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Playa de Oro

Located Seaside of Highway 5, South of Km#179
Just 6 miles North of San Felipe
In the Baja call 576-0223
From U.S: 011 52 686 576-0223

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The following tips from Playa de Oro's developers are intended solely to assist in finding your way and are not meant to be an endorsement or advertisement of any kind. This is not a guarantee for crossing the border into or out of Mexico. We provide this information from our own experiences because we believe that by knowing what to expect the journey will be more relaxed and the experience enjoyed.



       It is approximately 240 miles from San Diego to Playa de Oro and takes approximately 4 1/2 hours.  To get here from Southern California take Interstate 8  to approximately 9 miles East of El Centro, California. Take Highway 111 exit south to Calexico straight to the border crossing into Mexicali. Follow the signs through Mexicali south to San Felipe on Highway 5.  Or, continue another five miles East to the new crossing at Otay  However, this port is only open until 10 p.m..  Traffic is usually much lighter and parking much easier at the Otay crossing but the route is not as well marked to reach Highway 5 - the trick is to make sure you keep going south.  When you leave the industrial/rural area and you find yourself on the one-way with the border fence on your right then turn back south or you will end up at the Calexico border crossing.  Visas and tourist cards are available at both crossings.  Playa de Oro is 6 miles north of San Felipe at km #179 1/2 on Mexicali Highway 5.



  Driving distances from other areas to Play de Oro: 

Los Angeles - 350 miles            Yuma - 182 miles           Phoenix - 379 miles 

It is paved highway all the way from Mexicali to San Felipe, at least 20% of the way is a 4 lane highway. Should you encounter car trouble along the way, DO NOT leave your vehicle. The "Green Angeles" (Angelo Tourista) travel the 100+ miles between Mexicali and San Felipe continually.  Their sole purpose is to help anyone stranded along the way and make sure that you and your vehicle reach an appropriate facility safely. The vehicles are green - thus dubbed "THE GREEN ANGELS." Because you never know when problems can arise, we recommend having plenty of bottled water in your vehicle - the desert can get very hot and thirsty!


        El Centro, CA has several convenient flights and is just two- hours north of Playa De Oro.  Yuma and San Diego are also well-located for great access to the Baja. Rental cars are available with reservations.  Be sure to get the rental car company's Mexican insurance.

       A small international airport 12 km south of San Felipe is accessible by paved road. While it does not as yet service commercial flights it does accommodate private and charter aircraft. The airport also has the following infrastructure: runway, control tower, fuel, terminal, customs and inspection area, parking and taxi service. The tower frequency is: 118.5 SFE  You can clear customs at the airport.


There maybe military checkpoints along the way. Though much less sophisticated, these check points serve much the same purpose as the California and Arizona state border crossings. Expect to see soldiers carrying guns and milling around. Their questions will include, "Where are you going? ""Where did you come from?" "Do you have any guns or drugs?" They may ask to look inside your trunk or RV, suitcases and glove box. At night, turn on your interior lights. While this can be intimidating, the important thing to remember is that it is a routine procedure and they are there to protect all of us. Check points are a part of an agreement and joint effort between the United States and Mexico to get tougher on drugs. 

       A word to the wise: Whatever you do, do not attempt to take any type of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia into Mexico. Do not transport guns or ammunition. Do not carry any packages that you do not know the contents of or given to you by strangers. Know who your passengers are and what they may be carrying. Whether male or female, young or old, gun and drug runners and anyone associated with them are dealt with very harshly in Mexico. There is no immunity or help from the US Embassy and the Mexican jails are not a pretty picture.


You may wish to purchase Mexican auto insurance in Calexico, if you have not already done so by the time you reach the border. It is about $12 a day or may be purchased substantially less on a monthly, semi-annual or annual policy. You may also purchase auto insurance from the web as long as the car is in the USA.  If you are driving a rental car, you must purchase Mexican Auto Insurance through your rental car agency at the time you rent the car. (Not all rental agencies allow vehicles to be driven into Mexico and their policy can change city to city. We have found that at the El Centro, San Diego, Yuma Airports, Enterprise, Dollar and Avis do allow their cars into Mexico and sell Mexican Auto Insurance.) Remember, it is illegal to drive in Mexico without Mexican Auto Insurance. Note: Mexico does not accept or recognize American auto insurance even if the American insurance company states it is valid in Mexico. Should an accident occur while driving in Mexico, the authorities will require proof of Mexican auto insurance. If you do not have Mexican insurance you may forfeit your vehicle, face huge fines, and be privileged to see the inside of a Mexican jail. (This is not to scare you, it's the law - just like having valid auto insurance in the U.S. is the law there also - Mexico is just a little stricter, in most cases). You can also buy Mexican car insurance here in San Felipe or over the web.


Most restaurants, hotels, gas stations, etc., will print the amount due in both U.S. dollars and pesos and you can pay with either one. Merchants' prices are usually displayed in pesos. It's a good idea to carry  your U.S. currency in smaller denominations. Often you will save money by paying in pesos so we recommend carrying both currencies.  You can change money in Calexico or Mexicali at very reasonable rates.


A Mexican tourist card is necessary as Playa de Oro is located more than 70 miles south of the border. Many who visit for 72 hours or less skip this process without incurring any problems but the law says you need this card. To get a tourist card is easy. In Mexicali, stop at the Oficina de Federal building marked Migracion or Aduana located just left of the border gates. Parking may be a little difficult but street parking is available and double parking somewhat acceptable. At the Otay crossing, ample parking is available just past the Port of Entry where Immigration is housed. Once you have filled out the simple paperwork at Immigration, you will have to pay a fee of approximately $16 U.S. at a local bank (located close to Immigration), have the form stamped then bring it back to Immigration for the final documentation. At Otay, just past the port entry is a row of offices (similar to an American Strip Mall). A bank is housed in one of the far units. This process takes about hour and is quite interesting. 

       Tourist Visas are also available in San Felipe week days. US-born citizens will need one of the following proof-of-citizenship documents: A valid U.S. passport; A birth certificate issued by a federal, state, county or city governments agency in whose jurisdiction you were born. A photocopy is not acceptable unless the issuing authority has certified it. Also not acceptable are such documents as a Record of Birth, Baptismal Certificate, etc. issued by hospitals and churches. Naturalized US citizens will need one of the following: A valid U.S. passport; The original Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship. (Photocopies, notarized or not, are not acceptable. Neither are wallet-sized naturalization cards - Form 1-179 or other similar documents.) Single parents traveling with a minor child will need to have a notarized letter from the absent parent giving permission to the minor to enter Mexico. Canadians and other non-nationals need the equivalent identifications. 

       Once property has been purchased in Mexico a FM3 (Resident Visa) will become necessary. Playa de Oro will provide information on what is needed to get the FM3. It is a simple procedure, much like applying for a passport in the U.S. Your ownership at Playa de Oro is the only necessary requirement of investment for a FM3. You may hear a $1,500 deposit in a local bank is required. It may be advisable to open a Mexican checking account for your own convenience but it is not a requirement when you actually own property, which you do in Playa de Oro. Leaseholders and membership holders must open a checking account to prove investment in Mexico because a lease or membership is not considered an investment by the government. This investment requirement is to prove that you will not become indigent and turn to the government for assistance or support.



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Standard Disclaimers: Equal housing and credit opportunity lender. This web site contains statements that are forward looking and may change due to many factors. Pricing and availability may also change. Please contact our Sales department for the latest information. Nothing in this web site is a offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase real estate to anyone of any area in which it would be not lawful to offer the real estate for sale without compliance with all applicable real estate, securities, and other laws of such area.

WARNING: The California Department of Real Estate has not examined this offering, including, but not limited to, the condition of title, the status of blanket liens on the project (if any), arrangements to assure project completion, escrow practices, control over project management, racial practices, (if any), terms, conditions, and price of the offer, control over annual assessments (if any), or the availability of water, services, utilities, or improvements. It may be advisable for you to consult an attorney or other knowledgeable professional who is familiar with real estate and development law in the country where this subdivision is situated.

NAFTA has changed things in Mexico. The New York Times has many articles talking about US citizens and companies buying real estate in Baja. Contact us for reprints.

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