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Moving around Baja

The Baja Peninsula, situated in the western region of Mexico, lies on the border to the United States and is easily accessible to tourists and business travelers. It also has strong maquiladora (i.e., foreign owned assembly lines) and export industries.

These factors among others are the catalysts to the improvement of the transportation system in the region. The construction of the Baja highway greatly eased the movement of people and goods going in and out of Baja. Prior to this, Baja was only accessible through small planes or high clearance vehicles which can navigate through rugged roads.

There are several international airports servicing the Baja region. The ones which accommodate commercial flights are located in Tijuana, Mexicali, La Paz, Los Cabos, and Loreto. Travelers going to Baja California Sur usually utilize the Loreto airport while tourists who want to explore the central part of the Baja region land on Los Cabos International Airport. Some of the airlines providing service to Baja airports are Aero California, Aviacsa, Aero Mexico, Aerolitoral, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, American Airlines, Blue Pacific Air, and American West.

For land travel, tourists can take the bus, rent a car or RV, or simply bring their own vehicles. Greyhound buses from the US run from Los Angeles and San Diego to Tijuana. From the US border, there are several bus services taking tourists to Tijuana, Rosarito, and even directly to the Foxploration movie park.

It’s a 24-hour travel via bus from Tijuana to the southern tip of the Peninsula. There are three major bus companies servicing this route: Autotransportes de Baja California (ABC), Transportes Aquila, and Tres Estrelles de Oro. There are also shuttle buses taking passengers from the airports to the nearest cities or town centers.

Car rentals are offered in all international airports and major cities at competitive rates. Tourists can also arrange for a rental in advance through their travel agents. Some of the rental companies are Avis, Hertz, Alamo, National, Dollar, Budget, Thrifty, and Advantage. RVs are the most common rental vehicle in Baja. There are a lot of private RV parks which accommodate campers at affordable rates while the public beaches are open to all for free.

Travelers also have the option of driving their own vehicles. Travel guides advise that they should first obtain car insurance for Mexico before embarking on a road trip. Most roads have no shoulders and are on open range, with goats and cows roaming around and grazing on the roadside.

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