TECATE MEXICO BORDER CROSSING
Looking for an adventure into a foreign land but don't want to venture too far from the good old U.S? Tecate is a great one or two day Baja destination, especially when woven into a road trip that involves California's Highway 94 or Interstate 8 as a part of the loop to the border and back.
The town of Tecate Mexico is not really a toursit town, although it does have plenty of interesting things for tourists to see and do. Not the least of which is the Tecate beer facility.
Curious about the current wait time at this and other US/Mexico border crossings? Just drop by the US CUSTOMS BORDER WAIT TIME web site!
The Tecate border crossing is located 30 miles east of the main San Ysidro border crossing. There is no real town on the U.S. side of the border at this location.
CLOSEST MEXICO DESTINATIONS
This border crossing is just north of downtown TECATE, and can also be used to visit TIJUANA, and ENSENADA.
USUAL WAIT TIMES - SOUTHBOUND
This border crossing is usually a breeze headed southbound. If you are headed into the interior of Baja or staying for more than 72 hours you can pick up a Tourist Card at the Immigration shack on the right side of the road heading south, just past the border.
USUAL WAIT TIMES - NORTHTHBOUND
The wait time at this border crossing is under 30 minutes most of the time, sometimes 45 minutes. The wait can reach one hour or more on busy weekends.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Tecate Border Crossing is open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m to midnight.
Aside from Algodones, this is the least visited Baja border crossing. Baja aficionados looking for a scenic loop trip will often use this border crossing on the northbound loop when headed home to the United States from Ensenada, to avoid the long lines at the coastal border crossings.