February 2018 Baja Bulletin


Using NADA to Accurately Value Your Vehicle

When assessing the value of your vehicle for Mexican auto insurance, please use the NADA website to correctly calculate the value. In the case of an accident or theft, your Mexican auto insurance will reimburse based on mid-level NADA value.


fiestas_de_la_vendimia_2017_valle_de_guadalupe_baja_mexico2018 Fiestas de la Vendimia Dates Announced

Provino has announced the Fiestas de la Vendimia dates for 2018. The Valle de Guadalupe wine harvest festival will take place from July 26 to August 19, 2018. For more information about Vendimia and the calendar of events in English as it’s available, please see our Fiestas de la Vendimia page.


No More RV Camping at Estero Beach Resort

Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada has closed their RV camping area. The hotel remains open as usual, but they are no longer offering motorhome camping.


Join Baja Test Kitchen’s Baja Tasting Club – Membership is free!

Are you interested in exploring Baja California’s culinary movement with like-minded foodies, wine lovers, and craft beer aficionados? Join the Baja Tasting Club, and be the first to know about discounted group tasting tours exploring Baja California’s gastronomy. Membership is free!

From street tacos and craft beer, to handmade artisan wines, and chic five-star eateries, Baja Tasting Club members enjoy unique opportunities to explore the region’s cuisine. Geared towards Southern California foodies, Club members meet regularly on the U.S. side of the border, and cross down into Mexico as a group for same-day and multi-day culinary explorations of the Region. With input from members, Baja Test Kitchen programs new culinary excursions monthly. Round trip transportation, food, and beverage are included in the price of Club trips, which will vary based on itinerary.


Toll Road Price Increase

The toll for the toll road in northern Baja from Tijuana to Ensenada has increased. New prices are currently $35 mn pesos (US$2) for the Playas de Tijuana and Rosarito toll stations and $37 mn pesos for the El Sauzal/Ensenada toll station. Remember that unless you have a Mexican-issued credit card, you must pay the tolls in cash and you cannot mix currencies.


Carnaval La Paz 2018

Carnaval in La Paz

La Paz is home to the largest carnaval celebration on the peninsula. The festival includes multiple days of family-friendly activities, costumes, floats, and parades along the malecón. The 2018 La Paz Carnaval celebrations will run from February 8-13 this year.



ACE Mexican Auto Insurance Changing Name to CHUBB

As of January 2018, ACE Seguros has changed their name to CHUBB Seguros. If you currently have Mexican auto insurance coverage with ACE, you do not need to do anything. The coverage you have with ACE will remain the same and the phone numbers on your policy will still work. Insurance coverage and prices have remained the same, just the name has changed.


FMM tourist permit visa baja mexico

FMM Tourist Permits Price Increase

Effective January 1 2018, the Mexican government raised the price for FMM tourist permits to $533 pesos. The price for prepaid FMMs through Discover Baja is now US$37. For more information about FMM tourist permits, or to get a prepaid FMM through Discover Baja, please see our FMM Page.



Accessing Your Mexican Auto Insurance Policies

If you need to access your Mexican auto insurance policies to review or print, you can always log into your DBTC member account to do so. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how.



Join Baja Custom Tours for a 2018 Gray Whale Trip

Come join famous Baja author Graham Mackintosh on this Baja Custom Tours special trip to see whales, the Sea of Cortez, and the mountains of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. Share close encounters with the Gray Whales in Scammon’s Lagoon, stories and locations in Graham’s Baja books, and a great time with friends in this all-inclusive 8 day/7 night tour from March 22nd – March 29th, 2018. $1,695 per person, double occupancy. Call the Discover Baja office at 619-275-4225 to book or learn more.



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