over the border.. been told avis is the only one that will let you do it..
thanks so much for any suggestions!!
The key to driving over the border to Mexico is to be sure to buy Mexican car insurance before going--the reason is simple: American auto insurance is not valid in Mexico. For this reason, most car companies won't let you take their cars across. I do know Avis is the exception (I'm an Avis Preferred Member). You can buy the Mexican car insurance at their rental office in San Diego near the airport. I don't know if Hertz offers the same deal--but I would think they might.
As far as where to go in Mexico--go to Rosarita Beach, Puero Nuevo, and Ensenada. Tijuana's okay, but there are good and bad parts and its hard to know how to get from one to the other if you just got there since the town is laid out so crazy.
Here's the key--as soon as you go across the border, follow the signs for the Calle Cuota--that's the toll road. The turnoff is almost immediate. It runs right along the border going west almost to the beach, then it cuts south. If you get into Tijuana proper, you already missed it. It's like a freeway, and the charge is nominal. Go 30 miles south to Rosarita, 50 miles south to Puerto Nuevo, and 90 miles south to Ensenada. There's a blowhole south of Ensenada that's also worth seeing if you decide to go as far south as the city. Good hotels are the Rosarita Beach Hotel (hollywood celebrities went there for their honeymoons in the 1930s), the Las Rocas, Hotel del Oasis, and Grand Baja Resort. Check out their web sites, because resorts in Rosarita are not as plush as in other parts of Mexico. There is also a Mariott north of Rosarita, but I don't know the title of the hotel.
Puerto Nuevo is famous for their lobster restaurants and cheap shopping. Just south of Rosarita beach is the Fox Studios of Mexico. They have their own version of Universal Studios down there--just not as elaborate. This studio is where they filmed Titanic and Master and Commander, so keep in mind there are celebrities in town when they are filming. Ensenada is the larger town and has a few wild clubs and is where the cruise boats dock.
I forgot to mention that you can also go horseback riding on the beach both in Rosarita Beach and in Puerto Nuevo.