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Baja Campers Corner: Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours Announces New Wagon Masters for Upcoming Season

Surrey, BC – Commencing immediately, Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours are pleased to announce the addition of new Wagon-Masters, Larry and Janet Lammon, for the 2015-2016 season.  Larry & Janet are avid fisherman and campers and have been visiting Baja since the 1960s with their families.  They have been members of Vagabundos del Mar Mexican Travel Club for over two decades, and have been leading RV Caravans for the club for the past three years.

Dan Goy, CEO said “We are thrilled to add Larry & Janet as Wagon-Masters.  Their passion for Baja, familiarity with this rugged terrain and keen desire to introduce other RVers to this magnificent peninsula makes them a perfect fit for Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours.”

Lisa Goy, VP added “Timing is everything and Larry & Janet have joined Baja Amigos as our tours continue to fill up earlier each season.  It’s hard to believe that three of our seven tours from November through early April this year are already filled.”

Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours

Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours have added two new wagon masters for the upcoming season.

“We first met Dan & Lisa a few years ago in Cabo San Lucas while we were both leading an RV Caravan tour group.  We were impressed by their personal approach, on-tour excursions and limiting the caravans to small groups is a great concept.  We are eager to introduce RVers to Baja, Mexico and look forward to our roles as Wagon-Masters for Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours,” stated Janet Lammon.

Larry Lammon said, “I retired at 60 in 2013 and relish our opportunity to spend more time in Baja.  I am confident our experience will serve us well as Baja Amigos Wagon-Masters for years to come and are confident those seeing Baja for the first time will be as amazed with the stunning beauty and wonderful people as we were.  Words really can’t express it; this must be experienced first-hand.”

Larry and Janet were both born and raised in California. They’ve  been married for more than 25 years, raising their family in Los Angeles.  Larry spent many years as a Beverly Hills policeman before embarking on a teaching career with the Los County Office of Education.  Janet spent almost 25 years with the United States Postal Service working as a Letter Carrier and Supervisor.  They now enjoy traveling and fishing with their German Shepard, Sampson.

Fact: Over 1 million Canadians and 30 million Americans currently own RVs, and the Baby Boomer generation is the fastest growing demographic in both countries.  Hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Americans snowbird to the southwestern U.S. within 250 miles of the Mexican border, from San Diego, California to Corpus Christi, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico shoreline each winter.

Vision Statement: Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours strive to exceed expectations from Day 1.  Baja Amigos flourish on past guest referrals and building strong relationships with industry stakeholders in Canada, the United States and Mexico.  Baja Amigos tours are recognized for service excellence, and for delivering a camping experience that is second to none.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: July Events in Baja

Summer is the slow season on the Baja California peninsula, and the time of year when the event focus traditionally shifts from cultural festivities to water-based activities like fishing, surfing, and diving (with visibility increasing as water temperatures rise). Many of the premier summer events are in fact fishing tournaments, and Los Barriles is home to July’s top sporting competition: the 11th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out.

A few cultural festivals are on tap this month, however, including the 4th annual Resort at Pedregal Food and Wine Festival. The Cabo San Lucas based ultra-luxury resort is bringing in some big name U.S. chefs, including former French Laundry Chef de Cuisine Tim Hollingsworth, now of Barrel and Ashes in Los Angeles, and Brian Malarkey of Searsucker and Herringbone.

July Events in Baja

No official dates have been set as yet for the 9th annual Pitahayas Festival in Miraflores – the schedule is dependent on when the cactus fruit is at its ripest – but July visitors to Baja California Sur should keep an eye out for this traditional three-day celebration, which showcases eating, drinking, dancing, and the crowning of the queen of the festival. The star of the show is the antioxidant rich fruit that many consider the secret to the notable longevity of residents of this small town, which is located near Santiago, about an hour’s drive north of San Jose del Cabo.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

Rosarito6th Annual Flying Samaritans 4th of July Beach BBQ at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

When:  July 4

Cost:  $8 – 15

The Rosarito branch of the Flying Samaritans – a volunteer organization that operates free medical clinics in Baja California – will celebrate U.S. Independence Day with a party at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. Highlights are expected to include barbecue, drinks, a raffle, live music from American Nova, and of course the obligatory fireworks.

July Events in Baja

EnsenadaHarvest Festival Bottle Launch

When:  July 11

Cost:  Free admission

Dive in and catch a bottle to win wine, souvenirs, prizes, and tickets to the Fiestas de la Vendimia, a series of annual events celebrating the grape harvest in Baja California’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Admission is free, but only adults 18 and older are eligible, with a maximum of two bottles per person.

July Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas 4th Annual The Resort at Pedregal Food and Wine Festival

When:  July 15 – 19

Cost:  $1,290 per night

For the fourth consecutive year, Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive resort is hosting a four-day celebration of food and wine, with an art of pairing cocktail reception, tequila seminar, wine tastings, cooking and cocktail demonstrations, and six-course meal prepared by an award-winning cast of international chefs.

July Events in Baja

East Cape11th Annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out

When:  July 18

Cost:  $500 per team

The rules are simple for the 11th annual East Cape Dorado Shoot Out in Los Barriles: catch the heaviest dorado on July 18, 2015, and your team walks away with brand new, fully loaded 4×4 pickup truck. A number of side jackpots are also paid out, with last year’s jackpots reaching over $80,000 in cash.

July Events in Baja

EnsenadaInaugural Ruta del Vino Bike Ride and Wine Festival

When:  July 18

Cost:  $55 – 60

The first ever Ruta del Vino Bike Ride and Wine Festival kicks off with a scenic 40 mile road race and fun ride through Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, then rewards riders with a finish line fiesta featuring local food, wine, beer, and live music.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

Wow Factor! 5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Wow Factor! 5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Although the most famous restaurant vantages in Baja California Sur are those that provide majestic views of the granite rock formations at Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, winning combinations of fine food and gorgeous views can be found throughout the peninsula’s southernmost state.

Here are five of our favorites:

5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Sunset da Mona Lisa

Sunset da Mona Lisa, Tourist Corridor, Los Cabos

This is the gold standard. Often ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, Sunset da Mona Lisa offers Italian specialties and fresh local seafood dishes (from their own fishing boats, no less), a newly minted Taittinger Terrace Champagne and oyster bar, and of course sublime views of the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas Bay, and Land’s End. Proposals are so common here that wedding coordinators are on standby, ever ready to help plan and stage the ultimate destination wedding. Any meal at Mona Lisa is memorable, but for the maximum experience, synchronize your dinner reservation with the sunset.

5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Los Olivos

 Los Olivos, Hotel La Mision, Loreto

The first capital of the Californias, Loreto, retains a rich tapestry of tradition, as well as a gorgeous location framed by the Sierra La Giganta mountains and the Sea of Cortez. To start your day right in Loreto, ask to be seated on the terrace of Los Olivos at Hotel La Mision, and enjoy breakfast as the sun rises over Coronado Island. Dinner isn’t so bad either, with the seaside vistas backed up by fresh local seafood and delicious Mexican specialty dishes. Perennial highlights include the ceviche trio, the taco salad, and a superb seafood risotto made from local clams and bay scallops.

5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

El Farallon

El Farallon, The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas

This one-of-a-kind restaurant resides at the ultra-luxurious The Resort at Pedregal, and is perched cliffside above crashing Pacific Ocean waves in the most exclusive neighborhood in Cabo San Lucas. El Farallon is famed for pairing breathtaking views with romantic atmosphere – including a Champagne terrace – but also serves up generous helpings of market style seafood. Choose your custom catch of sea bass, red snapper, striped bass, shrimp, tuna, dorado, clams or lobster, and the chef will cook it up for you with all the fixings. El Farallon is also one of the sites showcased during the resort’s annual Food and Wine Festival, the 4th annual edition of which is scheduled for July 15 – 19, 2015.

5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Palapa Azul

Palapa Azul, Playa El Tecolote, La Paz

The beaches of La Paz – the capital city of Baja Sur since it became a state in 1974 – are incredibly beautiful, and also serve as sites for some of the area’s best barefoot dining. Playa El Tecolote is triply blessed, since it’s home to soft sand, the eclectic offerings of Palapa Azul, and incredible views centered around uninhabited offshore island Espiritu Santo. The restaurant is easy to spot, since it’s the only one around housed in a hollowed out boat. Grab a table beachside, order up a bucket of ice cold beer, and sample local specialties like chocolate clams and marlin en escabeche while enjoying the spectacular surroundings.

5 Spectacular Restaurant Views in Baja California Sur

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

Haciena Cocina y Cantina, Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, Cabo San Lucas 

Hacienda Beach Club & Residences (formerly Hotel Hacienda) occupies the most valuable piece of real estate in Cabo San Lucas. Set at the foot of Medano Beach – the two mile stretch of golden sand that serves as the city’s seaside social center – the hotel was originally opened by pioneering developer Rod Rodriguez in the early 1960s, but has since been completely rebuilt, fusing old-world elegance with contemporary appointments and amenities. The enduring appeal of onsite restaurant Hacienda Cocina y Cantina owes as much to the amazing views of Land’s End and Bahia San Lucas as it does to the menu of Mexican cuisine created by celebrity chef Andrea Blanco, and the signature eatery is perpetually in demand as a site for weddings, receptions and renewal of vows ceremonies.

 

Have a nomination for best restaurant view in Baja California? Let us know at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: June Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: June Events in Baja

Junes brings a bevy of summertime sporting competitions in Baja, from pro surfing and fishing and golf fundraisers in Los Cabos to rugged off-road racing and a bicycle race through the scenic wine country of Valle de Guadalupe.

The latter event, a 73 mile bike trek from Tecate to Ensenada, originated as a fun ride in the 1970s, but returns after a better than two decade hiatus as a challenging competition with four distinct hill climbs. Fun riders can still compete at their own pace, however, and all participants are welcome at the pre-race food and wine festival in Tecate, as well as at the finish line fiesta in Ensenada.

June Events in Baja

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

Ensenada:  47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 

When:  June 4 – 7

Cost:  $1,915 – 2860

The 2015 edition Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 layout clocks in at just under 496 miles, with racers allowed 20 hours to complete a rugged off-road loop course that starts and finishes in Ensenada.

June Events in Baja

San Jose del CaboLos Cabos Open of Surf

When:  June 9 – 14

Cost:  Free admission for spectators

This year’s WSL (World Surf League) sponsored competition will be a pro tour event for women, and junior men and women at Zippers point break off Playa Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo, one of the premier surf spots in Baja CaliforniaSur.

June Events in Baja

TecateInaugural Tecate to Ensenada International Bicycle Race

When:  June 21

Cost:  $70 – 75

This 73 mile ride through Baja California’s wine country – with four major hill climbs, including a race-within-a-race to determine the king and queen of the hill – is bookended by a pre-race food and wine festival in Tecate, and a finish line fiesta in Ensenada.

San Jose del Cabo19th Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament 

When:  June 25 – 28

June Events in Baja

Cost:  $3,000 – 125,000

Attendees at this annual fundraiser for youth charities in Los Cabos will fish for dorado, wahoo, tuna and billfish, play championship-level golf at Chileno Bay and the Jack Nicklaus designed Club Campestre, and enjoy nightly musical performances from Sammy Hagar and others.

Ensenada13th Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino 

When:  June 28

Cost:  $20 for adults; free admission for children 12 and under

June Events in Baja

Mexican art, food, folk dancing, fine wine, and horses are the main attractions at the Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino, held yearly in the Valle de Guadalupe outside Ensenada.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Baja California Sur by the Numbers: Counting Down Some of the Signature Figures Associated with the Peninsula’s Southernmost State

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Primitive rock and cave paintings in Baja California Sur may have originated as many as 7,500 years ago. Photo courtesy of Ashley Curtin.

7,500 – Estimated age in years of the first primitive rock and cave paintings in Baja California Sur

The Great Mural Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in parts of Baja California and Baja California Sur that features rock and cave paintings of human and animal figures – including fish, snakes, turtles, rabbits and deer. The primarily red and black pictographs are attributed to the Cochimis, a hunting and gathering tribe who were the original inhabitants of the central portion of the Baja California peninsula. Although dates of these primitive rock and cave paintings are often disputed, recent carbon dating suggests they may extend back as far as 7,500 years.

7,090 – Height in feet of El Picacho in the Sierra de La Laguna

Mountains descend into desert, and the desert falls into the sea…to the East in the Sea of Cortez, and to the West in the Pacific Ocean. All of this majesty is visible…and more…from El Picacho, the highest peak (7,090) in the Sierra de la Laguna, the mountain range that runs like a spine up the center of Baja California Sur.

1943 – Year Teatro-Cine General Manuel Marquez de Leon opened in Todos Santos

This vintage theater across from the plaza principal in Todos Santos – the peninsula’s southernmost Pueblo Magico – is named for a military hero who helped thwart an attempted U.S. annexation of Baja during the Mexican-American War, and opened when WWII was still raging in Europe. Not only is the theater now an immaculately restored local landmark, it’s the primary cinematic venue used during the town’s annual film festival.

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Anniversary festivities in Baja Sur’s capital city of La Paz include a reenactment of the coming of the Spaniards in 1535. Photo courtesy of Fiestas de Fundacion de La Paz.

1535 – Year La Paz was sighted by Hernan Cortes

May 3, 2015 marked the 480th anniversary of the birth of Baja Sur’s capital city, an event celebrated annually during the Fiestas de Fundacion in La Paz with an reenactment of the coming of Hernan Cortes and the Spaniards in 1535. The multi day foundation festival also serves as a showcase for local art, culture and cuisine, with activities and concerts centered around the malecon and Plaza Constitucion (also known as Jardin Velasco), the central plaza located across from the old church.

1213 – Weight in pounds of the largest blue marlin caught off Cabo San Lucas

In 2011, angler Richard Biehl of Traverse City, Michigan, and the crew of the 31’ fishing boat Go Deep spent 28 hours fighting – and landing – an enormous blue marlin estimated at 1,213 pounds (the fish was so large it was impossible to fit on the scale, and was weighed with a formula that measured length and girth). Although no official records are kept, it is thought by many to be the largest blue marlin ever caught off Cabo San Lucas, besting an 1,111 pounder reeled in during the 1980s.

18 – 24 – Tyical Winter wind speeds in knots at Los Barriles and La Ventana

Each year, from November to March, powerful El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, creating world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding conditions off East Cape towns like Los Barriles and La Ventana. Resorts like Captain Kirk’s in La Ventana cater to seasonal big-air riders, but to catch a glimpse of windsports royalty, visit Los Barriles in January, when the charming coastal community hosts the ultimate kiteboarding competition: the Lord of the Wind Showdown.

8 – Fingers of hard coral reef at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

Windsports aren’t the only attraction on the rugged and beautiful East Cape. The national marine sanctuary and UNESCO world heritage site at Cabo Pulmo not only boasts the highest concentration of fish in the Sea of Cortez, but one of the oldest and largest living reefs in North America, with eight fingers of hard coral. Translation: spectacular snorkeling and diving. Spend your nights at an eco-bungalow on the beach, and your days in an undersea fantasia.

Baja California Sur by the Numbers

Playa El Medano is the largest and most popular beach in Los Cabos. Photo courtesy of Medano Beach Cabo.

2 – Length in miles of Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas

You don’t have to be a Spring Breaker to appreciate Playa El Medano. The two mile stretch of golden sand is the center of the social scene in Cabo San Lucas, and is ringed by many of the city’s best restaurants and resorts. Baja Cantina Beach Club and The Office on the Beach each showcase weekly Fiestas Mexicanas with fireworks and folkloric dancing, while Mango Deck is patrolled by a Pancho Villa look-alike named Big Johnson, who carries tequila bottles in holsters, and shot glasses in crisscrossed bandoliers. Safe swimming is available in the placid bay, and high-flying activities options like flyboarding and parasailing are also offered.

1 – Highway that runs the length of the peninsula

Completed in 1973, the Carretara Transpeninsular, or Highway 1, runs the length of the Baja California peninsula, covering over 1000 miles from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. Looking for road trip adventures in Baja Sur? Stay on Highway 1. You’ll wind your way through many of the state’s most popular destinations – from Guerrero Negro, Mulege and Loreto to La Paz and San Jose del Cabo – before finally finishing at kilometer marker 1, near Land’s End and the southernmost point of the peninsula.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Destination Viewing: New TV Travel Series Showcases Baja California Sur

We’re ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Eight months after Hurricane Odile made landfall in Los Cabos and rampaged up the center of Baja California Sur, the peninsula’s southernmost state has not only recovered, but is ready for a star turn in a highly anticipated new entertainment venture.

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Destination Baja Sur will showcase the beauty of the peninsula’s southernmost state, and be the most widely distributed travel and adventure show on television when it premieres in January 2016.

Destination Baja Sur – a Bill Boyce hosted television series showcasing the region’s many charms – begins shooting on May 28, and will premiere in January 2016.

The documentary/reality driven Destination Baja Sur will be the most widely distributed travel and adventure show on television, airing multiple times per week on several channels across the U.S. and Canada.

In total, the 13 season one episodes are expected to be shown 336 times during the calendar year, each reaching up to 128 million homes on NBC Sports, World Fishing Network, and the Pursuit Channel.

The half-hour show will also be seen internationally on Wild TV Africa, and Apple TV offers world-wide exposure: all the tech behemoth’s devices can access the series via iTunes, including MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and iPods.

Marine biologist, expert angler, and long-time Baja resident Bill Boyce has signed on to serve as host and executive producer for Destination Baja Sur. The award-winning face of several previous outdoor adventure series, Boyce will share his knowledge and passion during all 13 season one episodes, introducing viewers to the people and places of Baja California Sur – from small fishing villages to upscale resort areas…from historical monuments in Loreto and La Paz to 5-star accommodations and boisterous nightlife in Los Cabos.

The show’s presence on several high-profile platforms promises a staggering amount of publicity for the state, not only in terms of original content, but also exposure to an enormous international pool of viewers who know little about the region.

If the series simply achieves its stated goal – to inspire viewers to travel throughout Baja California Sur – it will markedly increase already rising tourism numbers (Mexico has the biggest spike in travelers worldwide last year), and act as a de facto marketing vehicle for Baja Sur based businesses: most notably, those that have signed up to sponsor the show.

Few know the promotional benefits of such exposure as well as Chef Brian Solomon, who saw business at his restaurant on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, Solomon’s Landing, increase 35% after it was featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives several years ago. Solomon is now an associate producer on Destination Baja Sur.

“This is real, it’s happening, and it’s a tremendous opportunity,” Solomon said when addressing Los Cabos media members at a recent press conference about the show.

Sponsorship is available on multiple levels, from integrated placement and pop-up branding to commercials at the beginning and end of each episode. But time is running out, as production and shooting begin on May 28. For more information, call (661) 202-0080, email boyceimage@msn.com, or visit www.destinationbajasur.com. In Cabo San Lucas, email Enrique Rivera at marketing@ solomonslandingrestaurant.com.

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: May Events in Baja

Rosarito takes center stage in May, providing a scenic setting for several of the peninsula most notable events. The coastal community boasts the starting line of that biannual Baja institution, the Rosarito Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride, hosts upwards of 10,000 people during its annual Art Fest, and welcome old and new friends for the 90th anniversary Gala Dance of landmark lodging Rosarito Beach Hotel.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

May Events in Baja

La PazFestival de Fundación

When:  Apr. 29 – May 4

Cost:  Free admission

La celebrates its 480th birthday on May 3rd, honoring the day in 1535 that Hernan Cortes first sighted what would eventually become the largest city in Baja California Sur. This year’s multi-day Festival de Fundacion (Foundation Festival) again serves as a showcase for local art, culture and cuisine, with activities and concerts – including a traditional reenactment of the first landing of the Spaniards – centered around the malecón and Plaza Constitución.

May Events in Baja

RosaritoRosarito Ensenada 50 Mile Fun Bicycle Ride

When:  May 2

Cost:  $42-48

Dubbed “The Original Party on Wheels,” the 50 mile fun ride dates back to 1979, when a group of friends pedaled from Rosarito to Ensenada. Now a biannual event, the scenic rides are among the highlights of the regional social calendar, and conclude with a Finish Line Fiesta featuring food, drinks, souvenirs, live music, and massages for participants.

May Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas6th Annual Cabo Marine Show

When: May 14 – 16

Cost: Free admission

Mexico’s premier maritime exposition returns to Los Cabos for the 6th consecutive year, with some of the biggest names in the boat and water-based recreation industries showcasing the latest nautical playthings along the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Other highlights include art exhibits, fine jewelry, and live entertainment.

May Events in Baja

RosaritoRosarito Beach Hotel 90th Anniversary Gala Dance

When: May 16

Cost: $57

Rosarito Beach Hotel celebrates its 90th anniversary with a deluxe dinner buffet, and a gala dance featuring live music from regional bands. Since its opening in 1925, the landmark lodging has hosted many of the world’s biggest celebrities – a sign above the lobby famously states “through this door pass the most beautiful women in the world” – including Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, and Ali Khan.

May Events in Baja

Rosarito6th Annual Rosarito Art Fest

When: May 23 – 24

Cost: Free admission

The biggest art fair in Baja California returns May 23-24, with a two block area around Blvd. Benito Juarez restricted to pedestrian traffic as regional painters, sculptors and photographers exhibit their work to an expected crowd of over 10,000 visitors.

 

 

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,  hotels  and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: April Events in Baja

April marks the return of one of Baja’s longest running events – the 68th annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race – as well as the premier of one of its most highly anticipated new ones: the inaugural running of the Bud Light Baja Sur 500, the first SCORE sanctioned point-to-point race held entirely in the peninsula’s southernmost state. And speaking of off-road races, NORRA’s vintage Mexican 1000, AKA “the Happiest Race on Earth,” returns with its annual fun-filled rally competition from Ensenada to Los Cabos.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

April Events in Baja

San Jose del Cabo Thursday Night Art Walk

When:  Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Cost:  Free admission

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite visitors to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

April Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas:  Circuito Cultural

When:  Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25

Cost:  Free admission

A Saturday fixture on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Circuito Cultural features paintings and sculptures from local artists, as well as wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

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San Jose del Cabo: 10th Annual Paws n’ Claws Open Golf Tournament and Dinner

When: Apr. 12

Cost: $125 – $375

This annual fundraiser for the Los Cabos Humane Society pairs an open golf tournament with raffles and prizes on the gorgeous Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean and Mountain Courses at Palmilla Golf Club with a cocktail reception and dinner at acclaimed Don Sanchez Restaurant in San Jose del Cabo.

April Events in Baja

Cabo San Lucas: Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500

When: Apr. 16 – 19

Cost: $1495 – $2390

The inaugural Bud Light sponsored Baja Sur 500 race will be the first SCORE sanctioned point-to-point competition held entirely in the state of Baja California Sur (the rugged off-road race begins in Cabo San Lucas and finishes in Loreto). Entry is available to several vehicle classes, including motorcycles, buggies, trucks, and ATVs.

April Events in Baja

Ensenada: 68th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race

When: Apr. 24 – 26

Cost: $225

Billed as the world’s largest international yacht race, this maritime contest and social extravaganza is an annual highlight of the NOSA (Newport Ocean Sailing Association) calendar, and has been since 1948. Past participants include celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Walter Cronkite, as well as world-class yachtsmen like Dennis Conner, Bill Ficker and Dave Ullman.

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Todos Santos:  4th Annual Gastrovino Baja Food and Wine Festival

When: Apr. 24 – 26

Cost: $400 pesos; $499 on Apr. 26

Organized annually by the owners of the wine and olive oil boutique La Bodega de Todos Santos, the 4th annual edition of this popular food and wine festival will include a pairing dinner at the historic Hotel California, as well as an all-day fiesta on the town’s plaza principal, with local restaurants, wine and winemakers from the Valle de Guadalupe, live music, and a silent auction to benefit local programs for children.

April Events in Baja

Ensenada:  6th Annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000

When: Apr. 25 – 29

Cost: $3167

The origins of “The Happiest Race on Earth” date back to 1967, when NORRA organized the inaugural running of the “Baja 1000.” Although that legendary race is now run under the SCORE banner, NORRA revived the spirit of those bygone days when it restarted the Mexican 1000 as a fun, vintage-style rally race in 2010. The 6th annual race starts in Ensenada, and courses down the peninsula through El Rosario, Bahia de Los Angeles, San Ignacio, Loreto, and La Paz, before finishing in Los Cabos.

 

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A Gringo in Mexico’s 10 Travel Warnings for Baja California

Thinking of Visiting Baja California? Check Out our Advisories Before You Go

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO – I’m often asked by stateside friends about our family’s experiences traveling in and around Baja California. We drive just south of the border from San Diego 2-3 times a month for weekend stays on the beaches of Rosarito Beach and Ensenada, great food and wine in the Valle de Guadalupe, art and culture in Tijuana and to check out other Baja California destinations and bring the story back to you, our readers. We enjoy sharing tales of our adventures and of course always encourage our amigos and amigas to visit for themselves or join us on a tour.

However, travel is never without its detours and potentially life-changing experiences. To make sure you get the most out of your trip, here are El Gringo’s 10 travel warnings to keep in mind when visiting Baja California…

1. You will be exposed to new and interesting cultures.

From the indigenous Kumiai to migrant families from all over Mexico, visiting Baja California may expose you to new and interesting people, food and cultures.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

Basket and plate weaving from the indigenous Kumiai at the Community Museum in Tecate, Baja Calfornia.

 2. You may develop a decreased tolerance for boring wines.

The Valle de Guadalupe supplies 90% of the vino consumed in Mexico. It’s also home to a burgeoning artisanal wine scene that is producing some imaginative and delicious blends.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

Wine tasting at Adobe Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.

3.  Street food.

El Gringo knows that street food in Baja California can be scary – scary good! From adobada(marinated pork) tacos and carne asada tortas in Tijuana to ceviche tostadas in Ensenada, there are many delicious and inexpensive options.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

Carne asada NY strip taco at Tacos Don Esteban, Tijuana, Baja California.

4.  Tijuana has a graffiti problem.

Not really, but the city does boast a lot of thoughtfully rendered street art. Check outPasaje Rodriguez, Avenida Revolución, Playas Tijuana and the parking lot/street art gallery at restaurant Verde y Crema for just a taste.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

Street art from local artists El Norteño and Glow in Pasaje Rodriguez, Tijuana, Baja California.

5.  Friendliness is contagious.

Baja Californians are notoriously friendly and typically easy-going. Locals welcome visitors with warmth and are always ready to help you with recommendations and directions to their favorite restaurant or cantina.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

Taking a picture of the picture guy in Puerto Nuevo, Baja California, Mexico.

6.  You will develop an aversion to frozen seafood.

Baja California has an abundance of fresh seafood. Fish and shellfish from the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez are found everywhere from vendors on the beach to several of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in Baja California.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

The day’s catch on display in Popotla, Baja California, Mexico.

 7.  You may notice an increased tendency to relax.

The sound of rolling waves through an open window at night. A glass of wine in a vineyard on a warm summer afternoon. Baja California has a reputation for relaxation. If not alert, you may experience a siesta. In a hammock.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

The tranquil view from restaurant El Poco Cielo in La Mision, Baja California.

8.  You may be bitten by the Foodie Bug.

Tijuana, Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe have become culinary hotspots on an international scale. You may not be able to resist taking a shot of that perfectly plated dish and posting it to Instagram before devouring it.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

Blue corn tostadas with mussels and beans, La Terrasse San Roman, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.

9.  You will experience spontaneous occurrences of fun.

Baja California provides its tranquillo moments, but the peninsula knows how to have fun too. FACT: There are more festivals than days of the year in Baja California – from the Rosarito Art Fairto the Baja California Culinary Fest.

Travel Warnings for Baja California

The Rosarito Beach Art Festival, Rosarito Beach, Baja California.

10.  You will develop an urge to return.

El Gringo’s señora is fond of saying that a single day in Baja California feels like three. Living in Southern California makes it easy for us to visit south of the border often. And we suggest that you do the same. Just heed these 10 travel warnings and it’s sure to be a great experience.

Your Gringo in Mexico,

Scott

 

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Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: March Events in Baja

Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: March Events in Baja

March is a busy month in Baja, with scores of events scheduled throughout the peninsula. The San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta is one of the most highly anticipated – a great lineup of performers are already on tap – and one of the most salutary, with proceeds going to benefit a local orphanage and other charities. And speaking of taps, beer lovers will not want to miss the upcoming Ensenada Beer Fest, home to savory suds from over 60 breweries in Baja and beyond.

There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.

Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.

March Events in Baja

San Jose del CaboThursday Night Art Walk

When:  Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26

Cost:  Free admission

Every Thursday evening between the months of November and June, fine arts galleries in San Jose del Cabo’s historic Distrito del Arte invite visitors to sip wine, stroll the downtown neighborhood’s cobblestone streets, and view paintings, sculptures and other pieces from some of Baja’s finest artists.

March Events in Baja

Cabo San LucasCircuito Cultural

When:  Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28

Cost:  Free admission

A Saturday fixture on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, the Circuito Cultural features paintings and sculptures from local artists, as well as wine and tequila tastings, cultural workshops, live music and folkloric dancing, and of course fine food at some of the city’s signature dining spots.

March Events in Baja

Todos Santos12th Annual Film Festival

When:  Mar. 12 – 22

Cost:  $50 – 100 pesos

This annual showcase for Mexican and Latin American films was founded in 1994, and is based each year at the historic Teatro-Cine Manuel Marquez de Leon, a landmark 70+ year old movie theater that overlooks the town square in Todos Santos, with additional screenings in nearby Pescadero, and Baja California Sur’s capital city, La Paz.

March Events in Baja

East CapeLos Barriles Dog Show

When: Mar. 15

Cost:  $50 pesos per dog; 20 pesos per spectator

Think your pooch has what it takes to be best in show? Find out at the inaugural dog show at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez in the beautiful East Cape town of Los Barriles. Canines are eligible to compete in up to six categories, including best costume, best trick, best looking and cutest pair, as well as in an agility event.

March Events in Baja

EnsenadaEnsenada Beer Fest

When:  Mar. 20 – 21

Cost:  $150 pesos

To brew or not to brew, that was really never a question. This Ensenada based celebration of Baja’s best craft beers will once again be set at the Centro Cultural Riviera, with a conference the first day, and an expo offering widespread sampling opportunities from over 60 peninsula, mainland and U.S. brewers on the second.

March Events in Baja

San Felipe9th Annual Blues and Arts Fiesta

When:  Mar. 27 – 28

Cost:  $25 presale; $30 at the gate

In addition to the many great blues bands performing on the center stage at Eldorado Ranch, the yearly fiesta will also boast 20-30 tents with artists exhibiting a huge variety of fine art – from jewelry and collectibles to painting and sculptures drums and iron creations – as well as a food court and 3-4 beer stations. Proceeds benefit local charities.

March Events in Baja

TijuanaLuis Miguel in Concert

When:  Mar. 28

Cost:  $500 – 5000 pesos

Mexican musical idol Luis Miguel, AKA “El Sol de Mexico”, will appear in Tijuana as part of his 2015 national tour. The beloved balladeer, who has garnered nine Grammys and sold over 100 million records worldwide, is scheduled to perform at Plaza Monumental.

 

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