March 2023 Baja Bulletin

TIPs for Motorhomes and Vehicles

Mexico is requiring TIPs for motorhomes and RVs that are left in storage in Baja. Learn more details in our article about TIPs in Baja.

Daylight Savings

On March 12, the U.S. and the state of Baja California (norte) will go onto Daylight Savings, “springing” ahead one hour. Mexico voted to eliminate Daylight Savings beginning in 2023 with the exception of border zones. Therefore, while the state of Baja California (norte) will continue to follow the U.S. schedule for Daylight Savings, the state of Baja California Sur will not change time anymore and will always remain on standard time.

New PBS Port of Entry Podcast

KPBS will be launching a new podcast in March called “Port of Entry” featuring cross-border stories from the San Diego/Tijuana region. You can learn more or subscribe at the link here. You can find a list of all Baja-related PBS shows and podcasts on the KPBS website (including a link to stream the new Harry Crosby documentary).

Safety Reminder

As when traveling anywhere in the world, please remember to use vigilance when traveling in Baja. Only drive during daylight hours, camp in designated campsites, and be cautious if out late a night.

Plans for Transpeninsular Passenger Train

Mexico has announced plans for a passenger train that will connect the entire country and will traverse the peninsula from Tijuana to Cabo. There are 11 planned stations for the Baja line with trains running every 30 minutes. The train is expected to be up and operating in four years.

Semana Santa

A reminder that Semana Santa (Holy Week) will be April 1-9 this year, with Easter on Sunday, April 9th. This is always a very busy time for travel in Baja, especially for beach destinations. Be sure to make hotel reservations in advance.

Mexico Bans Great White Shark Cage Diving at Isla Guadalupe

Mexico has banned great white shark cage diving at the waters surrounding the remote island of Isla Guadalupe. The ban expands on a suspension that went into effect in May 2022 halting cage diving and sportfishing in the area. The area was visited primarily by liveaboards that took tourists the the area to cage dive with the great white sharks.

San Diego and Tijuana named Design Capital for 2024

San Diego and Tijuana have been jointly named World Design Capital for 2024 by the World Design Organization as a result of their commitment to human-centered design and legacy of cross-border collaboration. 2024 will bring a year-long series of public events, conferences, policy summits, workshops and collaborative projects that will celebrate the region while advancing key project work. For more information, visit the WDC 2024 website.

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