COVID Update in Baja
Non U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation are now permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry. Non-essential travelers who are not U.S. citizens are required to (1) provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and (2) verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection. More information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.
Anyone flying back into the U.S. from Mexico regardless of citizenship or vaccination status must show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours. US citizens driving across the border or crossing through CBX are still allowed back into the US without proof of COVID vaccinations with no COVID test required.
COVID numbers are up all along the peninsula. Please wear a mask, get vaccinated and boosted, and travel with your vaccination card. Refer to our road conditions page for the latest updates.
Mexican Fishing License and Conservation Passport Website Down
The Mexican government website to process fishing licenses and to issue the conservation passports is currently not working. We are in contact with PESCA to try to remedy the problem, but are currently not able to issue fishing licenses or the conservation passports.
Christmas for Orphans
Thank you to those of you who donated Christmas gifts to Baja orphans via Corazón de Vida. With all groups and good people, CDV delivered well over 1000 gifts for more than 300 children this past Christmas.
San Diego and Tijuana Jointly Named World Design Capital
The World Design Organization announced that San Diego and Tijuana will jointly be named the “World Design Capital” for 2024. This is the first time the biennial designation has gone to two cities in two different countries. The region was chosen for its “commitment to human-centered design and legacy of cross-border collaboration to transform the region’s natural and built environments,” the World Design Organization said in a press release. Once the designation begins in 2024, both cities will host multiple events to feature the region’s approach to design.
The Passing of Alex DePue
Talented violinist Alex DePue passed away on January 27th after being involved in a car crash in Northern Baja. DePue was classically trained on the violin from a young age and used to play with Miguel De Hojas around Baja. His musical talents will be missed by many.
New Fee to Access Playa Balandra
There is now a 50 peso fee to access Playa Balandra in La Paz. The beach is still free to La Paz locals but foreign and national tourists must pay the fee to access the beach. Capacity is limited to 280 cars so plan to arrive early.
Three New Marinas Coming to La Paz
Three new marinas are planned to be built this year in La Paz—one in Pichilingue near the ferry terminal, a second near La Posada hotel, and a third near El Manglito the local fishermen’s area.
U.S. Consulate Warns Travelers about St. Luke’s Hospital in Cabo
The U.S. Consulate has warned U.S. citizens to stay away from St. Luke’s, a hospital in Cabo San Lucas. The consulate has received many complaints about the hospital for preying on tourists by withholding care for payment, failing to provide itemized lists of charges, ordering unnecessary procedures, withholding U.S. passports, obstructing medical evacuations, and refusing to discharge patients without payment. Be aware that some resorts and taxi drivers have contracts or are rewarded monetarily for taking patients to the hospital. If you require medical attention, the Consulate has published a PDF list of hospitals for the entire peninsula that we recommend you print and take with you when you travel.
No Service for U.S. Vehicles at Chevrolet Dealerships
Be advised that the Chevrolet dealerships in Tijuana and Ensenada will not service Chevrolet vehicles with U.S. plates.