Getting to Las Gaviotas

General Address:
Careterra Libre Tijuana-Ensenada KM 41.5, Las Gaviotas, Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, 22710, MX

From San Diego take Interstate 5 or Interstate 805 south to the San Ysidro border crossing (at Tijuana), the freeway takes you right into Mexico.

The well maintained toll road (cuota) is fast and easy 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.

On your way to Las Gaviotas you will encounter 2 toll booths that will be approximately 32 pesos ($2.00 USD) each.

To get to the toll road from the border, bear to the right just after entering Mexico. As the road merges with other lanes get over to the far right 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, you'll want to take the right turn-off to the road going west (Ensenada Quota). As you merge, move over into the left lane. Going up the next hill Playas de Tijuana (the beach community of Tijuana) will be off to your right. The toll road to Las Gaviotas goes to the left.

Just ahead is the first toll booth. A toll fee of approximately $2.00 USD will take you all the way to Rosarito Beach. The 17 mile scenic trip will take about twenty 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.

At Rosarito Beach, there are four exits off the toll road. At the south end of town there will be a PEMEX with an easy on/off for gas.  Immediately after the PEMEX is the second toll booth.  Again the toll fee should be approximately $2.00 USD.

Once through the second toll booth follow the toll road to the Puerto Nuevo exit.  This exit will take you beyond Las Gaviotas.  Once you exit the toll road turn right onto the Rosarito-Ensenada free road.  Las Gaviotas will be approximately 1/4 mile on your left.

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