Most of the info here is a bit outdated? How safe is the drive from SD? How much is the going rate for a taxi TJ to Rosarito?
Its safe, a suggestion would be that you buy insurance with coverage in Mex just in case, and keep on the toll road, its much nicer! Cabs are around 20 to 25 dollars direct from the border to RosaritoEdited: 4:38 pm, November 23, 2012
We drive back and forth two or three times a week; we have no concern about doing it.
It is now Mexican law that you must have MEXICAN 3rd party liability to cover any damage you do to others or their property. 3rd party liability insurance does NOT cover the vehicle itself. Your American liability insurance is not accepted in Mexico even if your insurance states that it is good in Mexico. I recommend looking at the web site for MEXpro.com. They do an excellent job of explaining what is necessary and they sell from only top quality insurance providers.
We buy yearly insurance from Lewis and Lewis. http://www.mexicanautoinsurance.com/
Puerto Neuvo is the end of the line for the little school-bus type buses that run locally. I don't know what the price is to use them, but it isn't much. There is no terminal (in either Rosarito or Puerto Neuvo), but there is a bus stop across the street from the arch that leads into Puerto Neuvo.
If you are looking for lobster, there are better spots to get it; that's why you rarely see locals in Puerto Neuvo.
I actually wanted to go to Popotla cause that's where all the locals (and Anthony Bourdain) go but I can't even find it on a map.
Popotla is a trailer park that also has a restaurant--it's about kilometer 33 (that's a rough guess). The Rosarito Beach Hotel is about kilometer 26--also a rough guess.
Unfortunately, the food at Popotla varies hugely. You may get a meal that pleases you; you may get one that definitely does not. Years ago, there was a good restaurant there; now....it depends; I know lots of people who have said "Never again."
The trailer park is on the south side of the little bay at popotla. on the north side, adjacent to fox studios is the fishing village of Popotla. It is where Anthony Bordain went. It is buslting on weekends and it is the place where local fishermen put to sea and bring their catch.
It's a bit more rustic than Puerto Nuevo and doesn't offer the same kind of tourist experience. However, if you know what you are looking for you may really enjoy it. you can get fresh shucked oysters on the beach and all kinds of seafood and there are several rustic and somtimes surly restaurants there. It is the most popular with the local nationals.
Local Expats like places like Splash for thier seafood and the loster there is excellent. the Seven Seas soup is a chipotle broth with crab, shrimp, fish, squid, octopus, clams and is topped with half a lobster tail. Mexican Chiopino!!! great grilled shrimp burritos, fish tacos and yummy black sea bass. it has a great environment built right into a lava flow stickiing out in the ocean. Live music and a great bar make it the perfect place for a night of fun.
it is located on the first toll road exit after Cantamar (which is just south of Puerto Nuevo). see more at:http://www.splashcantina.com/
Thanks for the info. You guys and gals are awesome.
where are the better spots where locals go for lobster and seafood?