The Police in Sonoita are out of control!

Bob Oso

Well Known Member
Looks like things are retuning back to somewhat normal. Thursday 27th, heading south arrived at the border +/-10:30am, lots of traffic from Gila Bend to Lukeville, thought I be waiting for sure. Pulled right up with only a car or two at the initial ( US side ) processing point. Remained in the right lane, green light, no search at the first inspection, waved through by the MexFeds. Held the speed limit through town, proper stops, on our way.

Coming back to the US, Tuesday 01. Rolled through Sonoita, no fuss-no muss. Started up the hill before the straight away, and about 100 yards from the Wreck At The Reef billboard, traffic stopped, backed up...9:01am. Been a long time since I've been backed up that far, last time years ago was a 6 hour wait. This time however, traffic always kept inching forward, and by 10:10am I was through the border. I was really surprised, and thankful.

One thing you notice when sitting in line are all the cars heading north in the south bound lane. Mexico plated cars, understandable. But the AZ plated cars??? About ten cars in front of us someone left a little space between them and the car in front of them, sure enough a north bound car in the south bound lane just dove right in the space. Sat at a 45 degree angle until traffic started moving again. Can't comprehend how arrogant you must have to be to think it is somehow acceptable.
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
We crossed back into the US at noon today, there was a 20 min wait, 2 lanes were open. CBP agent took our passports
scanned them and sent us on our way. Far left lane was making cars go thru the X-RAY Monster. We picked the right lane of course.

We were supposed to go home on Tues, glad we didn't, the line was close to 2 miles long most of the morning and afternoon.

We saw one Policia at the red cross stop at the south end of town. As we crossed over the hill where speed limit drops to 40kph,
we saw that Policia hung a U-turn to the side of the road to face us as if he was shooting radar. (like they have working radar guns, LOL)
Well since we were doing 35kph and the 5 cars behind us too, he didn't have any easy marks. We saw another Policia further north.

Lot's of people going south many cars had Cali and Texas plates, on a Wed? Wow

Probably some of the best May weather I seen in Cholla in years, It's just starting to get warm, humidity still isn't a big problem.
After spending 19 days there, we watched the water warm from a Brrrr 71 to a not bad 76.

FYI, the flies are getting to be a big problem at most the places we went to eat, the kitchen counters in JJ's kitchen were thick with them.
I passed on the food, beer only.
All the Panga's doing illegal shrimping are dumping the heads and waste on the side of the road north of the windmills, don't drive
down Calle Ocania (street where the Autozone is) near the RR tracks, it's bad, really bad.

So million's more flies to add to the normal summer fly population.:eek:

There's a public pay beach in between the Esmerelda and Sonoran Sun resorts, $5 per car, nice beach about 150 ft wide,
with porta potty's and you get to experience all the vendors the people at the resorts do. Jet ski rentals, banana boat rides,
put you name on a grain of rice, hat's imitation Cuban cigars etc.
Look for the chain link fence with a parking sign in the gate.

I got to meet forum member Idyllwild and his wife, nice people.
 
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Mexico Joe

Cholla Bay 4 Life
We crossed back into the US at noon today, there was a 20 min wait, 2 lanes were open. CBP agent took our passports
scanned them and sent us on our way. Far left lane was making cars go thru the X-RAY Monster. We picked the right lane of course.

We were supposed to go home on Tues, glad we didn't, the line was close to 2 miles long most of the morning and afternoon.

We saw one Policia at the red cross stop at the south end of town. As we crossed over the hill where speed limit drops to 40kph,
we saw that Policia hung a U-turn to the side of the road to face us as if he was shooting radar. (like they have working radar guns, LOL)
Well since we were doing 35kph and the 5 cars behind us too, he didn't have any easy marks. We saw another Policia further north.

Lot's of people going south many cars had Cali and Texas plates, on a Wed? Wow

Probably some of the best May weather I seen in Cholla in years, It's just starting to get warm, humidity still isn't a big problem.
After spending 19 days there, we watched the water warm from a Brrrr 71 to a not bad 76.

There's a public pay beach in between the Esmerelda and Sonoran Sun resorts, $5 per car, nice beach about 150 ft wide,
with porta potty's and you get to experience all the vendors the people at the resorts do. Jet ski rentals, banana boat rides,
put you name on a grain of rice, hat's imitation Cuban cigars etc.
Look for the chain link fence with a parking sign in the gate.

I got to meet forum member Idyllwild and his wife, nice people.
Damn, so Tuesday is the new Monday?! That's crazy. That many people decided to stay and return Tuesday and still had to wait?! On Sunday I also saw a lot of Cali and Texas plates as well. I left Phoenix Sunday morning at 6am, RP by 940... On the way down I was trying to judge the amount of traffic going North as I was planning on returning the same day and was hoping Sunday wasn't the new Monday. There definitely was a steady flow North on Sunday but they must have been getting them through the border because when I came back through at 330pm with my CENTER CONSOLE there was no wait.... WAIT HUH.... ?! More on that to follow.... This weekend I felt the Sonoyta police presence was non existent although on the way home I did see they had someone pulled over but I turned on the non existent short cut street that you're not supposed to go on and couldn't see if they were Mexican or American plated... Left Phoenix at 6am and was back in Central Phoenix at 6pm... Two or three trips ago we went and looked at the public beach entrance that Broken told us about. Surprised to see that the last two weekends there weren't any cars in the lot. I wonder if it's not really known about yet??? I can't wait for the MI PLAYA scenario where there's fully loaded diapers floating next to you while catching some tasty rays...
 

brokenwave

Well Known Member
Joe unless you actually drive into the lot you can't see how many parked cars there are.

I willing to bet $5 will keep many locals away. I won't go on Sat or Sun.

It looks like a Gringo is running it so I don't think it will get out of control.

We went to the Mi Playa beach a couple of times and it was pretty clean. They have a big dumpster for trash
and 3 porta potty's @ 10 pesos. We went on a Friday and Tues and there were less than 25 people there.
You get to see more sea life there, lot's of pelicans, other birds and we saw 2 sea lions cruising off the beach.
 
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