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Heading south, where to stop overnight?

  • Heading south, where to stop overnight?

    Posted by sawdogger on November 16, 2023 at 11:01 am

    In December my girlfriend and I will be taking off from home here in Northern California, heading south to spend a few weeks with friends in Todos Santos over the holidays. We plan to stop and spend the night with her aunt in Seal Beach before crossing the border into Mexico.

    We have grown tired of the bare desert monotony on the 5 and the truth is, that route spooks my better half, so we’ll be heading straight down the Transpeninsular this time around.

    My question is, where should we stop the first night in Baja – San Quintin or can we push through to Guerrero Negro? The hotel in Cataviña is booked solid that night.


    boe4fun replied 1 week, 6 days ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • BajaGringo

    November 16, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    If it were me, I would leave Seal Beach at around 4AM and that should get you to the border without too much traffic. Then drive across the border and stop for breakfast in Rosarito or Ensenada. From there you could be in San Quintin to stop for lunch and make it to Guerrero Negro befoe dark

    That would put you a lot closer to your destination.

  • MikeyD

    November 18, 2023 at 6:33 am

    It will depend on how fast you drive, how many stops you make and how much traffic you get from Tijuana to San Quintin. South of San Quintin the traffic is not an issue. I would leave maybe even a bit earlier and avoid the traffic in TJ as well, then drive straight through to that area of road construction work heading to Maneadero. The earlier you cross that, the better as traffic builds there through the morning. Then you can pick up something off a food stand in Maneadero and get back on the road again. If you target to reach El Rosario by NLT 1:00PM, you’ll make Guerrero Negro before sunset. That would be my plan.

  • boe4fun

    November 19, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Tecate border POE opens at 6 AM, buy your FMM’s while you’re there. Take the road to Ensenada, then take the cutoff to the marina, stop at El Trailero in El Sausal for eats, or at El Poblano in Maneadero if you’re in a hurry to get through the construction south of Ensenada. Gonna be an actual drive time of about 10 hours to GN. Way to long for me with back and knee issues, so hotel choices in SQ (from good to “rustic”) are: La Misión Santa Maria near Los Pinos Ranch, Jardins, Don Eddies, Old Mill, Cielito Lindo, etc.

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