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Driving Distances to the Most Popular Destinations in the Mexico Free Zone
The Mexican Free Zone includes the entire Baja peninsula and the western and northern areas of the state of Sonora. This area does not require the types of vehicle permits that are required for the rest of Mexico, so it is a popular destination for RV campers and road trippers from North America and Canada. The Mexican Free Zone contains some of the most popular and scenic destinations in Mexico that are all within a day or two's drive from the border.
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora
Puerto Peñasco is lovingly known by locals as Rocky Point. This is a prime beach destination for American travelers because it is located so close to the Arizona border. From Phoenix, it is 215 miles to Puerto Peñasco. Take I-10 west to Highway 85 south to Ajo, where you will cross the border into Sonora. From there, follow Mexican highway 8 to reach the beaches of Rocky Point. Its close proximity to Arizona has earned Rocky Point it the nickname of "Arizona's Beach."
Guaymas is south of Puerto Peñasco on the Sonoran Coast, just 14 miles from San Carlos, another popular Sonoran Free Zone destination. Once a quiet fishing village, Guaymas is now a bustling port town with calm waters and beautiful beaches. To get to Guaymas, travel south from Nogales along the Mexican 15. This is a great toll road and allows you to make fast time. The toll road will take you to Hermosillo where there you will take the road to Guaymas and it is 75 miles to Guaymas, with the exit for San Carlos being just before the Guaymas city limits. The entire trip from Nogales to Guaymas is 260 miles.
From Tijuana to Ensenada, it is a mere 74 miles. Simply cross the border at Tijuana and take the Rosarito/Ensenada Toll Road exit. If you are coming from the Arizona or New Mexico area, it is 522 miles from Nogales. Ensenada is known as a premier surf destination. Ensenada also has sheltered beaches that are good for kids, making it a popular family vacation spot as well. Its close proximity to California makes it a great weekend get-away.
Cabo San Lucas, Baja
Located at the very tip of the Baja peninsula and the Mexican Free Zone, Cabo San Lucas is 1008 miles from the border town of Tijuana. If you start off early enough in the morning, you can make it in a day. However, it's better to break this one up into two days, that way you get to enjoy the scenery. San Ignacio is located halfway between Tijuana and Cabo San Lucas. This picturesque beach town is low key and offers miles of open beaches, perfect for camping. There are also several hotels and bed and breakfasts in the town as well.
Driving in Mexico's free zone from the United States does not require the regular Mexico permits which will make crossing the Mexico border simpler and faster. Before you know it you will be enjoying a fabulous Mexico beach vacation!
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