Travel Information

Open Arms is located in La Mision, Baja California, Mexico. We are about 45 minutes south of the San Diego border, in a small colonia between Rosarito and Ensenada.

Directions to La Mision Campus:

Take the I-5 or I-805 South to the San Ysidro border. After crossing the border, get into the far right lane. Look for the sign that says “Rosarito, Ensenada Scenic Road.” Take this exit on the RIGHT, immediately after crossing the border. You need to make sure you get on this highway. Keep watching for the “Rosarito, Ensenada Scenic Road” signs and stay on this road until you reach La Mision.

You will encounter two tollbooths which require you to pay $2.50 each. After the second tollbooth, you will continue about 20 miles and then take the exit that says, “La Fonda, La Mision.”  Turn left at the bottom of the exit.

Follow the road under the freeway and around the mountain. As you come up the hill, be ready to merge off  to the RIGHT onto a dirt road. We are a two-story peach-colored house and brick-colored building, with a big black gate and two palm trees in front. If you come to a bridge you have gone too far.

Click here to see us on Google Earth. Please drive safely!

Directions to Camalú Campus:

Take the I-5 or I-805 South to the San Ysidro border. After crossing the border, get into the far right lane. Look for the sign that says “Rosarito, Ensenada Scenic Road.” It will be to the right and up a small hill. Take this exit on the RIGHT immediately after crossing the border. You need to make sure you get on this highway.

You will curve around to the right and begin traveling up a large hill going west along the border.  Once the downhill starts and the road turns south, take the first exit to the right, merging onto Hwy 1D toward Ensenada.  Travel west on 1D, using the left lanes, and at the V in road go left toward Rosarito/Ensenada.

Travel south on 1D to Ensenada (approx.73 miles). Just before Ensenada the Hwy 1D turns into Hwy 3 on your map.

In Ensenada, travel along Hwy 3 right along the beach until the road T’s.  (When it T’s it turns back into Hwy 1 on your map). Turn left and travel east to the T in the road. (Approximately 2 blocks).  Go right at the T (Hwy 1).  You’ll pass a Costco on left and large shopping center on the right.

Travel on Hwy 1 South to Camalu (approximately 2½ hours).

In Camalu, take a right at the first and only light signal in town (OXXO and Pemex are on the right) and head west toward the beach for approximately 1 mile.  When the neighborhood ends turn right, travel one block and you’ve arrived at Open Arms/Camalu Project on your left.

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Passport Information:

For travel by car from Mexico to the U.S., passports are required as of June 2009 for all persons 17 years and up. If you are 16 or younger, you will need to bring your birth certificate. And it is always wise to bring some form of ID!  For updated information, go to http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Mexican Car Insurance:

Prior to crossing the border, there are numerous places you can stop to purchase Mexican car insurance, which we recommend you do. We recommend:

  • Baja Bound Mexican Insurance Services: www.bajabound.com. Every time you insure your car using Baja Bound, Open Arms earns $15!


Other options include:

Van Rental:

If you are thinking of renting vans for your group, we recommend the following:

  • Dollar Rental out of San Diego: http://www.dollar.com. They rent out 12- or 15-passenger vans, as well as providing Mexican car insurance.
  • ASAP Rent-a-Van: http://www.asaprentavan.com. They will bring the vans anywhere in San Diego County, including the airport. You can purchase Mexican car insurance through them as well.