March 2019 Baja Bulletin


Daylight Savings: March 10th and April 7th

Daylight savings time will begin soon with clocks springing ahead one hour for the time change. The northern state of Baja California changes time at 2am on Sunday, March 10th (along with U.S.). The state of Baja California Sur does not change time until 2am on Sunday, April 7th. A reminder that Baja California Sur is normally one hour ahead of Baja California, so between March 10th and April 7th, the two states will be on the same time zone.


Semana Santa 2019 

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is April 13-21 this year. If you will be traveling in Baja during this time, be sure to make reservations and travel plans in advance as this is a very busy time for Mexican nationals to take vacation.


Now Offering Higher Coverage on Motorhomes and RVs

Discover Baja is now offering higher coverage for Mexican auto insurance on motorhomes and RVs. We can cover up to $300,000 for full coverage and up to $1 million for liability.


Delay on Processing SENTRI Applications and Renewals

Because of the government shutdown, the CBP is behind in processing SENTRI applications and renewals. If you already have SENTRI and have already applied for your renewal but your current card is expired and you have not received your new card yet, you are still able to use the SENTRI lane with your old card for six months past the expiration date. You are able to start the reapplication process for SENTRI within a year before your expiration. The earlier the better. For more information, you can call the SENTRI/Global Entry San Ysidro Enrollment Office at 619-690-8841.


A Guide to the Desert Plants of Bahía de los Ángeles

Available now in the Discover Baja online shop is A Guide to the Desert Plants of Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California. Norman Cole, retired professor of biology, has been visiting the LA Bay area since 1970 and now lives there part-time. He produced this easy-to-use guide book to assist amateur naturalists. The guide reduces the amount of botanic terminology normally used in plant identification publications and it is organized based upon 12 different plant characteristics. The book covers 135 plants with over 750 color photographs. Purchase now!


New Direct Volaris Flights from Tijuana to Loreto

Volaris is now offering direct flights from Tijuana to Loreto. To help promote the new route, Cross Border Xpress is offering free CBX tickets to cross from the U.S. to the Tijuana airport for anyone flying from Tijuana to Loreto during the months of March, April, and May 2019 (offer only available for redemption by showing Volaris boarding pass at the CBX counters, not available online).


Corazon de Vida golf tournamentGolf Tournament to Benefit Baja Orphanages

If you’re in the Mission Viejo area, hit the green on Thursday, April 25th, 2019, to join Corazón de Vida in celebrating 25 years of supporting orphaned and abandoned children in Baja. It will be a day filled with contests, raffles, amazing prizes and a delicious taco lunch and dinner! Learn more​


AMLO Announces Desalination Plant for Los Cabos

Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (referred to as AMLO), made a trip to Baja Sur recently and promised a desalination plant for Cabo, along with money for development and infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods of Cabo outside of the tourist zones. He also announced that the controversial mining project in the Sierra de la Giganta will not happen due to environmental concerns.


Vendimia Paella Fest

2019 Valle de Guadalupe Vendimia Dates Announced

The dates for the 2019 Vendimia have been announced by Provino. The Valle de Guadalupe wine harvest festival will take place from July 25, 2019 to August 18, 2019. The Salon de Vino will kick off the Vendimia on July 25th, the Muestra del Vino will take place on August 2nd, and the Concurso de Paellas will close the Vendimia on August 18th. If you plan on visiting Valle de Guadalupe during Vendimia, we recommend you book your hotel now! You can see our list of recommended accommodations on our Valle de Guadalupe Hotel page.


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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