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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 Cafe, Km.31 Blvd. Popotla, La Barca, Rosarito Beach. (2 miles south of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.). 7am-4pm. Rosarito’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 Grill, Carretera Libre Tij-Ens Km.30 (2 miles south of Rosarito Beach Hotel). 11:30AM-8:30PM. Mongolian 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 Restaurant, Km. 31.5 Blvd. Popotla, La Barca, Popotla (2.5 miles south of Rosarito Beach Hotel). 11 am – 8 pm. Delicious, 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!
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 Hotel, Blvd. 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 Beach. A 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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San Felipe Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats to Baja California Mexico
San Felipe is a city in Baja California, Mexico on the coast of the Gulf of California.
San Felipe began as a sleepy fishing village, barely connected by road to Mexicali over a long, often flooded, mud, or washed-out road. Over the years it has developed into a resort destination for both Americans and Mexicans. However, its fishing roots are still evident in the large commercial harbor south of town frequented by shrimp boats.
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The easiest way to get to San Felipe is to drive. You can fly into the small Aeropuerto International De San Felipe if you have a private plane and there are a few commercial flights. There are also long distance buses, although there are no local buses once you arrive.
If you are coming from California, into Baja Mexico, there are two simple routes.
- San Diego/Tijuana Border Crossing: Drive South on the Mexican 1-D to Ensenada. Then, take the Mexican 3 South to the Mexican 5. Head south on the Mexican 5. The 5 ends directly in San Felipe. This route takes you directly across the Baja Peninsula. You will pass two or sometimes three Mexican Army checkpoints, where you will be greeted and searched by soldiers. Leaving/entering San Felipe you will be searched thoroughly. Also leaving Ensenada, heading towards San Felipe there is another military thorough inspection, and not only cars are searhced. You will need to tell them your final destination. The Mexican 3 is notorious for major potholes and sometimes banditos. The drive will feel like it goes on forever.
- Mexicali: The drive to San Felipe from the Mexicali border crossing is relatively more direct. Just hold south on the Mexican 5 all the way to San Felipe. The majority of this path will take you through desert terrain. Make sure to have extra water.
General driving advice:
Be very wary of Mexican big rigs. If a car or truck in front of you turns on its blinkers, this usually denotes that it is safe to pass on a two lane highway. Make sure your car is in good shape. Make sure to be able to speak even a little bit of Spanish! Also, few gas stations live along the road to San Felipe so make sure you have full tank of gas. It is best to fill up before you leave Mexicali or San Felipe. Another warning: Be careful with parking your car on the beach, regardless of it being 2- or 4-wheel drive. The tide is very quick, and will turn over your car/truck before you know it.
San Felipe has a small general aviation airport a few miles south of town.
ABC Buses run from Mexicali.
The malecon (waterfront) is the center of San Felipe. Most of the bars and restaurants are situated here and are within walking distance of each other. Free, ample parking is usually available.
Many of the beach-front camps and vacation villages are a couple miles away from town. You will need a car to get into town.
Driving on the beach is an excellent way to get stuck shovelling sand for a few hours. While four-wheel drive vehicles are better at driving on the beach, they too will get stuck at particularly soft spots.
The tide. The Sea of Cortez has incredible tide changes. Walk out and see the ocean bed. Be wary of the tide though. The tide can take you and your car quickly if you park on the beach.
- Fishing. Many local fishermen will take you out on their boat for a fee. Take note that while a permit is not needed to fish from shore, a permit is needed to fish from a boat. Collecting clams and other shellfish is legal only for locals.
- The Baja 500 and Baja 1000 races often pass near or through San Felipe.
- California Motorsport Adventours Off road adventure tours for people of all riding abilities. Everyone welcome: families, couples, friends, single riders, bachelor and corporate groups. Our trips to San Felipe can be done in 4 or 5 days. Begin in San Diego, end in San Felipe. We can also customize tours around the Baja 500 and 1000. Contact the office for reservations and inquiries.
- Blues Festival. An annual event that normally takes place in April. Many local bands and a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the spring in Mexico
Event announcements and local news from almost all local websites (in English) appear on San Felipe News.
Most stores in San Felipe sell the same souvenirs: rings, necklaces, T-shirts, and so on. Typically, shopping will happen on a need basis — “oh, I forgot to bring sunglasses; I’d better buy some”, or else on a whim — “That’s a nice-looking ring”. In addition to the actual stores, there are often peddlers walking around on the streets or beaches selling wares of some kind, usually personal accessories. Often, these people are associated with a store. Almost without exception, vendors in San Felipe accept the U.S. dollar.
Fish tacos! San Felipe is known as the birthplace of the fish taco and every restaurant on the malecon serves them. It is said to be the taste that launched Rubio’s chain of Mexican restaurants. A trip to San Felipe would be incomplete without trying the local delicacy. Most places also serve tacos with other types of seafood as well. As with most eateries in Mexico, look for ones frequented by locals.
It is possible to buy seafood, especially shrimp (camerones) and clams (almejas), from local fish markets, or occasionally directly from the fishing vessels in the large commercial harbor.
- Brian’s Beach Bar, Playa De Oro (North of San Felipe). Brian, originally from Iowa, makes great Mexican and American food. You must try the tenderloin sandwich and the MaidRites.
Note: Brian’s is no more. Brian’s is now called Rumors. It is owned by the same guy that owns Fatboy Pizza. Initially the food was so so, and the drinks were to expensive. The food has improved but the drinks are weak and expensive.
- The Taco Factory, Downtown (At the Melecon). Great tacos, quasedillas and cervezas
- El Cortez/Bare Foot Beach Bar. Just south of the Malecon, the El Cortez is a great Hotel, but has a great breakfast and a nice beach bar.
- The Sweet Spot is the main hangout on the Malecon for “gringos” and is owned and operated by an American. Als Backstreet Bar is another famous local gringo hangout, and is two streets west of the Malecon right behind the Bancomer branch.
- Pavivilion Restaurant, El Dorado Ranch. One of the largest and most American restaurants is the Pavilion in the gated golf course community of El Dorado Ranch eight miles North of San Felipe on Hwy 5. It is open to the public so just tell the guard where you are going. The restaurant and location are so beautiful it has become the #1 wedding and reception restaurant in San Felipe for Mexicans and Americans.
Most restaurants serve beer and wine, and many have a full bar. Most of the campgrounds have a bar, making the stumble back to your tent relatively quick and painless.
There’s a couple of bars and clubs along the malecon. Some of the more popular dance clubs are Rockodile and Beachcomber but they don’t get hopping till after midnight. If you want to have fun with the American expat locals, no trip to San Felipe is complete without a trip to Al’s bar. A true “dive: by any definition yet 100% safe and loads of fun. It’s like being in a Fellini movie. A block off the malecon on a seedy dark street but worth seeking out.
Buy some Cuban rum, Coke, and limes at one of the local markets and drink Cuba Libres at your campsite on the beach. Local distributors also sell Mexican beer by the case (with a deposit for bottles).
Where to stay in San Felipe (Mexico)
Many beach campgrounds (“campos” or “playas”) are located a few miles north of town. Most offer a parking place, palapas, and bathrooms; some have showers.
There are a number of adequate motels in town. There is a larger hotel south of town, near the commercial harbor.
- San Felipe Rentals (Vacation rental homes in San Felipe), Eldorado Ranch (Highway 5). Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. San Felipe rental homes provided by MySanFelipeVacation.com. Rental homes include Eldorado Ranch beach front condos and La Ventana del Mar golf course accommodations. San Felipe rental homes by the Sea of Cortez US$109/night.
Valley of the Giants is a natural Reserve of the thousand year old Cardon Cactus. This area has become a major visitors attraction due to the selection of one of these giant specimens that was transported to Seville, Spain during World Expo ’92.
South of San Felipe, the paved road continues to Puertocitos, through to Gonzaga Bay, where it turns to a dirt road back to Highway 1 between Catavina and Bahia de Los Angeles. The views near Gonzaga are simply breathtaking.
Saltillo Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats Coahuila Mexico
Saltillo is the capital of Coahuila state, in Mexico.
Saltillo is a beautiful small colonial city in Northern Mexico. It is a traditional city with a colorful history. A city that was an important point on the 19th century Camino Real, yet a city with a diverse modern manufacturing economy. Interior designers know Saltillo for its famous thick, lightly glazed, earthen ceramic floor tiles, and the brightly colored shawls known as sarapes are part of the city’s colorful tradition. Today, Saltillo is a government center, a college town, and a manufacturing city with big factories outside the city limits producing chemicals, metals, auto parts, and trucks.
Plane, car, or bus are your basic options.
Saltillo’s International Airport is located on the north side of the city, about 10 minutes from downtown. It is served by a regional carriers to Monterrey and Mexico City. There is one daily flight from the U.S.: a Continental Express flight from Houston, however, convenient flight schedules are available to nearby Monterrey.
Saltillo is one hour west of Monterrey via Mexico Highway 40.
Many bus lines serve Saltillo, including Omnibus de Mexico, Transportes del Norte, Turistar, Futura (Estrella Blanca) and Coahuilenses (Grupo Senda). Trans-border buses to the U.S. are also available from Saltillo.
From Monterrey (either the central bus station or the airport) there are hourly buses going to Saltillo, run by Coahuilenses. Also, these make two stops inside the city before arriving to the bus terminal. For most hotels, you’ll want to drop off at “Hospital del Niño” (first stop), in the northern part of the city, and take a taxi there. In this same spot, across the avenue, you can take a bus back directly to the airport.
Downtown Saltillo is best explored using the TranVia trolley system. For M$20 (pesos), you can get on and off 4 times. TranVia does not operate on Mondays.
- Coahuila State House (Palacio de Gobierno de Saltillo). Attractive colonial era state house featuring bright open courtyards and a series of murals depicting Coahuila history, painted by Salvador Tarazona.
- Saltillo Cathedral, Nicolás Bravo Norte 125. Stunning cathedral built in the mid 18th century, spectacular churrigueresque facade, 6-inch thick doors of carved mahogany and cedar featuring St. Paul and St. Peter, stunning silver-plated altar.
- Museum of the Desert (Museo del Desierto), Carlos Abedrop Dávila 3745. Large, modern museum organized as a series of pavilions, each exploring a particular aspect of desert life. The focus is on the enormous Chihuahua desert, and the museum’s centerpiece is an enormous T-Rex skeleton, excavated in the nearby desert. Great for kids!
- Museum of Birds of Mexico (Museo de las Aves de México), Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla Norte 151. Large, modern museum showcasing more than 2,000 stuffed and mounted birds, representing nearly every species found in Mexico.
- Parque Alameda Zaragoza. Tranquil city park featuring towering cedars and long walkways through an immaculately landscaped garden. Playgrounds for kids, benches for strolling lovers on a Sunday afternoon.
- Vito Alessio Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Vito Alessio Robles). Relatively small museum, located a block from the cathedral at the corner of Hidalgo and Aldama. Not a lot to see, but admission is free and it is the site of a fascinating series of murals depicting the history of Coahuila, and life of Vito Alessio, a revolution-era general born in the local area.
- Villa Bonita. A small gated community with family sized homes, the complex also includes a park.
- Saltillo international church. A Nondenominational Christian church. The pastor and his family are American, from Oklahoma. The messages are preached in English with Spanish translation.
- Saraperos de Saltillo, are the local Mexican League baseball team. Between March and August, catch a game at the new Parque Francisco Madero.
- Galerias Saltillo, Blvd. Nazario Ortiz Garza #2345 Col. Tanque de Peña C.P. 25279 Saltillo, Coahuila (Just a couple of blocks off 40). 11AM to 9PM. This is the local upscale shopping mall. It features several popular chain stores and also a number of small boutiques. The prices are comparable to the United States (no good deals here), but the products are interesting. Many things are made in Mexico. There is good access to ATMs here. Parking costs M$5 for two hours.
Some unique regional dishes that are specialties of Saltillo include:
- Pan de pulque – a delightfully sweet airy bread that owes its texture to the use of fermented agave juice in its batter. Widely available throughout the city, you can also grab a loaf to go from the shops across the street from the bus station.
- Los pioneros – The best place to go for tacos.
- Bahía Barcelona, Blvd. Los Fundadores Km. 17 Arteaga, 844 483 9000. Spanish restaurant.
- El Mesón Principal, Blvd Venustiano Carranza y Ave. Egipto, 844 415 0015. Traditional Northern Mexico cooking, as the racks of kid goat slow-roasting over hot coals prove beyond any doubt.
- Hong Kong Restaurant, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza No. 3801, 844 415 5313. Chinese.
- Nikkori, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza 2665-7, 844 416 7997. Japanese cuisine.
- Terrazo Romana, Purcell across from Alameda Zaragoza, 844 414 9743. Wood-fired pizza is the star of this casual restaurant.
- Galpao du Brasil, 25204 Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico 844 432 1257. Brazilian meat, waiters walk around with skewers of meat.
- la Casa del Caballo. Boulevard Venustiano Carranza S/N. Col. Saltillo Centro. Saltillo Coah. Expect big slabs of meat.
- El Tapanco, Calle Allende Sur 225. Outstanding restaurant with courtyard setting, intimate dining rooms, and traditional Mexican cooking. Their tortilla soup is one of the best in Mexico.
- Boss, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza 2665-7.
- Carlos’n Charlie’s, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza No. 3070, 844 416 4842.
- Faisanes, Carretera Los González between Blvd. Colosio y Moctezuma, 844 439 8008.
- Joy Bar, Blvd. Cuahutémoc, Col. Los Pinos, 844 485 0251. Discotech.
- El Olmo Disco Bar, Blvd. Valdés Sánchez, Col. Jardines del Valle, 844 415 6838.
Where to stay in Saltillo
- Holiday Inn Eurotel, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza 4100. Pleasant moderate hotel on outskirts of Saltillo. Off-street parking makes it a good bet for motorists. TranVia trolley stop.
- Quinta Real Saltillo, José Sarmiento 1385. New luxury hotel about 10 minutes north of downtown.
Telecommunications in Saltillo
- Art.net & Cibercafé, Xicotencatl 182 Sur – Centro, 52 8 412 0652, . Around M$25 per hour for internet use. 10AM-3AM.
Like the rest of Northern Mexico, Saltillo is prone to occasional violence. Avoid being out alone at night, a good guideline is to avoid bars, casinos, and bad neighborhoods, and be in by dark. Travel with another person when possible, even in the daytime. Don’t drive unless you are accustomed to Mexican driving and roads.
- Bosques de Monterreal — a mountain recreation lodge with horseback riding, golf, tennis, ATV tours, and even downhill alpine skiing on an artificial surface! 
Reynosa Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats Tamaulipas Mexico
Reynosa, a city of 672,183 people in Tamaulipas, Mexico, lies directly across the Rio Grande from US border city McAllen, Texas. Due to ongoing conflict between the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, it is one of the most dangerous places in Mexico with thousands killed annually. Non-essential travel to Reynosa is not advised. Despite its reputation, Reynosa is an industrial hub for Northern Tamaulipas and the Rio Grande Valley: its maquiladora companies directly employ over 110,000 people, ranging from direct labor to specialized engineering. The majority of the industries are related to electronics or automotive manufacturing.
History of Reynosa
Reynosa has a long history of being unnoticed. It was just a part of land that many people in the past had fought for. Reynosa was first noticed on 6 July 1686, a long exploring expedition was held by Mr. Agustin Echeverz and Zuvízar, Governor of Nuevo Reino de León and is commanded by Captain Alonso, and they camped on the hills where Reynosa is located today. In December 1748, an expedition led by Colonel Jose de Escandon wanted to establish a new province plan to create 14 villages, including that of Reynosa. The convoy consisted of 1500 settlers and 755 soldiers. In September 1800, a flood occurred that literally swept people off the land; people were saved in canoes and rafts, taking refuge in the hills of El Morrillo. Then, later in 1802, the people in Reynosa relocated. By November 24, 1926, Reynosa is finally elevated back to the way the city was and prospering since.
Reynosa is located 38 meters above sea level. It is within the northern part of Tamaulipa, Mexico.
In 1990, Reynosa had a population of 282,667 inhabitants. Since then, the population has practically doubled to 607,532 inhabitants in 2010.
You can get to Reynosa by plane, car, or bus.
- General Lucio Blanco International Airport (it is located about 8 km (5 miles) southeast of downtown on Mexico Highway 2, also known as “Libramiento Monterrey” at this point). Reynosa’s small regional airport. The airport handles domestic flights only and is served by three carriers: Alma, Volaris, and Click Mexicana. Flights from Cancún, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Veracruz.
- U.S. passengers can fly into neighboring McAllen , which is served by Allegiant, Continental and American, and then take a taxi or city bus to the Hidalgo border crossing.
From points in south Texas, take U.S. 83 to McAllen and then exit at 23rd Street (route 115) and head south about 10 km (6 miles) to the international bridge checkpoint at Hidalgo.
From points in Mexico:
- Mexico Highway 2 runs parallel to the border and can be used to reach Reynosa from other border cities. Traveler warning: this highway is not patrolled by the Federal government and is extremely dangerous during the day, and impassable after dark due to Mexican drug cartel “ownership” of the route. It is in the interest of your best safety to entirely avoid this area and the very small, mostly deserted towns and crossings along it. The crossings are not always open. For example, the crossing at Falcon Lake (which should be avoided at all costs, anyway) closes at 9PM or earlier.
- Mexico Highway 40 (toll road) can be used to reach Reynosa via Monterrey. The toll is 180 pesos.
The Aduana office to get car import permits is on Alvaro Obregon, just a few blocks to the left as you cross into Reynosa (go left on Miguel Aleman — it turns into Obregon — the office is on your left just after you round the bend).
It takes about 2 hours to get from McAllen, Texas, to Reynosa, Tamoulipas, including the wait for the bus.
There are many things to do around Reynosa, including going to church, swimming in the public pool, going out to eat the best fresh tamales… but in order to get to all these fun places you could either: walk,(many people don’t have a car)drive, take the bus, or bike. It is said to be that in some parts of Mexico like Reynosa, they don’t respect bicyclers or walkers that are on the street. That is why the choices for most people really narrow down to: drive, or take the bus. Of course many people risk their lives and still walk or bike in the streets,but majority does not. Despite all of the danger, Reynosa is a beautiful city to visit and Latinos enjoy it as is.
There are not that many historical things in Reynosa to see. However, there are a few historical monuments like A Juárez, Hidalgo and Morelos. Also, there is an Architectural monument, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was built in 1810; it has a neoclassical style.
Another thing that tourists could look forward to are the popular festivities: Harvest Fair each year in August. The feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe starts on March 5th. During that time tourists can see several groups of dancers perform their dances as they wear very colorful outfits.
- Boy’s Town– a region in Reynosa where men tend to go to enjoy prostitutes, bars, and the nightlife. This region has been virtually shut down, and what is left of it is controlled by cartels and is extremely dangerous for tourists.
- Streets/Shops– most tourists roam around in Reynosa to enjoy the small shops to buy things and practice their negotiating skills with prices.
- Border Crossing– people cross the U.S./Mexican Border to enjoy vice versa. Due to the fact that Reynosa is practically on the border, Texas is well visited as well, keeping in mind about abiding with the state laws of course.
There are so many incidences of cartel violence in this town that the wise traveller would do best to study and evaluate the concern for personal safety versus the inclination to explore the region.
There are a wide range of shops in Reynosa, varying from supermarkets, to crafts markets selling little nik-naks for tourists. Reynosa is near the pedestrian-only Hidalgo shopping street connecting Plaza Principal to Zaragoza Market. This bazaar is filled with Mexican handcrafts, from colorful woven blankets and baskets to kitschy sombreros and miniature guitars. Many tourists are attracted to shops such as this because tourists wherever they go, they want to purchase something to remember the place by, or as gifts for friends and family.
Reynosa is a city that is not distant from the U.S. border; so although, there are many Mexican authentic restaurants and chain fast foods found in the U.S. as well. For example, Burger King, Chili’s, Subway
- Bigos, Tiburcio Garza Zamora Street # 325 Col. Rodriguez Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
- Buffet China, Blvd. Hidalgo 1090 Col. Del Valle.
- Cabritos Nuevo León, Blvd. Hidalgo 450 Col. Bella Vista. 8AM-11PM. A fusion between Spanish and Aztec cuisine to give rise to Mexican cuisine.
- Las Chalupas, Paris esq. con Havre no.520 Col. Beaty.
- El Pastorcito, Paris esq. con Havre no.520 Col. Beaty.
- Café París, Hidalgo 960 Zona Centro.
- Café Rey, Blvd. Morelos 710 Esq. con Nuevo León Col. Rodríguez.
- El Buen Gusto, Calle 3a. No. 505 Col. Las Lomas.
- El Estudiante Burritos y Hamburgesas, Jazmín 334 Col. Jarachina Nte.. Other branches (address and phone number): San Jose 317 Col. Jarachina Sur [929-1683], Margarita Maza de Juarez s.n. Col.Juárez [957-3784], Calle Ocho 342 Col. Longoria [924-4112], Rio San Juan 922 L-4Col. Fuentes Secc. Lomas [995-5373]
- El Gaucho’n, Oaxaca y Sinaloa Col. Rodriguez.
- El Huachinango, Rio Mante Col. Logoria.
- El Mezquite Parrillada, Rosalinda Guerrero 220-B Col. Prol. Longoria.
- El Pollo Felíz, Blvd. Morelos No. 100 Esq. Con H. Deandar Amador Col. Doctores.
- El Patio, Blvd. Hidalgo y Rio Mante Col. Longoria.
- El Fogoncito, Blvd. Hidalgo km.104 Col. Fuentes del Valle.
- Go-Go Shushi, Rio Purificacion Esq. Con Calle 9 Col. Prol. Longoria.
- Gorditas Doña Tota, Soriana Hidalgo Col. Hidalgo. Other Branches (Addresses and Phone Numbers): Soriana Morelos (926-0624), Soriana Ribereña (925-5168), Soriana Juarez Col. Juárez (955-0842), H.E.B. Morelos (924-7121), Calle 20 Col. Aztlán (924-6026), Calle San Roberto Y Tecnologico Av. Tecnologico Col. Jarachina Sur (929-4006), Col. Petrolera (930-9460)
- La Fogata de Reynosa, Matamoros 750 Esq. J.B. Chapa Zona Centro.
- La Quinta, Blvd. Morelos 1850 Col. Ampliacion Rodriguez.
- Las Ensaladas, Ejercito Nacional Esq. Con Brasil Local 1 Col. Anzalduas. Other Branches (Addresses and Phone Numbers): Blvd. Las Fuentes y Calle 9a Col. Fuentes (925-2562), Ave. Las Lomas 701 Col. Jarachina Sur (995-1233)
- Mansion del Prado, Emilio Portes Gil y PJ Mendez Col. Del Prado.
- Merequetengue, Calle Oaxaca Col. Rodriguez.
- Mi Viejo Pueblito, Oaxaca 219 Ote. Col. Rodriguez.
- Pingüino Restaurant, Juarez 890 Nte. Zona Centro.
- Siempre Natural, Puente Internacional Col. Medardo González.
Reynosa is known to be “Boys’ Town”, an area where prostitution is legal and where they can go to bars and nightclubs.
- La Concha, Echeverria Con Privada Poniente Internacional Reynosa.
- Agave Blu.
- La Cucaracha, Calle Aldama 1000.
Where to stay in Reynosa
- City Express, Blvd. Hidalgo 480. Amenities: Bar/lounge, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free high-speed Internet, wheelchair accessible
- Holiday Inn Reynosa Zona Dorada, Emilio Portes Gil Prado Sur. Very new, modern hotel in the heart of Reynosa, near restaurants, clubs, etc. About 1 mile from the international bridge.
- Holiday Inn Reynosa, Emilio Portes Gil Prado Sur. US$56-93/night.
- Hampton Inn by Hilton Reynosa/Zona Industrial, Carr Reynosa-Monterrey 1000 Plaza Periferico. Each room comes with a king or queen-size bed(s), 32-inch LCD TV sets, and individual air-conditioning and heating unit. Services: Buffet breakfast included, toll-free 800 and local calls, broadband Internet access, and free transportation within 10 km (about 6 miles). Airport shuttle. A fitness center, free parking, and a swimming pool are also available. US$75-$92/night.
- Fiesta Inn Reynosa, Carr. Monterrey-Reynosa, km 212 | Frente Col. Valle Alto, Reynosa 88746, Mexico. Property Amenities: fitness center, business center, bar/lounge, restaurant, shuttle bus service, swimming pool, wheel chair accessible $69-$102 ave. price/night.
- Howard Johnson Royal Garden Reynosa, Boulevard Hidalgo 1165. Check-in: 12:30PM. Property Amenities: business center, fitness center, restaurants, shuttle bus service, swimming pool. wheel chair accessible $70-$93 ave. price/night.
- Best Western El Camino and Suites, Blvd Hidalgo 1480 Col Del Vall. Check-in: till 3AM, check-out: 11AM. Services & Amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast, restaurant on-site, OUTDOOR pool, hot tub, 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, wedding services, doctor on-call, 24- hour security, exercise facility, free parking, airport courtesy shuttle available, meeting/business facilities, computer available, high-speed Internet access $66 Nightly Rate.
- One Reynosa Valle Alto, Av de los Encinos 1000. Services & Amenities: free breakfast, on-site restaurants, wheel chair accessible, meeting/business rooms, wireless Internet, money exchange, nonsmoking rooms US$54-$64/night.
- Hacienda, Blvd. Hidalgo No. 2013 Col. Hidalgo CP.
- Posada San Antonio, Zaragoza No. 660 Zona Centro CP 88500.
- Astromundo, Juarez No. 675 Zona Centro CP 88500.
Reynosa has recently experienced turmoil as federal police continue their crackdown on the Gulf Cartel drug traffickers. It is not advisable to be out on the streets or cross through the city after dark, and most businesses now close by 10PM with frequent military stops and searches occurring after that time. Reynosa’s police chief was arrested by federal police in March 2008 on suspicion of corruption. Approach Reynosa with caution at this time.
- For a better understanding of regional violence: Border violence news.
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