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 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.

The Details

David and Marisa's Wedding

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22

Main event: Saturday, April 21 at Sunset. Cocktail attire.

Hotel La Fonda
Baja California, Mexico

Hotel Reservations: (011-52) 646-155-0308
Spa Reservations: (011-52) 646-155-0394

Located halfway between Rosarito and Ensenada, Hotel La Fonda is one of Baja's best kept secrets. It has 35 cliffside rooms with tile floors and balconies, plus a spa and huge beachside bar, restaurant, and events area.

Weekend activities include: beach fun, meals and entertainment, and basking in the sun. If you stay longer, you can make a day trip to Ensenada for shopping, or hit up the local wineries,

Transportation: it's easy to safely drive to La Fonda along the modern toll roads. For those who do not wish to drive, we will reserve tour buses that pick up Friday in San Diego and return Sunday. They'll cost around $40 per person.

A note on safety: Hotel La Fonda is clean, safe and secure. Both of our families have been visiting the area for three generations. Marisa’s family maintains a family beach house five minutes away. However, exercise caution when combining Hotel La Fonda's ubiquitous stairs and cheap, strong margaritas.

Frequently asked questions:
Why do I have to do this now?
Because the sooner we book up all of La Fonda, the better. We think everyone will dig on having the hotel to ourselves.

Do I need my passport?
Yes, you need your passport to get back into the U.S. quickly and hassle-free. Make sure your passport is not expired, or get one. Kids also need passports.

Can I reserve a room for the whole week and make a little vacation out of it?
Hell yes. You'll have a blast.

Is it really safe?
Yes. Hotel La Fonda is a quiet beachside community of tourists and expats.

Why are you doing it there?
Because Baja means a lot to both of us. Our families have been visiting for generations, and trips there have become milestones of our twelve-year relationship. And it's a blast.

What about the water?
Hotel La Fonda filters both its ice and its water to accommodate all tender gringo stomachs.

What about the food?
It's amazing. Fish tacos, lobster, yellowtail -- usually caught right nearby. There is a full service restaurant at La Fonda.

How long does it take to drive there from the border?
About an hour, assuming you don’t stop for fish tacos.

Can we bring booze?
Yes, you can bring booze to enjoy in your room or on the beach, though it’s often cheaper in Mexico. Due to Mexican beverage laws, you cannot bring your own alcohol into the restaurant.

What do I do if I have more questions or special needs?
Email or call us. or Home phone is 415-525-3493.