The first thing you may be asked on arriving in San Juanico is, “How'd you come in?” That's because it's usually an adventure and the condition of the road is of interest to those leaving. The dirt roads around San Juanico are graded, but not regularly.
Normally it takes the better part of two days to drive from Southern California to Scorpion Bay. You could drive it straight through in fourteen to sixteen hours with equipment like a Toyota 4Runner. Four wheel drive is not necessary but it helps to have a vehicle with a little terrain clearance and good tires on 14 or 15 inch wheel rims.
Tijuana to San Ignacio via Highway 1 is 545 road miles. Availability of fuel is uncertain. Always fill-up at every fuel stop.
Overnight stops are La Pinta Hotel in Cataveña, camping at the Wall (the point south of Santa Rosaliita), nameless motels in Gurrero Negro, and in San Ignacio, Rice and Beans and Ignacio Springs
Banks and ATM’s
Along the route are Ensenada, San Quintin, Gurerro Negro, Vizcieno, Santa Rosalia, Ciudad Constitution, Loreto, La Paz. There are no banks or ATM’s in Ciudad Insurgentes or San Ignacio. Banks are closed afternoons, weekends and Mexican holidays.
US Citizens traveling beyond the border zones need Mexican tourist visas. FMTs can be obtained at the immigration station just after crossing the border at Tijuana. Park in the Mexican secondary inspection area and ask for the Immigration office, open 24 hours. It will cost about $21 for the visa. You will be asked for your Mexican Tourist Visa at the check station in Gurrero Negro. If you don't have one you will be sent back to the border.
Children under 18 need a notarized document signed by the parent(s) granting permission for the minor to enter Mexico. This document, signed by one parent, is also required when the minor is traveling with the other parent.
FMTs are issued at ports of entry. If you’re flying commercial, they’re available at the airport either prior to departure in Tijuana or upon arrival in Loreto, La Paz or San Jose del Cabo.
The Mexican Consulate issues FMT Visas Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1549 India St. San Diego, CA 92101. (619) 231-8414.
Discover Baja Travel Club in San Diego also issues Tourist Cards. See: https://secure.discoverbajaonline.com/
Because it is a crime to be involved in a traffic accident, Mexican auto insurance is a must. If you are involved in an accident, you will be detained. You will be held until you post a bond or produce a Mexican auto insurance policy. Lewis & Lewis issues policies on-line. See: http://www.mexicanautoinsurance.com
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Mexican highway wisdom has it that, “If you can see, you can go fast. If not, you must go slow.” The second half of this dicho is always true.