Road conditions between Mexicali and San Felipe are excellent

Road conditions between Mexicali and San Felipe are excellent. Travel time is typically 2 hours from the outskirts of the capital to the Port.

Meanwhile, south of San Felipe, work is proceeding well on the final 20 miles connecting Highway 5 to the Transpeninsular highway at Chapala. Grading of the intersection of these two roads is underway and bridges are being constructed around Coco’s Corner

Grading of the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 1 (courtesy of Jim Hatton)

Grading of the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 1 (courtesy of Jim Hatton)

We expect this work to be completed by early next year and Highway 5 will become the preferred route between La Paz and the U.S. Border region for the trucking industry – avoiding the congestion of the San Quintin/Ensenada region. Ultimately, a bypass around San Felipe for heavy goods vehicles will be needed !

Road Conditions from Ensenada to San Felipe

5 November 2016

The drive from Ensenada to the junction with Highway 5 (Mexicali-San Felipe) is a scenic trip. Allow 3 hours 15 minutes to get to San Felipe. The road is in very good condition for such an isolated highway. You will encounter potholes galore going east from San Mattias through the mountain pass and on your descent into the desert.

The climb out of Ensenada is slow and twisty to Ojos Negros and you will be stuck behind heavy trucks for around 30 km. Relax and go with the flow of traffic. Overtaking on this stretch of road is foolish. After the military checkpoint at Ojos Negros it is all plain sailing to San Felipe.