Emergency contacts

If you have any problems next week, here's how to find us:

Krissa, Marisa's sister, will be in the States until Thursday morning and can answer questions: 858-945-4267

Marisa will have the following cell phone once she arrives in Mexico on Tuesday: 619-884-2701

David will have his normal cell phone the entire time: 415-240-2742

Barbara, our wedding coordinator at La Fonda, can be reached at 619-813-9981.

Bus ride info

Buses are set to pick up at San Diego Airport at NOON on THURSDAY and NOON on FRIDAY in front of Terminal One, at the very beginning of the terminal, outside the Southwest ticketing & check in counters. (Click on map to the right -- the big red circle is where you will be meeting everyone.)

The bus company is Five Star Tours -- they can be reached at (619) 232-5040 and Marisol Duarte has been our contact person.

The confirmation number for the Thursday bus ride is #16345. If you have any problems, call Jessica Fleuti at 415-699-5881.

The confirmation for the Friday bus ride is # 16347. If you have any problems, call Dan Lipscomb at (925) 899-9544.

Our registries

We have lived together for eight (that's right, 8!) years, so our house is mostly set up.

If you want to give us a gift, what we would really love is help with our our Kauai honeymoon. We have set up a page at Honeyfund.com, a website that lets our guests engage in creating an unforgettable experience.

Check out our honeymoon registry here: http://www.honeyfund.com/wedding/marisaydavid2012

We are also are registered at Macy's and Crate and Barrel. You can check out our registries by clicking the links below -- additionally, you can search for them using our full names, Marisa Lagos and David Downs.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING GIFTS TO THE WEDDING, as getting them through both Mexican and US customs could be a headache, and we don't have much room.
Crate and Barrel


You need a US passport to travel to and from Mexico. It takes about 4-6 weeks, according to the US government, to secure a new passport AND to renew your old one (unless you pay a fee to expedite it, which is expensive).

If you have children under the age of 16, BOTH parents must be present when you apply for the passport. More info here.

You can find all the information on how to apply for a new passport or renew your expired passport here.

Where to stay

La Fonda is booked up! But don't worry, there are plenty of other nearby options. Here are a few; if you'd rather rent a house in Campo Lopez, feel free to email us (marisa.lagos@gmail.com) and we can try to find something for you!

--Poco Cielo is right next door to La Fonda and takes reservations online. Or, you can call them at (760)670-3336 (it's a U.S. number).

--House of Rainbows is also within walking distance. Tell them Jose from La Fonda sent you -- call them at (619) 822-1577 (it's a U.S. number) or email info@casarainbows.com.

--If you are driving down and want a bit more space, a kitchen or a pool, Pyramid Resort is a great option. It's a little too far to walk, so it's probably best to have your own car if you choose to stay here (though there are some cabs in the area). From the U.S., call (800) 721-2252 or (951)736-6032; or email susan@pyramidresort.com.

The schedule of events

We encourage you to come for as long as you can, and enjoy everything Baja and La Fonda have to offer. There are great beaches and surfing right out front, a full service spa, restaurant and bar at La Fonda and several other restaurants within walking distance. If you have a car, Rosarito and Ensenada -- great places to shop, enjoy the local cuisine or just grab a beer -- are a short drive away; and if you're feeling more adventurous, there are vineyards and restaurants east of Ensenada.

Here's what we have planned; you'll have plenty of free time to relax and enjoy La Fonda's killer margaritas and delicious seafood!

Thursday, April 19

12-2 p.m.: Guests arrive and check-in at La Fonda.

6 p.m.: BBQ at Campo Lopez, K. 55 (Marisa's family home, not far from La Fonda). Shuttles/rides available.

Friday, April 20

12-2 p.m. Guests arrive and check-in at La Fonda.

6-8 p.m.: Welcome appetizer and cocktail reception at La Fonda Restaurant.

9 p.m.: Bonfire on the beach in front of La Fonda.

Saturday, April 21

6 p.m. Wedding ceremony, La Fonda Hotel. Fiesta to follow.

Sunday, April 22
12-1 p.m.: Buses leave La Fonda to return to San Diego Airport.

Getting there

We are booking buses to take our guests from San Diego Airport to La Fonda.

One bus will leave at noon Thursday, April 19 and another will head down Friday, April 20 at noon. Both buses will return Sunday, leaving La Fonda midday and likely arriving back at the airport around 3 p.m.

Because of border traffic, we don't know exactly what time the Sunday buses will arrive at San Diego Airport/ Therefore, we recommend that our guests book evening flights on Sunday.

A roundtrip seat will cost around $30. To reserve a seat (or seats), please email Marisa at marisa.lagos@gmail.com and say whether you want to come on Thursday or Friday.

If you're driving:

You must buy Mexican car insurance BEFORE you cross the border, as your regular insurance will not cover you in Mexico. It's pretty cheap -- about $10 a day. There are two drive-through shops right off Interstate 5, about a mile before the border.

To get there, take I-5 south and exit 1B for Via de San Ysidro. Take a right off the off-ramp. You will see the insurance shops in front of you (Instant Mexico Auto Insurance or Mex-Insur Inc).

Or, you can buy Mexican insurance online here.

To get to La Fonda: Get back on the I-5 south and cross the border. Once you are in Mexico, get into the right lane and follow the signs to the Ensenada/Rosarito Toll Road.

You will drive along the border fence for a bit, then after coming down a big hill, merge to the right to stay on the Rosarito Toll Road. Stay on the toll road until you get to K.59.5, the La Fonda/La Mision exit. Take a left off the off-ramp, and La Fonda will be straight ahead. The address is
KM 59.5 Carretera Tijuana – Ensenada, La Mision, Baja California, Mexico.

There will be two toll booths on the way, about $2 each; they take both US dollars and Mexican pesos.