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Sea lions frolicking at Los Islotes just north of La Paz.
Established since 1995, The Cortez Club has become the premier Scuba Diving, Sports fishing and water sports center in Baja California Sur. With its operations based at La Concha Beach resort, it expanded to the newly developed Costa Baja Marina & Resort and the private residences at Playa De La Paz. The Cortez Club is owned by James Curtiss who...
Cabo Yacht Plan B underway
Come and enjoy sport fishing in the Los Cabos area with the Cabo Yacht Club. Based in the Cabo San Lucas Marina, we can handle all sizes of fishing parties and excursions. The Cabo Yacht Club now offers shared fishing charters and private tournament clinics.We can provide your fishing permits, bait, tackle and special foods if needed. We have...
Pool Bar at the Hacienda Encantada
Hacienda Encantada Hotel, Resort & Spa is located 20 minutes from San Jose del Cabo and 10 minutes from Cabo San Lucas; overlooking the Sea of Cortez, and Land’s End. You’ll discover the serenity that Baja’s desert-by-the-sea is famous for. Wander from here along isolated coastline of the Los Cabos corridor as if in your own world. Discover...

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The tiger strips on the abdomen of the Aedes aegypti identifies them as the threat
Updated November 28, 2016 With cooler weather spreading cross Mexico the reported spread of the virus diminished drmatically in the past two weeks to just 122 new cases nationwaide. But the Zika...
Has La Paz become Boater Unfriendly?
Water, Water everywhere and no place left to anchor? It seems that the pleasure boater is taking the hit for decades of allowing the natuarl resources of the Bay of La Paz to be abused. In the last...
The Mexico Travel Warning is no reason to miss out on the wonders of a Baja vacation
 Updated October 26, 2016 The latest Travel Warning for Mexico was updated by the US Department of State on April 15, 2016. Excepts from the Official US State Department Warning for Mexico...
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...
The beaches of the Sea of Cortez attract sun worshipers from all over the world
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 experts...
Sea lions frolicking at Los Islotes just north of La Paz.
Established since 1995, The Cortez Club has become the premier Scuba Diving, Sports fishing and water sports center in Baja California Sur. With its operations based at La Concha Beach resort, it...
The beaches of the Sea of Cortez attract sun worshipers from all over the world
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 experts...
Bicycle riding along the Malecon in La Paz is a great window into La Paz Culture
At Anna Banana Bicycle Rentals  we  bring the ride to you. With more than 7km of bike lane along the La Paz Malecon the city is a great place to explore on bicycle. We specialize in well-...
Cabo Yacht Plan B underway
Come and enjoy sport fishing in the Los Cabos area with the Cabo Yacht Club. Based in the Cabo San Lucas Marina, we can handle all sizes of fishing parties and excursions. The Cabo Yacht...
Cerritos Beach
Villas de Los Cerritos Beach is a small development located in the southern portion of El Pescadero area of Baja California Sur about 75 miles south of the capitol city of La Paz and 45 miles...
Taking an inflatable ride to shore to go exploreing
Baja California and the Sea of Cortez is truly a year-round travel destination, and the specialists at AdventureSmith Explorations have compiled this guide to help you know when to go to best...
 Pure Life Style Vacations
Pure Life Style Vacations.com offers very heavily discounted Vacation packages for Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and Loreto of Baja Sur as well as Puerto Vallarta on mainland Mexico. These...
Pool Bar at the Hacienda Encantada
Hacienda Encantada Hotel, Resort & Spa is located 20 minutes from San Jose del Cabo and 10 minutes from Cabo San Lucas; overlooking the Sea of Cortez, and Land’s End. You’ll discover the serenity...
AdventureSmith Small Ship Cruises offer a unique level of familiarity with the wonders of Baja.
 Steinbeck and Rickets had six weeks in the Sea of Cortez and spent much of their time exploring, cataloging specimens and taking measurements. Other Baja sailors may have the luxury of spending...
Importing your vehicle into Mexico
 I 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 vehicle be of a model year at leat 5...
How to save on your Baja Small Ship Cruise
 Small ship cruising the coastline of Baja California makes for a perfect winter getaway.  It’s close to home for North American travelers, and the small ship cruise experts at...
Working in Mexico
 So you would like to work in Mexico as a foreigner. Many people think it is really hard to get permission to work here in Mexico as a foreigner but it has become much easier over the years....
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...
The Baja peninsula is the #1 foreign destination for RV travelers
BajaInsider.com is proud to announce a new affiliation with MexPro.com the online Insurance site for International Insurance Group, Inc.  IIG is licensed in all 50 US states, and works with...
WestCoast Mexico Insurance for all your Mexico Travel and Living Insurance Needs
West Coast Mexico Insurance Services provides Protection & Service you can Rely on in Baja, Mexico. As Experts in the Mexico insurance marketplace we have done our homework to provide our clients...
Main lobby of the Marina Fiesta Resort in Cabo San Lucas
Located in the heart of Cabo’s Golden Zone of the Cabo San Lucas Marina, we have more of what you want in a hotel – great value, high quality and a premier location.Our luxurious Hotel All-Suites...
Currency exchange - changing your dollars to pesos
 Since June of 2014, the pesos has been falling against the dollar, from a long time 12.5:1 exchange rate to crest a 21:1 exchange rate following the US elections in the second week of November...
The Mexico Travel Warning is no reason to miss out on the wonders of a Baja vacation
 Updated October 26, 2016 The latest Travel Warning for Mexico was updated by the US Department of State on April 15, 2016. Excepts from the Official US State Department Warning for Mexico...
Tropical cyclones are the leading cause of home damage on the Baja peninsula
Condo and Home Owners in MexicoIf you own a condo or home in Mexico, or if you are planning to purchase one soon, you’ll want to make careful consideration about obtaining insurance coverage....
Rosarito Beach Hotel , the historical landmark in the heart of Rosarito opened in 1925
 As Baja’s largest and best known beachfront resort, the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is able to offer great specials for a wide range of budgets, interests and tastes.That’s especially...
Dolphins bow riding an AdventureSmith smll ship adventure
AdventureSmith Explorations small ship tours in Baja California provide a style of excursion the larger cruise ships can't. A small ship expedition in Baja provides a more intimate interaction with...
 Home to Cabo's Finest Artists. The Golden Cactus Gallery opened in 1997 as a fine art gallery and artist studio, in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Over the years, the gallery's...
A campaign period cartoon depicting Trump's Wall, just one of the campaign threats looming over the Mexican economy
 Updated November 11, 2016 Here we are, just a couple weeks short of the second anniversary of my first edition of this article. This worldwide currency imbalance began in June of 2014, although...
The tiger strips on the abdomen of the Aedes aegypti identifies them as the threat
Updated November 28, 2016 With cooler weather spreading cross Mexico the reported spread of the virus diminished drmatically in the past two weeks to just 122 new cases nationwaide. But the Zika...
Kite Surfing on Scorpion Bay
Punta Pequeña is a family-run Mexican corporation with a boutique hotel (Scorpion Bay Hotel) and approximately 40 acres of land in San Juanico, Baja CaliforniaSur, Mexico—home to the world famous...
The famous Cabo San Lucas Arch at Land's End
 On November 15, 2016, the state legislature of Baja California Sur approved a plan of  implementation of a $350 peso per person tax on tourists spending more than 24hrs in the state. The...
Author Geary Ritchie gets his first hand up-close with a 40' gray whale.
She had never seen me before.  I had, however been observing her for some time.  She moved closer bringing the child with her.  No fear. No reluctance.  She urged the child...
The mission in San Ignacio, Baja California Sur
I have had a lengthy love affair with Mexico and my most recent fabulous fling being with the Baja Peninsula. The thought of this wonderful long stretch of varied and much surprising land makes my...
Medical travel insurance can be a lifesaver when abroad
Travel Medical Insurance is becoming more and more popular and necessary for good reason these days.  I had been hearing enough stories of people having severe medical issues only to survive and...
Experience Alaska closer than you ever imagined with AdventureSmith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations provides a number of ways to explore the Baja California peninsula in its season, from October to April. You can enjoy an up-close Baja experience on a small ship cruise...
The dense undergrowth following a rainy season in Baja California Sur
If you have an interest in Baja, get ready to come visit us as the summer heat is fading and the Sea of Cortez in beautiful for all kinds of recreation. From mid-October through the early part of...
The tranquil blue waters of the Sea of Cortez never seemed more inviting
Springtime is one of the most popular times for North Americans to travel to Baja California Sur. The weather is a welcome respite from the snow and cold of their home towns. Our sunny skies and...
Baja Highway Mex 1 Cataviña Spring crossing
Baja Highway 1 Road ReportI just made the drive from Cabo San Lucas to Tijuana and here is the most recent road report for the Baja Transpeninsula Highway 1 end of September 2015. These photos are...
Beach camping still exists in a few places along the Sea of Cortez
My long time friend Joe who owns a place in La Paz called me to announce his plans to bring another boat down the peninsula. His bigger boat, and mine were already over at Palmira, but Joe wanted his...
Military checkpoints along Baja's Highway 1 occur at several permanent and temporary locations
There are a few things you should understand about the military checkpoints in Baja before you begin a road trip on Mex 1.The first is: Their purpose is to capture the bad guys involved in drug...
Rumurosa view of Mexicali
 This road report is for driving Mex 2 from Tijuana to Mexicali and then south on Mex 5 from Mexicali to Laguna Chapala where the highway meets Baja Transpeninsular Highway Mex 1. The drive was...
Loreto is the oldest permanent settlement on the Baja peninsula.
Baja is a beautiful place of variety! The desert, mountain and ocean terrain, along with wonderful beaches, opportunities for adventure, and different styles of hotels can provide the perfect...
 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...
Cruise ship in Ensenada, Baja California
The northern state of the peninsula, Baja California can be divided into three weather regions, the Pacific coastal region, the Inland region and the Sea of Cortez region. With the Pacific Ocean much...
When is the best time of year to visit Baja California Sur?The southern state of the peninsula, Baja California Sur can be divided into three weather regions, the Pacific coastal region, the inland...
Land's End in Cabo San Lucas and the fleet tour boats
To see Cabo San Lucas today, a resort bustling with tourists, Cruise Ships, World class Golf Courses, a large Marina filled with Yachts of every description, and fine accommodations, it’s mind...
Carnaval La Paz 2016 The Muses of Joy
This year, Carnaval La Paz will run from February 23 to February 28, 2017 and the theme will be “El Juego de la Vida" or "The Game of Life". Without a doubt Carnaval is the grandest event...
Baja is the #1 destination for RV travelers outside the US.
The infamous Transpeninsular, Baja highway, Mex 1, has come a long way from its much heralded beginnings in 1973, a narrow thousand-mile long ribbon of asphalt with no shoulders, few pullouts, a...
The great white shark - Carcharodon carcharias, can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.
Isla Guadalupe, Mexico has become the internationally recognized destination for divers seeking unprecedented encounters with Great White sharks /(Carcharodon carcharias.) The 90 square...
AdventureSmith Small Ship Cruises for Baja and Wolrd-Wild
It’s only fitting that when you visit the Sea of Cortez—the body of water that Jacques Cousteau dubbed the aquarium of the world—that you travel by water. There is just so very much to see over a...
Isla Espiritu Santos from the air looking back over the Bay of La Paz
Once upon a time, long, long before the first footprint appeared on a beach on the Baja California peninsula, in fact, long before there was a beach upon which a footprint could appear, a cataclysm...
The Sea of Cortez remains deliciously warm into November
 As a year-round resident of Baja Sur, fall is my favorite time of year, so I'm getting ready for a little vacation.Usually by the second week of October the heat and humidity that limit the...
Driving Baja's Highway 1 south of Loreto
FAQ's About Driving in Baja Questions from Readers BajaInsider.com Veteran Baja Driver Recently a reader posed us this question it is certainly a legitimate question, considering what I too...
One of the friendly Gray Whales of Baja close enough to touch (Ritchie)
 Gray whale watching season begins in early December along the Pacific coast of Baja California and ends in early April in the same location. In the weeks in the whales will venture as far south...
Has La Paz become Boater Unfriendly?
Water, Water everywhere and no place left to anchor? It seems that the pleasure boater is taking the hit for decades of allowing the natuarl resources of the Bay of La Paz to be abused. In the last...
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...
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...
Aerial view of the outer basin of Marina CostaBaja, for larger yachts to 250'
Located at the entrance to the Ensenada de La Paz and equipped with the finest in modern marina conveniences Marina CostaBaja is the first choice of boaters in the Sea of Cortez. Offering 250 slips...
Sample Mexican tourist visa
When traveling to Mexico as a tourist for less than 180 days you need a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple) commonly referred to as a “Tourist Card”.  When flying in commercially this “Visitor’s...
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...
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...
Overcoming a Challenge for the Love of Fishing
A family’s recovery after a devastating life changing accident on Mex 1 is the tale of Larry Cooper. His Baja story began with the common denominator of many…a love of fishing. It would be many years...
Mule rain headed to supply backpackers in the Sierra Laguna mountains
The Sierra de La Laguna is the mountain range located in Baja Sur south of La Paz and on southward towards Cabo San Lucas. It has been referred to as an island due to its isolation from the rest of...
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...
 Squid Roe, one of the most famous bars in Cabo San Lucas
So you are planning a vacation to Mexico? There is more to Los Cabos than many people realize and you will want to consider and there are plenty of reasons why Los Cabos is...
Travel Requirements for Visiting Mexico
 UPDATED: February 27, 2016 The Immigration Service of Mexico has announced that beginning September 1, 2015, it will be required to present a valid passport of your home nation for pedestrians...
Interior of the cathedral at Mission San Ignacio
If you wan to see a classic little Baja pueblo oasis in the Vizcaino desert, get off Baja Highway One at San Ignacio and be sure to take the time to visit the main plaza in town. San Ignacio is a...
Street shopping in Cabo San Lucas
Shopping in Cabo or Mexico in general can really be an experience. Many of you who have already traveled deep into Mexico or just over the border have experienced the small trinket shops that sell...
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With more than 2000 miles of ocean coastline there is certainly a slice of beach for every visitor
This summer may be an excellent time to explore the Baja Peninsula. With spectacular vistas and a history dating back more than 475 years it can be both fun and educational.One of the big rush season...
Never too young to surf
Surfing which many people know started in Hawaii many, many years ago and was the sport of Kings. Since the 60's it had become very popular in California and worldwide. While in it's early years...
Swimming with Sea Lions at Los Islotes, north of La Paz
It all started out at what had to be the most boring New Year’s Eve party on the Baja Peninsula. A group of friends had decided to spend New Year’s Eve camping on the beach, but due to some...
The La Paz Malecon looking north toward the municipal pier
A walkway along the waterfront of La Paz, Baja California Sur provides more than 5 kilometers of beautiful scenery, wonderful people and a taste of what is La Paz. The Malecón is one of La Paz’s...
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...
Tijuana Airport new Cross Border Xpress pedestrian bridge
The new Cross Border Xpress (CBX) pedestrian bridge connecting the Tijuana Airport (TIJ) with the U.S. opened December 2, 2015. This new border crossing is the creation of Ralph Nieder and is a...
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...
The Theatro in the zocolo of Todos Santos
Todos Santos is located on the Pacific Coast of Baja California Sur, and the name means the city of “All Saints” Todos Santos is an eclectic little town situated on the Pacific Coast of The...
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...
MedEvac for your safe travel abroad
So you are traveling away from home and the unthinkable happens...you have an accident and require serious medical attention. What do you do? Travel MedEvac would be there to help if only you had...
Making it smoothly through TSA can be half the battle of your trip.
The Pet Peeves of mine while traveling by Air. I understand if you don't travel much by air that you would not know better. I'm amazed at how I see those that are obviously frequent flyers...
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...
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