Wednesday August 24 2016

 Baja California Sur has a great number of outstanding beaches with a variety of reasons to make a list of the best beaches in Mexico or even the world. A recent poll in USA Today had local...
Carport down from Hurricane Odile
Ensure safety and prevent damage by being preparedHurricanes are a serious subject matter to consider, especially if you own a home or condo near the beach in Mexico. These huge violent swirling...
Mexican Family of 4
Recently I saw a breakdown of the cost for Mexicans to live with the basic needs in Mexico and I wondered how do they do it? How do the majority of people in Mexico live with the cost of living so...
Aduana Mexico inspection point
Mexico revised many of its importation rules in 2014 and some of them can be a shocker when you cross the border. Most personal import items are subject to 16% IVA, but tobaccos and alcohols can...
A thing about thongs
Thongs are a major item in Baja beachwear. Don't be caught without yours or in the wrong kind of thongs as this article points out.Thong, what a great word, what a great sound? Thong coming from...
Happy retired couple living in Mexico
With millions of baby boomers reaching retirement age every day, the market for a lovely place to live with the security and services required is growing exponentially.   Many baby boomers...
Calling from Mexico over VOIP
Calling Internationally Over the Internet Using Voice over Internet, or Voip, can save you money when calling internationally from your computer or internet cafe. Even when your back home in the...
Instructions on calling to and from Mexico
Have you had the need to change an airplane ticket, call relatives, or report a lost credit card from the U.S. while traveling in Mexico? Dialing to and from Mexico can be a little confusing to folks...
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are more common in the US southwest
Do you need to ask what day is Cinco de Mayo? Read on, learn a little Espanol and blush...5th of May or "Cinco de Mayo" as it is said in Spanish is a national holiday in Mexico and is celebrated...
PROFECO Consumer protection in Mexico
What to do if you encounter problems as a consumidor (consumer) in Mexico? Whether you are Mexican or Not, you may take your case to Profeco, (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor). A government...
Section of the original 'tila" image of he Virgin of Guadalupe
December 12th celebrates Dia de Guadalupe, a legendary event that bonded the people of Mexico, and much of the native New World peoples and the Catholic Church in the days of the Spanish conquest.The...
Three Kings
January 6th, the Day of the Kings, Twelfth Night and the Twelve Day of Christmas all culminate in a celebration in Mexico known as Dia de Los Reyes. The event in the Catholic Church in Mexico...
Manufacturing in Baja California
Here are some quick economic facts about the Baja California peninsula. made up of two Mexican states, Baja California and Baja California Sur.In Baja California the cities of Mexicali, Tijuana and...
Environmental protection agency of Mexico – PROFEPA
PROFEPA, stands for, Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente and is Mexico’s Federal Agency of Environmental Protection. PROFEPA is an administrative office which has no relationship with the...
A couple enjoying a sunset on the beach
Expat living in Baja and Mexico More and more people are asking about relocating to Mexico these days. To live as an expat in Mexico can be very rewarding and here is an article to help you see...
Retired couple on the beach in Baja
North Americans are buying homes in Mexico as an economic refuge and to maintain lifestyle. With the debt ceiling crisis, unemployment  and economic disaster in the United States,  more...
Feliz Cumpleanos is how you say Happy Birthday in Spanish
Happy Birthday is said in Spanish as Feliz Cumpleanos which means literally “Happy Completed Years”! Which if you think of it is a much more positive way of looking at getting older. In fact Mexicans...
Finding your Lost Dog in Baja
Nobody wants to lose a pet, much less while traveling. We recently lost our dog while hiking near our home in Ensenada. We searched for three heartbreaking weeks before finding her. Our story has a...
The flag of the United States of Mexico
The Mexico Flag and its emblem have an old and very interesting story about what it depicts.The holiday; Diá de la Bandera or Mexican Flag Day is February 24.While the Flag of the Estados Unidos de...
Importing your vehicle into Mexico
Edited by James Glover, Nov.1st, 2015I have updated this article to reflect the changes in importation of cars into Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico. It is now required that the...
How to Know a Good Tequila
Other than sombreros, few things are more 'Mexican' than tequila. But there are a few things to know about the different grades of tequila before you use it to inspire you to sing karaoke Thursday...
A hurricane survival kit is a good thing to assemble well before a storm strikes
We took the official National Hurricane Center's recommended survival kit and added some Insider humor.• Water - Probably the single most important post-hurricane resource and the one most commonly...
There are a number of ways to ascertain the validity of Mexican Pesos
Just like most other countries, you don't want to get stuck holding the bag on a bad currency note. Knowing how to quickly identify the security features of the Mexican peso can protect you from...
Tax laws in Mexico
I was researching for my own personal tax and company financial needs the other day and I came across a very informative site on financial planning for those with "cross-border" needs. Well, as I...
Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía
INEGI – Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía / National Institute of Statistics and Geography INEGI is the Mexican government office in charge of statistics concerning populations,...
Minimum wage in Baja is between $43 and $48 a day. That's not bad you say, well that is in pesos so move the decimal point one to the left. Right around $4 USD per day.So, many professions count on...
Mexican Currency is the Peso
Brightly colored and adorned with strange faces, we used to call it 'Monoploy Money' when ours was just plain green. North Americans can avoid getting short changed and over paying by becoming...
Learn Spanish to enjoy more of what is really Mexico
Every week, about 750 new people come to the Los Cabos area to settle. These may be workers arriving from the Mainland or Central America, or the increasingly large number of North Americans seeking...
The struggling Shoppes at La Paz are the most recent contribution to upscale shopping in La Paz
Discovering La Paz as a wonderful place to call home more than 13 years ago this month I wanted to take another look back at the changes and provides the tips on living in Baja California Sur. With...
Us Consular agency in Los Cabos reopens
The shopping center in which the US Consular Agency was heavily damaged by Hurricane Odile in September of 2014 and the offices have been closed since then. Now restored in the same location, the Us...
A Passport will be required to return to the United States after your visit to Mexico
What you should do if your passport is lost or stolen while abroad:Losing or having a passport stolen can be a very unsettling thing. However, it doesn’t have to ruin your trip! Here are some...
Accessing information online
These are just some of the major Mexican Federal government web sites that are available to the public. In most of the official web sites generally they list the respective offices for Baja...
Mexican immigration temporary resident card
Temporay Resident Cards (Residente Temporal)If you are planning on living or staying in Mexico for extended periods of more than 6 months and less than 4 years the Permananet Resident Card is what...
Mexico decriminalizes possession of certain common drugs
Mexico Legalizes marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and even LSD! NOT…Sorry for you who wish this were true;  many have told me in the last few days that Mexico has legalized the use of...
A young middle class Mexican couple
I have always been a people watcher. I love to study human behavior. Understanding and learning about different cultures, what they have in common and most importantly, their differences have always...
City to City maileage chart for driving the Baja California peninsula
A point to point mileage chart for cities and towns along Mexico's Highway 1 down the the Baja California peninsula.
Notaries vs Notarios
When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This...
Nude Beaches in Baja
Are there really any nude beach on the Baja California peninsula, and where are they if they exist? First off it is not really legal to be nude in public in Mexico. In fact the Mexican people don’t...
Royal Court of Carnaval Mazatlan 1927
Carnaval La Paz seems to many of the residents and long time visitors to be an eternal event to celebrate spring, an institution in the community. But in 2013 we almost saw the end of the annual...
Planning your Baja Wedding
Planning your Wedding Ceremony in MexicoA wedding ceremony in Mexico is one thing…a legal marriage is something else. What’s the difference and how do you choose what is right for you?The first thing...
Green desert and adobe ranch house between La Paz and Todos Santos
The early season rains have brought the green back to the deserts of Baja Sur. Within days, the thirsty flora of our desert peninsula has began to take on shades of green. Soon the entire desert will...
Everyday more and more foreigners, including people from the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe, are acquiring Mexican property for rentals and enjoyment. The market for rentals is huge.Many newcomers...
Setting Sun over Sea of Cortez
The green flash is a solar phenomenon that only occurs under very specific conditions. Many people THINK they may have seen the green flash, but have they really? Before you think I’ve spent too much...
Mountaintop Removal in Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
This has been a growing cry from residents of Baja California Sur concerning the creation of Concordia, an open pit mine in the Sierra de la Laguna. Is this opposition justified? There is a...
Tax Law Chaanges
How FATCA and FBAR is affecting U.S. Expats…yes only Americans (as in U.S. Citizens living abroad) need to read this..There are some newly enforced banking and tax laws that are affecting United...
Counting your money
Whether a property owner or just the occasional visitor on a beautiful beach in Mexico, everyone pays taxes, natives and foreigners. Some of the taxes are hidden and others are not. The purpose of...
Baja from Space
If you happened to be just about anywhere on the Baja peninsula on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 you are part of this enormous group photo! This image was taken from space on March 9 by the Aqua satellite...
The Coromuel Winds in the Bay of La Paz harken back to pirate times
Almost every evening the wind blows from the SSW during the spring and early summer in the Bay of La Paz Coromuel winds area a welcome and unique phenomenon of the La Paz area. These south-to-south...
A Mayan temple or a real estate observation deck?
I had begun looking for answers back in the mid eighties, and my travels have taken me far and wide searching for the answer to one of ancient histories greatest archeological mysteries, the great...
The Flag of Mexico
Here is a translation to English of the Mexican National Anthem or Himno Nacional Mexicano. Acknowledged as one of the most beautiful national anthems, for both its poetry and musical score the...
General Pershing meets Pancho Villa
We have heard lots of plausible origins of the word Gringo, this is the best one we've heard so far.In surfing the net I came across a slightly different explanation for the word “gringo” that I had...
The Hook at Isla San Francisco in the Sea of Cortez
The Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California in northwestern Mexico were inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the Twenty-ninth Session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in...
The Playas de Tijuana make for a great weekend get-away from Southern California
Tijuana the largest city of Baja and 5th largest in Mexico, borders the U.S. at the cities of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, suburbs of San Diego, California.  A border where more than 50 million...
Driving infractions in Mexico have become more serious
Driving in the Baja peninsula of Mexico has changed a lot over the last two decades I've been here. Baja's Highway 1 has improved dramatically, with smoother pavement, nearly every arroyo now bridged...
Us Consulate in Tijuana
In 2012 both the Cabo San Lucas consular agent office and the US Consulate in Tijuana changed locations. Here is the latest information on both offices and maps on how to find them. Both offices have...
Us Consulate in Tijuana
In 2012 both the Cabo San Lucas consular agent office and the US Consulate in Tijuana changed locations. Here is the latest information on both offices and maps on how to find them. Both offices have...
What is a Blue Moon?
I’ve always wondered what they were talking about when I was told “That’ll happen ‘once in a Blue moon”. Then I heard that we were going to see one on the 31st of July 2015!A blue moon? Are you...
An official document
A Factura is the legal receipt given for goods and services in Mexico that can be used for business expenses or for deductions in Mexico businesses. The receipts you receive from most vendors are not...
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