A friend and I just came back from a trip to Cabo. We left
Oceanside on February 2 and returned on February 12. The toll booths
are now 16 pesos or $1.95US. Following is a brief update on the
road conditions and check points.
Approximately 4 miles south of Maneadero is a permanent check
point manned by the PJR. This trip they were only searching
North bound traffic, South bound they are waving people through.
From the check point on for about 10 miles the road is very rough in
both directions. Watch for two large topes entering and leaving
Santo Tomas. From there the road is good all the way to KM 101.
From KM 101 on to south of Camalu the road is rough and breaking up.
Check point 6 KM north of El Rosario is still manned by the
Army. They are checking both directions. More thorough search
than last fall. They are looking in vehicles and checking in
luggage, ice chests and other containers. From El Rosario to
Laguna Chapala the road is in fair condition with some
occasional potholes. The Army checkpoint 1 KM south of Cataviña
is back. They are searching vehicles in both directions.
From Laguna Chapala to Punta Prieta the road is degrading fast.
There are many potholes and the road is rough. From Punta
Prieta to Rosarito the road has pot holes but is in fair
condition. From Rosarito on to Guerrero Negro the road is in
The check point at the Monument didn't stop us south bound, but
did do a thorough check on our north bound trip. However, we
talked to several travelers who were stopped at the Monument on
their south bound trip and were asked to show their Tourist
Cards. We also heard folks are being turned back if they do not
have them. The Agriculture check point just south of the
Monument waved us through both ways.
We found another good place to eat in Guerrero Negro, it is
Mario's in front of the El Morro motel. They have a small bar
and the restaurant is nice and clean. We had abalone (which was
excellent) for 135 pesos, a combo plate of abalone, shrimp and
lobster tails also 135 pesos, and a New York strip steak for 45
pesos. The steak was very good. They brought the meat out for
me to see before I ordered. One of the owners, Oscar Aviles
Lucero, was a very gracious host. They also do tours for whale
From Guerrero Negro on to Cabo the road is still in excellent
condition. 5 KM north of San Ignacio is the permanent Army check
point. They are checking North bound only. At the Agriculture
check point just north of La Paz they are checking north and
The bridge is still washed out at the 35 KM marker on Highway 19,
north of Todo Santos. Temporary gravel road (approx. 1/4 mile)
detour through vado. They are still working on the bridge.
Gasoline - there are two grades of gasoline at the new stations.
One is a green pump which is 87 octane and one is a red pump
which is premium (supposed to be 92 octane). Gas at the green
pump is 3.3 pesos per liter (about $1.56 gal) and at the red
pump 3.63 pesos per liter (about $1.71 gal.). In my El Camino I
had pinging problems when I used the green pump, so I switched
to the red and had no problems. Some of the new stations are
self-service, pay before you pump, so it's best if you have
pesos for gas as the exchange rate for dollars can be very low
at these stations. This trip gas was available at the La Pinta
hotel in Cataviña - green pump only.
From El Rosario to San Ignacio they have had a lot of rain
recently and the desert flowers are starting to open. It should
be a spectacular sight in the next four to six weeks. I will be
making the trip again in late March with my wife. We will be
taking a leisurely drive so if you would like us to check on
anything along the route let us know.