BAJA BORDER WAIT TIME
Visitors to Baja who are driving down all share a common concern when heading north back into the United States. How long will the wait be at the US/Mexico border? The amount of time visitors have to wait in line is different from day to day and also different at various times of the day.
There are times when getting in line at the border means you will simply have to wait an hour, and there are times when you may have to wait two hours or more. And then there are those rare and wonderful times when you pull up to the border at 2:30 in the morning and you are in and out in 10 to 15 minutes.
Keep in mind that when you are in line to head across the border on your special trip into Baja that many of the other vehicles you are in line with are driven by people, gringos and Mexicans, who cross this border on a very regular basis. These people are professionals at "skating" in front of you and they can be very intimidating as they slide within an inch of your fender trying to slip into the space in front of you. Taking a firm yet semi-passive approach is your best bet.
Some gringos who are headed north back into the United States from Cabo or Baja plan their driving time to arrive at the US border very late at night or very early in the morning to avoid the longest lines at the border. This stategy works well most of the time. When driving north from the bowels of Baja its usually a good idea to get as far north as possible before it gets dark. A common focal point is El Rosario where Baja Highway One comes back near the west coast, and most of the desolate winding roads have ended. The Pemex station there is a good place to re-fuel and stretch as well.
With the Internet checking the border wait time is easy. To find out the current border wait time at all US / Mexico borders click on the link below: