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Offline stingrey

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« on: May 25, 2007, 09:49:51 PM »
My wife and I have our passports from a former trip to another place altogether, but while in BB, is there a reason/place to cross the border for some shopping/dining? Just wondering if we should take our passports for something like this or not?
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007, 10:22:31 PM »
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My wife and I have our passports from a former trip to another place altogether, but while in BB, is there a reason/place to cross the border for some shopping/dining? Just wondering if we should take our passports for something like this or not?


No place to cross when in the park. Well, let me put it this way....you can cross, but you can't come back. If you get caught trying to come back it's a $5000 fine. Presidio is the closest legal crossing. The passports are good to have if you're planning to go. January of 2008, we'll all need to have them if planning to leave the country.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2007, 08:02:37 AM »
Well, we are going to the State Park as well as the National Park, so we will be on the Presidio side from the way my map reads... Is there anything just across the border to go for in your opinion in that area? We aren't looking to cross just to cross, but more in the lines of doing a day trip to break up the days of hiking and get in some shopping for the wife and I... I'm sure we'll manage to find a store or three in the area if there isn't a true reason to cross into Mexico/take our passports!
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2007, 12:42:18 PM »
I've crossed once briefly from Presidio into Ojinaga.  There are others on this board that cross regularly and can provide insight.   Next time I'm out that way for an extended visit, I do plan on crossing over again.  

SEE:  http://presidiotex.com/ and http://www.ojinaga.com/ for more details.  

As Muse indicated, it's not until next year that you will need a passport to cross back into the US, but if you have them you might as well take them.

BTW - I've heard from some reliable sources, very reliable, that there are certain dentists in Ojinaga that are outstanding and in fact a lot of "Winter Texans" camp at the http://www.presidiotex.com/golfrv/rv.html and go over and get dental work and get cheap Rx's.

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2007, 04:21:02 AM »
I have a cousin that did that.  Saved a lot of money for some quality dental work.

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2007, 06:54:10 AM »
Are there shops right across the way, or did you drive in (those who crossed)? I would like to go if there is some good shopping, although I'm not one to feel safe driving in without a true Mexican Policy as stateside insurance is not recognized in Mexico.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2007, 09:38:36 AM »
I've never been there personally, but know many people who have. There's a few places to eat and get groceries and things like that, but as far as shops, they probably have all of the same touristy nik-nak's in them. Keep in mind that Presidio is nothing like the other border towns and I have heard mixed reviews on it's cleanliness and safety. I believe if you "know where to go" to get what you want it's fine, but you may be dissapointed in it as a whole...

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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2007, 10:00:52 AM »
True, and given the safety aspect in general combined with not knowing what is there/not REALLY having a reason to go, I think I'll save our $ for some post cards and the like from the lodge/shops in the area... I've got some Florida Panther stamps that I'm waiting to send back home to some friends/family! USPS JUST came out with them (postcard stamps), and although they are Florida Panther's, the stamp doesn't say so and the people back home will not know the difference! Plus if they do, so be it... They'd better just be happy that we thought about them on vacation!
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2007, 10:04:57 AM »
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Are there shops right across the way, or did you drive in (those who crossed)? I would like to go if there is some good shopping, although I'm not one to feel safe driving in without a true Mexican Policy as stateside insurance is not recognized in Mexico.


If you don't feel comfortable driving over there, don't.  Get a cab to either take you across or walk across and get a cab.  You can probably get a cabbie on the American side to take you over and tour you around all day.  Generally, when I travel in foreign lands I "hook up" with a taxi driver based on someones recommendation and "keep" them for the entire trip.    The area right next to the border is very quiet.  I was expecting a typical border town with shops, Brazillions of people, etc. right there.  The shopping is actually further away from the border for the typical stuff of blankets, etc.  I understand that there are some great places to eat over there too.  Safety, from what I understand it's relatively safe as long as you stay on the beaten path.  I don't think the drug border wars from down south have spilled over into this area.

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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2007, 03:15:26 PM »
It is not a bad walk from Presidio to the square in Ojinaga and there are tons of little shops and a few nice restaurants to chose from.  Cabs are generally inexpensive, and Ojinaga is for the most part a sleepy little border town, not crazy like Acuna or Juarez.
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2007, 05:57:55 PM »
Thanks guys! I'll report back one way or the other. Regardless, we're off to BB on Saturday morning! We will have Mexico on the itiinerary, but our schedule is jam packed from Saturday morning through our departure from the park on Thursday when it is off to the Gage the night of the 7th of June... We'll see! Either way, we can't wait!
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2007, 11:48:33 AM »
Ojinaga is definitely not a shopper's paradise.  It is a town of roughly 18,000 people and is a very ordinary residential community.  

Over the past 30 years I have made about 20 trips to OJ, including a week-long trip this past week.  

The people in town are lovely.  It is an easy walk across the bridge, but I have never had trouble taking a vehicle in or out of the US there.  On Saturday I came across with a van, 11 people and a sixteen-foot flatbed trailer fully loaded.  It took us about twenty minutes to get trough because they wanted to look under the tarp on the trailer.

As far as shopping goes there are several decent restaurants, several shops that you might find in any town, dress shops, shoe stores, etc.  There are no chain stores, which to me is a plus.  We had as much fun at yard sales around town, one girl in our group bought a dress to wear at a wedding this week for 5 pesos (47 cents) that was quite lovely.  My wife, daughter and Ashley all got shoes for under 100 pesos ($9.43)

You won't find great bargains in OJ, but you will find a lot of friendly people in a modest-sized Mexican community.  

There is one very nice hotel, The Millenium or Hotel Canon de Peguis, it goes by both names.  It is a mile and half or so due south of the bridge on blvda. de commercia libre.  They may try to charge you more, but you should be able to talk them into a room for $55.  It is one of two hotels in town that have air conditioning rather than swamp coolers.  I forget the name of the other, but it is closer to downtown, and will run about $35 for a more modest older accommodation. You can find an adequte room in OJ for as little as $25 per night.  there is one hostel for $8 - 10 per night, but I have not heard good things about it.  

Crossing into Mexico will take you no time at all.  Coming back into the US will take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour depending upon who is in front of you in line.  If you get close and it looks like there is a wait,, go back to the Bikini Bar, have a Negro Modelo or margarita and listen to the mariachi band and try again in an hour.
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