November 2016 Baja Bulletin

baja-1000-course-mapBaja 1000: Nov. 16-20

The Baja 1000 will be November 16-20. The course will be a loop race this year, beginning and ending in Ensenada. If you are planning on staying or traveling between Ensenada and El Rosario between now and the race, make sure you have reservations in advance. Due to pre racing and other events, many hotels are sold out for dates before the actual race as well. More information.


SimplePay Launches for Automatic Bill Pay in Mexico

A new online product, SimplePay, has been launched to help pay Mexican utility bills online. Sign up for an account, add your bills, and receive monthly statements via email. For more information:


Temporary Vehicle Permits for Mainland Mexico

A reminder that while temporary vehicle import permits are not required for Baja, they are mandatory for travel in Mainland Mexico (the western part of Sonora where Puerto Peñasco is located is exempt). Permits must be obtained before entering mainland Mexico, either at the border or at the ferry terminal in Pichilingue (La Paz). If you are caught in mainland Mexico without a vehicle importation permit, your car can be confiscated and impounded permanently. Read More.


Boats with Old Uncanceled TIPs

If you live in/around the Phoenix area and have a boat with a TIP from a previous owner that needs to be canceled, Customs authorities will be visiting the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix on November 10-11 exclusively to cancel TIPs. Make sure you have the original vessel documentation/registration and your passport in hand to prove current ownership.

November 10 & 11 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Mexican Consulate Phoenix
320 E McDowell Rd #105, Phoenix, AZ 85004


discover-baja-caravansNew! Discover Baja Caravans

We’ve started a Discover Baja Caravans group page on Facebook to give you a tool to help coordinate caravans down the peninsula with like-minded Baja travelers. Join now!


El Triunfo’s La Romana Smokestack to be Restored

The iconic “La Romana” smokestack in El Triunfo, BCS will be receiving a much-needed restoration. Find out how you can help through the adopt-a-brick program or attending the El Triunfo Festival Gastronómico on November 19th. Read More.


corazon de vida kidsHoliday Philanthropy

If you’re looking for ways to help support Baja charities this season the International Community Foundation (ICF) Giving Guide is full of worthy Baja California Sur nonprofits, or find out how we’re helping Northern Baja orphanages through Corazón de Vida


Baja Ferries: Service to Topolobampo Resumed

Baja Ferries has resumed ferry service from La Paz to Topolobampo as of Wednesday, November 9, 2016. For tickets, schedules and more information visit For our insider tips about taking the ferry, read Taking the Baja Ferry from Baja to Mainland..


Ice Source in San Diego

Anglers looking for a good ice source in San Diego should check out San Diego Ice Company.  They carry dry ice and blocked ice among cubes, crushed, and snow.

One thought on “November 2016 Baja Bulletin

  1. Lesley Gardinier says:

    Thank you for the wonderful info on the Baja ferries! I really want to do that.

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