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Los Mochis is an agricultural and resort city in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Understand

Los Mochis is a port city on the eastern coast of the Sea of Cortez. Its main interest for tourists is as a transportation hub. Los Mochis has an airport, ferry docks for transport across the Sea of Cortez to Baja California. It is best known as one of the two terminus points for the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe) — the magnificent train ride through the rugged Copper Canyon.

Get in

By plane

  • Los Mochisa small airport serving a limited range of destinations. Most flights are on small regional jets or turboprops.

Direct flights to Los Mochis are available from:

  • Los Angeles , 1 daily flight on Delta
  • Mexico City , 2 daily flights on Aeromexico
  • Guadalajara , 2 daily flights on Aero California, 1 daily flight on Alma
  • La Paz , 3 daily flights on Alma, 1 daily flight on Aero California
  • Hermosillo , 1 daily flight on Aeromexico
  • Tijuana , 1 daily flight on Aero California, 1 daily flight on Alma

Delta has apparently stopped its flight from Los Mochis to LAX.

By train

The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway is one of the world’s most spectacular train trips. The trip between Los Mochis and Chihuahua is about 14 hours each way. First class (express) trains leave each end point at 06:00 and the second class (tourist) train leaves one hour later. The first-class and second-class trains are essentially the same, except that the express stops less and is twice as expensive.

The real scenery starts at El Fuerte. Stand on the western side and travel uphill to Creel or Chihuahua. Hang out in the few open vestibules with your camera — the uphill scenery is fairly splendid for at least two of the seven or nine or twelve hours of the journey. On the downhill run, put yourself in the club (bar) car, where you can stretch out in a modicum of comfort. Consider splitting the long train journey in half by spending a night or two in Creel, for instance.

By boat

Ferry boats run between La Paz and the Topolobampo docks. The ferry transports both passengers and vehicles, though there has been talk of restricting RVs. Since privatization fares are increasing very rapidly, about US$80 (salon class).

Get around

  • AGA Rent a Car, Av. Camaron Sabalo #312-A, Zona Dorada,  . AGA Rent-A-Car has been renting vehicles to travelers and local renters since 1989. Their first location opened in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico and they have since expanded to serve Los Mochis and Culiacan, with locations at the airport and in town.

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  • Go to Guaymas, a beautiful beach and port stopover

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Rosarito | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak Baja California

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Spring Break at Rosarito Beach with sexy woman dancers

Rosarito is a Municipality in Baja CaliforniaMexico.

Travel to Rosarito

First thing, buy liability insurance. This can be purchased online or at numerous agencies at the border in San Ysidro. If you don’t buy it, have fun in jail. Even if the accident is not your fault, you will be held until that’s cleared. Even if you hit livestock on the road, you the driver are at fault. Liability ensures the cow’s owner is compensated. Also, arrive early most check=in times are around eleven and on busy holiday it will be very hard to find a room. The mexican cops prey on american plates so go early.

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Rosarito Beach is easily accessed via a toll road that runs along the Pacific Ocean. The drive around Tijuana can be daunting. Follow the signs on the freeway, but be careful the signs usually appear only at the turnoffs. Don’t expect any notices before the turnoffs.

When returning there is an unmarked u-turn in Tijuana you need to take to get back to the United States. It’s at an interchange next to a Pemex station. Look for a line of cars with American plates making a u-turn.

If you don’t want to drive in, there are buses from Tijuana.

For about US$15 you can take a taxi to Rosarito. Some Taxi Drivers may charge more, though.

There are 2 main roads to Rosarito coming from Tijuana/San Diego.

The Toll Road (Mexico 1D – Cuota) is much easier and faster on getting to Rosarito. After crossing the border get into the 3rd lane (counting out from the median), in about 100 meters you’ll be on an overpass and a 4th lane will bring on merging traffic, move over to the 4th lane and an offramp to the right will take you to the Via International/Carretera Mexico 1D. This is the main highway to take you to Rosarito, Ensenada, and the western part of Tijuana (Las Playas). If you keep your eye out for signs that indicate any of these three locations it is easier to drive in Mexico, but remember that the toll (cuota) and free (libre) route often split from the same road so may careful attention to the signs to avoid taking the wrong road. The toll cost will be about M$30 (about US$2.50) each way.

The Free Road (Mexico 1 – Libre) goes through Tijuana and can be harder to follow.

One of the best ways to visit Rosarito Beach is by going on a one day tour from San Diego. You can call Five Star Tours at 619 232 5040.

Get around Rosarito

The whole tourist industry lies on Benito Juarez, the main street in town. There’s plenty of taxis as well. You’re never without friends or drinking buddies as long as you have cash.

What to do in Rosarito

  • The Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride twice a year in April and October, is a “fun ride” 80 km (50 miles) along the coast and a few miles inland. Up to 10,000 riders participate in the ride, which ends with cervezas (beer) in Ensenada.
  • California Motorsport Adventours Off-road adventure tours for people of all riding abilities. Everyone welcome: families, couples, friends, single riders, bachelor and corporate groups. Full day excursions or longer tours available also. Ride in the dunes and then enjoy a guided adventure into the surrounding mountain trails. Contact the office for reservations.

Eat

If you go to Rosarito for food a must stop is Puerto Nuevo located just 8 minutes south of Rosarito. This small town offers more than 35 restaurants all serving Lobsters. This style of lobster can be found throughout Baja called “Puerto Nuevo Style”

La Flor de Michoacan, on the north side of town on Benito Juarez, has a well-deserved reputation with tourists and locals alike. This restaurant is known for its carnitas (simmered and fried pork) dinners served family style with rice, beans, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole, and steaming, fresh tortillas wrapped in cloth and served in a basket. The restaurant also has a full bar and serves margaritas made with real strawberries. Carnitas plates are served two different ways. Mixed pork includes tripe and other pieces many do not find appetizing. If this is you, shell out the extra couple dollars and get the solid pork. You’ll be hard-pressed to spend more than US$10 a person, even with a pitcher or two of margaritas. The building is hard to miss, an imposing brick structure on a corner with a stop sign. Look for the word “CARNITAS” on top.

  • Cha Cha CafeKm.31 Blvd. Popotla, La Barca, Rosarito Beach. (2 miles south of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.).  7am-4pmRosarito’s place to enjoy Food, Coffee, Desserts, People and Music. Take out and Delivery Available. Monday -Sunday.

Fresh sea food right off the boat, head south on the old road, at the Fox studios, there is a fishing village on the south side of the complex, about twenty restaurants, lots of locals and traffic on Sundays! Park on the main road and walk in. Food is very good, but if you expect American restaurant standards be aware, you are in Mexico. Walk around, don’t go in the first one, lots of English-speaking deported Mexicans trying to get you into their restaurant.

  • The Mongolian GrillCarretera Libre Tij-Ens Km.30 (2 miles south of Rosarito Beach Hotel).  11:30AM-8:30PMMongolian BBQ (select your meats, fresh veggies and seasonings). Weekly specials like Korean tacos and Thai coconut curry with chicken, shrimp, and bamboo shoots. US$6.75 + tax.
  • Nonnies Italian RestaurantKm. 31.5 Blvd. Popotla, La Barca, Popotla (2.5 miles south of Rosarito Beach Hotel).  11 am – 8 pmDelicious, reasonably priced! Spaghetti & meatballs, fettucine, pizza, salads, and a great view! Call ahead for to go orders – your food will be ready when you arrive. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Open for “Spring Break fast” Fri, Sat, Sun at 7AM economical.

The history of Puerto Nuevo – in the 1950s and early 1960s this was a little fishing village where Americans would meet local guides at the billboard off the road. That billboard was for Newport Cigaretts – Puerto Nuevo is Newport in Spanish. This is the likely derivation of the name. One day the wife of a fisherman starting cooking the fish her husband and his clients caught… and the restaurant business was born. That original restaurant is known as #2 (this has to do with the lot numbering system); #1 was the second restaurant in town. Also, there are 8 restaurants in town with the name Ortegas. They are related and the competition is not all that friendly. Puerto Nuevo is a fun stop – the lobster is good – and you have plenty of choices for food, shopping and people watching!

Going out for a Drink in Rosarito

The Beachcomber lies in the central part of town in a resort village. The resort village is gated, so you’ll have to park in the lot outside of the gate and take a small walk. If the guard asks at the gate where you’re going, just say you’re getting drinks at the bar, you don’t have to have a house there to drink. The bar has a patio right next to the beach, making it the perfect place to drink a beer or margarita and watch the sunset. There is also access to the beach here as well. While the drinks aren’t the cheapest in town, they aren’t overpriced, and you’re not going to pay a cover.

For a big club experience, check out Papas & Beer  . Papas & Beer is a large club in the heart of Rosarito. Although the drinks are overpriced for the area they are cheap compared to US prices. There’s usually a cover, and sometimes a line, but the positive side is that if you are looking to dance, meet new people and have some cervezas, you will find what you are looking for here.

Where to stay in Playas de Rosarito

Rosarito Beach is a fast-growing town. With that growth comes growing pains! For this reason, it is best to avoid all high-rises and accommodations in downtown Rosarito. Loud music coming from the clubs is a persistent problem that tourists face when they try to go to sleep every night. The best bet is for people to go to privately owned Villas or Condos or Houses. Listings of all three types are plentiful and readily found everywhere.

  • Rosarito Luxury Penthouse Garden Floor Luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse. Large balcony overlooking the beach. There is a circular bar as well as a kitchen, spa and pool nearby.
  • Villa Bonita Vista 3 Bd 4.5 bath vacation rental in Bajamar. Villa Bonita Vista is located on the 7th green of the Los Lagos Course with ocean and golf course views. Bajamar is in Ensenada.
  • Rosarito Beach HotelBlvd. Benito Juarez 31.  Built in 1925, this classic establishment is perfect for younger couples looking to have a great time in Rosarito. It has multiple pools and jacuzzis, and is situated right on the beach. There are numerous restaurants and bars in the hotel, and guests are given vouchers upon check-in so that they may enjoy a certain amount of free meals and drinks. If tranquility and relaxation are what you have in mind, this is not the place for you. Due to the fact that it is centrally located amongst Rosarito’s downtown area on Benito Juarez, the music from the clubs is audible until 4 AM, and the bass will shake the hotel, making it hard for those guests who are not out partying to fall asleep. If you are looking to go clubbin, let loose, and catch some sun during the day, however, this is the place for you.
  • SeaSide Reservations Rosarito BeachA great selection of Baja California vacation rentals to fit every group size and budget, with properties in Brisas del Mar, Calafia Resort, La Elegancia, Pacifica at Ensenada Bay, Playas de Tijuana, Ricamar, Rosarito Shores, San Antonio Del Mar, Santa Barabara at Baja Mar, The Park At Malibu, and Villa Serena Condos.
  • Casa El Jardin (Bed & Breakfast), Emiliano Zapata St. #600, Rosarito Beach, BC (Col. Reforma. A Few blocks down from Wal-mart Shopping Center).
  • Las Rocas Resort & Spa, Toll Free Road Tijuana-Ensenada Km 38.5, 1 888 527 7622 or 1 866 445 8909,  . 72 ocean front rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, Holistic Spa, Ballroom and Gardens.
  • Bobbys Baja by the Sea – One of the nicer places to stay in Rosarito Beach is Bobbys Baja – just North of Puerto Nuevo’s lobster village. Bobbys is a condo resort – so all the units have a kitchen and they are a lot more spacious than a hotel room. There are really nice – which is something one cannot say about some of the local hotels.

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Mahahual | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak

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Mahahual (also spelled Majahual) is a city in the municipality of Othón P. Blancothe, state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, a short distance northeast of Belize.

Understand

Mahahual used to be a quiet and friendly small fishing town off the beaten track. However a large cruise ship docking jetty dubbed “Puerto Costa Maya” has been constructed just up the beach. Every day a couple of cruise ships dock and the occupants are disgorged onto the town to drink, shop, swim and ride jet skis and quad bikes. However the further south away from the cruise ship dock you go the quieter the town becomes, so it’s still possible to have a quiet time of it, especially at some of the hotels south of town.

In August 2007, Hurricane Dean landed just north of Mahahual. It heavily damaged the cruise ship dock and destroyed much of the small village. The village was rebuilt, cruise ships returned, and many nice hotels opened.

A new seaside Malecon runs from the main road to the southern end of Mahahual Pueblo. The Malecon is a pedestrian walkway with the beach to the east and businesses to the west. Many nice restaurants and shops line the Malecon. The town has several ATMs: one is in the “Casitas”, a subdivision adjoining the port, at the Mobius internet/DVD rental store; another is located at Luna De Plata, a kilometer south of the pueblo; a third is an HSBC bank ATM within the town’s only Pemex station, 4 kilometers west on the main access road. Cash is still the best option as many times the ATM machines do not work or are out of cash.

If you are looking for quiet tranquil beaches, away from the crowds, drive through Mahahual and continue 4 kilometers along the coastal road. After passing the small bridge of Rio Bermejo (hardly a river, more a small stream connecting the mangrove waters with the ocean) you will find small ecological hotels, restaurants and rental houses, all beachfront. Electricity is generated with solar panels, wind mills and most of the businesses use a generator as a back up. Rain water is captured on roof decks and collected in systerns used tio shower and flushing toilets.

When you arrive at km 15, there is a turn off to the right, take it to either return to Mahahual or continue to Xcalak. If you continue on the beach road, you will find lots of empty bays,only a few rental houses on the road side.

Get in

From the port: Organized tours are also available from a variety of companies. You will not necessarily be over run with the tourists from the cruise ships, when they leave you have this sleepy town to yourself. Things switch quickly from bustle to mellow.

From the airport: ADO bus service is now available to and from Mahahual from either the airport, central station Cancun or the stations in Playa del Carmen. Staying just a few km outside of town will keep you from the majority of the cruise traffic.

Get around

Your best bet is to rent a car. Most travelers land in Cancun. It will take over four hours but do not confuse this area with Cancun. Four hours gets you to an entirely different world.

What to see and do

Beaches

  • Puerto Angel Beach –

Mayan ruins

There are several sites of Classical Period Mayan ruins close enough for a day-visit. Mexican law requires a fee of about US$5 for the use of video cameras at these sites.

  • Chacchoben – Dates to the 3rd-8th centuries. The tallest pyramid rises above the trees and for those physically and psychologically equipped to climb it, offers a view of the countryside. Several smaller ruins at the site may have been the houses of nobles.
  • Kohunlich – A ceremonial center and the capital of a powerful dynasty. The Temple of Masks features five stucco masks with the features of the Sun God, along the its stairs. It also contains the ruins of residences and a ceremonial ball field.
  • Dzibanché – An important city, featuring stone plazas bordered by temple pyramids, including the Temple of the Owl and the Temple of the Cormorants.
  • Ichkabal – Under excavation by INAH since 1995, this vast and important preclassic city, located 30km from Bacalar, will open to the public within the next two years. A “lost” city of gigantic proportions, Ichkabal may be one of the most important discoveries in Mayan archeology in decades.

What to do

There are many tours offered from Costa Maya port and the town of Mahahual to meet all kinds of demands. Enjoy the many resturants and shopping along the sandy beaches located in town. Venture out onto the water with unlimiited water excursions. Enjoy the culture and charm of this small and diverse village.

The barrier reef, which is part of the Meso American Reef, just off shore offers opportunities for snorkeling or scuba diving, and keeps the waters of the Caribbean safe for kayaking. This reef is the 2nd longest barrier reef in the world being just over 900 km long, starting at Puerto Morelos in Mexico, stretching down past to Belize to terminate at Honduras.

  • Nomad DiversScuba Diving in Mahahual, Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Gypsea DiversMalecon (Infront of Nacional Beach Club). Professional Dive and Snorkel Business
  • DreamtimeSouth MaleconProfessional Dive and Snorkel Business
  • Amigos Del Mar Official Cressi Dive Center with top of the line dive equipment. Their customized dive boat fits 14 divers and has racks for 32 tanks. They also have the required official government permits in order to take divers to the Banco Chinchorro Protected National Reserve.
  • Doctor DiveCalle Coronado con Calle Huachinango s/n, Centro, 77976 ,   Dive trips, PADI courses, snorkeling

Water excursions

You can find many water excursions from town, including snorkel and dive tours, catamarans, paddleboards, fishing, jet skis, flyboard, and kayaks.

Beaches

The beaches of Mahahual are often restaurant concessions that provide many services to you. You can find great food and drinks and massages on the beach. The nice sandy beaches provide great swimming and snorkelling opportunities.

  • Yaya Beach (Yaya), Av. Huachinango con Calle Coronado09:00-23:59Bar, restaurant and beach service.

Eat

  • Almaplena Restaurantkm 12,5.  Facing directly on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. The restaurant menu offers mainly Mediterranean cuisine with local influences that incorporate and enhance the best ingredients and regional flavors.
  • Casa del Mar Serves excellent shrimp tacos.
  • El Gritoinside Matan Ka´an hotelreal Mexican food
  • Pizza Papi Pastaavenida paseo del puerto 1095 ,   5:30 pmPizza Papi Pasta is located at Puerto Costa Maya, really Italian food with brick owen wood. Cool service and nice night ambient
  • Tapas BarCapitan MonoEl Delfin are a few of the bars/Restaurants on the Malecon.
  • Travel In’ (Travel Inn), 6km south of Mahahual on the beach roadFantastic and varied international food from a Dutch couple who transplanted to Mahahual some years ago.
  • Restaurant Maya Lunakm 5.2.  Beachfront restaurant south of town. Mix of European and Mexican kitchen with an Indonesian touch. Famous for their stuffed pineapple.
  • Maya Chan BeachKm. 6.5 Carretera Mahahual – Xcalak.  7:00Maya Chan Beach Resort is located minutes south of Puerto Costa Maya. Discover the underwater world through the glass bottom of a Costa Maya kayak tour or the mask of your snorkeling gear. All included. 5.
  • Maramao ResturanteCalle Robalo (Just on the southern part of Mahahual at the side of the local school).  Nice place to eat fresh seafood. Mix of Mexican and Italian dishes with the possibility to eat right on the beach.

Drink

  • La BodeguitaCenter of Mahahual13.00-01.00Sports bar and meeting place for locals who gather here after work to watch their favourite sports game, often a soccer or boxing game. Or to play some pool or darts

Where to stay in Mahahual

  • Almaplena Eco Beach Resort.
  • Arenas HotelBoutique hotel
  • Mahahual Hotel.
  • Cabanas del Tio Phil Carretera Antigua a Xcalak
  • Dreamtime Diving.
  • Margarita del Sol Oceanfront Suites.
  • Maya Luna Hotel.
  • Maya Palms Resort & Dive Center.
  • Mayan Beach Garden B&BKM 21.5 N Camino Costera Rio Indio-Uvero Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11PM.
  • Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas (vacation rental house), km 8.5 Coastal Road Mahahual-Xcalak Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AMsee website for rates.
  • Travel In’ (Travel Inn), 6 km south of Mahahual on the beach roadQuiet and isolated if you want to get away from the noise of Mahahual. Guest house and camping palapa. M$200.
  • Casita DragonflyKm 11 S Camino Costero Mahahual-Xcalak Charming 2 bd., 2 ba. beach house: internet, caretaker, gardens, kayaks, privacy.
  • Hotel Caballo BlancoMalecon lote 1 manzana 12 ,   Beachfront boutique hotel with rooftop pool.

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  • Xcalak – Remote village for Great fishing and diving
  • Chetumal
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El Tajin | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak

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El Tajin (El Tajín) is in the state of Veracruz in Mexico. It is a UNESCO World Heritage List.

El Tajin, Totonac for ‘thunder’ or ‘lightning’, is a group of sacred buildings where ceremonies and religious sporting events were held. First begun around AD 100, it was occupied and developed mainly around AD 600 to 900, and later abandoned. El Tajin was rediscovered by the Spanish in 1785.

Get in

The 10 km square site is located near the small cities of Poza Rica and Papantla, located on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, directly east of Mexico City. There is a direct road and the site can be reached by car or by frequent buses.

What to see and do

There are a large number of remaining edifices to be seen, some include multilingual information stands. Voladores (flyers), who ascend a tall pole and spin slowly to the ground while attached to ropes while meditating, can be seen outside the complex.

Wearing a hat is a good idea as the jungle temperatures and sunshine can be draining.

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Cheesy souvenir stands surround the complex, along with a few restaurants. There are no hotels but the site is near Poza Rica, Papantla, or the small beach resort of Tecolutla. The site is popular with tourists and can be crowded on some weekends.

Costs

There is a small charge for entering the grounds. Voladores performances are free but it’s always good to aid the performers with a donation.

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