Coming down for the season later this week - what is the current drill?

Idyllwild

Well Known Member
We will be coming down with pets and some personal items in two cars on two different days in the next week. I’ll probably cross at San Louis Rio Colorado and then meet my wife in Lukeville a day or two later and convoy back down. I know the checkpoints in Puerto Peñasco are mostly gone. Anything to keep in mind that’s new either at the border or in Sonyota?
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
People seem to be getting red lights crossing more often and there's a military check point 100 feet south that will sometimes
stop you for another inspection, it's random but biased towards cars with women in them. IMHO.
Keep any wallets, purses and valuables on your person.
Pet's need rabies papers
Drive less than 40kph (23-24mph), if you get pulled over ask to pay at the municipal court unless it's $20 then bribe away.
Stop sign's, stop and count to 3 and go. There's 3-4 Policia cars roaming around, they are really active on Sat and Sun.
After leaving Sonoyta drive 80KPH for the first few miles.
Coming back where the speed goes from 80-40kph at the small hill before the Red Cross/Old Person Donation
station make sure you're under 40KPM, they watch that hill mucho.
Going back to the US there's an X-Ray booth for you to drive thru, it's 50/50 if it's up and running on any given day.

US Border hours are different now, Mon-Sat 4AM to 8PM, Sun 6AM-8PM, Mexico it's still 6AM, ?? on if Mexico is allowing
car's in before 6AM.

Have fun.
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
People seem to be getting red lights crossing more often and there's a military check point 100 feet south that will sometimes
stop you for another inspection, it's random but biased towards cars with women in them. IMHO.
Keep any wallets, purses and valuables on your person.
Drive less than 40kph (23-24mph), if you get pulled over ask to pay at the municipal court unless it's $20 then bribe away.
Stop sign's, stop and count to 3 and go. There's 3-4 Policia cars roaming around, they are really active on Sat and Sun.
Going back to the US there's an X-Ray booth for you to drive thru, it's 50/50 if it's up and running on any given day.
US Border hours are different now, Mon-Sat 4AM to 8PM, Sun 6AM-8PM, Mexico it's still 6AM, ?? on if Mexico is allowing
car's in before 6AM
 

MIRAMAR

Well Known Member
We came back to the US on Saturday, 9/26, and no X ray machines were required, neither the old ones, nor the new ones. One far ahead of us got pulled over by the old X ray machine, not sure if they had to drive through or if they were even working.
 

gail

Junior Member
Forum Supporter
We came across Tuesday from San Luis Rio Colorado and got the red light so they directed us over to the side and looked in the window and opened the back door, asked where we were going then that was it. Didn't see any police at all so it was a quick trip through town all the way to the agriculture check point close to El Golfo,where they asked about fruits and vegetables, then on to Cholla. Watch the big pothole stretch on the Coastal Hwy that Brokenwave was talking about in an earlier thread. Hopefully they'll fix that area. There was a stretch of beautiful new asphalt so they seem to be trying to maintain sections.
 
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