Crossing the Border

A passport is required to travel between Mexico and the United States.

Please note that wait times crossing the border from Tijuana into San Diego can vary greatly, ranging from 30 minutes to multiple hours. During rush hour traffic and high tourist season, the wait time is often 3-4 hours. Calit2's Qualcomm Institute has developed a website, iPhone and Android app, called Best Time to Cross the Border, using historical data and current surveys of crossing times to estimate the best time to cross any border crossing into the U.S. at any given time. You can also check current freeway traffic times for Interstate 5 using the Calit2 Wireless Traffic Report by calling toll-free: 866-500-0977

Hotel Information

BDBN2 has arranged for a special room rate at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, Calif., 92037, within walking distance of Atkinson Hall, the workshop location. The UCSD Discounted Group Rate is $129.00/night plus tax, single/double occupancy, for the conference dates Feb. 9-12, 2014. Individuals pay their own charges at the group rate. To reserve a room, call Hotel Reservations at 888-627-8445 and reference the Mexican-American Research Collaboration Workshop (Feb. 10-11) at UCSD..

For guests who do no wish to call in their hotel reservation, they can make room reservations using a customized website set up by the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel. Click on this link -- Mexico - California Research Collaboration Workshop -- or copy/paste this address into a web browser: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1312198619&key=60080.

Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from December 18, 2013 to February 14, 2014. However, if guests do not plan to stay the entire 3 days blocked for this group, please make sure to notify the hotel in order to avoid the $75 early cancellation fee.

Advantages of using the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel:

  • Right across the street from UCSD
  • Resort-style hotel and property; very tropical and relaxing
  • All guestrooms equipped with FREE WiFi, refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee
  • Next door to La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center – Starbucks, Whole Foods,
       restaurants, 2 movie theaters, shopping
  • Outstanding on-site Humphreys Restaurant and great Shooters Bar & Grill
       with nightly entertainment & karaoke
  • Large heated pool & Jacuzzi
  • Complimentary Fitness Center
  • Complimentary Computer/Business Center

San Diego Airport Transfers

Shuttle bus: One local shuttle company, Cloud 9 Super Shuttle, is available outside the terminal in the Shuttles for Hire area. http://www.cloud9shuttle.com/. Toll free (U.S.) number for Cloud 9 Shuttle is 800-974-8885 (800-9-SHUTTLE) or email reservations@cloud9shuttle.com.

Ground Transportation

Taxi: Approximately $45 from San Diego International Airport to Sheraton La Jolla Hotel or to Atkinson Hall, UCSD. Taxis can be shared and cost may be lower than shuttle if 2 or 3 people are traveling together.

Shuttle: A Sun Diego Charter bus shuttle will leave the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel at 7:45am each day and drop guests at Atkinson Hall on the UCSD campus. The shuttle will also pick up guests from Atkinson Hall and take them to various dinner locations TBA. When dinner is over, the shuttle will take guests back to the Sheraton.

Workshop Venue

Calit2 Auditorium, Qualcomm Institute, 1st Floor, Atkinson Hall, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, Calif.

Map and Directions to Qualcomm Institute

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From the Mexico-U.S. border crossing in San Ysidro, drive north on Interstate 5 (I-5) approximately 28 miles (44 kilometers) and exit at La Jolla Village Drive.

  • Turn left to go west on La Jolla Village Drive, then turn right on Villa La Jolla Drive
  • Turn right onto Gilman Drive.
  • Follow Gilman Dr. as it curves around campus and turn left on Voigt Drive.
  • At next intersection (just after Canyon Vista Pool on your right), turn right where Voigt Drive continues.
  • Atkinson Hall will be on your left on the corner of Equality Lane and Voigt Drive.


For those driving to the workshop, to park, continue past Atkinson Hall on Voigt Drive until you see the entrance to the Hopkins Parking Structure on your right. Pay for parking at one of the Pay Stations on each floor; permits sold for 45 minutes to one day. Hours: 7am - 11pm. Pay with cash, Visa, MC, American Express. (Exact change is required.)

Campus Map to Atkinson Hall

Calit2's Atkinson Hall is the building in light blue near top of the map below. The Hopkins Parking Structure is at the end of Voigt Drive (entrance on right).