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Dream Stay at Casa Mediodia

July 16, 2014 in BC - Ensenada, Business Feature, Discounts, Lodging, Places to Stay, Things to Do / See

Casa Noon - 6Off the grid, just south of Punta Banda, is a little gem that has found itself nestled perfectly amongst Baja’s magic charm. Casa Mediodia, (“mid-day” in Español) is also known as Noon’s, and this charming, off-grid, solar powered bed and breakfast inn just south of Ensenada is a welcoming addition to this popular part of the Baja Peninsula. Proprietors Bruce and Irene fell in love with the area when they visited almost a decade ago, and couldn’t wait to get back to make their dreams of opening Casa Mediodia become a reality.

DISCOUNT – When planning a stay at Casa Mediodia, be sure to let them know and show your Baja Good Life Club Membership Card and receive $5 off your next visit. Read the rest of this entry →

Ensenada Baja California, Mexico

July 15, 2014 in Baja Living, BC - Ensenada, Guidebook, Things to Do / See, Traveling Baja

Green-doors-in-EnsenadaEnsenada Baja California, Mexico

31*51’49 N and 116*36’0.16 W
Population: 685,075 (2010 census),
Elevation: 52 feet (16 meters) above sea level
Area code: 646
Postal code: 22850

Ensenada is very accessible to U.S tourists as it is located about 70 miles (116 kilometers) south of the border crossing from San Diego to Tijuana. A bus ride from Tijuana to Ensenada is just a $15 bus ticket. Ensenada is the third largest metropolis in the Mexican State of Baja California. Ensenada sits in Bahia de Todos Santos on the Pacific Ocean. This part of the coast is home to some unusually deep ocean water. The busy port in Ensenada is used for shipping and fishing. It is also a very popular cruise ship port that brings thousands of visitors to Ensenada each year. Read the rest of this entry →

Eating Tacos in Baja

July 12, 2014 in Food & Dining

In Baja California, tacos are widely available in street stands, market stalls, or restaurants. Out of these three options, the street stands are the best option for any person looking to get the best taco as quickly as possible.

The preparation of tacos uses various fillings, such as pork, beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and cheese. The filling is garnished with salsa, avocado, guacamole, cilantro, onions, lime, lettuce, and tomatoes. The most common kinds of tacos are Tacos de Carne Asada, Tacos al Pastor, Tacos Dorados, Tacos de Pescado, and Tacos de Camarones. Read the rest of this entry →

Rosarito Beach (Playa de Rosarito)

July 10, 2014 in Baja Living, BC - Rosarito Beach, Guidebook, Things to Do / See, Traveling Baja

Rosarito Art FestRosarito Beach

32*21’32 N and 117*03’22 W
Population: 65, 278 (2010 census)
Elevation: 46 feet (16 meters) above sea level
Area Code: 664
Postal Code: 22700

FUN FACT – Remember the Pet Rocks fad of 1975? It was conceived in Los Gatos, California by advertising executive Gary Dahl and although the fad only lasted the year, most people can still remember them. The stones were imported from Rosarito Beach, then swaddled in packing material (usually hay or straw for the rock’s “comfort”) and nestled in a small cardboard box (with air holes for the rock to “breathe”), similar to a pet carrier. The Pet Rock made Dahl a millionaire. With the proceeds, he opened the ironically named “Carrie Nation’s” bar in downtown Los Gatos, California. Read the rest of this entry →

Vineyards of Baja

July 9, 2014 in Baja Living, BC - Ensenada, BC - Mexicali, BC - Rosarito Beach, BC - San Felipe, BC - San Quintin, BC - Tecate, BC - Tijuana, Food & Dining, Things to Do / See

wine-glass-160Winemaking in Mexico dates back to the 16th century when the Spaniards arrived in this part of the continent. This long history turns Mexico into the oldest wine producing area of the Americas.

The total surface of land that is used for growing vineyards in Mexico has been estimated to around 6,200 acres. This land is distributed in three separate areas: La Laguna area (Coahuila and Durango), the central area (Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Querétaro), and Baja California (Guadalupe, San Vincente, and Santo Tomas Valleys). Read the rest of this entry →

The Mexican Cocktail

July 8, 2014 in BC - Bahia de Los Angeles, BC - Cataviña, BC - Ensenada, BC - Mexicali, BC - Rosarito Beach, BC - San Felipe, BC - San Quintin, BC - Tecate, BC - Tijuana, BCS - La Paz, BCS - Loreto, BCS - Los Barriles, BCS - Los Cabos, BCS - Mulege, BCS - Todo Santos, Food & Dining, Guidebook

margarita-1The margarita is a Mexican cocktail made with tequila, an orange-flavored liqueur, and lime or lemon juice, and often served with salt on the glass rim. According to Wikipedia, it’s the most common tequila-based cocktail in the United States, and first-hand knowledge tells me it is also equally as popular in Baja. The most common margarita is served shaken over ice, or blended with ice, and sometimes the addition of fruit.

Although no one can say for sure when the Margarita was created, there are a few stories that circulate and depending on whom you ask, they’ll stick to that story. The most popular of these stories is Baja Read the rest of this entry →

Telcel Menu & Voicemail Translations

July 8, 2014 in Baja Living, BC - Bahia de Los Angeles, BC - Cataviña, BC - Ensenada, BC - Mexicali, BC - Rosarito Beach, BC - San Felipe, BC - San Quintin, BC - Tecate, BC - Tijuana, BCS - La Paz, BCS - Loreto, BCS - Los Barriles, BCS - Los Cabos, BCS - Mulege, BCS - Santiago, BCS - Todo Santos, Communication, Tips & Tricks

1307594_mobile_phone_in_hand-150x150Telcel Menu & Voicemail Tranlations

Dial *333 it’s the general menu of Telcel and there is an option to change the whole thing into English by pressing the pound “#” key. Then option 2 to change it for English, last step is to press pound “#” key to confirm the change. 

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Border Crossing App

July 7, 2014 in BC - Mexicali, BC - Tecate, BC - Tijuana, Border Crossings, Communication, Guidebook, News, Traveling Baja

tumblr_m8uv7bBaRx1rrcyn5Great news for our border wait problem!  There is a new app available for smartphones and iPads that sends a plea to U.S. officials for additional federal funding to solve transportation delay problems.  The app is called “I’m Stuck”.  It is free to download and easy to use.  The app automatically forwards a complaint or message directly to the user’s representatives in the U.S. Senate and House.

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Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

June 15, 2014 in BC - Tijuana, Guidebook, Things to Do / See

Tijuana_Border_Traffic_Wiki_2014 Tijuana Baja California, Mexico

32*52’50” N    117*00’33” W
Population: 1,784,034 (2010 census)
Elevation: 104 feet (32 meters)
Postal Code: 22420
Area Code: 664

As the largest city on the Baja California Peninsula, Tijuana is the most visited border city in the world. Tijuana shares a nearly 15 miles (24 km) border with San Diego and it is estimated that more than 50 million people cross the border between these cities every year. This popular border sees some 300,000 people every single day. Read the rest of this entry →

Mexican Federal Highway 1

June 13, 2014 in BC - Ensenada, BC - Mexicali, BC - Rosarito Beach, BC - San Quintin, BC - Tecate, BC - Tijuana, BCS - La Paz, BCS - Loreto, BCS - Los Barriles, BCS - Los Cabos, BCS - Mulege, BCS - Santiago, BCS - Todo Santos, Guidebook, Traveling Baja

road-1Mexican Federal Highway 1

Mexican Federal Highway (carretera federal) No. 1 follows the length of the Baja California Peninsula from Cabo San Lucas (BCS), at the southern end to Tijuana (BC) in the north. The road turns into Interstate 5 at the international border with the United States south of San Ysidro, California.

Highway 1 is often called the Carretera Transpeninsular or Transpeninsular Highway and runs a length of 1,711 km (1,063 mi) from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. Most of its length is two lanes. Construction was completed in 1973. Read the rest of this entry →