Southwest Investigation Tour 2019 Part “Dos” including México, California and Nevada (Delayed Publis
Now where were we? Ah yes…
Southwest Investigation Tour 2019 Part “Dos” found us driving from San Diego to the border crossing towns of Mexicali/Calexico.
A decision to “brave” the media promoted risks of driving in Mexico created a need to be aware that special insurance is recommended, our US policy would not cover us. A call to our insurance company gave us a referral to someone they work with. Coverage is for the number of days you plan to be in Mexico. The cost is affordable, our policy was just over $100. Well worth the peace of mind. Grab that proof of insurance and your passport and you’re all set to enter Mexico. (We actually did not ever get asked for proof of insurance and did not get asked for ID/passport until re-entry to the good ol’ USA.)
Driving Interstate 8 from San Diego we crossed the Tecate Divide at 4000 ft+ above sea level and then dropped back to the barren desert floor. Our first in vehicle border crossing was smooth and easy, comfortable in all regards. We were not stopped or questioned as we exited the US and made our way into the Baja. We found roadways in good condition and traveled on without incident to San Felipe which lies at the top of the Gulf of California/Sea of Cortez.
I noted the translucent colors of the seashore connected to the desert as it provided a pastel palette that is very pleasing to the senses in San Felipe. Las Palmas Hotel provided a bird’s eye view of the sea from its pristine desert landscaped grounds and comfortable pool area adjacent to the bar and restaurant. The rooms were modest but clean and we were within decent walking distance to the Malecón.