North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

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Post by dean on Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:26 pm

from baja nomads,  


I forget who wrote this....maybe Bajaguy/Terry......but I saved it. There's a 2000 off ramp, and a toll booth around Popotla. Take the ramp slowly because the booth is right there:

"exit Corridor 2000 at the Garita de Otay/Industrial Blvd off ramp............

CONTINUE on Industrial Blvd up and over the business overpass. You will pass a McDonalds and a PEMEX on your right. After the PEMEX you will come to a stoplight intersection with a blue and yellow tire shop on your right. If you turn right at this intersection (Garita de Otay - Las Aztecas) you will be in the "regular" lanes to the US border.

Continue on Industrial past Garita de Otay and the tire shop....you will be passing a large park or wooded area on your right.....turn right at the first street (Instituto Politecnico Nacional) after the park.

Continue on Nacional (the park will again be on your right) past the park. You will pass two schools on your right....CETIS 156 and Segunda 29.

Just past the schools, turn right on the first street - Alejandro Humboldt - (there should be a "Ready Lane" sign)......follow Humboldt.......this will put you in the Ready Lane lineup."




You not only can not turn right on Alejandro Humboldt
but if you make it to that intersection you will be turned around due to construction. Currently the ONLY way to get into the Ready Lane lineup is to continue past the Garita de Otay sign at the tire shop and, staying in the right lane, merge onto the road for the Aeropuerto. About 1/4 mile down the road you will see everyone getting off at the exit that says San Diego I 5. That is the lineup for the Ready Pass lanes and is Alejandro Humboldt. 

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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:29 pm


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ready lane if your passport is chipped

Post by dean on Fri May 11, 2012 5:47 pm

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Used the Otay Ready Lane today around 10:30------ 15 minute wait, but what a surprise as I found out the hard way, there is a different access from Blvd. 2000.
The old way----- turn right at the light by the tire shop about 2 blocks past McDonalds. DON`T do this----- the Ready Lane is blocked off. So I took the ramp to Bella Artes, and made my way east and then south to get back on Blvd 2000.
New way--- Go past the old turn, past a huge public park (1/2 mile or so).Take your first right (there is a light there), then go up to the next street and take another right. This will get you in the Ready Lane----- actually it`s really easy!

If you are on Corridor 2000, take the signed exits to San Diego or Garita de Otay. This will put you on Industrial Blvd.

Continue on Industrial Blvd and you will pass under a footbridge with "PANASONIC" written on it. Up and over the "new" overpass, you will pass a McDonalds on your right.

Just past the McDonalds, there will be a stoplight intersection (Garita de Otay) with a tire shop on your right side.......if you want the "regular lanes" turn right here....

For easy access to the Ready Lanes, Proceed past Garita de Otay (the tire shop) continuing on Industrial Blvd.

Turn right onto Blvd Lazaro Cardenas (may also be marked as the route to the Tijuana Airport) .

Turn right onto Blvd Alejandero von Humbold….proceed straight as this will set you up for the merge into the Ready Lanes on Garita de Otay

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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:30 pm

UPDATE 2/2012 going north from Ensenada on hwy1 there is now a toll both at the blvd 2000 exit so do not get off at cantamar/puerto Nuevo.

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=57950#pid692313
Popotla Corridor 2000 Off Ramp



Yes, fellow Nomads, the long awaited northbound Mex 1 toll road off ramp in Popotla to Corridor 2000 is now open.

Two toll booths available, and the toll is 25 Pesos.

Unfortunately, no sign of any work on a southbound on ramp.


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new crossing progress and new lane at otay mesa

Post by dean on Tue May 03, 2011 12:47 pm

http://www.otaymesa.org/news-events/port-of-entry-and-border-crossing-updates/updates-on-our-new-port-of-entry-otay-ii

Updates on our New Port of Entry: Otay II
December 14, 2010 By A.Mieryteran Leave a Comment

A new port of entry is being developed in Otay Mesa just a couple of miles east of the existing Otay Mesa Port of Entry. This project also includes a new highway connection -State Route 11-which will connect to State Route-905. The new port will be managed by a toll system and will include expedited services in both the commercial and passenger lanes. This innovative project supported by the entire region should be operational by 2015.


New 'ready lane' set to open at Otay Mesa
Only those with such documents are allowed in the lane, which is scheduled to be open 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say all adults 16 and over must have approved card. These include more recent U.S. passports, the SENTRI card, new legal permanent resident “green cards” and a new Border Crossing card.

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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:43 am



this is old... there is now an exit on the toll road.....


This was from August in I think BPE, crediting someone from namad.

here is another set of directions by someone that I followed and it worked great, I just took this and here are some pictures to help.

and it seems like you are on this very nice 4 lane empty road for a long time. you are and you can not miss the huge signs instructing you to turn for otah mesa. so just keep going ... these are the largest signs you will ever see in Mexico.

also after you are on the side streets getting close to otah mesa, on the road to the crossing, take the overpass to bypass the the traffic, either way will get you there so do not worry about thinking you went the wrong way.

IMHO this way is much better than the tacate road.

Crossing border
A small change to direction you must exit the toll road at
Puerto Nuevo 5 miles before the access to new 4 lane expway just north
of Calafia The SCT has closed 3 exits and on ramps before the 2nd
toll crossing due to new toll road alignment. The new 4 lane is shown
on AAA Baja map 2007 and later. once you cross the border you are 6
miles from Interstate 805.
Here are some directions from Baja Nomad from the Toll Road to the new H2:

"In case you would like to know how to get to Otay on the new road northbound out of Ensenada:
- Take toll road going North out of Ensenada
- Take Puerto Nuevo off ramp, head North on "free road"
- At KM 33.5 in Popotla, turn right on 4 lane road marked “Tijuana Tecate Hwy 2”
- It's about 30 miles to Otay Mesa, watch for slow merging traffic
- Stay right and take Tijuana turnoff
- When you get near Otay, it turns into Blvd. Industrial, stay on Industrial for about 4 miles.
- Two blocks past the McDonalds, at the "Garita Otay" sign, turn right and stay in right lane for border crossing.
- Once you are on the US side, the 905 will take you to the 805 and 5 in about 10 or 15 minutes."

You can see the intersection of H2 and the toll road (exit from Toll Road to H2 is not open) on Google Earth. The exit to the Free Road is much earlier and is visible on Google Earth. The turn-off to the free road is: N32 15 03.12 W116 56 40.72. The intersection of the free road with H2 is: N32 17 03.96 W117 01 56.79.

According to my gps, its about 5.6 miles from the "Free Road" to the intersection with H2.
If anyone takes the new route, give us some feedback, please?


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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:41 am

this is old there is now a exit from the toll at rd2000

ere is ones persons written decription. this was from BWO. in February 2010

Otay Mesa Border Crossing - We returned from Todos to CA Feb 1 via the Otay Mesa crossing rather than the main TJ route. The route is on the AAA Baja map but it is not marked on the road, so here are directions if you want to try it:
Take the toll or "cuota" from Ensenada north. About 5 mi south of Rosarito, watch for the Calafia resort and take the next exit to the "libre" road. If you come to the 2nd toll gate, you just missed it; you can take the next exit and go back south on the libre, but you have to pay the $3 toll. From Calafia, go north on the libre and watch for a stop light at a 4-lane to the right (east) marked "Corridor Tijuana-Rosarito." There is no sign of any kind on the cuota. AAA shows it going to El Florido, but this is not marked on the road either. The Corridor is a new, US-style freeway that runs east about 18 mi, where it meets Hwy 2 to Tecate. It then turns north about 7 mi to Hwy 20 -- the cuota to Mexicali. It was almost empty when we went thru. It has large signs to "Garita Otay" -- UNTIL you get to the Hwy 20 intersection. Here, take the side marked "San Diego." This turns back west about 3 mi and ends in an urban 4-lane avenue. Continue about 1 mi, pass a McDonald's on the right; at the next intersection, turn right -- it is marked "Garita Otay." It's about one mi to the crossing. We hit Otay at rush hour and it took 90 min. Don't know if it would have been even longer at main TJ. Advantages of this route: road in great condition; little traffic; interesting views of TJ underside; less confusing border approach. Enjoy! - Paul & Arayah,


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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:44 pm

this is old, there is now an exit at rd2000

here is ltterrys written description
Ensenada to Otay crossing via Blvd 2000

Proceed north on the toll road from Ensenada.

Exit toll road at the Cantimar or Puerto Nuevo exit.

Proceed north on the free road to Popotla. You will pass the Calafia resort on your left and come to a Mexican military checkpoint. After you clear the checkpoint, get into the right lane, There will be a “T” intersection (to your right) with stoplights (not functioning) and a stop sign. Turn right. This will be BC Mex 201 or Blvd 2000. May also be marked as Corridor 2000.

(If you pass the old Fox movie studios on your left, you went about 500 feet too far.)

Proceed approximately 26 miles on BC Mex 201……(Blvd 2000)..
Follow the signs for Garita Otay/Tijuana/San Diego/Tecate/Mexicali You will pass from a rural area to an urban area. Be aware of cross traffic and pedestrians. You will also pass a Commercial Mexicana on your right and a Home Depot on your left…….when you pass the Calimax on your right, move into the right lane.

At about the 26 mile mark, there will be a sign indicating a ramp to your right for Tijuana/San Diego. Take this ramp which will put you on Industrial Blvd………if you go straight, you will end up on the toll road to Tecate!!!!!!!

Follow Industrial Blvd west for approximately 5 miles.
You will pass under a “Panasonic” footbridge, and up and over the business district overpass.

There will be a McDonalds on your right
Just past the McDonalds you will come to a stoplight controlled intersection (Garita de Otay) with a tire shop to your right.

Turn right here for the “regular” Otay crossing which is approximately 1 mile ahead.


SENTRI Directions

As you proceed west on Industrial Blvd, you will pass under a “Panasonic” footbridge.
There will be a fire station on your left, and you will come to a stoplight controlled intersection with a PEMEX station on your left.

This intersection is Jose Lopez Portillo Oriente. There is a school on your right and another school at your 1:00 position.

Turn right at this intersection and proceed about 4 blocks to a major 4-way stoplight intersection. This intersection will be Bella Artes.

Turn left onto Bella Artes and proceed about 4 blocks. You will come to a stoplight intersection (Josefa Rendon Ibarra). .....OK the tricky part….there is a car wash at your 1:00 position….turn right onto Ibarra as if you were going into the car wash …….but don’t!!!!!....continue your right turn, center up on Ibarra and you will be on a direct course for the Otay SENTRI lanes……..

NOTE…….if you drive past the car wash and do not turn right as directed above, take the on ramp on your right just past the car wash. This will put you into the regular crossing lanes for Otay.


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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:38 am

also a quick note to get back to this site if you are traveling, all you have to do is type www.la-ventana.info and you get to the first page. that is la hyphen ventana.info then go to travel, by land.

and to print these instructions go to:

http://la-ventana.com/Ensenada%20to%20Otay%20Mesa.htm

it has a few more pictures not shown here.


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follow this road till you pass McDonalds, then take a right

Post by dean on Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:19 am

once you turn off you will basically end up in a little traffic and there are about 3-5 lights and a bunch of stop signs, once you go
past the McDonalds the next block you will see the sign to take a right at where the tire shop is. follow this road for about 1 mile do not turn, go straight

To make it easier there is one split that may confuse you as it did me the first time,
if you go to the left onto the bridge/overpass it will make your trip easier. if you want to go to the mcdonnalds for a bathroom stop, be in the right lane. I have a picture of that next. go to the left onto it.
and here are a few other signs you will see.

It takes about 10-15 minutes after you exit rd 2000 to get to the border
crssing. you do not turn till the road past the McDonalds...



a few signs you will see on the way just keep going strainght...




after the mcdonalds (one more block)

turn here at tire shop, to the right at the below sign. then in several blocks you hit the border without turning. stop and use the mcdonnalds bathrooms they are clean.
if in a RV it is recommended that you use far right lane because of mandatory secondary inspection.

5/16/2011 you can no longer exit to the left, all vehicles after the booth go right. not a big deal... they just have not removed the signs that say you can.


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Take a right here and head west

Post by dean on Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:18 am

this road is a 4 lane divided hwy, with a huge median.    Very little traffic on it except tt the walmart area is but you to not have a stop sign or traffic light on it at all.     Slow down by the walmart area because buses let people out right on this road and they run across.    Just stay on this road till you see the sign below it is huge, you can not miss it and go right at it.  .to san diego....    it goes to Otay Mesa.

here is an update 10/2013  after about 7 miles, just before the walmart area where there are many businesses they have added a new exit that you do not want to take, it caught me off guard so no picture(sorry).    but just stay to the left do not go on the split to the right.     if you have not gone past walmart when you see these new confusing signs stay to the left direction.    and you will be fine.   after the walmart area about 5 minutes you will then see the below signs to exit at.   






turn here to the right, do not go to tecate...


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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:03 am

I used the two peoples directions above and made it with no problems.

above is a general map of what you are doing. and if you want a print out go to this link http://la-ventana.com/contact%20info.htm click on ensenda to Otah Mesa there are some additional photos on that site.

update 2/2012 do not exit HWY 1 , at Puerto Nuevo/Cantamar exit. , this is roughly 40-50 km north of Ensenada on 1D toll road, at KM marker 50 or as you get to the first toll booth 29.5 miles ahead, you do not hit the second toll booth. *****now you want to exit at rd 2000 they now have a toll booth there.


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Re: North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:13 pm

I moved the written descriptions to the bottom of the thread.


Here is a general map of what you are doing. I suggest that if you have a cell phone, you call a friend as you hit Ensenada and have them check the website of the homeland security boarding crossing times. http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/ send that link to your friends and have them give you the crossing times of the three potential crossings. that way you can determine which you should cross at. Call them for an update, and call them back in 5 minutes when they have the information, after all your cell phone minutes may be expiring. also in Ensenada the McDonalds by the walmart has open wifi.



note do not exit till the blvd 2000 toll both, this is new... 2/2012 this will be shortly after the Puerto Nuevo/Cantamar exit.


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North to Otay Mesa border crossing on great road 2000

Post by dean on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:34 pm

Within this thread there are three different peoples directions to do this and mine with pictures. This road R2000 is a fantastic road and is 4 lanes divided and free. I really reccomend taking this vs tecate or the main TJ crossing.

Becasue of the details it makes it look complicated, but it is not. this is easier than any other route to cross the border.





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