When originally planning this trip I’d tried really hard to get us into real Mexico – I had my heart set on Acapulco. When that prove impossible in our timeframe, we had to settle for something closer to the border. I’d been warned that Tijuana was a waste of time, so we headed 40 minutes further along the coast to Rosarito Beach. Not much better, but something.
It reminded me a lot of Bali, except I was surprised how many high rise buildings there were. All of them seemed to be either abandoned or still under construction. The most interesting thing I found out about Rosarito Beach is that it’s where most of the deep sea scenes in Titanic were filmed. I guess it was handy because it’s less than 3 hours drive from Hollywood.
We soon found a place we could get chicken fajitas and pina coladas (in pineapples) on the beach. A lot of things about the place felt really American, not least the music, which was more Bon Jovi than Mariachi.
After a few hours, which included buying a little mascot for our car from the little markets, we headed back towards the border.
|A typical Mexican road, as seen from the window of our taxi.|
We were shocked by the queue when we got to the border. We had expected it would take half an hour or so, and weren’t prepared for the 3 hour long queue of people we saw in front of us. We ended up paying $5 to catch a shuttle over, just so we could go in the vehicular queue. It still took nearly two hours.
|The queue of cars waiting to enter the USA.|
Highlight of the day: watching a mexican girl put a huge pinata shaped like a person through the security scanners.