Drove down with two friends who live in San Juan Capo. I left LA about 8:30 a.m. and by the time we left SJC it was 10:30 or so. The drive down was very quick and smooth. We took the toll road down, each booth was $2.15 for the car. Before we left we purchased a one day Mexico insurance policy for $15 over the Internet which was very easy to do. Border crossing was done in 5 minutes with no stops going in. We probably got to La Fonda about 12:20 or so. While the tables along the cliff were taken we were only one row back.
The buffet was okay, but nothing to make a pilgrimage for. The best thing that I had was the chicken tamales, tender and flavorful. The carving station with the beef was not that great as the meat was a bit fatty for my taste. I did try most of what they had out, enchiladas, chiliquiles, eggs and chilies with pork, pork and chili stew, huevos rancheros and a variety of other things. The main problem is that it is just a little on the "it's Mexico so the whole thing looks a little tired" type of deal. They were also serving all the Bloody Mary's you could drink and we also had a couple of Margaritas on the rocks to wash down the Bloody Mary's, (good thing those weren't all you could drink cause they were excellent). Next time it will be the lobster off the menu for me.
We puttered around on the free road going back. Went down and watched the kite surfers for 30 minutes, (that really looks like fun), shopped the road side tiki carving place and the copper animals place. Went in to Rosarita to buy booze and some pharmaceuticals and then had maybe a 45 minute wait at the border crossing. If you have three or more people stay in the far right lane and then you get to split off in to the car pool lane, which was moving pretty well. We only got asked where we were from and to show our Driver's Licenses and we were back in San Diego.
It was a perfect day along the coast. Not too hot and just enough breeze.