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How to Vacation
in Mexico With Kids
|Finding a family
vacation destination that has something for everyone isn't
always easy, which is why so many families from all over the
world choose to spend their vacations in Puerto Vallarta,
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico -
Thirty percent of the Mexican population is under age 14, according
to the CIA World Factbook, so this is a kid-friendly country with a
fondness for family traditions. Family life is celebrated often, but
particularly on Sundays, the only day off for many Mexican workers.
Friends and families descend on restaurants for a meal that can last
several hours or gather at the park or the beach for an afternoon
A trip to Mexico can
be a rewarding experience for your family as well, as long as you
prepare yourself and your children.
Before You Go
Step 1 - Apply for passports for
all family members at least two months before your vacation. If the
permission of a former spouse is required, it will require
additional time and paperwork. All Americans, regardless of age,
must have a passport to re-enter the United States. Laws and forms
can be found at the
State Department's website.
Step 2 - Purchase an identification
tag or bracelet and have it engraved with your child's name, a
contact telephone number and any medical conditions or allergies
your child has. Teach young children both their full name and yours.
Mark their vacation clothing with name tags or a laundry pen and
take a current photograph of each child with you.
Step 3 - Pack a small first-aid kit
with over-the-counter painkillers and stomach disorder remedies
suitable for children, plus bandages, antiseptic ointment, blister
treatment, hand sanitizer and small packets of tissues. Take along a
copy of any prescriptions and brief medical histories.
Step 4 - Study maps and online
websites with your children to make a list of things to do, being
sure to include activities for all ages. Plan to balance activities:
a morning tour of a museum might be rewarded with an afternoon at an
amusement or water park.
Step 5 - Buy a simple Spanish
dictionary or download Spanish phrases. Look for books to
familiarize children with Mexican culture. "Off we go to Mexico," by
Laurie Krebs (2008), and "Look What Came From Mexico," by Miles
Harvey (1999), are two books that introduce children to Mexican
Step 1 - Encourage children to use
their phrase books to spot signs at the airport and along the
highway, or as they shop for candy and ice cream in Mexican shops.
Help them use friendly phrases to meet Mexican children or greet
hotel and restaurant workers.
Step 2 - Buy kid-friendly snacks at
Mexican "tiendas," small neighborhood grocery stores, or at the
"supermercado" - Gigante is a large Mexican supermarket chain, but
Walmart also has a large presence. Buy a small cooler to keep drinks
and snacks cool in your rental car and your hotel room if it doesn't
have a refrigerator. Offer children only fruit that must be peeled.
Step 3 - Do as the Mexicans do on
Sunday: Visit a local park or the town beach where musicians,
vendors and street performers add to the air of fiesta. Check the
calendar or ask at the hotel desk if there are any special local
fiestas or national holidays during your stay that might include a
colorful parade or firework show.
Step 4 - Shop at local markets for
unique Mexican kid's souvenirs like lucha libre masks, the hoods
worn by Mexican pro wrestlers. Toy stalls are filled with miniature
versions of Mexican cookware, trucks, puppets, dolls and pinatas.
Mexican candy stalls offer a new world of sweet treats.
• Children's books about Mexico
• Recent photograph of each child
• Identification tag or bracelet
• Laundry pen or clothing name tags
• Spanish phrasebook
• Family first-aid kit
Tips & Warnings
Don't overload your schedule and
make sure to keep an hour a day for quiet time. Pack an extra bag to
accommodate souvenirs your children are likely to haul home.
Children are welcome in most places in Mexico, but it is not
appropriate to take them to indoor bars or discos.
Prepare your children for some of
the sights they might see in Mexico, such as begging by children and
older or handicapped people, and homeless dogs. Avoid the meat
stalls in the market if your family might be sensitive to the smells
Ancient Mexican culture featured
human sacrifice and a preoccupation with death, and gruesome images
can be seen in museums and at some ruins. Always accompany children
to the restroom and take along hand sanitizer and tissues.
Travel for Kids: Mexico
On the Road: Mexico with Kids
Trekaroo: Travel with Kids to Mexico
About the Author: Robin Thornley
has been a successful writer for more than 25 years, penning
articles for national magazines, newspapers and websites. She
specializes in a variety of topics, including business, politics,
lifestyle trends, travel and cuisine. She also is the author of two
National Geographic: Kid's Guide to Mexico
Smart Phrase: Online Phrase Book
Tim Woodward: Caught in time-share hell in Mexico
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Any American who has
vacationed in Mexico has either verbally stiff-armed an army of pitchmen
or succumbed to the horror of a time-share presentation.
Tourists in Mexico are
repeatedly badgered to attend time-share presentations. As bait, the
pitchmen offer jungle tours, booze cruises, even cash. And every tour,
cruise and peso of it is earned the hard way — by surviving a hard sell
My wife and I survived
one years ago and emerged looking as if we’d spent a day of torture in a
Mexican prison, which in a sense we had. We vowed that never, under pain
of death, would we be suckered into another one.
That, however, was
before we met the irresistibly charming and cunningly sneaky Javier on a
recent vacation. Javier wasn’t at the beach or any of the usual huckster
hangouts, so our guard was down. We met him in an American-style,
big-box supermarket, a nice little man we initially thought was the
When we asked a clerk
about a product that was advertised but not on the shelves, he produced
a walkie-talkie and called Javier — who was wearing what we thought was
a store uniform. He was friendly, helpful and spoke excellent English.
If we couldn’t find a product or a label confused us, there was Javier.
Need an ATM? Directions? Help in translating? Javier was delighted to
As we were leaving the
store, my wife happened to spot some zipline brochures on a counter near
“Wouldn’t it be fun to
go on one of these?” she innocently asked.
Lurking just within
earshot, Javier was on her like a cockroach on an empenada.
“You want to go on a
zipline tour? I can set one up for you. It goes 7,000 meters from one
mountaintop to another. Beautiful! You will love it!”
“I don’t like heights,
Javier. Do you have anything that stays closer to the ground?”
“Yes, a party cruise.
You will love it!”
Javier was not the
store translator. He worked for a posh resort, which had an arrangement
with the store to let its hawkers work the crowd. This has become common
in Mexico; it was just our first exposure to it. A bit sneaky, if you
ask me, but apparently legal.
“I don’t know, Javier,”
I said, feeling my stomach tighten. “How much does it cost?”
“Normally $225,” he
replied, “but for you — today only — a special price of only $40. And
I’ll throw in some beautiful T-shirts. What size do you wear?”
“What’s the catch,
“No catch at all. All
you have to do is attend a 90-minute presentation at a beautiful resort
only five minutes from here. It’s not a time share — it’s a private
residence resort. And the people are very nice. It’s not a hard sell; no
pressure at all.”
The difference between
a time share and a private residence resort, of course, is the same as
the difference between cow dung and horse poop. We should have seen it
coming. I was starting to sweat and could feel my blood pressure rising
dangerously. But just when I was about to sprint for the safety of the
nearest cantina, my bride, ever the optimist, blurted the fatal words:
“Oh, come on. Let’s go.
It’ll be fun.”
Going for the throat,
Javier arranged to meet us the next morning in the village where we were
staying and drive us to the Jaws of Hell Resort. That isn’t its real
name; I made it up. But hell is what I was dreading, an expectation that
did not go unfulfilled.
The next morning,
Javier was waiting at the village square to take us for a ride,
literally and figuratively. After winding over a jungle road, he
delivered us to the palatial doors of a resort that appeared to have
been designed for Mayan royalty. It was heart-stoppingly beautiful,
sinfully opulent. You half expected to see Donald Trump and Kim
Kardashian fox-trotting in the lobby.
Our “guides” were Pepe
and Lupe. They began the inquisition pleasantly enough, treating us to a
sumptuous breakfast of everything from made-to-order omelets to sushi.
Then we were whisked away in golf carts to a Fantasy Island setting of
palms and coconuts, lakes, tropical birds, crocodiles, interconnected
swimming pools and a waterpark-style river bobbing with overstuffed
Americans on floaties. It was groomed and manicured to the point of
being almost too pretty, as if it wasn’t quite real. If you have a
seven-figure bank account and “The Stepford Wives” is your favorite
movie, you’d think you’d found paradise.
After dazzling us with
Lincoln Memorial-size Mayan statues and suites where everything but the
toilet handles was made of marble, Pepe and Lupe escorted us to a
conference room filled with other victims, sharpened their calculators
and got down to business — meaning us. As resort members, they said, we
could enjoy a two-bedroom unit with room for friends and family members
for up to six weeks a year for a mere $800-a-week maintenance fee. A
one-bedroom or a studio could be had for somewhat less. If we didn’t
want to use our weeks, we could sell them and make money. And as anyone
knows who owns a time share, that’s about as easy as selling used
It took awhile for Lupe
to get to the bottom line, a.k.a. the membership fee. Pepe for the most
part remained silent. I think he was a trainee, or maybe he just didn’t
have the stomach for what was coming. To fatten us up for the kill, Lupe
produced a gleaming iPad and showed us pictures of other five-star
resorts we could enjoy by doing a simple exchange with victims in, say,
Italy, Fiji or Dogwater, N.D.
The membership fee,
when she finally got around to it, was only $61,000. In the unlikely
event that we didn’t have that much up front, we could pay in monthly
installments of roughly a third more than our house payment. Putting it
another way, we’d be paying $61,000 for the privilege of paying $800 a
week to stay in a marble palace with a view of a golf course we would
never use. Airfare, meals, taxes and gratuities not included. If that
sounds reasonable to you, I have a great deal for you on fox trot
lessons with Donald Trump.
As politely as
possible, we told Lupe and Pepe it wasn’t in our budget. Along with a
new Ferrari, a Gulfstream G650 and spa dates with Paris Hilton.
No problem, she said. A
more modest plan could be had for $40,000 and change. Still too much?
Plans C, D and E were available for less money up front, offered a
variety of accommodations and features, and came with a barrage of
financial options that would have confused an accountant. As the
bombardment continued, I realized that what was happening was nothing
other than the time-honored Mexican tradition of bartering. It was
exactly what happens on the streets and beaches of Mexico, except that
instead of necklaces and T-shirts, the stakes are colossally higher.
By the time we said no
for the fifth or sixth time, I was sweating like a nun at Hooters on
Amateur Night. I’d have paid a thousand bucks just to get the hell out
At last, when we said
no to even the cheapest plan, Lupe reluctantly introduced us to her
manager — who trotted out still more plans. When even he gave up, she
icily drove us to the resort’s “travel agency” to collect our free gifts
and a cab ride home.
But we were far from
home free. After stonewalling some of the best time-share sales people
in the business, we were now in the clutches of the travel agency
I won’t bore you with
the details except to say that the final pitch — by then our “90-minute
presentation” had taken the whole day — seemed almost reasonable.
“It actually sounds
like a good deal,” said my wife, who is smarter than I am about such
things. “I think we should do it.”
And so … we did. No
time-share or private residence membership, no ownership of anything.
Just a travel club that, if we live long enough and go to enough places,
should be worth almost what it cost to join.
The important thing is
that it got us out of there, clutching party-cruise tickets and the
world’s most expensive cheap T-shirts. By then I was so battered from
sales pitches that I felt like an iguana squashed on the highway.
We were glad we had
opted for the no-pressure presentation Javier had promised back at the
supermarket. The hard sell would have killed us.
Mexico - 6th Largest Coffee
|Mexico's main coffee producing
area is the state of Chiapas. There are over 400,000 coffee
farmers in the country of which 90 percent are small tracts of
land with less than 12 acres.
Chiapas, Mexico -
Rodolfo Trampe, Executive Coordinator of the Mexican Association of
Coffee Production Chain, announced that Mexico was the 6th largest
coffee producer in the world in 2011, just after Brazil, Colombia,
Indonesia, and Vietnam. Mexico is also one of the largest producers
of certified organic coffee.
to Mexico in 1790 and it was adopted immediately. Currently the
major producing states are Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Puebla.
These states produce 90 percent of Mexico’s coffee; but it also
grown in Guerrero, San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo.
Mexico's main coffee producing area is the state
of Chiapas. Consequently, this is also Mexico's poorest state. There
are over 400,000 farmers of which 90 percent are small tracts of
land with less than 12 acres and 30 percent of them are women. Most
of the small farmers were moved off the most fertile land, in favor
of the large coffee plantations owned by foreign investors.
Mexico’s per person average coffee consumption is
just under three pounds per year Rodolfo Trampe said, a low figure
compared to Guatemala’s and Columbia’s consumption of 5.5 pounds per
person, and Brazil’s and Finland’s per person consumption of 12+
pounds and 26.5 pounds, respectively. Even though Mexico’s coffee
consumption is small, it has doubled since 2000.
Rodolfo Trampe said that production this year
would be between 4.2 and 4.4 million - 132.3 pound sacks bags of
In terms of export Mexico is in eleventh place
with 2.8 million bags exported; a figure representing around $900
million. Mexican coffee farmers are the number one suppliers of
coffee to the United States.
Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in
the world, only behind petroleum.
According to Amecafe (Asociación Mexicana de la
Cadena Productiva del Café), a major growers’ organization, global
climate change is expected to have an adverse long-term effect on
prices and on the sustainability of coffee-farming in Mexico.
In an effort to raise yields of coffee to at least
19 bushels per acre within 3 years and to 32 bushels per acre
eventually, Mexico’s Agriculture Secretariat has announced financing
of $16 million for a
program to gradually replace aging coffee groves in
Source: Mazatlan Messenger
Place of the Frogs”
is an amazing city; literally a labyrinth of tiny colonial
streets leading into tunnels underground in the belly of the
city. Colorful small houses and grand colonial buildings dot the
urban landscape and center around a plethora of tiny treed
squares that pop out throughout the city.
Mild summers, cool winters
variation: Warmer in the summer, cooler and dryer in the Winter
season: May to October
Money – Banks and ATMs
Airport – Leon
Season – Mid December to Mid March especially Christmas and
Semana Santa, July and August are busy with Mexican vacationers.
Semana Santa – Week
Festival in mid-October.
Medical – Numerous
Tourism and agriculture
means “Mountainous Place of the Frogs” in the Purépecha
regional dialect. Some of the nomadic tribes worshipped the
spirit of the frog and settled in this area where a mountain
appeared in a frog-like shape. Situated in a basin of the Sierra
de Guanajuato range, the area was flooded constantly from the
Guanajuato River that overflowed from 3 kms beneath the earth.
Various indigenous bands inhabited the area prior to the arrival
of the Spanish; the Otomi, the Nahua, the Guamares and the
Purépecha. They settled along the river and as the population
increased, homes and settlements expanded up into the hills
following the path of the river.
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"Place from which the
The Shopping Mecca of
Tonalá is known
throughout the country for its lively Thursday and Sunday
pottery and glass, Tonalá also has treasures to trash. You can
find it all here in Tonalá.
glass blowing demonstrations. The market has a plethora of hand
made glass for sale.
Population - 374,258
in the city, 408,729 in the municipality
Location – Located in
central Mexico on the east side of the Guadalajara metropolitan
Elevation – 1540
Statues for your every need;
of Guadalupe, Christ, to
any one of a
number of Saints
was founded by the Zapotec Indians who intermarried with the
Toltec and other Indian tribes. They spoke their own indigenous
language mixed with Nahuatl.
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To The Riviera Nayarit:
There Is Life After The
sights, and golden
beaches lined with
A few kilometers
from Puerto Vallarta, in Western
Mexico, the Riviera Nayarit
region is expanding rapidly.
Hotels are being built,
renovated, expanded…and this is
the case of the Occidental Grand
Nuevo Vallarta Hotel, where we
stayed and which has invested
$14 million into renovations, in
response to clients’ growing
expectations when it comes to
the quality of all-inclusives.
Tucked in between
the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra
Madre Occidental, the Riviera
Nayarit stretches over 300
kilometers to the north of
Puerto Vallarta. It is the
southern part of the region (in
the Bahia de Banderas
municipality) that has seen the
strongest growth in the hotel
industry. Between 2007 and 2012,
the number of rooms has risen
from 10,000 to 12,500, an
increase of 25%.
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From Facebook On The Road in Mexico
Dorothy Bell makes recommendations on Facebook for those that want to
fast track Nogales to PV
Nogales to PV -
Zipping Down the Coast
We don’t like to
do this. Normally we like to smell the roses.
However if you are quickly zipping down to PV or
Riviera Nayarit, I suggest the following:
1) Have all your
papers and correct documents ready for immigration
and vehicle permits.
2) Get your
insurance online. Get a quote from us
We offer great quality insurance at a reasonable
price. You can buy it just before you leave.
3) Buy a Guia Roji
Road atlas before you cross over the border. It is
the best map for Mexico.
4) Have pesos for
the trip down. You need gas, tolls, hotel and food,
5) Have a cooler
on hand so you can buy drinks and snacks for travel.
While we love eating in restaurants along the way,
but if you do not know the town or city you could
spend a lot of time searching for a restaurant. It
will also take up valuable daylight time to get
served. You will want to have a breakfast and lunch
for your first day and purchase breakfast and lunch
for day 2 in Navojoa or Mochis.
6) Be ready to
cross the border early. Take the truck crossing -
Mariposa crossing – as it is easy - takes RVs and
has way less confusing traffic. It is open at 6 am.
For more go to the
complete article on Page 3 Travel and Travel Buddies
You must drive
through here and at KM 21 you will have to present
your documents and get your permits. The army bank,
Banacerito is open 24 hours a day to process vehicle
When in doubt, drive on the “D” roads or toll roads.
Stay on HWY 15 or 15D.
Once you have left
the Immigration office you will bypass Magdalena,
then drive through Santa Ana where you will continue
down highway 15 towards Hermosillo. Hermosillo is
277 kms from Nogales.
There is some
construction in Hermosillo so watch carefully and
head towards Guaymas and HWY 15 and 15D.
When you approach
San Carlos/Guayamas continue and take the bypass
toll around the cities. San Carlos/Guaymas is a good
place to stop if you have difficulties or need
something desparately. It takes about an hour to
enter and then exit to purchase something so move on
and bypass if at all possible.
Continue 132 more kms to CD Obregon. There is a
Walmart to the right just as you enter the city
where you can get supplies (ie sandwich fixings)
beverages, and use the ATM if needed. We suggest you
stock up for a breakfast and lunch for the following
You must drive through CD Obregon. It is not too
congested but be cautious as there is a turn.
Continue to Navojoa. This is a congested town. If
you are driving an RV or big truck you must watch
carefully for a detour to the left for truck
traffic. Make your way through the small city. At
the other end there is a large supermarket that you
can purchase stuff or load up with supplies.
Continue to Los Mochis. You will cross a state
border and usually at borders there will be a
Continue to Los Mochis. Many of our readers
recommend the Zar Hotel – right on the Highway.
Apparently they have a good restaurant for your
dinner.They do NOT take pets.
If you have an RV
there is an RV Park – such as it is – to the right
as you enter town.
This trip will
likely have taken 11 hours – nearly 500 miles or so
after you left immigration. Rest as tomorrow you are
getting up early.
your breakfast in your cooler. Also lunch as there
is No supermarkets enroute that will be open until
Get up early.
It is often foggy in this farming area and there is
often tractors and farm equipment just south of
Drive Hwy 15
through farmland etc and prepare to turn to HWY 15D
just before Ciullican. Get on the toll and zip down
Be cautious. Mazatlan is having some construction so
there may be detours. Head for Tepic and Puerto
Vallarta. You will pass supermarkets for supplies
Head south and stay on the toll highway towards
Tepic. Do not pass go.
Once you have
crossed the state line into Nayarit there is a
choice. Stay on the Highway to Tepic OR head towards
San Blas and take a different route. I suggest that
if you have a car – take the San Blas route. If you
have an RV and are driving from July to December,
take the Tepic Route. (The San Blas Route gets
overgrown after rainy season and can scratch your
If you go through the San Blas Route, take the Hwy
54 towards San Blas but turn off when you see the
signs for PV. Head towards Las Varas.
(If you take the
Tepic route drive straight to the city and then turn
when signed to go to Puerto Vallarta. Beware that
RV’s and trucks must drive in the laterals when you
see them. Laterals are the slow frontage roads on
some city streets.
The stretch of
Highway from Tepic to Compostela to Las Varas is
windy and narrow and sometimes steep.. There are not
many places to pull over.
From las Varas to
PV is easy peasey. You will be passing through town
after town, pueblo after pueblo of the Riviera
Nayarit. Like pearls on a necklace, each one is
beautiful and distinctive. Drive carefully and
From Los Mochis to
PV will take another 10 or 11 hours.
If you are
interested in breaking this up so you have one other
stop we suggest driving day one to Navajoa. Stay in
the Best Western (it does Take Pets.) If an RV stay
in San Carlos. Day two drive to Mazatlan. Day 3 to
If you want a much much more detailed set of
Puerto Vallarta Malecon
Wooden Masks: Historical Beauty
© Tara A. Spears
traditional folk art is a true celebration of rich color and vibrant
beauty. Each of Mexico’s 31 states offers unique talented artists
producing a seemingly limitless collection of stunning and whimsical
hand crafted art. Of all the different art forms, the hand carved wooden
masks best reflect the Mexican culture and pride of the indigenous
people. Carved wooden masks that portray the devil, ancient deities,
jungle animals, or immortalize deceased individuals were regularly used
in religious and cultural dances, as well as during war. The left photo
is an example of a Mayan ceremonial mask. Mayan masks had a wide variety
of uses, and the importance of the masks dictated how intricate the
designs on various masks were. The abundant availability of carved masks
at the tiaguis-open markets- make these a great collector’s item.
The Mayan people
inhabited the Yucatan Peninsula from 2500 BC to 1550 AD. The basic
principles of the Mayan religion were adapted from the Olmec and
Teotihuacan people, prior to the seventh century AD. The Mayans viewed
the natural world, along with all that was a part of it, as a
continuation of the sky-world above and the underworld below. The jaguar
was believed to be a gatekeeper to the afterlife. According to Jeeni
Criscenzo, “The ancient Maya had a complex pantheon of
deities whom they worshipped and offered human sacrifices. Rulers
were believed to be descendants of the gods and their blood was the
ideal sacrifice, either through personal bloodletting or the sacrifice
of captives of royal blood.” The deities are common figures on the
wooded masks, particularly the warrior masks.
The antique masks also
contain the faces of people. We know that some masks were used in
wedding ceremonies, and there were masks made to commemorate many births
and deaths. Not all Mayan masks were for such profound purposes,
however. The Mayan's also used masks for entertainment as well. The uses
of masks by the Mayan people were as varied as the style of the masks
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Santo Domingo Museum is filled with
the history of Oaxaca and Mexico
Click here to look inside
Internet While You Travel Mexico
Internet while you travel is not usually a problem. There is an assortment of opportunities to go online.
a) Hotels & RV Parks
Hotels in Mexico are certainly offering internet to their customers. Generally speaking any 3 star hotel and above will offer it. Unfortunately, No-tell-motels do not. They figure you are in their establishment for something other than Internet.
Destination RV Parks are likely to offer internet too. We try to list internet services when we list RV Parks. If a RV Park has upgraded and offers internet, let us know so we can tell others.
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Driving In Mexico
By David Simmonds
I have driven tens-of-thousands of miles in Mexico and the worse thing I can remember happening was having a mango jump off the flatbed of an oncoming produce truck near Mazatlán, smashing out the left headlight in my old VW van and spraying mango pieces and juice from head to huarache, where I sat in the driver’s seat. I thought I’d been shot by a deranged sniper until I figured it all out. And another time I blew an engine (another VW van, naturally) in the Sonoran desert on my return trip on a 100 degree summer day when few cars were on the road (this was years ago, before toll roads), only to be rescued by a pickup truck full of missionaries who rope-towed me to the Arizona border, almost making a believer of me.
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Customs Allowances into Mexico via Land and Air
DO NOT BRING EITHER GUNS OR DRUGS INTO MEXICO. Mucho problema! Don't try it - think about it or even toy with the idea. If caught you most likely will end up in prison for a very long time.
You are allowed to bring into Mexico:
a) 2 cartons of cigarettes or 50 cigars or a kilo of tobacco (2.2lbs)
b) 3 liters of wine or hard liquor
c) 12 rolls of film
d) a computer
e) 2 cameras - photo, movie or other
If traveling by air you are allowed a $300 customs allowance in addition to the above. If traveling by land you are only allowed $50.
Be reasonable and don't bring in quantities of anything that might look like you are planning to resell them. You really don't have to load up on food anymore as there are enough Supermercados with a good supply and variety of food.
When you cross most borders you will be asked to push a button or your car will automatically trigger one. If your light is green you will continue to pass through. If you hit a red signal your luggage and vehicle will be searched. Additionally if you look suspicious or a guard has the desire - you can be searched regardless of the light.
Customs Allowance into the US
US citizens are allowed to bring home from Mexico:
a) $800 US in purchases duty free. .
b) 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 2 kilos (4.4lbs) of tobacco
c) 1 liter of alcohol - wine or spirits
Customs Allowance into Canada
Canadian citizens are allowed to bring home:
a) after 24 hours $50 CAN in purchases duty free; after 48 hours - $300 CAN duty free; or after 7 days - $750 duty free.
b) 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1 kilos of chewing tobacco
c) 1.5 liter of alcohol - wine or spirits
Don't forget to turn in your Car decal before leaving the country!