Is it Safe to Travel to Mexico
The letter to the editor reprinted below is in response to travel warnings that were issued by the U.S. Department of State in April right before the Easter holiday regarding travel to several Mexican States including the State of Sonora Mexico, home to the resort town of Puerto Penasco.
Looking for some Mexican spring break travel deals and travel safety tip. Mexpro insurance has just released an article on where to find the best Mexican Spring break vacation packages. Flying to Acapulco, Puerta Vallarta and Cabo san Lucas has never been easier. Yet, driving to Mexico is now a popular option. Resort towns of Puerto Penasco, Rock Point and Ensinada are now becoming the popular destination for students traveling for Spring Break. Check out the article on sprng break in Mexico
The Lukeville/Sonoyta border towns, are a three hour drive from Phoenix to the Arizona border and a 6 hour drive from San Diego. To get to Lukeville from Phoenix take the I-10 Interstate west to highway 85. Take 85 south. You will pass through Buckeye, Gila Bend, Ajo, Why and finally arrive at Lukeville. Alternatively, you can take I-8 to Gila Bend then south on 85. Click for Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point route maps.
For those uninitiated to driving in Mexico, we want to provide you with some insightful information on road conditions, signage and useful travel tips when traveling to Puerto Penasco. We hope to dispel some of the myths of travel in Mexico.
Violence on the Way To Penasco?
There has been much news in the American press of violence along the U.S./Mexican border associated with the Mexican drug cartel and the Mexican Government’s war on drugs. It’s my opinion that the press have sensationalized the drug related violence.
Road to Rocky Point
Road signs are part of the enjoyment of driving through Mexico, particularly in the city. You’ll find that the speed will drop from 80 kph to 40 kph very quickly. Remember Mexico does not use MPH. You’ll even find that within a matter of 50 feet the speed will go from 30 kph to 20 kph and back up to 30 kph, so be aware. You will also see signs for “no passing” “No Rebase”, “dangerous curves”, “protect the plants”, “no throwing trash” Stephanie and I pass the hour travel time practicing our Spanish, reading the different business signage and road signs along the way.
Completed in December 2008, the Coastal Highway connects the Gulf of Santa Clara with Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, Mexico. The coastal highway now opens up the Sonoran Gold Coast to faster and easier access to Baja residents and those in the Western United States. What traditionally has been a destination for Arizona residences, the new Santa Clara Coastal Highway will provide residences from California a convenient means by which to reach Puerto Peņasco.
On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, will be required to present one of the travel documents listed below.
Many of these documents are already available, and obtaining one now will ensure that you are ready on June 1, 2009, when they will be required.
U.S. Passport – This is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies a person’s identity and nationality. It is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
U.S. Passport Card – This is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land and sea.