Thanx to all (especially Pstreet1) for all the advise regarding getting around in Rosarito and Ensenada. In the end, we decided to pay the extra expenses and rent the car. It was definately the right decision especially without unlimited time for the bus schedule and learning the routes. We no problems crossing the border to Mx. except some traffic (though we did cross Fri @ 6 pm on a holiday weekend). Driving in Mx was very easy after that. We crossed back via Tecate where there was NO wait, really.
We did rent from Thirfty since we already booked before I read your advice. What you wrote was 100% true. Thirfty WILL rip you off if you don't pay VERY close attention. The counter guy wanted me to just sign our $950 bill. I had to point out how I didn't need the extra $400 in insurance that was attached. He at first was trying to tell me it was only a deposit for the car on my credit card. Nice try, but I told him how I wasn't born yesterday and he took those charges off before I signed. SO BUYER BEWARE AT THIRFTY!
I'm so glad the trip was a good one--and glad the car rental turned out to be the right decision.
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