My wife and I will be visiting San Diego at the end of March for an all too brief 3 day visit. Would like to take the opportunity to at least stick our feet into Mexico and get a flavor for some places that we have read about for possible retirement locations in the not too too distant future.
I've been to San Diego once on a business trip, very shortly after 9/11 and took the opportunity to make a very brief visit to Tijuana. As I recall getting into Mexico was no problem, but the lines getting back to the US were long and delayed--even though I walked over the border...I chalked it up to it being so close to 9/11--I think it was about a week after, but from what I have read it can still eat up a good chunk of time.
In any event still may be interested in doing this, but have some questions:
1. What would be a typical cab fare to Rosarito? to Ensenada? With hassles of getting Mexican car insurance, rental car restrictions, and border back ups figure walking across and getting a taxi would probably be the easiest way.
2. If Ensenada would be considered to far for a day trip are there other towns between Rosarito and Ensenada that might be worth a visit?
--Looked at places like Puerto Nuevo--is there anything there besides restaurants? La Salina?
3. Any suggestions for a day trip of this sort? We're not really heavy duty into shopping or anything--looking for interesting place to stroll around, hang around on a beach, absorb some local color..some place different than the US.
4. Were considering doing a whale watching tour in San Diego--is something like this offered in Ensenada or the area and does any one know approximate costs, etc.
Thanks for any help--wish we had more time on this trip, but would really like to explore however briefly across the border...