December 2018 Baja Bulletin

Border Update

The San Ysidro and Otay Mesa borders have been temporarily closed on a few occasions in the past few weeks for exercises and safety reasons due to the migrant caravan. The borders are all currently open and operating. For the latest on border closures, you can follow CBP San Diego on Twitter or check in on our Baja Road Conditions page.


FMM Tourist Permits for 2019

There are usually changes to the cost and/or format for the FMM tourist permits that go into effect on January 1st. If you will not be crossing the border to get your FMM stamped by December 31st, Discover Baja will not be able to issue your FMM until the beginning of January when we are certain of the changes. If you have any questions, please call the office at 800-727-2252. For more information on FMMs, visit our FMM Tourist Permits page.


Aletha Patchen

The Passing of Aletha Patchen

Aletha Patchen passed away on November 11th at the age of 89. A great adventurer, Aletha was the first woman to cross the finish line and to win both the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000. Aletha and her husband Marvin were Baja enthusiasts and write two books about Baja, “Baja Adventures by Land, Sea, and Air” and “Baja Outpost: The Guest Book from Patchen’s Cabin.” The later was a book recounting the stories of travelers who stopped at their cabin in Cataviña on their way to or from Baja adventures. Aletha passed away one week before her 90th birthday.


Free Copies of “Loreto: The Future of the First Capital of the Californias”

Stop by the Discover Baja office to pick up your complimentary copy of “Loreto: The Future of the First Capital of the Californias.” The book is free, but we ask that you make a small donation that will be given to Corazón de Vida. While you’re in the office, you can also peruse our selection of books, maps, charts, guides, t-shirts, Mata Ortiz pottery, and more! You can also shop our full 2019 gift guide online.


2019 Motorcycle Trips for Women

Motobird Adventures is offering two Baja motorcycle trips for women in 2019. By women and for women, there are two different Baja trips being offered in 2019 – the Baja Paved Roads Motorcycle Tour in January 2019 or the Baja Dual Sport Motorcycle Tour in September 2019.


todos santos writers workshopTodos Santos Writers Workshop

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop will take place from February 2-9, 2019. Participants will enjoy craft workshops in the art of Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir and Poetry for writers at all levels led by noted authors, editors, and publishing professionals.  Short stories, poems and essays are read and critiqued by the workshop leaders in a participatory setting. Applicants are chosen based on writing samples submitted and a phone interview. Applicants choose one workshop–Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, or Poetry–and attend 3-hour daily sessions each morning with their assigned instructor. Afternoons are reserved for writing, special seminars, or just exploring the town, its quiet roads, and spectacular beaches where whales frolic offshore and turtle hatchlings make a dash to the sea. DBTC members receive a 15% discount on tuition. Learn more.


2019 Gray Whale Trips

Join Baja Custom Tours for one of their 2019 whale watching trips! These all-inclusive 8 day/7 night trips will depart from San Diego and highlight some of the best attractions that the peninsula has to offer on the way to and from Guerrero Negro where you’ll experience the gray whales. Two separate February itineraries available. Learn More.


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!





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