Is it safe to travel in Mexico these days? The answer is, Yes! And there are a few things to know that will help make your trip totally secure and lots of fun.
1. Mexican Insurance - It's super easy, a lot easier than you think. There are a bunch of great websites that can get you the insurance you need to drive your vehicle where ever you need, and since you can't rent a car and take it out of country, this is a definite must. We used www.bajabound.com which only took a couple minutes to input your driver and car info and only cost us $58.35. You just print off your policy, throw it in the glove box and you're ready to present it at the border. Just like it's law in the US to have car insurance, it's the same in Mexico, and trust me you don't want to get caught without it.
2. Passports & Birth Certificates - Proof of citizenship is really important, especially if you want to get yourself and your kids back into America. Everyone traveling by air must have a passport to enter Mexico. If you're driving in to Las Palomas at Rocky Point or any of the other resorts, visitors under 18 can cross the border with an official birth certificate. Keep these documents with you at all times. If you have a run in with the local authority, they are likely to ask you for travel documents. We just kept them in a folder hidden in our car and made sure to keep our car locked up. Just make sure to give yourself enough time to order up passports and birth certificates before you go because it can often take a few weeks to get them.
3. No Firearms - Sounds like a no brainer, but we have to remember this is a different country. I'm used to being able to keep a handgun in my car for protection when traveling, but not in Mexico. Mexican laws are very strict even for their citizens that mostly only allow ownership in their home for defense and not allowed to carry or travel with it. Make sure you don't accidentally bring a firearm, any ammunition, or even certain kinds of knives when traveling across the border. There are stiff penalties and most often prison time for which the US government can't do anything to help.
The warm waters and sandy beaches of Mexico are calling. A lot of people worry about travel in Mexico. The nice thing is that Rocky Point is built around American tourism and they've kept it very traveler friendly. February is a great time to warm up your winter with a little time by the beach like at the Las Palmoas Resort. You'll miss the spring break crowds and be able to take in the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. Make sure to remember these 3 things and you'll be on your way to an amazing recharge beachside.
If you're feeling it, you need to talk to Emily, the booking agent at Newman rental properties to get any of their units at Las Palomas Resort booked. She's awesome to work with and they have all size units from 1-4 bedrooms. Mention this blog for a 10% discount when you call her at 602-529-8085. Enjoy!