Getting Here and Around

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Getting Here and Around

The main artery of the Baja Peninsula is a road of legend: Highway 1 winds down from Tijuana to Los Cabos through deserts and coastal bluffs, past fertile estuaries and through bleak towns which eke out a few crops from the dry soil.

If you're driving into Baja California from San Diego during peak hours, you might try heading 35 km (19 miles) east to the much less congested border crossing at Tecate. From there, Highway 3 takes you south through the Valle de Guadalupe to Ensenada.

Highway 3 continues southeast from Ensenada over the San Martír pass, where it meets Highway 5. From here, you can head north to Mexicali or south to San Felipe, where the road ends. In northern Baja, Highway 2 hugs the border from Mexicali to Tijuana. Although the hairpin turns make for beautiful overlooks during the day, the road east of Tecate is best avoided at night.

If you're driving in from the United States, purchase Mexican insurance (required) from any of the brokers near the border. It's also possible to rent a car in Tijuana or Mexicali from any of the major chains. Pack plenty of water and make sure your tires are in good shape: although the major highways are well maintained, a number of smaller roads—especially in Valle de Guadalupe—are unpaved.

There are few international flights into Tijuana, Baja California's only major airport; most travelers access the area from the border at San Diego. Aeroméxico flies to Los Cabos, to La Paz on the Baja Peninsula, and to several cities in mainland Mexico. Aeroméxico also connects Tijuana with Mexico City, and offers service between Tijuana and Oaxaca. Alaska Airlines, Spirit, US Airways, United, and American all fly into Los Cabos. Delta, Interjet, and Aeroméxico fly into La Paz.

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