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Thursday, April 1, 2010

TRAVEL - California Baja Rent-A-Car

The Only Way To Go Mexico


People often asked me, “Is there a place where I can rent a car in the U.S. and drive to Baja?” The answer is yes. Or, I always hear, “I really don’t want to take my car to Mexico.” Usually it’s from people who have never been to Mexico or any farther than a border town. Solution: Just rent one from California Baja Rent-A-Car in San Diego, drive the Baja and see what you're missing!

California Baja Rent-A-Car lets you rent a vehicle that you can drive all the way to Cabo San Lucas . . . actually all the way into the mainland to the Guatemala border! There is even an option where you can leave the car in Cabo and fly out. They are located 20 minutes from the San Diego airport in Spring Valley, CA. Before you begin, you must be at least 21 years of age to rent a vehicle.


Driving on Mexico’s Highway 1 or 5 is no different than driving a highway in the USA. Highway 1 is the bi-peninsula toll road that’s very smooth with spectacular views of the coastline along the Pacific. It’s a highly recommend trip down the Pacific coast even if it’s only as far as Ensenada . . . or passing along through to Mexico 3 to connect to Mexicali-San Felipe Highway 5. The stretch of Highway 1 runs along the Pacific coast; the sheer cliffs give you the feeling of being in an aircraft overlooking the beach. This highway eventually leads you all the way to Cabo San Lucas while crossing over to the east coast at Santa Rosalia. The trip can take several days . . . or as many as you want so not to miss one exciting thing along the coast. It really is spectacular.


Some prefer a more challenging road trip and can cross over to the east coast of Baja at the north end from Tijuana or through Ensenada, travel through San Felipe then begin your excursion south. Currently this route is paved several miles past Puertecitos and then turns into a dirt road. A 4X4 vehicle with high ground clearance (and a spare tire or two) is recommended for this route.


At California Baja Rent-A-Car, www.cabaja.com, most any size vehicle can be rented for your Baja excursion. There is a large variety of cars, 7- to 15-passenger vans, 4X4 Jeep Wranglers, Excursions, Suburban and midsize 4X4 Explorers and 4-Runners. If you want to haul some gear, they have pickup trucks, 4X4 crew cabs and utility trailers as well as tow packages.


The rates can range from $49 to $159 daily plus Mexican insurance that is based on the vehicle’s value, which starts at around $20 per day. According to owner Henk Tysma, passenger vans are very popular in Baja, especially with church groups. A total of 15 people (including the driver) can ride in one vehicle. Four-wheel drive SUVs, Suburbans and Excursions are also very popular.


California Baja Rent-A-Car offers many high-tech goodies such as satellite radios, satellite phones and you can rent THE SPOT, a personal locator device that transmits a signal to a satellite. With this device your family, friends or coworkers can track your travel by going online. You can use one on yourself and keep one in the car. It also has a distress button that will signal coast guard and government agencies in case of an emergency.


Henk has been in business for 20 years and his company has been used by politicians, news and movie crews, and dignitaries from around the world. He also had the first car dealership in Cabo San Lucas 25 years ago. From his location in Spring Valley, you can purchase toy haulers, quads, Rhinos, RV’s and most any motorized toy you would want, as well as cars and trucks.


So, if you want to see the gray whales converge on Baja, see the world’s best off-road racing, or just get away from the cold and enjoy the warm beaches, feel free to get started and rent your favorite cruiser for a road trip south of the border.

California Baja Rent-A-Car is located at 9245 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley, California 91977. Call.1-888-470-RENT, or email info@cabaja.com, and Heidi or Kelly will assist you with renting a vehicle that best suits your needs. If you’re flying into San Diego during the week, arrangements can be made for transportation to their location.