What better way throw a moving to Australia party then to spend the weekend - not in the U.S. - but in Mexico!
Just 45 minutes from San Diego lies a sweet beach city by the name of Rosarito. Our Airbnb compound was just 4 blocks from the ocean, a drink-in-hand walk to the Don Pisto liquor stores and taco shops and just a short taxi ride away from the coolest nightclub I've ever been to - Papas and Beer!
This was my first time ever outside the country! Driving to down the coast f Mexico is easy! There's no stopping at the border and the scenic route 1 takes you right into town. Here are some important travel tips to note:
Traffic inside the cities is crazy. People don't always use stop lights or obey traffic laws so it's a game of tetris to get through the intersection
Street signs are rare. Try to get written directions from a local. GPS is unreliable.
The wait at the border to get back into the U.S. took 5 hours of stop, stop, go and stop traffic.
You can buy almost anything in the border wait line - tacos, baskets, trinkets, even puppies!
If you are in town I highly recommend Papas and Beer for a night out. We paid a $20 cover and enjoyed open bar all night long - just don't lose your cup! When we finally crawled out of there around 4am we scarffed tacos at the stand right outside and then jumped in a taxi that had been waiting for us for 100 pesos.
I also recommend stocking up on "New Mexico" - a canned cocktail beverage with El Jimardor tequila. It comes in a variety of flavors, but green and orange were my favorites!
Beaches in this part of Mexico may not be "San Diego style" but they are wide open, drinking is perfectly fine and snacks are delivered right to you!
Some people say Mexico is not safe, but that is not true at all. It's a great place to enjoy the beach, good food and a fun weekend for less of a cost then doing the same on the other side of the border. Be respectful and don't act a fool and you will have a great time too.