Nogales (border) to San Carlos
Trip Start Oct 03, 2008
99Trip End Sep 06, 2009
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We had a full tank of gas, food to eat, empty bladders, but no pesos yet when we approached the "Last U-Turn before entering Mexico" sign. We pulled a U-Turn and found a place to exchange some money. We were finally ready to cross. Crossing the border was so easy that they didn't even have us stop to get our tourist cards. We actually had to circle around town a few times to find a parking spot and walk to the immigration office. Darren promptly went the wrong way down a one-way and a friendly driver coming in the opposite direction gave us a gracious extended honk to welcome the fresh gringos to Old Mexico. We walked to another desk to pay for our cards and then we were on our way. We made it to the Banjercito office about forty-five minutes later and went through the process of getting our temporary vehicle permit. That was pretty painless as well.
Since we were making good time, we decided to make San Carlos our first overnight destination in Mexico. It was a nice little beach town located on the Sea of Cortez. We went to a restaurant recommended by the guy at our hotel. We ordered some frozen margaritas and fajitas. Kristi was in heaven! She really missed Mexican food.
On our way out we drove over to the other beach, Playa Algodones, and discovered it was much nicer than the one by our hotel. We ended up talking to a sales agent with Playa Blanca condominiums for a bit. It's a very nice condo development near completion on Playa Algodones. At the depressed prices, it could be a good investment...oh wait, we're unemployed...