Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Guaymas - Obregon

    Guaymas – Obregon

    DRIVING TIME: 1.43 hoursKILOMETERS: 129MILES: 80HWY: 15 This stretch of highway extends into the mountains utilizing a road in good condition. The driving is straightforward without too much confusion. Once you leave Guaymas, follow the signs for Obregon and Navojoa. While driving along this section, I was really tired, and I pulled off to the side of the road, in the middle of a mud pit, for some shuteye. I slept for about three hours, after which the federal highway police awoke me. They said something indecipherable over the intercom and sounded their siren until I popped my head out of the window of my truck. I waived, smiled, and…

  • Nogales, Mexican - Guaymas & San Carlos

    Nogales, Mexico – Guaymas & San Carlos

    DRIVING TIME: 4.41 hoursKILOMETERS: 423MILES: 263 Guaymas is a good stopping point for the first night. There are camping facilities in San Carlos and plenty of hotels in Guaymas. San Carlos is much smaller than Guaymas and more aesthetically appealing. It is located about 5 km before Guaymas. As you enter San Carlos, there are several campsites and trailer parks on both sides of the road with shower facilities and hookups for RVs. Don’t forget your bug juice, the mosquitoes in San Carlos are the size of hummingbirds. In the previous section, daytime driving only is recommended. The following is a description of my nighttime escapade, and I provide it…

  • Nogales Arizona - Mexican Border

    Nogales Arizona – Mexican Border

    DRIVING TIME: 16 minsKILOMETERS: 5.1MILES: 3.2 Initially, you need to cross the border between the United States and Mexico. The officials at the border point will most likely look through your vehicle nonchalantly and then send you down the road to the main inspection area, which is located outside of town. The customs building is located about 14 miles past the main town on the outskirts of Nogales. Drive directly out of town and follow the main road towards Guaymas City. It’s hot in these parts. Plan to enter the border and do this drive earlier in the morning, and you might be blessed with cooler temperatures.  Learned Lessons The…

  • Drive To Costa Rica 101

    Drive To Costa Rica 101

    Can You Drive to Costa Rica? Yes, you can drive to Costa Rica from the US. The journey will take you through some beautiful scenery, and you’ll get to experience the culture and customs of Costa Rica firsthand. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before embarking on your road trip and this site will answer all your questions including but not limited to the following: travel insurance, gas stations, road conditions, road signs, speed limits, river crossing and many more. Costa Rica is full of national parks (Manuel Antonio, Monteverde), live volcanos (like Arenal), has two distinct coasts (Caribbean & Pacific), and amazing touristic areas to…

  • Which Route To Take While Driving Through Mexico

    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
    Advice,  Mexico

    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…