Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Drive To Mexico & Beyond
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    Drive To Mexico & Beyond

    Should I drive to Mexico and beyond? Nobody can answer that question but yourself. After driving to the tip of Baja California for the first time, I instantly fell in love with traveling by car through foreign terrain. After several successive trips into Latin American—primarily Baja California, Mainland Mexico, and Costa Rica—I envisioned driving to the tip of South America. I envisioned it. Then I did it. Vision and action are your superpowers. Traveling by vehicle gives you the freedom to go where you want. However, you also have the added responsibility of maintaining and protecting your ride. My most treasured experiences took place hundreds of miles away from the…

  • Which Route To Take While Driving Through Mexico
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    Which Route To Take While Driving Through Mexico

    The drive through Mexico and Central America is a wonderful experience, however, it’s not an adventure for everyone. What type of person would like this sort of trip? First and foremost, you got to like driving. Any way you look at it, this trip is over 4000 miles of driving. If the open road turns you on, then this is a great trip for you. Take Your Time Driving Through Mexico Even though you could rush the trip, ideally, it is better to have an open agenda that isn’t too pressured by time. You don’t need tons of money but you should have a nice reserve for emergencies and potential…

  • The Gulf Route - An Alternative Route Through Mexico
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    The Gulf Route Through Mexico

    Brownsville & Valle Hermosa The roads on the gulf route are not nearly as bad as they used to be. The scenery is varied and beautiful. Depending on what time you cross the border into Mexico through Brownsville, you may choose to either stay in Valle Hermosa (Beautiful Valley) or continue on toward Tampico. Should you choose to drive all the way through to Tampico, cross the border very early as this is a long journey. To make things comfortable, get through the border town area as quickly as possible heading to Valle Hermosa. Please keep in mind that this border area is by far the “roughest” area that you…