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Ranch GPS coordinates: 

   N  +32.56299

   W -116.66890

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RLP Mobile Web Site

http://m.rancholapaloma.org
Our website links and maps optimized
for your smart phone.  QR code is here:

MOBILE SITE

Please reference the narrative below for important information on the use of these maps.  Clicking on the purple links should open up the map you select in either the Google Maps web interface OR the Google Maps application on your phone (mobile chrome browser required).  You can toggle between map view and satellite view to follow landmarks or routes.

 

Zooming in and out while viewing the maps allows you to print the level of detail desired for your trip BEFORE you leave home.

 

To view the maps "live" while in Mexico, you will have to either "roam" or get a local Mexican SIM chip (GSM equipment only) to minimize the cost of roaming.  DATA ROAMING can be EXPEN$IVE.

1) Getting to the border crossings

A) San Diego to Tecate

Recommended crossing - Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. ONLY

B) San Diego to Otay Mesa

Open 24 hours a day.  If you can't enter via Tecate, use the Otay Mesa crossing.  We do NOT recommend you entering Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing.

2) From the Border Crossings to the Ranch

A) Tecate to the Ranch

B) Otay Mesa to the Ranch

(TOLL ROAD)

C) San Ysidro to the Ranch

Note:  We do NOT recommend driving to the Ranch via the San Ysidro (Tijuana, or TJ) crossing.

3) Colonia Maps and Routes

A) Ranch to "T" intersection

This is the "T" intersection "meet-me-here" point

B) Ranch to "Blvd. 2000"

This is the Boulevard 2000 "meet-me-here" point

C) The Colonias

Most groups work in these colonias

D) Ministries & Projects

Ministries, Churches and Projects in the colonias

4) Going Back to the U.S.

A) Border Wait Times

http://borders.rancholapaloma.org

 

Approximate wait time at the border crossings

B) Ranch to Tecate Border

Recommended crossing - Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. ONLY

C) Ranch to Otay Border

(TOLL ROAD) Open 24 hours a day

D) Colonias to Otay Border

If not coming back to the Ranch before leaving Mexico

 

 

5) Medical Evacuations to US Hospitals

A) From Ranch via Tecate

Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. ONLY

B) From Ranch via Otay Mesa

Open 24 hours a day (TOLL ROAD) 

 

 

The Narrative

Before driving in Mexico, check with your car insurance agent on the coverage you have in Mexico.  Regardless of coverage you already have on your own car, Mexican law REQUIRES you to purchase Mexican Liability insurance before you cross the border.  You can obtain this insurance from Mexican insurance agencies (look in the yellow pages in San Diego).  You can also purchase this insurance on the internet from several companies, such as Baja Bound.  Remember, you are only required to purchase Mexican LIABILITY coverage.  If you are driving a rental car, the rental agency may require that you purchase Mexican insurance from them directly at the time of rental ($25 to $40 per day).

If you are stopped or are involved in ANY type of vehicle accident, regardless of fault, you will GO TO JAIL and your vehicle will be impounded if you cannot furnish proof of Mexican Insurance.

The Directions:

We recommend that you cross the border at Tecate, California.  This is the  border crossing with the least amount of traffic, and is open from 5 a.m. till 11 p.m.  Crossing at Tecate significantly simplifies finding Rancho La Paloma.  Here's a map from San Diego to Tecate.

(A) Tecate Border Crossing:  From San Diego airport, take I-5 South.  In one mile, you will exit to the right onto Hiway 94 (M.L.K Jr. Freeway) going East.  In about 7 miles, make a right turn to continue East on Hiway 94.  6 miles later, make another right turn to stay on Hiway 94, also known as CAMPO ROAD.  Follow Campo Rd. (Hiway 94) South East for 23 miles, then make a right hand turn onto Hiway 188 South to Tecate.  2 miles later, you're at the Border. Total distance from San Diego airport is 40 miles, a 60 minute drive.

Welcome to Mexico!  Most streets here are unmarked, so use all your faculties to try and figure out how to get to the ranch or the worksite.

To get to Rancho La Paloma:  After crossing the border, proceed straight (SOUTH) until you get to a stop light at the bottom of the hill.  To the left, across the intersection, you will see the main city park, with a fountain and some large trees.  Turn RIGHT, heading WEST.  Follow this road for about two miles through town.  This road eventually veers to the left, and continues out of town.  Watch out for many well hidden ALTO (STOP) signs.  As you leave town, the first stop light you encounter right before the PEMEX gas station is where you turn RIGHT again, heading WEST.  This paved road eventually turns into a dirt road leading to the ranch.  Go straight at all the stop signs on this dirt road, including the "Y" intersection.  Eventually, the road bends to the left.  The ranch is the first entrance on the right hand side after the left bend in the road, with a big metal rolling gate entrance.  This map from the Tecate border may help.

To get to the colonias:  Instead of taking that right hand turn off the main road before the PEMEX gas station, continue straight through the light (heading SOUTH WEST) for approximately 12 miles.  This map from Tecate to the colonias shows the way to the "T" intersection in the Colonias, our standard "meet me here" point.

(B) Otay Mesa Border Crossing:  From San Diego airport, take I-5 South for approximately 12 miles.  Exit onto I-905 EAST bound (Exit 3) and continue heading EAST on I-905 as it changes it's name to OTAY MESA Road.  As the road bends SOUTH, follow the signs to the international Border.  Total distance from San Diego airport is 25 miles.

Welcome to Mexico!  You are now driving in Tijuana, always an adventure.  Many streets are unmarked, so use all your faculties to try and figure out how to head to the ranch.

To get to Rancho La Paloma:  This is a tad more difficult.  After crossing the border, proceed straight (SOUTH), going over on a bridge that straddles BELLAS ARTES.  Continue SOUTH for about 3/4 of a mile, along BLVD. GARITA DE OTAY.  The road bends slightly to the right.  You will be following signs indicating "TECATE CUOTA" (this is the TOLL road to Tecate).  At the stop light, you will need to make a left hand turn (heading EAST) at INDUSTRIAL.  This map from the OTAY MESA border crossing will help.

Once you're on Blvd. INDUSTRIAL, continue following the signs to TECATE CUOTA.  As you leave Tijuana, you will drive eastbound heading downhill.  At the bottom of the hill, there is an interchange that allows you to make a right (TO THE COLONIAS) or a 270 degree turn to go to TECATE via the toll booths that you may be able to see on the left hand side of the road.

Pay your toll (Around $8) and continue on this road heading EAST for another 10 to 15 minutes.  You will eventually see a sign that indicates "TECATE LIBRE" (Tecate Free Road).  Follow the signs and make another 270 degree turn under the free road, merging from the right lane, and heading NORTH.  Follow this road until you enter the town of TECATE.  Watch out for very well hidden ALTO (STOP) signs.

As you enter town, the SECOND stop light you encounter at the PEMEX gas station is where you turn LEFT, heading WEST.  This paved road eventually turns into a dirt road leading to the ranch.  Go straight at all the stop signs on this dirt road, including the "Y" intersection.  Eventually, the road bends to the left.  The ranch is two doors down on the right hand side, with a big metal rolling gate entrance.

 

Please contact us with questions or comments.  All content Copyright (c) 2014 Rancho La Paloma Ministry Center.
Last modified: June 03, 2017