road trip to Mexico

17 Jun road trip to Mexico

One of the nice things about living down here in the desert is our proximity to Mexico. There’s something unique and exciting about driving across the border. Even more exciting is arriving at this stunning beach on the Sea of Cortez.

This was our second trip to Puerto Penasco (a.k.a. Rocky Point). I enjoy looking back at our first trip and remembering how little the kids were, noticing how much they’ve changed.

This year, they owned the beach. They were fearless explorers, marine biologists, body surfers, sand castle architects, tide poolers! B collected dozens of sea snails and hermit crabs (and released them). Miles mined the sand for the most colorful sea shells. B found her first sand dollar. And we partied on the beach with several families at sunset every night.

Photo note: All these images came from my iPhone.

Does it get better than this?

Some tips if you’re going to drive to Mexico:
1. Most towns close to the border accept US dollars, but bring plenty of small denominations.
2. Make sure your passports are up-to-date! Kids passports expire within 5 years. Adults: 10
3. Buy Mexican car insurance for the duration of your stay. Our friends recommend and we used a   consolidator called
4.  Teach your children it’s not okay to make faces at the border patrol officers. And it’s ESPECIALLY NOT OK to try to touch their guns (yes, B tried to do this…we taught her instead to ask the officer if she can shake his/her hand)
5. Have fun! Mexico is largely a safe, friendly place to visit with kids. If you’re concerned, check travel forums or the state department website for specific places to avoid. Beyond that, take precautions such as avoiding travel at night, use popular tourist border crossings and be vigilant.
  • Jennifer
    Posted at 16:07h, 18 June Reply

    Love these pix! And on your iPhone, too. Wow. The horse snap is my fave, of course.

  • Gina
    Posted at 23:06h, 18 June Reply

    Thanks, Jen!

  • Gina
    Posted at 23:06h, 18 June Reply

    Thanks, Jen!

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