We crossed the border into Tijuana on Wednesday morning at 8:45. The process was surprisingly simple. A Mexican border agent did a quick 2 minute inspection of our car, and then waved us on. We passed through the inspection point and made a hard right to the SAT Aduanas building where we got our tourist cards – which are required since we plan to spend more than 7 days in Mexico. For the tourist cards, we filled out the required form, paid for them at the Banjercito Bank, and then got our passports stamped. All told we were on the road after about 25 minutes…
We passed quickly through Tijuana – but it was hard to miss the 12 foot high razor wire fence along the border! Since we had our van with us we decided it would be better if we skipped Tijuana and spent our first night in a more secluded area. Based on our research we decided on the Estero Beach Resort – which was about 2 hours away from Tijuana.
We had an amazing time at the Estero Beach Resort. While the camping is on the pricer side we found the price to be worth it. The hotel is located on a natural estuary – filled with a huge variety of birds. While we were eating lunch we saw an osprey catch a shorebird, and watched as it struggled to lift the heavy weight as it flew away! After lunch we stopped by the hotel museum, which was exceptional. The hotel museum had the largest exhibit of Mexican artifacts that I had ever seen. There were pieces from the pre-Colombian era, Mayan, and Aztec cultures.
The resort also has a huge pool and spa which we had all to ourselves. All in all, I would definitely recommend this spot to someone who is beginning their travels down through Baja as the perfect way to acclimatize before going further south.