May 2018 Baja Bulletin

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Ride Hailing Service Andale in Cabo

Ride hailing service Andale is now available in Los Cabos. The app uses a similar interface as Uber or Lyft and provides the same security and reliability while costing less than a taxi. You can request a ride in current time, or reserve a ride for later. For more information or to download the app, visit



baja expeditions whale shark tripsWhale Shark Live-Aboard Research Voyage

Join Baja Expeditions to participate in live-aboard research trips out of La Paz with local marine biologists studying whale shark populations. For more information about the trips, visit Baja Expeditions is currently offering a 20% discount available for any trips departing May 2018. Call or email Nicole at  858-997-4694 or


fiestas_de_la_vendimia_2017_valle_de_guadalupe_baja_mexico2018 Fiestas de la Vendimia – Tickets and Dates

The Valle de Guadalupe wine harvest festival will take place from July 26 to August 19, 2018. We’ve had a lot of inquiries about tickets for Concurso de Paellas and other Vendimia events. Tickets traditionally go on sale in June and we will send out a dedicated email to everyone about the tickets as soon as they are available, so keep an eye on your inbox! If there is a specific event you know you will want to attend, we recommend booking your hotel in advance now. See our list of Valle de Guadalupe Hotels for reference. For more information about Vendimia, as well as a calendar of events in English as it becomes available, please see our Fiestas de la Vendimia page.


Scorpion Bay airportScorpion Bay Private Airport Coming

There’s a new private airport coming to San Juanico, Scorpion Bay. The Scorpion Bay Airport will be a privately run airport operating less than a mile north of the pueblo of San Juanico. The airport will offer a variety of services including roundtrip transportation to/from San Juanico, hangar leases, aircraft/auto parking, 24/7 security, and pilot resources. Scorpion Bay Hotel Company is looking for Members who will get exclusive access to the new airport with all membership fees going directly to the airport construction. Membership is only $3 a day.  There will also be an on-site clinic so there is a need for medical professionals who would like to give back to the local community.  For more information, contact or US tel: +1-858-551-4900.



Join Baja Test Kitchen’s Baja Tasting Club

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!




Voting Abroad in 2018 – Primary Elections Beginning

It’s an election year and just because you live abroad, doesn’t mean your vote isn’t needed or counted. If you’re a U.S. ex-pat, please read the following message and information from the state department about voting abroad:

This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To register and request your absentee ballot, visit to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or contact

May Primaries:
May 8: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia;
May 15: Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania;
May 22: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas.

June Primaries:
June 5: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota;
June 12: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia;
June 19: Arkansas, District of Columbia;
June 26: Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah.


Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections:

  1. Request Your Ballot:  Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2018 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2018 elections.  The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.  The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.

You can complete the FPCA online at  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

  1. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
  2. Return Your Completed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials during regular business hours at the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana.  Place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.
  3. New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! – the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents.  Get more information here.

Researching the Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online.  You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website,  If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana’s Voting Assistance Officer at

Remember, your vote counts! Be absent but accounted for!


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