Mex 1D - Tijuana to Ensenada (toll road)

The senic highway through to Ensenada is closed south La Misión and traffic is being diverted inland to the free road.

The Detour from La Mision to Ensenada At Mile 18.

Mex 1D - Rosarito to Ensenada (toll road)

(49 Miles, 1 hour @ 50mph)

The toll road, (Mex 1D), is a 4 lane highway with bridges and ramps, the alternative to the toll road is the free highway, (Mex 1), is partial a divided highway and a 2 lane highway, with intersections, businesses along the road, people crossing, etc , that require slower speeds. Mex 1 runs all the way to the end of the peninsula.

Note Mexican Insurance is necessary for driving in Mexico. In the event of an accident Mexican liability insurance (AKA get out of jail policy) shows the ability to pay. Vehicle accidents in Mexico fall under the criminal system in Mexico not under the civil system as in the US. A policy from a US carrier is not accepted for proof of ability to pay in Mexico, (they are not under the obligations of the Mexican government).

Mile 0.0 Rosarito entrance to toll road with restrooms and mini-markets.

  • Stay on the free road to visit Fox Studios Baja, Puerto Popotla, and Calafia

Mile 2.9 View of Fox Studios Baja, filming site of James Cameron's blockbuster, Titanic

Mile 8.9 The exit for Calafia / Puerto Nuevo exits to the free road convenient for Giorgio Santini Gallery, Las Rocas Resort and Calafia Hotel and Cultural Center, (to the north). The dozens of restaurants in Puerto Nuevo have a common specialty is fried Pacific lobster served with beans, rice and tortillas.

  • Just South on free road, about a half mile, at KM 36.6 is Playa de Cortez..

Mile 11.5 Cantamar/Puerto Nuevo exit to the Free Road with restaurants, stores and gasoline

Mile 15.0 Cuenca Lechera exit to the free road and historic Halfway House Restaurant/Bar established in 1922 as a stopover point halfway between Tijuana and Ensenada.

Mile 18.0 La Mission / Plaza del Mar exit (also known as Alisitos K-58 Surf Point Camp)  for famous Restaurant / Hotel La Fonda, and Hotel La Mission and Pyramid Resourt to the north. And the new most famous place Poco Cielo. [KM 59]

  • Just Sourth on the free road is the preserved ruins of San Miguel Arcangel de la Frontera, the Dominican mission established by Friar Luis Sales in 1787. This historic valley is the site of the annual La Mission Fiestas, held in May, which features rodeos, entertainment, and cultural expositions. The mission ruins are located next to the primary school at km 65.5. The Free Road then winds inland through the hills and rejoins Mexico 1 just south of the Ensenada Toll Gate, (approximately 20 miles).

Mile 19.9 Rest area (Area de descanso) with a wide sandy beach and parking lot.

Mile 22.1 Baja Seasons Beach Resort, Villas, RVs and Motel (km 72.)

Mile 22.5 La Salina exit with La Salina Bar / Restaurant / Motel and Puerto Salina, a private marina, (now with both private and public events), and residential area. Map

Mile 25.4 Bajamar / Jatay exit (Km 77.5) for Bajamar Oceanfront Golf Resort with Hotel Hacienda and three 9 hole golf courses open to the public.

Mile 29.4 El Mirado Vista Point -- Bewair of dangerous curve ahead.

Mile 30.4 Rest stop (Area de descanso) with parking and emergency call box.

Mile 31.8 Ranch Salspipuedes exit Once only a surf point with primitive camping, (Salsipuedes means "get out if you can," a warning to those who brave the steep entrance to the bay). Development has been planned for Rancho Salsipuedes, and there is a gate, which prevents access.

The post earth quake collapse happened near the Salsipuedes stretch of highway toward Ensenada overlooking steep bluffs, only about 10 miles north of Ensenada and the San Miguel toll booth. A caldera of an ancient, significantly eroded volcano collapsed, which was under the highway, following earth quake activity.

This section of road has had slippage problems simular to Portuguese Bend in the Los Angeles, California area ...

Mile 35.9 Turnoff to Playa Saldamando with primitive camping (southbound exit only) at Km 94.

Use caution for the next 4 miles to the toll gate in San Miguel. Hill slippage has required routine maintenance on this portion of the road to remove bumps.

Mile 36.1 Rest area (Area de descanso) and whale watching viewpoint.

Mile 39.0 Ensenada Toll Gate and exit to the free road with restrooms at km 99 exit

  • just south to Villa de San Miguel, a beach community founded in 1957, with a restaurant / bar and RV park. Playa San Miguel is the site of annual surfing tournaments.
  • The junction with the Free Road to Tijuana about 5 minutes north on the free road is Cabana Cuatrocuatros a retreat in a vineyard with Luxury cabañas – wood, steel and cotton tents on raised platforms -  their interiors are elegantly designed and include everything thatwould be found in a boutique hotel:  mini-bars, fireplaces, plush beds, and joyously light and luxe bathrooms, some of which even have small zen-ish garden patios.

Mile 39.9 Gasoline on left.

Mile 40.7 Junction to Highway 3 to Tecate (64 miles). Highway 3 winds through the fertile vineyards of San Antonio de las Minas (7 miles) and Valle de Guadalupe (17 miles), know as "The Wine Country of Mexico."

Mile 40.8 Enter the fishing port of El Sauzal de Rodriguez with a harbor, seafood canneris, small supermarkets, restaurants, stores, a llantera, Gasoline, motels and trailer parks.

Mile 43.8 L.P. Gas (propane) depot on the left.


Mile 44.1 Turn off to Punta Morro Resort and the University of Baja Califronia on the right.

Mile 44.4 Road forks.

  • The right fork, "Centro" goes along the coast for Hotel Coral and Marina, Quintas Papgaya Resort, the main harbor, downtown Ensenada and San Quintin via Blvd. Costero. (also an alternate route to San Felipe), Follow signs through town.
  • The left fork, bypasses the center of town via Calles 10 and 9 to Av. Reforma, (see Ensenada points of interest map - red pin), which leads south to the Juarez monument.

Mile 46.1 Along the coastal route, another fork in the road - see Ensenada Points of Interest Map (red pin)

  • The right fork "Recinto Portuario", leads to the commercial harbor.
  • The left fork continues to downtown Ensenada.

Mile 46.7 Ensenada, at the intersection of boulevards Azueta and Costero. Straight ahead on the right is the Tourist and Convention Bureau a one-way street leading to the largest open-air seafood market in northern Baja; The pedestrian entrance to the malecon boardwalk along the bay.

Another entrance to the fish market is at mile 46.9.

Plaza Civica with the giant heads of Benito Juarez, Miguel Hidalgo and Venustiano Carranza. Mile 47.0 (see red pin on Ensenada points of interest map

Parque Ventana al Mar with its 350-foot flagpole and monumental Mexican flag. at Mile 47.2

Cross the bridge to cruise ship terminal and Cruiseport Village (on the right). Riviera del Pacifio on the left. State Tourism office is half a block ahead.