December 2019 Baja Bulletin


Help Support the Firefighters of Valle de Guadalupe

After the recent fires in northern Baja that threatened the Valle de Guadalupe, the wine association Provino has set up a fund to help upgrade the equipment and training for the underfunded local El Porvenir fire department. The all-volunteer fire department has been using hand-me-down gear and obsolete equipment that is sorely in need of an upgrade. You can learn more and support the fire fighters by donating to their Go Fund Me page. You can also help by purchasing a copy of Scott Koenig’s book Seven Days in The Valle. 75% of proceeds of books purchased through December 31st will go to benefit the firefighters.


Tourist Tax in Baja California Sur

On November 9, 2019, the state of Baja California Sur began charging a tax of $350 pesos (about $18.50 US) to foreign tourists staying for more than 24 hours. The tax is payable at kiosks at the airports for visitors arriving by air. For visitors arriving by sea, the port authority can collect the tax. For travelers arriving by car, the tax can be paid at hotels or other accommodation providers. The state said that the tax is for use of infrastructure and will be used to fund social service works.



Discover Baja Has Moved Offices!

Just a reminder that we have moved offices! Our new address is 8322 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite 101-102, San Diego, CA 92111. We are located between Highways 805 and 163 and there is plenty of parking, even for motorhomes and towed units. Our phone numbers have remained the same but our fax number has changed to 858-430-6119.



The Journeys of Harry Crosby Completes Production

At 93 years old, Harry W. Crosby is a local hero and a Baja explorer and author who helped introduce much of the culture, history, and magic of the Baja California Peninsula to audiences north of the border. Cinewest Productions is collaborating with the San Diego History Center to raise  funds to complete The Journeys of Harry Crosby, a one hour documentary that will bring to life the work of this pioneering photographer, explorer and historian to international audiences through Public Television, museums, and online distribution. Learn more.



Conservation Passport

Discover Baja Now Processing Annual Conservation Passports for Biospheres

The Mexican Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) governs the protected biospheres of Mexico and requires visitors who are in these areas for any recreational activities (such as fishing the Coronado Islands) to purchase either a Biosphere Bracelet that is good for one day’s use, or an annual Conservation Passport, valid for one year. Discover Baja can now process the annual Conservation Passports for DBTC members. Learn more.






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