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ROCKY POINT 101 Puerto Peñasco (nicknamed Rocky Point) is a growing seaside village and beach destination that is an easy four-hour drive from Chandler. Once you cross the border, you will travel less than an hour on the Mexican highway, which is clearly marked along the way as a “hassle-free zone.” Almost every car you see will have an Arizona or California license plate. Although it may seem familiar based on the company, going to a foreign country can be intimidating when you don’t know the culture or laws. The following can help you plan ahead and enjoy your trip. CAR INSURANCE – Everyone driving to Mexico is required by law to purchase Mexican vehicle insurance with liability coverage. There are several places to do so before you cross the border. CURRENCY – The resorts, most restaurants and stores use U.S. currency, but it is wise to have pesos for cabs, tips and street vendors. Credit cards are subject to additional fees when used internationally. There are also fees on cash withdrawals from foreign bank ATMs. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – Adults and children 16 and over need a passport or passport card. Children under 16 only need their birth certificate. The driver must also have a current driver’s license. Make photocopies of these documents and keep them separate from the originals. VEHICLE TITLES — All vehicles crossing the border must have a vehicle title. This includes cars, trucks, boats, jet skis, water bikes, ATVs, dune buggies, etc. If you are leasing your vehicle, the leasing contract must be in the name of the person driving the car. If your vehicle is a company car and you are allowed to drive it out of the country, you will need to show a document verifying your employment and authorization to drive the vehicle in Mexico. SMART TRAVEL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP) – This free program is provided by the U.S. government for U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. This program allows you to enter information about your trip so the U.S. Department of State can assist you in case of an emergency. Enroll at Travel.State.Gov. SPEED LIMITS AND TRAFFIC SIGNS – Speed limit signs in Mexico are in kilometers. When driving through Rocky Point, the speed limit is 40 km, or 25 mph, unless otherwise noted. If you break the traffic laws, fines will be assessed and you will be asked to follow the officer to the police station, where fines must be paid immediately. TIPPING – The standard rate for tipping at restaurants, bars and taxis is 15 percent. For parking attendants, laundry service and room service a 10 percent peso tip is customary. 20

Paradise Valley Lifestyle | July 2018

Paradise Valley, AZ July 2018  

July 2018 Issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle

Paradise Valley, AZ July 2018  

July 2018 Issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle