Yes, we recommend you drive during the day and use the Lukeville/Sonoyta border crossing. The stretch of highway just past the border to Puerto Peñasco was designated as a “safety corridor” in 2016.
Make sure to purchase Mexican car insurance and slow down as soon as you cross the border. The speed limit in Mexico is in kilometers, not miles and you will get pulled over if you go even one kilometer over.
Expect exceedingly long lines at the border going into Mexico on Fridays and coming back to the US on Sundays.
A passport is preferred but as of the time of this writing if using the Lukeville, Az port of entry you don’t have a passport you can return to the US with your US birth certificate and your valid US driver’s license.
You should always verify this information with the Us Customs and Border Protection at the Lukeville port of entry (520) 387-5671
You don’t really need to exchange dollars into pesos. All establishments accept and prefer US dollars and their rates will be posted in dollars. Same goes for the vendors on the beach. Make sure to bring small bills as often they don’t have change for the larger bills.
If you prefer to pay in pesos, you can do this but it’s best not to exchange money before arriving in Mexico.
More times than not, you will get a better exchange rate in Mexico. Money can be exchanged through ATMs or at local banks. Also, if you don’t have a foreign exchange fee on your credit card you will generally get the best exchange rate when paying by credit card
This depends on where you eat but most restaurants are well priced. The restaurants around the Malecon tend to be pricier but restaurants around town have good prices. Especially the ones not located on popular streets.
Mexico car insurance is required by law to drive in the country. Your US policy does NOT cover you in Mexico. By Mexican law, liability insurance in Mexico must be provided by an admitted Mexican insurance company.
If you are involved in an auto accident and you are found at fault you will be held until you can demonstrate the ability to pay for the caused damage. In some cases, this can mean jail time.
By having Mexican insurance with the required liability limits you can demonstrate the ability to pay for the damages caused.
Your Mexican insurance policy will also provide you with legal assistance, which will provide you with legal representation and bail bond.
Puerto Penasco is one of Mexico’s more accessible beach resort destinations. It is less than a 4-hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson! Puerto Penasco is full of adventure activities. It offers miles of sandy beaches, fresh seafood markets, an array of water sports, shopping, upscale resorts, sightseeing tours, fishing and so much more all within driving distance from several US states.
Puerto Penasco ocean water isn’t turquoise like the Caribbean but it’s a pretty shade of blue. The water is clean and so are the beaches. It’s not the most ideal place for snorkeling but the tide pools that form on the rocks by the shore at low tide can be fun for the kids.