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Are You Protected from the Unexpected in Mexico?
Baja Good Life Club International Medical Protection

The Global Health Plan for BGL Members is for catastrophic health protection. The Global Health protection is now at an affordable cost for BGL members to provide peace of mind in the unforeseen event of a major illness, cancer, and the associated conditions listed on the plan overview. We are providing peace of mind in the event of a Catastrophic illness or manifested medical condition. The premium is ONLY $2,589.76 annually (as of Dec. 2018). Equals to about $216.00 a month (Premiums are paid semi-annually).

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TRAVEL - Is Mexico a safe place to RV?

By Dan Goy 
We can never talk about RVing on Baja without at least 1 person raising a concern and posing the question. Not surprising given the significant negative media campaign about violence in Mexico over the past few years. The reality is bad things happen everywhere in the world including Canada & the United States and these facts should not make us afraid to travel or leave our homes.

Diving and Snorkeling The World’s Aquarium

By Jay D. Gittens
source: Baja Bound - updated: Nov 20, 2018 10:10 AM

Once dubbed the “The World’s Aquarium” by none other than marine explorer and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is located on the western side of Mexico, separated from the Pacific Ocean by the Baja California peninsula. Its surface area spans in excess of 60,000 square miles with depths surpassing 3,000 meters.

The Sea of Cortez crept into existence some five million years ago when tectonic forces of an unimaginable scale slowly but surely separated the Baja peninsula from mainland Mexico resulting in the creation of a unique assemblage of marine and terrestrial organisms, some of which are endemic to the region.

The Gulf of California is still to this day widely considered to be one of world’s most biologically rich bodies of water, harbouring close to one thousand species of fish and a prize of majestic marine animals such as whales, dolphins, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, sea turtles, oceanic giant manta rays, sea lions and even orcas.

La Paz Bay and its surrounding islands are home to a large number of the marine animals that can be found in the Sea of Cortez and it is this bounty of marine life that attracts ocean enthusiasts from across the globe to discover or revisit the great sites we have in this unique location.

Diving and snorkeling sites (accessed by boat) Los Islotes – *suitable for diving and snorkeling
These rocky islets lay within the Espiritu Santo Archipelago forming one of three main no-take zones in the Espiritu Santo National Park. Los Islotes is home to some 400 plus California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) which are one of the most popular wildlife tourism attractions of the island group due to their abundance and the playful nature of the juveniles. Because fishing is prohibited here, the fish are present in all of the diversity and abundance that Jacques Cousteau once described. This site is suitable for both scuba divers and snorkelers, with the sea lions and most of the marine life occupying areas of shallow water close to the rocks, caves and crevices.

El Bajo – *suitable for diving only
El Bajo is comprised of three open-ocean seamounts located around 30 minutes north-east of Los Islotes. Amazing rock formations covered in marine life decorate the seascape with a wide range of vivid colors and textures. The main attraction to El Bajo is the possibility of observing oceanic sharks; the most common species encountered being the scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) and the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Even in the absence of these great beasts, El Bajo is a fantastic dive site crammed full with life.

La Reina – *suitable for diving and snorkeling
La Reina is a rocky islet situated off the northern tip of Isla Cerralvo. It is home to a small bunch of California sea lions, mostly retired bulls banished from the main rookery of Los Islotes. The dive site has some amazing rock formations, the most stunning of which is a submarine canyon whose walls are dressed in sea fans that quiver in the soft currents among colorful colonies of sponges. The marine life here is in abundance. The main attraction of La Reina is the visitation of oceanic giant manta rays that grace the waters here from around mid-June to mid-October.

Swanne Reef – *suitable for diving and snorkeling
Located in the San Lorenzo Channel between La Paz and Espiritu Santo island, Swanne Reef, or Swanne Rock, lies under around 10 meters or 30 feet of water at its deepest point. The reef’s crown falls just short of the surface making it easily accessible to snorkelers. Due to the reef being located in the channel, it’s important to note that on occasion there can be moderate to strong currents resulting from tidal flows. Swanne Reef is vibrant with life and color and on occasion large schools of fish can be encountered here. If you are really lucky you may see sea lions and cormorants diving down to a feast amongst the schools.

El Salvatierra (shipwreck) - *suitable for diving only
The Salvatierra began its life during WWII in the Chesapeake Bay area serving as a ferry to carry shipyard workers across the bay. Sometime after the war ended, the ferry was bought at auction by the Ruffo family who brought the ship through the Panama Canal to La Paz to serve as a ferry to and from mainland Mexico.

In 1976 the Salvatierra ferry collided with Swanne Reef before drifting further across the channel and settling on her port side in 20 metres or 60 feet of water. A salvage operation was cut-short when Hurricane Liza passed over La Paz, resulting in a large number of deaths in the city and major destruction to its infrastructure. This violent storm also shifted the Salvatierra turning her upright but tearing the entire housing from the deck in the process rendering her unsalvageable.

Today the Salvatierra still remains and has attracted an abundance of marine life that is enjoyed by divers year-round. To me, it is one of the very best dive sites we have. As well as huge groupers and sea bass that can be seen tapering away into the sandy depths, this marine oasis attracts sea turtles, mobula rays and huge schools of fish and is carpeted with invertebrate life.

Fang Ming (shipwreck) - *suitable for diving only
The Fang Ming is a shipwreck originating from China. In 1995, she was seized by Mexican authorities for attempting to smuggle Chinese migrant workers into the United States and in 1999 she became Latin America’s first intentionally sunken ship for the purpose of creating an artificial reef.

Almost two decades down the line, the Fang Ming has developed into a haven for marine life harboring numerous species of fishes, mobula rays and sea turtles to name but a few. This shipwreck is sheltered from much of the effects of winds and swells by Isla Espiritu Santo making it suitable for divers of all levels.

Marine Life
While much of the marine life in and around La Paz Bay is present year-round, some species are seasonal and in some cases are known to cover long distance migrations. The following information serves as an approximate guide to what marine wildlife attractions may be available throughout the year.

Whale harks
Whale sharks are one of the long-distance migratory species that somewhat predictably visit La Paz each year. Each year around October, whale sharks begin to gather in the bay of La Paz. Historically November and December have the highest abundance but the species is present in sufficient numbers from around mid-October to the end of April. While it is not possible to scuba dive with the whale sharks within the designated viewing area along the Mogote sand spit, visitors are able to snorkel with the sharks since the sharks spend much of their day on or close to the surface.

Sea Lions
The California sea lions are permanent residents of La Paz and some of its islands. The two most popular locations to interact with sea lions are Los Islotes in the Espiritu Santo Archipelago and San Rafaelito, a small rocky islet in La Paz Bay itself. During the months of June, July and August for Los Islotes and June and July for San Rafaelito, it is not possible to snorkel or scuba dive with the sea lions as it is mating season for the species, however observation from a boat is permitted and can be very interesting to witness their courting behavior and observe mothers’ nursing their new-born pups. For the rest of the year, participants can enjoy in-water interactions with the species often leading to playful encounters with inquisitive juveniles that very often frolic in the shallow areas close to their shore.

Oceanic Giant Mantas
If you read my recent article about the giant mantas, you will know that they all but disappeared from La Paz for 15 years, returning in sufficient numbers just this year. The mantas historically occupied the area around La Reina between around mid-June and mid-November. This year the mantas arrived very close to past observations but they seemed to have left the area perhaps three weeks earlier than anticipated. Of course, the community waits in hope that the mantas return again next June.

Whales and Dolphins
There exists no dedicated whale or dolphin watching tour service in La Paz itself because their presence is very random. La Paz has a year-round resident population of bottlenose dolphins and also a migratory population that visits during summer months. These dolphins can often be observed from the shore or a boat and occasionally will interact with swimmers in the water. From around December to April, various whale species such as gray, blue, humpback and fin whales can often be seen in the bay or around the islands just offshore.

Sea Turtle
Of the seven species of sea turtle that roam today’s oceans, six of them are present in the Sea of Cortez. The two most commonly encountered species tend to be the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea). At times, sea turtles can be somewhat wary of boats and swimmers but will on occasion allow and even initiate close encounters with humans, particularly when diving the shipwrecks.

The bounty of marine life around La Paz is remarkable both in terms of species richness and diversity. Properly managed ecotourism plays a great part in the awareness and education of our marine wildlife and in the oceans in general. Visitors and locals are urged to use reputable operators when diving or snorkeling here particularly as we have several threatened and/or protected species and areas. It is crucial that private boats do some research before embarking on trips within the National Park or around threatened species.

For more information about diving and snorkeling in La Paz you can visit the Facebook page of La Paz Dive Club, email lapazdivers(at) or call +52 1 (612) 197 5824.

+52 1 (612) 197 5824 
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New Baja Temptations

By Misty Tosh
source: Baja Bound Updated: Oct 17, 2018 12:24 PM

Truly, the joy of driving the entirety of Baja multiple times a year is due in part to the profound change that continues to happen up and down the peninsula. It could be as something as astonishing as a tiny outpost along Highway 1 finally getting a much needed gas station and bustling mini market (Hello, Catavina, welcome to the 21st century!) or a beautiful old building being turned into an unexpected gastronomic epicenter (YES! Opening in Los Barriles in November). I just spent six glorious weeks peeking around all the corners and through all the doors down South, exploring it all and relishing in each new find. As they say…innovate or collapse. And, it seems to me, Baja is 100% on the innovation train.

Experience The Baja!

A road trip down Baja is a great excitement on its own. If you add some music and fun activities along with a chance to visit some exotic locales, it would be the perfect icing on the cake. Anyone would love to go on such an adventure. There are many amazing and unique places in the world. Some of them could be exhilarating, to say the least. The Baja Peninsula is one such locale. Do you want to go? Now is your chance to join the adventure of a lifetime The Baja Blues Tour. You will cherish this experience forever. Book Your Ticket or Join the Tour -

The Baja Peninsula separates the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of California. The peninsula is the land of vast deserts and mountains, untouched coastlines, volcanoes, both ancient and historic landmarks, and other exquisite scenic spots. The Baja Blues Against Hunger Tour can take you on this exciting trip right down the peninsula, where you can experience (one of the only places in the world) the Baja gray whales.

BGLC DISCOUNT - San Felipe Brewing Company

San Felipe Brewing Company - San Felipe BC
Discount: Happy Hour Price All Hours

Craft beer available in San Felipe at the San Felipe Brewing Company operated by two long-time residents of San Felipe, Joe and Scott. They currently have many beers to choose from including a few guest taps and of course their very own San Felipe Brewing Co. selections. The San Felipe Brewing Co. opened the doors in March 2018.

Tipping The Right Way

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. Tipping can become a little much; tipping each and every person that helps throughout the day. At the gas station, tip the gas attendant. Grocery shop, tip the bagger then outside tip the shopping cart pusher, and maybe the parking helper guy blowing the whistle. With the dollar to peso ratio changing, so does 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 the tips given to them.

BGLC DISCOUNT - The Road Runner Cafe

The Road Runner Cafe - San Felipe, B.C
BGLC Member Discount: 15% off on Tuesdays

Fantastic BREAKFAST and lunch. American Style with generous portions of home-style cooking at it's best. The Eggs Benedict are high on our list of favorites or try a great meatloaf for a hearty lunch with a cup of homemade soup.

Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mosquito Prevention Tips

The mosquito Baja's has here is "aedes aegypti" it is the one that can carry dengue if there is an outbreak. It has some traits that should not allow it to be here, it needs moisture, its range is very short, 400 meters is a long range and the typical is 50-100 meters of the site of the emergency. We can speculate generally they go back to this location in a desert with rain to lay the eggs. Lifespan as short as one week but an average of 2 weeks. So you know the breeding location is nearby.

In a desert where we have no rain for 9 months this rules out many locations that tropical areas have problems with. In general, refrigerator or air conditioner pans should be inspected. If someone has a water storage tank that is open this is a prime location, a neighbor who has a pool that is not maintained, any kind of birdbath, animal bowls, plant pots that are overflowed with water, construction sites where they fill barrels of water (these should be emptied about every 5 days) and the one that is the main culprit down here is septic and house vents.

BGLC DISCOUNT - Los Amigos Restaurant Bar

Los Amigos Restaurant Bar
DISCOUNT: 10% off your meal

A great place for Live music, Dancing, Karaoke, Drinks & Yummy Food. You can find the green building across the street from La Jolla del Mar on Blvd. Popotla. with street parking and secure lot parking. Los Amigos serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks.

Positive Effects of Beach Walking

by Naomi Black - Published by Baja Good Life Club 2008

There is nothing in the world quite like a walk on the beach to energize your spirit, organize your thoughts and give your body an enjoyable workout. Bare feet sinking into the soft, wet and sun-warmed sand can be a form of exercise that is invigorating and therapeutic.
The massaging effect of walking barefoot on a soft sandy beach has been proven to have major health benefits. Walking barefoot relaxes your soul while putting your mind at ease. But not only that, walking barefoot may prevent varicose veins due to the fact that the natural motion of the foot, unrestricted by shoes, allows for much better circulation of blood in the legs. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves to shape itself into the sand on each step. Prevention Magazine, in its July 2008 issue,

BGLC DISCOUNT - Hotel Los Pescadores

BGLC DISCOUNT - Hotel Los Pescadores
Los Barriles, BCS Mexico

Hotel Los Pescadores is situated in an ideal setting to truly enjoy the Baja experience. The hotel is located just north of Los Barriles, a charming pueblo that remains slowed paced. A place that people can still get away, without the hassle of a big city resort. Hotel Los Pescadores has 8 beautiful rooms, all of which have 2 queen beds, a/c, refrigerator, and coffee maker. The hotel also has a cantina, restaurant, and pool in the courtyard. The Hotel staff and fishing captains are all very attentive to clients, assisting with tours, fishing charters, or a relaxing day by the pool.

The Return of the Giants

“Manta Mania” – The Return of the Giants
Oceanic giant manta rays return to La Paz following a 15-year absence.

By Jay D. Gittens
source: Baja Bound Insurance

I remember the excitement of the moment very well. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I stumble across the post of an acquaintance who stated that several oceanic giant manta rays (Mobula birostris) had been encountered at a rocky islet called “La Reina” which lies just off the northern-tip of Isla Cerralvo, which, itself, lies off the coast of La Paz. Although there had been several infrequent sightings of these mantas over the years, there had not been a report of an actual aggregation, which, in biological terms, is defined as when two or more individuals of the same species come together for a common cause such as feeding or breeding. But 15 years later, here they are once again and the big question on our minds of course is “why?”

Plan A Dream Getaway to La Paz

Costa Baja Resort on the Sea of Cortez
By Richard Atkins

When planning your dream getaway, don’t shy away from Mexico because of safety concerns. At least not in Baja California Sur, which is located at the southern half of the Baja Peninsula. This area is free from the perceived danger travelers might have of Mexico. In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The most convenient way to get there is to fly into Cabo, then rent a car for the two-hour drive north to La Paz. You may think, “Why do I have to drive two hours to get to my destination?” The answer: The Costa Baja Resort is a five star luxury destination that won’t set your pocketbook back thousands like Cabo, and on your way, you can stop off at a quaint little town called Todos Santos and have a tasty lunch, a cold beer, pick up some colorful, painted pottery or a Mexican rug and visit the famed Hotel California where Don Henley apparently received inspiration to write his song. Everything is true except the Don Henley connection. The rumor was started years ago to bring tourism to this small, relatively unknown town between Cabo and La Paz. And, in grand public relations style, it worked! Todos Santos is a thriving tourist attraction where you can spend a couple of leisurely hours and really enjoy yourself!

Baja Telephone Dialing Instructions

Mexico City: (011) 52-55, + the 8-digit telephone number.
Guadalajara: (011) 52-33, + the 8-digit telephone number.
Tijuana: (011) 52-664, + the 7-digit telephone number.

USA to MX Cell Phone: 011+52+1+Area Code+(Tel #)
USA to MX Landline: 011+52+Area Code+(Tel #)
MX to USA or Canada: 001+Area Code+(Tel #)
MX Landline to MX Cell Phone: 045 or 044+Area Code+(Tel #)
MX Cell Phone to MX Landline: Area Code+(Tel #)

Snakes of Baja

Baja California rattlesnake
Crotalus enyo enyo)
by Karri Moser
Snakes, like most people, know Baja is a great place to be and they certainly have no reason to leave. With these serpents still roaming the land, they are bound to cross paths with us at certain times. Luckily in most cases, an actual snake bite almost never results in serious harm or death. In fact, in the United States, over 45,000 people are bitten each year. Only 8,000 of those bites are poisonous and only 9 to 15 of those causing death. Despite the low chance of ever being bit or dying from a bite, the thought does strike fear in the hearts of even the toughest traveler or Baja resident. It is lucky for us humans that the old adagethey are more afraid us than we are of themproves to be true.

BGLC DISCOUNT - The Pet Resort

The Pet Resort - San Felipe, B.C

Discount: 2 hrs free playtime a week

At The Pet Resort, we will do everything to make our guests feel at home. We believe that the key to your pets’ happiness and health is a stress-free environment with plenty of attention and activity. It starts with a loving, caring staff that will welcome and treat your pet as if they were their own. Then there’s the “Suite Life”

BGLC DISCOUNT - Consultorio Dental - Dr Jason Arias Corpus

Consultorio Dental - Dr Jason Arias Corpus
San Felipe, BCS Mexico
BGLC MEMBER DISCOUNT: 30% off Dental Cleaning

Dr. Jason Arias has been practicing dentistry for 12 years. Since 2002, he and his wife, Dr. Lexa Paola Rey G., who also specializes in orthodontics, have been working in San Felipe. Initially, they only came to San Felipe once a month to provide orthodontic and orthopedic treatments. But by 2006, their work was increasing and they had to start making more frequent trips. They decided to establish their own office in San Felipe and offer a full line of dental services.

Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos

by Ladislao Loera
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated throughout Mexico and the Southwest States and coincides with the Christian All Souls and All Saints Days. On November 1 and 2 people remember those who are deceased. November 1 is considered the Dia de los Angelitos—the day to remember children that have died, November 2 is the traditional Dia de los Muertos.

Pictures of the deceased are placed on Dia de los Muertos altars with their favorite food and drink. Candles to light their way home and soap and water to freshen-up after their long trip back are also often placed on altars. Trinkets they were fond of, symbols they would understand and gifts are left to communicate to them that they are always in the hearts of those they left behind and that they are still part of the family even though they aren't physically with us any longer.

Baja Mexico Winter Time Change

For Baja California on Nov 4, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Starts at 2:00:00 AM; turned your clocks backward an 1 hour...or before you go to bed turned your clocks backward 1 hour. There will be more light in the morning of Nov 4, 2018 than the day before. Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

For Baja California Sur on Oct. 28, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Starts at 2:00:00 AM; turned your clocks backward 1 hour...or before you go to bed turned your clocks backward 1 hour. There will be more light in the morning of Oct. 28, 2018 than the day before. Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

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, camel spider, 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.

Mexican Home & Condo Insurance for Baja Good Life Club Members

Mexican Home and Condo Insurance

Special Savings for Baja Good Life Club Members, get your discount on already competitive prices regardless of where in Mexico or Baja your home is located. Questions about home/condo insurance, please contact Jason Wagner (818) 788-5353. Be sure to have your club member ID ready.

The policies available through the Mexico experts at West Coast Insurance, all are US Style Policy Structure. Meaning, it is very similar to a US homeowner’s policy in terms of how it reads and covers your home in Mexico. Some of the highlights include easy understanding deductibles, replacement cost and broad open peril coverage for your home and personal belongings. Also, hard to find coverage like earthquake, wind, flood, & hurricane options.

Always Here to Help YOU!

THE BAJA GOOD LIFE CLUB is a discount club dedicated to enhancing the lives of Expats residents of Baja California through tours, discounts, insuranceWe are working provide you with better service and have now added LIVE CHAT / MESSAGING to all the BGLC websites; look to the bottom right corner. You are able to CHAT LIVE or leave a message and we will return your message within 1 business day. We continue to provide Baja information from history to fun facts all about Baja!

The Baja Good Life Club is forever finding you Baja discounts, helping to keep you covered with Mexican insurance, sponsor fun Baja give-a-ways throughout the year at parties and charity events in Rosarito Beach, San Felipe, throughout Baja.

Mexico Protects Beaches For Public Use

Cancún has the first; more to follow in other beach destinations. While all Mexican beaches are public most beachfront-built infrastructure caters to paying customers. But federal tourism authorities intend to turn the tables by creating public beach parks to further enhance the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

The first such facility opened to the public in December in Cancún, Quintana Roo. Since then, the 15.5-million-peso (US $750,000) Maya Langosta Public Park and its 135-meter-long beach extending over 7,000 square meters has received on average 2,000 visitors a week.

BGLC DISCOUNT - The Computer Guy

The Computer Guy - San Felipe, BC Mexico
686-688-0414 or 686-134-6183 (ask for Larry)
BGLC MEMBER DISCOUNT: 25% off the first hour of labor

Larry Williams is an Electrical Engineer and has been in the Computer and Telecommunications industry for over 30 years. He got his start in what was then called the hobby computer industry in the 70’s. For five years he designed home computers and accessories for those early computer hobbyists. In 1980 he joined the


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off


El Morro KM38 - Rosarito share the back patio with Sin Frontera
BGLC Member Discount: Carnitas Bowl ONLY $4

THE BAJA PIG Baja Good Life Member Special for April Carnitas Bowl priced ONLY $4. Carnitas, White rice, onion, broccoli red bell peppers mushrooms topped off

Baja BluesTour

2019 Baja Blues Tour

2019 Baja Blues Against Hunger Tour
January 29, 2019 to February 13, 2019

An experience of a lifetime from San Felipe Baja California, at the northern apex of the Gulf of California to Land's End at Cabo San Lucas, where the Gulf and the Pacific collide. Whether you're are a music lover, musician, or adventure traveler this is for you. Truly a magical musical experience.

SAVE YOUR SPOT - Click Above -
Option 1: Party Bus (we drive) OR Option 2: Roadie (you drive)
Questions please email -

Baja Wine Country

The wine producing regions of Baja, like wine itself, have gotten better with age. In the past few years there has been an explosion of creative juices flowing south of the border as new and exciting wineries and wines are popping up seemingly overnight. Some have called it the 'renaissance of Baja's wine country' and the excitement is growing.

The Guadalupe Valley just northeast of Ensenada is at the forefront of the Baja wine movement and has over 80 wineries - artisan, boutique, and commercial, both large and small who are producing some remarkable wines. Our guide features an in-depth look at 40 of the wineries. The people of the region are fascinating and they love to share their passion with visitors. So dive in and and discover the magical wine destinations the Guadalupe Valley has to offer!

Baja wine country map available from the Secretary of Tourism.

Benefits of Tequila and Lime

We must not forget the little ceremony either. A dash of salt, a slice of lime, banging the empty glass down on the table after you’ve slammed one – tequila truly is a unique drink, there’s nothing else quite like it. 

But for all you tequila fans, did you know that your favorite liquor is actually very good for you as well? The health benefits of tequila and lime are pretty far reaching, so the next time someone complains about your drinking, hit them up with these hard facts:

Spiders of Baja

Spiders of Baja
Karri Moser - July 2010 and UPDATED by BGLC July2016

With such a unique landscape, Baja is naturally home to many creepy and crawly critters. Spiders are undoubtedly a common sight indoors and out. Between the beaches, sand dunes, plains, mountains and desert landscape, you are bound to stumble across a number of varieties. 

It is important to be able to identify certain spiders and to do your best to not get bitten by them. Typically, spiders will not even bother to bite unless they feel cornered, threatened or are injured. It is also important to know that regardless of toxicity, each person reacts differently to being bitten. However, the majority of spider bites are not very painful. 

Santiago Zoo

Santiago Zoo 2328.747'N ~ 109 42.748'W

Elevation: 120 mWeather: 31°C, Wind N at 14 km/h, 52% Humidity
Local time: Wednesday 2:27 PM
Population: 752 (2010)
For those traveling Highway 1, it can be easy to pass by the small rural town of Santiago unless you are looking to find it. If you head south on Highway 1 from Los Barriles 15 miles (24km), then veer west (right) just about a half mile (2 km.), you will find yourself rolling right into the town square area of this quaint, if not frozen in time, village.

The Fishermen of San Felipe

The Fishermen of San Felipe
By Lee Lyons and Victor Rodriguez
The wonder of the Sea of Cortez goes far beyond its natural beauty. A haven for swimmers, boaters, and photographers, and a paradise for naturalists, much of the allure of this Baja coastal area resides in the remnants of its storied history.

Before there were tourists, before there were sun-worshipping vacationers and winter residents, there were the fishermen of San Felipe. They gave the town its first taste of prosperity and put San Felipe on the map. The Sea of Cortez offered up catches so abundant that the "fish taco" became a local staple and a Baja delicacy. Shrimp, shark, totoaba (sea bass), cabrilla (rock fish) and baqueta (grouper) abounded in the clear waters, providing a rich harvest for the fishermen.

Since the early days of World War II and until recently, fishing was a good living. The old fishermen of San Felipe tell the story of how they came with their families as young children or, later, as young men, seeking to establish themselves in a good profession. They made the difficult journey from Loreto and other locations throughout Mexico, first, by canoe or small boat and then, overland, to San Felipe. It took as long as three months to make the trip from Loreto, but it was worth it because fish were plentiful and the life of a fisherman was a good one.

14th Annual San Felipe Folk Music Festival

14th Annual San Felipe Folk Music Festival Saturday - March 24, 2018, from 1pm till 4pm Location: La Palapa in El Dorado Ranch Tickets - ONLY $5.00 GET YOUR TICKETS Performances will feature acoustic folk, cowboy, blues and original music by some of the Southwest’s finest acoustic performers. Entertainers including:

Mike Falk is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for regional folk from around the world, especially old-time music of the Appalachians, bluegrass from Kentucky, dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and the Celtic regions of Spain, oddly-metered music from the Balkans, and swing music from Texas. He plays mainly mandolin, clawhammer-style banjo, bouzouki, and tenor banjo. His day job involves building imaginary things in the air. (He’s a pure mathematician.)
Jesse Anderson is an accomplished guitarist and banjo player and a lively performer of old time tunes. He goes to work several times a week as a strolling cowboy singer on the Vintage Grand Canyon Railway, entertaining world travelers en-route to the Big Ditch. He raises blonde children and brown egg layers in the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Big Bill Vernieu is an an encyclopedic knowledge of bluegrass and western songs and is a master of the mandolin. Tickets - ONLY $5.00 GET YOUR TICKETS

Baja Spring Forward Time Change

Daylight Saving Time (also called SPRING FORWARD and Spring Time) Starts:

  •  Baja California - March 11, 2018
     - Set your clocks FORWARD on March 10th before you go to bed.
  •  Baja California Sur - Apr. 2, 2017
     - Set your clocks FORWARD on April 1st before you go to bed.

Ten Mexico municipalities which share a border with the United States; begin daylight saving time three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. The Congress of Mexico passed legislation in December 2009 which allowed these ten border cities to adopt a daylight saving time pattern consistent with the United States. The municipalities which are now permitted by law to observe daylight saving time consistent with the United States are:

How to Grow Veggies in the Desert?

Desert Gardening
by Lowe's Creative Ideas / Lowe’s Desert region gardening expert Scott Calhoun

Growing fresh, organic produce for your family in your backyard is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. It is also surprisingly easy — much simpler than you might think — in desert climates. In the little 4x8-ft plot my wife and I tend, we supply nearly all the produce for our small family from November to April. Below I discuss how to start your veggie garden, and a few strategies for dealing with desert conditions.

Choose a Sunny Spot
It might seem counterintuitive where we have such a surfeit of sunshine, but even here, veggie gardens need pretty much all-day sun. A spot where the winter (southern) sun shines for at least 6 hours is good. A little late-afternoon shade (an eastern exposure) also works well, as long as the site gets the winter sun. Avoid planting a veggie garden under a tree or next to a tall evergreen hedge.

Why Buy Mexican Auto Insurance?

Why Buy Mexican Insurance?
U.S. and Canadian auto insurance policies are not recognized in Mexico; only policies from a Mexican insurance company are. Each Mexican state sets potential civil and criminal liability amounts a driver would be responsible for in case of a fatality or fatalities to others. The liability amount may be as high as U.S. $300,000 per fatality or more depending upon the state you are traveling in. Read more about the law.
A Mexican Insurance policy greatly reduces the financial burden you might come by after an accident and may reduce jail time.

Under Mexican law, motorists are required to have insurance, or "proof of financial responsibility", in the event of an accident, even if you are not at fault. As a foreigner traveling in Mexico, the only way of demonstrating this financial responsibility is to have sufficient real currency to cover damages, or an insurance policy from a Mexican company. U.S. or

Keep Your Pet Safe

Beware: Insecticides and Plants can be Fatal to Pets. During spring and summer, it's all about your house and garden, and unfortunately, for those of you with small breed dogs and puppies, you should be aware there can be serious health problems resulting from the ingestion of insecticides and various plants.

Small dogs, puppies and kittens that are most vulnerable, with very tiny young immune systems that absolutely do not tolerate toxins, such as insecticides and some very popular, innocent looking plants.

Baja Gray Whales

Gray whales begin travels along the Southern California coast as of December they make one of the longest mammalian migrations known to man.

The journey from the Bering and Chukchi seas to the lagoons in Baja California and back averages between 10,000 to 14,000 miles.

"We have been seeing more and more gray whales every day," reported Scott Louie from Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach. "Add in literally thousands of dolphins and an occasional orca sighting and this is a terrific time to be on a whale watching trip."

The whales feed on small crustaceans on the bottom of the ocean by rolling on their sides and drawing up bottom sediments and lots of seawater.

The whale then closes its mouth expelling the water and sediment through its baleen plates and leaving a tasty meal inside. Adult males can reach 46 feet, and while adult females can reach 50 feet. They weigh between 30 to 40 tons. Find out more about BGLC Baja Whale Tours