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Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Best of Baja Voting is CLOSED

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES!
There was a total of 51,354 votes cast. Once we've completed calculating the votes, we will announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who voted for the 2015 Best of Baja. We will announce the 2015 Best of Baja Winners on January 18, 2016 on the www.bestofbajaawards.com.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Are You Protected from an Unexpected Medical Emergency Mexico?


Protected: Best Doctors Insurance – Baja Good Life Group International Medical Protection
Are You Protected from the Unexpected in Mexico?
Baja Good Life Club International Group Medical Protection

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Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 Baja Whale Tour

BAJA WHALE TOUR
Experience the magic of the Baja whales of Ojo de Liebre in 
Guerrero Negro, tour the Saltworks operation,shop & sightseeing all of Ensenada. This is a Car-a-van tour, let us know if you will be Driving or Riding (share gas expenses); we will help pair riders with drivers. 


COST: double capacity (2 people per room)
Members: $175/person
Non-Members: $215/person

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 San Felipe Shoebox Project

San Felipe Shoebox Project: Please bring or find shoeboxes for the Shoebox Drive Project to help the less fortunate children in San Felipe. Our mission is to ensure that every needy child in San Felipe has a gift this Christmas. With your help, we can accomplish this. More info contact debrahmoore@yahoo.ca.

THANK YOU DEBRAH MOORE for all you work on this project.

All you need is a shoebox or similar container to fill with small gifts for a child. The ages for the boxes are as follow:

  • Infant to 1 year
  • 2 to 4 years
  • 5 to 9 years
  • 10 to 14 and older teen

Please specify if the gift is for a boy or a girl and that is all there is to it! Please wrap the top and bottom of the boxes separately and do not seal the containers so they can be checked and contents added if need be.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Is Tipping the Right Thing to do, no Matter the Circumstance?

Living in Baja California has taught me that purchasing things from street tacos to hotel rooms cost about the same if not more than in California.  For instance renting a room at Hotel Fatima in the Valle de Guadalupe area costs $60usd, staying at Motel 6 in San Diego costs $56usd (cheaper if you search out coupon codes).  Tacos at Tacos El Trailero in El Sausal (Ensenada area) are about $20mxn (about $1.50usd), Tacos El Gavilan in Los Angeles are $1.39.  While the costs of purchasing things are close to similar, the worker wages varies vastly. Minimum wage workers in California earn $9usd PER HOUR, $72usd PER DAY (as of July 2014), in Baja California average minimum wage is $63.77mxn, about $4.91usd PER DAY.  That’s a $67.09usd difference in and 8-hour day.

For us locals, it can become a little tiring; tipping each and every person that helps us throughout the day. I put gas, I tip the gas pumper. I shop at Soriana, I tip the bagger then outside I tip the shopping cart pusher. I hop in my car, and then I tip the guy blowing the whistle.   When the dollar to peso ratio went up, so did the price of nearly every product on the market. Yet the salary wages remained the same.  So these service providers do count a lot on what we tip them.  I thought about the grocery bagger, if 50 shoppers gave 5 pesos, the total would be 250mxn, that’s less than 15usd.  I’ve

Saturday, December 5, 2015

169 years ago U.S. went to war with MX

By Richard Poynton
Mexico News Daily | Saturday, May 16, 2015

It cost Mexico about one-third of its national territory
For years the subject of the United States-Mexico War of 1846-47 was taboo in the Mexican school curriculum. Why? The war was a humiliation for Mexico and nobody wanted to talk about it.

When the peace treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1847, only a year after U.S. forces had invaded, Mexico lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming.

Today, it is interesting to note, the same 10 states represent 136 electoral votes, more than half the votes necessary to win a U.S. presidential election. The treaty of 1847 established the Rio Grande and not the Nueces River, which was farther north, as the U.S.-Mexico border.

Under the treaty Mexico agreed to recognize the U.S. annexation of Texas, which had been a sore spot for Mexico for a decade. In addition, Mexico agreed to sell California and the rest of its territory north of the Rio Grande for the bargain basement price of US $15 million, plus a payment for certain war damage claims.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pemex moves north, opens in Houston

It is the first of five gas stations it has planned for the city
Mexico News Daily Source: El Financiero (sp) | Thursday, December 3, 2015

The retail gasoline market will be open to all comers in 2018 when domestic and foreign competitors are expected to open gas stations in competition with the state oil company Pemex.

But in the meantime Pemex itself has made a competitive move of its own: today it entered the U.S. market by opening a gas station in Houston, the first of five it has planned for the Texas city.

More could well follow as the company embarks upon a strategic North American expansion plan to create more value.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Choral Pepper: A Baja California Explorer and Author

Source: www.bajabound.com 
By David Kier

One of Baja California’s biggest promoters from the 1960s until her passing in 2002 was author Choral Pepper. Choral Pepper’s books and magazine articles kept her readers motivated and inspired to go outdoors to make their own discoveries. Those that could not travel were kept fully entertained by her writings.
My awareness of Choral Pepper came about from reading about her and seeing her in many photos in mystery novelist Erle Stanley Gardner’s 1967 adventure book, Off the Beaten Track in Baja. Choral and husband Jack Pepper wrote for and published Desert Magazine during the 1960s. One day, Mr. Gardner dropped in on the Desert Magazine office in Palm Desert, California, and invited the Pepper’s to join him and his crew on an upcoming Baja expedition. Erle Stanley Gardner explored the desert southwest and Baja California when he was on break from writing and reviewing scripts for the Perry Mason television show.

Concertgoers Can Get Amazing Hotel Deals

Plus Help The Rosarito Boys & Girls Club

One deluxe lodging package costs less than concert tickets alone

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Those who attend the December 12th Mariachi Vargas performance at the Baja California Center will see one of the great concerts in the region’s history, and can also get amazing hotel deals and help the city’s Boys & Girls Club.

Dec. 12 at 8pm is when world famous Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will perform for the first time with a binational full symphony orchestra in a gala concert at the state-of-the-art Baja California Center, just off the scenic road in northern Rosarito.

PEMEX - The Facts About Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD)



by Aura Catalina, Baja Good Life Club Staff Writer
source: BGL Club - Nov 11, 2011

UPDATED - Dec. 3, 2015: See Below
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is the type of diesel fuel which has very low sulfur content. ULSD is more environmentally friendly as compared with Low Sulfur Diesel fuel (LSD). Starting with 2006, ULSD has been widely available across North America and Europe. This occurred because the countries from North American and Europe adopted new emission standards which involved extensive use of ULSD. Some countries from the rest of the world took similar measures while others lagged behind.

In 2004, a team of experts set up a plan which would substantially improve the quality of air in Mexico. The main recommendation of this plan was to have Mexico comply with the new emission standards already in use in many countries. Even though the Mexican environmental agency (SEMARNAT) stipulated that PEMEX should make ULSD widely available by 2009, it did not implement any new emission standards. As a result, PEMEX failed to meet the deadline, and ULSD can be purchased only in the northern border area, Mexico City, and Guadalajara.  

Starting with 2007, all Diesel vehicles manufactured in US have been designed for ULSD. There has been a lot of debate over the impact of LSD on newer diesels that run on ULSD. Many experts and owners agree that LSD does not affect the performance of the vehicle. The real issue lies in the fact that a person might lose their warranty for some components in case they use LSD on a ULSD vehicle.

The efforts of the Mexican government to make ULSD available have met with limited success so far. Owners of vehicles which run on ULSD can purchase the fuel in Northern Baja. Unfortunately, PEMEX gas stations located in Southern Baja sell only LSD fuel brought from the mainland. To find the stations with ULSD, look for the words "bajo azufre", which translated means “low-sulfur“, below the word "Diesel" on the gas station signage. 

UPDATE: 12/03/2015
ULSD (UBA) ultra low sulfur diesel is now available all over the northern states including Baja California Norte and Sonora. Nearly all stations in this region only carry low sulfur diesel and DO NOT carry regular diesel any longer.

RELATED STORY: About Pemex

Monday, November 23, 2015

Museo de Historia de Ensenada

Last week I spontaneously decided to pull over at the history museum and finally go visit.  After 5 years and countless times passing in front of it, I finally committed myself to walking in and do a tour.  As I stepped onto the premises of the Ex-hotel Rivera (or vise versa), I couldn't help but grin and compare it to the name of "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince". His name used to just be "prince" and this used to be just a hotel. Why not just give it a new name? Maybe Rivera Cultural Center and maybe "Prince" can just go back to being "Prince" or the name his mother gave him. ...Luckily the entrance wasn't to distant and I quickly returned my focus to the history museum. I paid about 20 pesos, picked up the self-guided tour book and entered.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Loreto's Brewery El Zopilote First Anniversary Party

November 20th 6 PM

TICKET 100 pesos (beer+miniburgers)
PINTS OF OUR BREWS $50 pesos

WE WILL PRESENT OUR TUMBLEWEED - Zopilote Brewing´s newest beer. Brewed with pale Pilsner malt, wheat and oats, noble German hops and a hint of sweet Baja orange.

Enjoy the smooth and creamy flavour of our lightest and most refreshing beer! ABV: 4.90 IBU: 21
LIVE MUSIC WITH AGUAS NEGRAS


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wind Scorpion of Baja


With a reputation nobody can envy, the wind scorpion is an insect spread across most arid places in the world, including Baja California. It is known under several other names: sunscorpion, windspider, sun spider, camelspider, and even deer killer or camel killer.

The rumors related to the viciousness of the windscorpion go back to the 2003 Iraq war. These rumors painted the picture of a huge insect that ran faster than humans. It was extremely poisonous, with venom that could knock out a camel. It became infamous for its voracious appetite, able to eat chunks of big animals or even people.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mexico Homeowners Insurance


The Mystery of Mexico Homeowners Insurance Unraveled with your BGL Club Policy

Traditionally purchasing Mexico Homeowners Insurance has been extremely complicated. The ins and outs of the Mexico legal and insurance systems are different from what we are used to in the US/Canadia.

You might be surprised to find familiar, US/Canadian style coverage in Mexico, with the ACE Seguros Mexico Homeowners policy available with your Baja Good Life Membership through Jason Wagner and his team at West Coast Insurance.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Casa D'Luna Christmas Dinner Fundraiser and Annual Music Fest


November 22th (Sunday) Casa D'Luna in San Felipe invites you to join them for their second annual San Felipe Music Fest to collect funds for the Christmas Dinners for the Needy. Last year the event was a great success and they made 128 dinners for families in San Felipe. The event will be at Casa D'Luna in San Felipe, in the Playas area just south of downtown. The event begins is from noon till 9.00 PM. The event includes great music from the area best musicians and bands, a silent auction of paintings by Luis Cogley, as well as an all you can eat buffet. Tickets are $20.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Barbara Keller -- R.I.P.

Barbara Stern Keller passed away on October 15th, 2015 at the age of 72. She was a resident of La Mision, Baja California via Washington D.C., LA, New York, Canada and Tillamook, Oregon. She passed from this earth and into Heaven in the early morning at a San Diego area hospital. She had been seen at the ER on Saturday for rapid degeneration of movement as well as neck pain. She had emergency surgery on her neck to relieve compression of the vertebra cutting off circulation of her spinal fluid. She came through surgery well and was scheduled for release on Thursday. She instead found herself unexpectedly walking into the arms of her personal savior. She died peacefully in her sleep.

San Felipe's Award Winning Landscaper Versoleil Has New Team Member

Versoleil Landscaping Corporation of San Felipe is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with San Felipe Management Services and can now offer additional services to maintain your vacation home in top condition and always ready for your visits.

Stay In A Beachfront Penthouse - For A Taste Of The Sweet Life

Rosarito Beach Hotel Suites Also Offered For Sale

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---The penthouse lifestyle isn’t reserved just for millionaires and movie stars anymore. At the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, people can reserve a penthouse suite – with perks --- for the price of many quality hotel rooms in the U.S.

And if one night of the sweet life is not enough, people have the option of purchasing one of the 27 panoramic penthouse and junior penthouse suites. All are on the two top floors of the resort’s 17-story 271-unit Pacifico Tower, which opened in 2008.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2015 FMM Tourist Card Changes

Source: BajaBound.com

On September 25, 2015 Baja Bound (BGLC's auto insurance partner) attended a forum hosted by the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Rudolfo Figueroa, a federal delegate for the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM or National Institute of Immigration) for the Baja region was the guest speaker. Rudolfo presented new operational changes that have been enacted for frequent visitors to maintain valid FMM immigration status.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Best Costume Wins Big Treats At This Hotel Halloween Party

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort will feature a Halloween party in its Rosa & Rita Bar the night of Oct. 31, and the person with the best costume will win a deluxe stay.

The prize includes a luxurious one-night stay in a one-bedroom condo in the resort’s 17-story Pacifico Tower, brunch for two plus two 30-minute Swedish massages.

As well as the costume contest, the Halloween party includes happy hour prices from 8 to 10, plus karaoke at the hotel, which is celebrating its 90th year.

RENTAL - SAN FELIPE: Nice long term home in Playa de Oro

SAN FELIPE, Playa de Oro - $650 per month.

If you are looking for a long term rental, look no further. A beautiful home in Playa de Oro. Playa de Oro is a multiple award winning development approx. 6 miles north of San Felipe.  It's a gated community on the Sea of Cortez with restaurant, deli, beach access, pools, laundromat, and much more. It is also home to the Baja Good Life Club.

The house is two bedroom, two bath unfurnished, with two car garage and is fully fenced. The house has four stage water purification system throughout. Air and heat in splitters. Rental is $650.00 a month and renters pay their own utilities. Year or more rental. $300.00 Cleaning deposit.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

2015 Daylight Savings Time ENDS

Daylight Savings Time ENDS
Baja California Sur Oct 25, 2015When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, October 25, 2015, 1:00:00 AM; clocks should be turned backward 1 hour. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Oct 25, 2015 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Also called Fall Back and winter time.

Baja California  - Nov 1, 2015When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:00:00 AM clocks should turned backward 1 hour. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 1, 2015 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Also called Fall Back and winter time.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello from the Children of La Paz

 
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 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
 
OCTOBER-DECEMBER, 2015   Number 17 
WHAT'S NEW WITH FANLAP OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2015
PROGRAMS: 
The dining room 
• Our breakfast and lunch programs continue as usual, and will operate until Christmas vacation.  The last lunch of 2015 will be served on December 18.
• An average of 180 children are being served a hot lunch five days a week, and an average of 70 are served breakfast on Tuesdays and Thursdays to augment the program of the breakfast program in Colonia Marquez de Leon which serves breakfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  

RVing on Baja - Part One



What and where is Baja? Baja has always been Mexico’s frontier, not unlike the north in Canada. Even the Conquistador, Hernan Cortez who first arrived on the Yucatan Peninsula and eventually conquered the Aztecs never stepped on the Baja Peninsula until 1536. The 2 Baja States were the last to become proclaimed in the United Mexican States, Baja California in the north (1953), Baja California Sur in the south (1974). The Baja Peninsula has twice as much coastline as their northern US sister known as Alta California (State of California) with the Pacific Ocean on the west and Sea of Cortez on the east. The Mexican Federal Highway No. 1 (Hwy 1) was completed in 1973 and runs 1711 km (1061 miles) from the US Mexican Border to Cabo San Lucas. RVers have made this magnificent peninsula a snowbird destination since the highway opened, staying on beaches, RV parks, campgrounds and on the desert.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Todos Santos Needs Trees!

Todos Santos needs trees! During the construction and remodel of the streets in Todos Santos, the old beautiful trees lining the streets have been pulled up and removed. Not sure who authorized or planned this removal, but the communitywant thier trees back. Now is the time to help and make tree donations to bring the beautiful shade trees back to Todos Santos streets again.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Konsag Island - Sight to See

Konsag Island - 31° 7’ 0 N / 114° 28’ 60” W
Only a 45 minute boat ride from San Felipe sits Konsag  Island. This majestic rock formation juts straight out of  the sea and is home to a variety of marine wildlife. There  are a multitude of different species of birds as well as  seals and sea lions. Although the island is not accessible  by foot, a ride around in a boat should not be missed to view the spectacular sea life that makes this island home. This is also a good spot for fishing, but make sure to watch out the sea lions don’t steal your catch.

CNN highlights Mayan Ruins

CNN highlights Mayan Ruins as part of Mexico's Mundo Maya tourism Campaign. Feb. 2012

MEXICO CITY - The following is being released by Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico:

Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico were recently featured in a CNN story about tourism in Mexico and the significance of the year 2012 in the Mayan calendar.

CNN's World's Treasures asked Jeff Morgan, Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund to compile a list of key Mayan sites in Mexico. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Chichen Itza in the state of Yucatan and Palenque in Chiapas made the list. The seaside site of Tulum, in Quintana Roo, was described by Morgan as a "picturesque" and "photo-friendly" spot.

Mundo Maya is a tourism initiative linking the Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Tabasco. This region is home to 6 of Mexico's 27 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most found in any other country in the world. Mexico estimates that 52 million tourists will visit southeastern Mexico in 2012, spending approximately $23 million.

Humans still threaten California condors


SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20 2012 (UPI) -- Deaths of endangered California condors in the wild are still largely caused by human activity, with lead poisoning being the primary factor, a report says.

The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research study of the deaths of wild California condors at all release sites in California, Arizona and Baja, California, Mexico, found 70 percent (53 out of 76) of condor mortalities could be attributed to human influences.

Lead toxicosis from the ingestion of spent ammunition was the most important factor in mortality in juvenile condors, birds between the age of 6 months and 5 years, and was the only significant cause of death in adults, a release from the Zoological Society of San Diego said Friday.

The exposures to lead coincide with deer hunting season and the condor's foraging activity in popular hunting areas, the report said.

"Although lead toxicosis from spent ammunition still threatens the survival of the California condor, one of our most iconic species, the good news is that solutions are available in the form of non-toxic ammunition," said Bruce Rideout, the institute's director of wildlife disease laboratories.

"We can make this a win-win situation if we choose to."

Source: http://www.upi.com

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hitting the Baja Waves!


Hitting the waves in Baja!
By Laylan Connelly / Source: OCRegister

The waves of Baja: I wanted to go longboarding at Las Gaviotas. But my desire to surf ran up against concerns about safety. In the end, no problemo

The T-shirt hanging on the wall at K-38 Surf Shop is about as blatant as it gets: "Cartel doesn't kill surfers."

It was a message that surf-shop owner Jacindo Garcia wants to get out to the surfers who once made their way down south past the border but who are now hesitant because of reports of violence by rival gangs that put a dead stop to tourism in the region for the past few years.

I recently took a surf trip down to Las Gaviotas, Mexico, where a beachfront-rental community that once bustled with business continues to struggle under the bad rap Mexico has gotten with violence near the border.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mexico Takes The Sting Out


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Aug. 2011
Scorpions are alternately cherished and feared in parts of northern Mexico, where stings are common and the dead critters adorn keychains and ornamental ashtrays.

Now Mexican scientists are bringing to the United States the result of years of experience battling the sometimes-deadly effects of their stings with a newly approved anti-venom.
The product, sold in the United States under the name Anascorp, was developed by scientists at Mexico's National Autonomous University and the private Instituto Bioclon.
It was tested at U.S. emergency rooms on more than 500 victims of painful scorpion stings before gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Consultorio Dental - Dr Jason Arias Corpus


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San Felipe, BCS Mexico
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Dr Jason Arias Corpus offers complete dental and orthodontic services. General dentistry, metal and aesthetic braces and easy payment options.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

THINGS TO DO - The Baja Ferry

Jan. 2012 - Ferry service between the Baja Peninsula and the mainland was minimal and even discontinued up until 1999 when Baja Ferry, a private company, took the initiative and set up a route between Santa Rosalia and Guaymas. The route between these towns is considerably less significant and reliable than the other ferry system which connects La Paz to the mainland.

The ferry that departs from Santa Rosalia provides transportation for both people and vehicles. The trip is comfortable, and it lasts between 7 and 9 hours, depending on the weather conditions. People who intend to take their vehicle on the main land will have to own a vehicle permit and auto insurance. The best moment to obtain these documents is when you cross the border to Mexico.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Why Russians are flocking to Mexican hotspots


Source: http://www.thestar.com

Canadian expat Kelly McLaughlin used to hear mainly English spoken by the sunseekers buying sunscreen, flip-flops and beer at the “tourist Wal-Mart” near her Cancun home.

Nowadays, the Toronto native hears other languages: Spanish, spoken with an Argentine accent, along with plenty of Portuguese, German and, increasingly, Russian.

The Russians are coming to Mexico in ever bigger numbers — and just in time to bolster a tourism industry dealing with an economic downturn and frightened Americans, who have been inundated with crime stories from south of the border.