IMPORTANT INFORMATION: THE $400.00 TO $800.00 TEMPORARY CAR IMPORTATION FEE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND DOES NOT APPLY
THE $15.00 DOLLAR FEE FOR VISITORS TO MEXICO APPLIES ONLY WHEN TRAVELING SOUTH OF ENSENADA OR IF VISITORS SPEND MORE THAN 72 HOURS IN THE CITY, FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US OR THE STATE SECRETARY OF TOURISM
- The paved Transpeninsular Toll Highway curving along the coastline from Tijuana to Ensenada is noted for its breathtaking ocean vistas and viewpoint rest stops. Free motorist assistance is provided by Mexicos friendly fleet of Green Angels (Angeles Verdes) from 8am to 8pm.
- Mexican auto insurance is highly recommended. Motorists should carry a valid drivers license and proof of vehicle ownership. Always wear seatbelts.
- If you are stopped by the police for a traffic violation, follow the offer to the nearest station to pay your fine. It is illegal to offer a bribe (mordida). The penalties for carrying guns or drugs in Mexico are extremely severe.
- Foreigners require tourist cards for visits to Baja California exceeding 72 hours, or for travel more than 100 kilometers south of the border. Cards must be validated by Immigration (Migracion) at the border or in Ensenada. Proof of citizenship (birth certificate or passport) is required.
- Baja Californias Added Value Tax (IVA) is 10%: hotels and RV parks charge an additional 2% Lodging Tax. Taxes are usually included in quoted prices but if in doubt, ask.
- Each U.S. and Canadian citizen may return to the U.s. with $400 dlls. worth of merchandise provided it is for personal use. Adults over 21 are allowed one liter of beer, wine or liquor. This duty free exemption is allowed once every 30 days.
- The state of Baja California uses Pacific Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time. Baja California Sur observes Mountain Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time.
- Ensenadas coastal climate is similar to San Diegos with sunny summers cooled by ocean breezes, and mild winters accented with occasional rainfall. Casual or resort wear is accepted at most restaurants and nightclubs, but visitors may wish to dress more formally for business or special occasions.
- Avoid littering or leaving graffiti. Help preserve Baja Californias fascinating yet fragile natural environment.