Baja news & stories

Hundreds spared, four kids hit

Victims of Baja 500 accident likely to be okay

Four children were among eight spectators injured on Saturday morning, June 6, at the outset of the 47th running of the Baja 500 off-road race in Ensenada, according to multiple press accounts. The onlookers were ...

30 miles south in Baja: Popotla & Rosarito

Foodie must-sees, including Popotla's off-the-beaten-path seafood heaven.

Up for a short drive to a different country? Rosarito Beach is just 20 scenic minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border – but it’s more Mexico than it is Tijuana, and adventures are waiting. The greatly ...

Another San Quintin biggie from the kayak

On Saturday I caught a personal best 48" halibut. Nobody around had seen one that big from the area and I was pretty jazzed. That's a big halibut, especially from a kayak. I ran into ...

For whom the tolls rankle

Playas de Tijuana residents say they have paid for the cost of the road

About 30 residents of Playas de Tijuana, holding placards and passing out pamphlets to motorists, gathered at around 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the entrance of the toll road to Ensenada. They assembled ...

Surfers saved a whole lot of paddling in San Quintín

Wow, we were in trouble

San Quintín sits about 200 miles south of San Diego near the southern end of the Valle de Guadalupe. The large bay there is ringed by inactive volcanoes; the main industry is berry farming. San ...

Baja zen: Guadalupe Canyon's oasis

Hidden palm oasis and hot-springs camping 4 hours southeast.

It's midafternoon, and the hot sun beats down on a remote desert road laying before me. I'm deep in the Mexican desert, thinking of shinrin-yoku. Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese practice of "forest bathing" to enhance ...

South of the border comfort food

Voodoo Stu brings Southern home cooking to Tijuana

Voodoo Stu probably could have gotten away with calling his cooking “Rural-Creole-Baja Cuisine” or some drummed up stuff like that, but he didn’t. Instead, the Atlanta-raised chef simply calls it “Southern comfort food,” and it ...

Teachers' strike holds strong in Baja

Lack of pension payouts the big issue

My eight-year-old godson in Tijuana has been sending me various versions of sad emoticons on Facebook for more than a week now. He is unhappy because, after a lengthy Easter vacation, school did not resume ...

Playa y vino: best bets for a Baja weekend

Escape to La Misión (K-59) and these Guadalupe Valley vineyards.

Like many other folks, my wife and I like tasty wines and panoramic ocean views, especially if they’re less than an hour away. So we often head out to La Misión, a tiny Baja village ...

Baby whale bites dust

Mexican environmental authorities recently buried a juvenile gray whale that died after becoming trapped on the shoreline near the border of Playas de Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. The young whale, about 42 feet long and ...

Cheese dreams in Baja's Ojos Negros

One-of-a-kind foodie escape just 40 minutes east of Ensenada.

It’s a holdover from Baja's Gold Fever days. A hideaway from the bustle of Ensenada. Drive an hour inland through curvy roads, past an ashram and a blue Madonna painted on a boulder, and eventually ...

Driscoll's and Berrymex, lookin' at you

Striking San Quintín farmers decry abuses by agricultural companies

Dry air and native plant life overlooking a bay are the gorgeous dress in which the mountains of Baja welcome anyone with the time and taste to appreciate the natural landscape of Ensenada. But the ...

Clammin' for nothin'

I couldn't help but think of a line from the crabbing show Deadliest Catch when it was a slow day: "We're crabbin' for nothing!" The difference was that I was looking for chocolate clams on ...

Check the weather first!

You know it's windy when you're being pelted in the face by sand and you're still 100 yards offshore.

Yesterday I decided to paddle across the San Quintin Bay mouth to a trench in the channel that had produced a decent 28" halibut for me the day before. It is a tricky little spot, ...

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