November 17, 2016

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It must be travel season, as we are bringing you another information packed issue of the Insider Update. Has La Paz become boater Unfriendly, will there be a $350 peso per head tourist tax and what has caused the fall of the Mexican peso and how can you maximize your dollar to peso exchange just to call attention to a few of our new stories. Please take a moment to scroll through all our stories so you don't miss a thing.

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Revolution Day

Revolution Day - November 20

November 20th is Revolution Day in Mexico, but in 2016 it will be celebrated on November 21 to provide a 3 day weekend. The day commemorates the beginning of the Mexican revolution that ran from 1910 to 1920. The revolution was begun by the armed struggle against dictator/president José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori called for by Francisco Madero. 

Boater Unfriendly

Has La Paz Become Boater Unfriendly?

In the last 12 years two La Paz resort developments have demolished large areas of mangrove to build marinas and to attract boaters to the Bay of La Paz with governmental 'waivers' to allow the removal of Mangrove. Suddenly the brakes have been slammed on and the blame poorly set on boaters.

Cabo Arch at Land's End

Will Baja California Sur have a $350 Peso Tourist Tax?

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 plan is to provide additional funding for infrastructure improvements that will not only benefit the visitors to Baja California Sur but local residents as well. 

Real Estate in San Juanico

Villas de Punta Dos - Real Estate on Scorpion Bay

What started out as a family vacation 15 years ago, has turned into a lifelong passion to preserve the culture of this remote community and protect the pristine environment while improving the livelihoods of local residents for generations to come.

The Zika Virus in MExico

The Zika Virus in Mexico

As of November 14, there were still no cases of the Zika Virus in Baja California, but Baja California Sur has 10 cases. In recent contact with medical staff in BCS we found the actual numbers of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika may be under-reported. We update the stats for all Mexican states each Tuesday.

Rosariuto Beach Hotel

Resort Specials Designed To Make Everyone Feel Special

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 true in the off-season if Baja California can be said to have an off-season.


The Struggling Peso - Under the Threat of Regime Change

In the December 2014 edition of this article we bemoaned the drop of the peso from a long stable twelve point something to 14.56 to the dollar to today's stunning peak interbank rate of 21.28 pesos per dollar. This was an unmistakable result of the Trump election in the states. A whole new story...

Currency Exchange

Mexico on Sale - Tips for Changing Dollars to Pesos

For US travelers and retirees in Mexico, this is a boon. When exchanging dollars into pesos you are now over 20:1 and climbing. But how you change your dollars to pesos is how you maximize your savings. We have some tips on making the most of your vacation dollar.

Greengate Schools

Greengate International School in Los Cabo

Home school in Los Cabos is sometimes the only choice for a family where the parents are working and the children are not able to participate in a curriculum in Spanish.  If the children are young enough, they will quickly pick up the new language and if they don’t they are not really concerned about their grades. 

Events in Baja

Do you have an Upcoming Community Event?

We are delighted to help the charitable organizations in Baja get their word out on their seasonal events and fundraiser. If you are sponsoring an event send us your press release and a few pictures and we'll help you get the word out to our 6000+ visitors per day at no charge! send your info to Events@BajaInsider.com

Hacienda Encantada in Los Cabos

Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa in Los Cabo

Magnificent views of ocean sunrises, and sunsets over Land’s End can be yours from your suite’s private terrace, restaurants or from our infinity pool located on a cliff high above the crashing surf. Have your special event at Hacienda Encantada’s Convention Salon.

Establish a BnB in Baja?

Inn Dreams on the Pacific Coast

You hear all kinds of dreams in Baja – but a recurring fantasy is of owning one’s own small hotel with restaurant and bar – perhaps nothing fancy, but with personal service and quality. Many of the current hotels and resorts on the Sea of Cortez began with a panga owner offering a day’s fishing, with a driftwood grill and an ice-chest at the end of it. 

Cabo Yacht Charters

Cabo Yacht Club Fishing Charters

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.

Solar Energy in Baja California Sur

Go Solar with Cabo Green Power

There are few places in the world that offer more consecutive days of sunshine and in Baja California Sur Cabo Green Power is your source for turning all that sun into energy savings. With so many returning winter visitors it is a great time to take advantage of our next 6 sunny months in Baja California Sur to easily off-set your electric bill.

VanSiruis Real Estate

Luxury Real Estate in Los Cabos

Valentino Sartev is a Europe native and seasoned Real Estate expert with outstanding business development, real estate negotiation, and leadership skills. Mr. Sartev always performs at the highest level of business in the Los Cabos luxury real estate market. He is an avid passionate entrepreneur and has over 10 years of real estate experience in Los Cabos area.

Palapa Learnin center event

Palapa Learning Center of Todos Santos - Open House on January 4

A major expansion is underway at the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. Construction on the Palapa Learning Center, the largest project ever undertaken by the Palapa Society, has reached the mid-point. When completed, it will dramatically transform the lives of even more local youth and their families.

Baja 1000

The Baja 1000 Off Road Race - November 16-20, 2016

The 49th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 will run on Nov. 16th-20th, 2016. Traditionally, the course alternates between an Ensenada finish and a La Paz finish, but this year like 2015 will only include the northern state of Baja California, with a start and finish in Ensenada.

Dolphins in the Sea of Cortez

How to Save on a Small Ship Cruise in Baja

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 AdventureSmith Explorations report that there’s good cabin availability, even over the holidays of Christmas and New Years - perfect for getting your cabin of choice or traveling with a larger group.

Swimming With Sealions

Swimming with Sea Lions in Bahia La Paz

One of the most popular adventures in the Sea of Cortez when visiting La Paz, Baja California Sur is a trip to the friendly sea lions of the Los Islotes colony. Locals and visitors of all ages can delight in the frolicking of the yearlings and the onshore drama of bulls jockeying for position. Located about 25 miles from La Paz, it is about a 45 minute panga ride from downtown La Paz. 

Whale Sharks in La Paz

The Whale Sharks of the Sea of Cortez

From early winter until late spring the whale sharks can be found feeding in the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez and in the Bay of La Paz in Baja California Sur. Seeing these ocean behemoths in their natural environment or swimming close to these fish can be an exciting outing for young and old.

Fewer Whale Sharks in La Paz

Dramatically Fewer Whale Shark Sightings in the Bay of La Paz

Licensed providers of tourist services in La Paz engaged in whale shark tours report a dramatic drop in the number of individuals sighted in the  Bay of La Paz, with just a dozen of the ocean's largest fish being seen. Previous years have provided evidence of more than 70 at a time during the high point of the season 
Shark Diving Mexico

Shark Diving on Baja California's Pacific Coast

Mexico’s Baja peninsula is blessed with some of the best scuba diving in the world and yet it remains a relative unknown on the lists of major dive destinations. With the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Sea of Cortez (aka the Gulf of California) to its east, the peninsula offers more than 2,000 miles of coastline and dozens of off-shore islands to explore.

ACV Logistics

ACV Shipping Services for Baja

Importation and shipping services, serving the Baja peninsula for personal and commercial shipping needs. ACV is not your standard shipping company. As the most user-friendly, professional and reliable shipping company in the Baja Peninsula, our main focus is to guide our clients through all the steps of the shipping process.

Importing your Car

How to Import Your Car into Mexico

It is now required that the vehicle be of a model year at least 5 years old and no more than 10 years old and manufactured or assembled in Candia, the US or Mexico.  More on the requirements, methods and reasons to import in this article. Let A-1 Auto Transport help you get the car to your Baja destination.

Cortez Club

A Pioneer in La Paz Adventure Travel - The Cortez Club

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. 

Lifestyles Villa

Vacation Villa Rentals in Los Cabo

There are of course the regular hotels but a private Villa would be something very special. Well, Lifestyles of Los Cabos is here to make that special Villa vacation happen for whatever occasion and size group you may have

Marina Fiesta

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 units overlook the marina and Land’s End. Marina Fiesta has Spa, Gym and Convention facilities to create a true resort.

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