Mexico Driving Directions if You Want to Drive
This Mexico driving directions is based on a
family's Mexican Dental Vacation...
Driving down to Mazatlan may seem like a long and
dangerous task, but it is surprisingly easy if you are armed with a
little information. Our family of 4 drove down from Edmonton, Alberta,
and it was all trouble-free.
Now, driving from Edmonton, Alberta, to Mazatlan, Mexico, is a distance
of 2714 miles, using the shortest route. We drove an average of 15
hours a day, between 2
drivers, and did go over the speed limit, but not more than 5 miles
over, and we made it to Mazatlan in 3 days. The total cost of fuel was
around $300-350 US. Add your hotel rooms, 3 nights at $80 is $240, and
you have a total of $590, which is a lot less than airfare of $500/
Crossing the border into Mexico, we were surprised to find that the
roads were just as good as in the US. You will have to take the toll
roads, marked “Cuota”
and the total of all tolls to Mazatlan are about $40. They only accept
cash, so make sure you have pesos or dollars on hand, or you will be
turned back. The highways are smooth, two lanes or more, and you will
find yourself speeding at 70 MPH with no problems. The only place where
you will find rough roads are through some towns, but you will be back
on Highway 15 before you know it.
You will have to buy Mexican auto insurance, as your policy will not
cover you while in Mexico. There are many insurance brokers in the U.S.
side of the border, but Sanborn’s is one of the best. They have offices
on almost any border town, or you can buy
the insurance online, before you take your trip. This will be
one less stop on your way to Mexico.
Crossing the border into Mexico is very easy, and you may not even know
that you are in Mexico. Up to 20 kilometers south of the border is the
Free Trade Zone, and there are virtually no restrictions. Leaving this
zone, you will be stopped and required to complete some paperwork and
pay some fees to enter Mexico. You will be required to register your
vehicle, declare any imports, and pay any duties.
Here is a link to a website with
more detailed Mexico driving directions.
You can also use this handy Mexico driving
(right-click to save) and information produced by the Pacific
Pearl, Mazatlan’s premiere monthly magazine for tourists
speaking residents. The Pacific Pearl benefits both tourists and
residents, as it provides reliable information for us, and promotes
businesses in Mazatlan that have been proven to be trustworthy that
many American and Canadian expatriates use every day.
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