Where to spend a night while driving through Mexico?

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Mar 6th, 2012, 02:53 PM
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Where to spend a night while driving through Mexico?

Where's a good spot to stop and spend 1 night while driving through Mexico, between Mazatlan and Laredo, tx?
City and hotel recommendations welcomed!


Also do you think we'll have time to get through the border into the US in Lareado after day 2 of driving north, or do you think it's best to spend the night again near the border and start early in the morning?
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Mar 6th, 2012, 07:19 PM
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I have been traveling from the U.S. into and through Mexico and back again for over 35 yrs. So excuse me for being blunt.

Are you out of your mind, driving through Lardeo at the border? NO ONE I KNOW, and I know a lot of friends who live in TX and who used to drive through Lardeo at the border, (including myself, even 6-7 yrs ago), NO ONE who has any inkling of personal safety goes through the border at Laredo by car anymore.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 04:07 AM
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So what's the problem with Laredo?
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Mar 7th, 2012, 08:07 AM
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It is the drive through the northern border region to get there.

I travel all over MX except I do not drive in the northern border regions anymore. I drove through Eagle Pass 4 yrs ago and that was the last time, it is too unsafe now.

This is where the State Dept warning (latest 2/12, quoted below) should be heeded. (TCO = Transnational Criminal Organizations)

Gun battles between rival TCOs or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, especially in the border region. Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area. TCOs use stolen cars and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable. We recommend that you defer travel to the areas indicated in this Travel Warning and to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the northern border region.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents. Most victims who complied with carjackers at these checkpoints have reported that they were not physically harmed. Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. There are some indications that criminals have particularly targeted newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs. However, victims driving a variety of vehicles, from late model SUVs to old sedans have also been targeted. While violent incidents have occurred at all hours of the day and night on both modern toll ("cuotas") highways and on secondary roads, they have occurred most frequently at night and on isolated roads. To reduce risk, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to use toll roads whenever possible. The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat the TCOs. U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways may encounter government checkpoints, which are often staffed by military personnel or law enforcement personnel. TCOs have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, and killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them. You should cooperate at all checkpoints.

Effective July 15, 2010, the U.S. Mission in Mexico imposed restrictions on U.S. government employees' travel. U.S. government employees and their families are not permitted to drive for personal reasons from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America. Personal travel by vehicle is permitted between Hermosillo and Nogales but is restricted to daylight hours and the Highway 15 toll road (cuota).

through Mexico, and to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours.

Tamaulipas: Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico are the major cities/travel destinations in Tamaulipas -see map (PDF, 286 kb) to identify their exact locations: You should defer non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas. All USG employees are: prohibited from personal travel on Tamaulipas highways outside of Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo due to the risks posed by armed robbery and carjacking; may not frequent casinos and adult entertainment establishments within these cities; and in Matamoros are subject to a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew. Be aware of the risks posed by armed robbery and carjacking on state highways throughout Tamaulipas. In January 2011, a U.S. citizen was murdered in what appears to have been a failed carjacking attempt. While no highway routes through Tamaulipas are considered safe, many of the crimes reported to the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros have taken place along the Matamoros-Tampico highway, particularly around San Fernando and the area north of Tampico.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 08:09 AM
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All of that said, if imamember is still intent on this drive, he/she should go to Thorntree (the Lonely Planet online forum) and ask the question there.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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Member since March 2012; think maybe this was bait?
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Mar 7th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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Not to mention, one and only post.

It's not like this information is exactly secret.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 11:45 AM
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I'm thinking of starting a new thread: "Thinking of going to Kabul to buy some rugs; any 4 to 5 star hotel recommendations?"
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