North south federal highways in Mexico are numbered with odd numbers and begin on the west coast of Baja. Even number highways run east west and begin on the northern border of Mexico. When a toll road is available the toll road shares the highway number but adds a letter, IE Mex 1d is the toll road.
Baja California Norte implemented a law, January 1, 2012, requiring all drivers to carry Mexico Liability Insurance. In the past, proof of financial responsibility was required only in the event of an accident (no matter how small). Drivers can now be asked for proof of insurance at checkpoints, border crossings, or traffic stops, and ticketed if they do not have proof of appropriate coverage.
Mexican Federal Highway 1 trans-peninsular highway.
From Tijuana there is a free highway and a toll highway which run parallel for the majority of the routes. The toll Highway also known as the scenic highway ends in Ensenada. The four lane toll highway is also designed with bridges and on off ramps, which improves safety. The free road has traffic lights, pedestrian, cross streets and stop and go driving conditions through towns.
Posted are detailed road logs for the scenic toll highway Mex 1d and Mex 1 from Instant Mexico Auto Insurance's baja log.
Tijuana to Ensenada scenic toll Mex 1d
- Dec 16th, 2014: Toll road through from Tijuana to Ensenada is open again. Drive slow through repaired areas.
- Mex 1 - Ensenada to San Quintin ( 9/11/14 via Bajanomads, conditions good)
Mex 1 - San Quintin to Guerrero Negro (9/11/14 via Bajanomads, conditions good)
- April 2014 via BajaNomad repairs are being done south of El Rosario, potholes.
- Mile 38.4 El Rosario
- Mile 112.2 Catavina: -- Via Bajanomad some potholes.
- Mile 175.1 junction to Mex 12 to Bahia de Los Angeles (41 miles)
- Mile 252.6 Immigration checkpoint. A Tourist Visa (FMT) is requited for foreigners who wish to travel further south.
- Mile 254.0 junction to Guerrero Negro (2 Miles)
- Mex 1 - Guerrero Negro to San Ignacio - 9/11/14 via bajanomads conditions good
Mex 1 - San Ignacio to Santa Rosalia, June 2014 via bajainsider, Roads Good.
- Mile 12.1 Turnoff to Santa Martha cave painting sites, (40 Km)
- Mile 44.2 Santa Rosalia
Mex 1 - Santa Rosalia to Mulege,
- Mile 36.5 junction to Mulege
Mex 1 - to Loreto
- Oct 2014, via BajaNomad there is some construction.
- Mex 1 - to Ciudad Constitucion
- Mex 1 - to La Paz
Mexican Federal Highway 2
Starts on the west coast from the Tijuana airport going east and is the most northern highway in Mexico. Portions of Mex 2 have parallel toll roads which are highly recommended.
Mexican Federal Highway 3
Starting in Tecate the road goes as far south as San Felipe. Parts of the road are two lane country highways semi mountainous reaching elevations of 2000 feet, and other parts have been upgraded to a four lane highway. This highway runs through Baja's famed wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Daylight driving recommended.
Posted are detailed logs from Instant Mexico Auto Insurance's baja log.
Mex 3 - Tecate to Ensenada
- January 2014 road is being recommended for vehicles with trailers going to Ensenada while Mex 1D is being repaired.
Mex 3 - Ensenada to San Felipe
- Nov 2014 via bajaNomad ... repairs and repaving underway.
Mexican Federal Highway 5
Starting in Mexicali the highway follows the east coast of Baja south, pavement current ends when it reaches Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and work is being done to complete the road to Laguna Chapala where it will meet with Mex 1. Current connection from Mex 5 to Mex 1 is a dirt road which requires a high clearance vehicle, or 4 wheel drive.
Posted are detailed logs from Instant Mexico Auto Insurance's baja log and new road log information.
- Mex 5 - Mexicali to San Felipe - recent repairs completed
- Mex 5 - San Felipe to Puertecitos - recent repairs completed, road still has some large dips.
- Mex 5 - Puertecitos to Gonzaga Bay - recent newly paved road completed, construction south of Gonzaga Bay (currently dirt road south).