Only 50 minutes from downtown San Diego
Okay, let's go - but first pack your passport but you have to get a visitor's visa - so plan to stop at customs, at the Mexico border. It's now mandatory!! Get the 6 months visitors Visa about $20 USD - because you'll want to come back!!
From San Diego, California, take Interstate Highway 5 or Interstate 805 south. This will take you to the San Ysidro, California border crossing (at Tijuana). There will be various freeway exit signs along the way including one reading "Last U.S. Exit." It is advised to get Mexican Insurance for your stay and exchange American Dollars for Pesos. You'll get the most out of your dollar if you use pesos as the locals don't exchange at a daily rate. Leave the freeway at this exit, find a parking lot, and proceed to enter Mexico (Tijuana) on foot. If you continue driving, the freeway takes you right into Mexico.
There are two roads that will bring you to Rosarito Beach. The toll road (cuota) and the free (libre) road. The well maintained toll road is faster and easier with beautiful ocean views. The toll highway is also patrolled by the "Green Angels," a mobile mechanic that will assist you in the event you have mechanical problems.
There are solar powered call boxes located about every two miles along the toll road. If you need help just pick up the phone and a bilingual operator will provide assistance. The free road is harder to find if you are not familiar with Tijuana, once you locate it, you will find a modern four-lane highway, but with heavy commercial traffic, many exits, many hard to see stop signs and many people. It is not nearly as scenic as the toll route. Our recommendation is to take the toll road.
To get to the toll road from the border, bear to the right just after entering Mexico. Work your way into the right lane as you climb the first small rise. As the road merges with another lane on the right get over into this lane as soon as possible to avoid missing the exit. Take the exit marked Playas de Tijuana Rosarito. This will take you to the road that runs along the international border (Avenida Internacional). You'll see the border fence to your right as you travel west. You'll stay on this road as you climb the first hill. Stay right and keep going straight.
As you drop down into the canyon (known as "Smugglers Canyon"), you'll want to take the right turn-off to the road going west (Marked Ensenada Quota which means Ensenada Toll Road). As you merge, get over into the left lane and stay there. Up another hill and then you'll drop down to Playas de Tijuana, the beach community of Tijuana. Since we are going to Plaza Del Mar Club you'll stay left and stay on the highway.
Just ahead is the toll booth. A toll fee of approximately $2.00 US dollars will take you all the way to Rosarito Beach. The 39 mile scenic trip will take about forty minutes. It is a beautiful trip. Some of northern Baja California's most spectacular scenery is along this route that glides along the coast with its unblemished views of the Pacific Ocean. You'll pass a number of real estate developments and a second toll booth half way to Plaza Del Mar.
Enjoy the next 20 minute drive - as you approach the final miles, look for a subdivision with the sign in Blue on whte backgroud "Plaza Del Mar" the next exit will be La Fonda. At the stop, take a hard right on to the two lane road, back track. You will pass Plaza Del Mar Beach, Plaza Del Mar Pyramid and Plaza Del Mar Arcos - the fourth is Plaza Del Mar Club at kilometer 57.
Enter the Plaza Del Mar Club gate, where a security guard will ask your name and who you will be visiting - Tell them you are visiting your friends Kay-Marie & Nash. They will give you easy directions to the house - look for vehicles with Alaska Licenses Plates! Park there, ring bell on gate.
Follow the directions below to the Villa.