Baja news & stories

You can bring Baja lobsters across border for Thanksgiving

But don't try it at Easter

Al Meza loves eating fresh California spiny lobsters. “It got very expensive for me,” he said, “I used to spend about $600 on 18 California spiny lobsters from a Point Loma market; I can't afford ...

American ex-pats scared of deportation from Baja

No travel permit? You're outta here.

After news broke recently that Americans could be deported back to the U.S. if they didn’t have the proper documentation to be in Mexico — some expats residing in Baja and incoming snowbirds, reportedly went ...

Driving two hours for duck “tacos”

Chinese restaurants are just an excuse to visit Mexicali

From downtown San Diego, the drive to Mexicali took a little over two hours, most of it traveling east. Past the Cuyamacas, past the Jacumba hot springs, past the Desert View Tower and its surrounding ...

The other Baja adrenalin rush

San Pedro Martir is the longest hill climb race in the world

On September 20-21, a small group of off-road racers skipped the inaugural Baja 400 in Ensenada to race against one another towards the highest point on the Baja peninsula. “The San Pedro Martir Hill Climb ...

The problem with Rosarito's whale

Sharks like the fat, orcas like the liver

Dan M. and his fellow guests at the Club Marena rentals in Rosarito, had a rude awakening Saturday, September 7. “Our bedroom window is positioned about 50 meters that way, and at 2 am, she ...

Mexican Navy seizures affecting Baja lobster prices?

$30 a pound, $20 frozen in Ensenada,

On August 7, the Mexican Navy along with workers from the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries, secured 280 lobster traps and rescued and released 740 lobsters in Ejido Eréndira, a small community about 62 ...

More hope for Baja's totoaba

But not the vaquita

On the weekend of July 20-21, Earth Ocean Farms released 40,000 juvenile 3-4 month-old-totoabas at Bahía de Concepción in Baja California South. “I can guarantee that the totoaba will never go extinct, because we can ...

The curve of death at El Mirador

"That July 13 morning was extremely foggy"

In the last week, videos and photos surfaced of truck drivers that lost control by El Mirador, between the Rosarito and Ensenada toll booths — backing up north- and south-bound traffic on the four-lane Mexican ...

Kayak goes missing in Bahia Asuncion, then returned

There’s not a lot of crime here

My kayak, which I foolishly leave at the center-town ramp in Bahia Asuncion, went missing. I have a hard time loading and unloading the bulky thing, and it made it easier to leave the stripped ...

This time Baja 500 warns the selfie takers

Last year's close calls cited in warning video

On June 1, Felipe M., a San Diego offroad photographer, drove down to Ensenada to cover the Baja 500 race for his Baja Sports fanpage. He found a remote spot and parked his vehicle close ...

Still snowing in Baja

“The cold temperatures should’ve ended on March 21”

Some of the Baja 500 and San Pedro Martir Hillclimb racers are concerned about the “weird” weather reported in Baja. On May 23, the Mexico Secretary of Environmental Protection reported 1″ snowfall at the San ...

Ingredients tell a story at Corazon de Tierra

Valle de Guadalupe tale has happy beginning, eight happy middles, three happy endings

The meal started with a platter of shellfish, each harvested off the coast of Baja California, whether on the Pacific or Sea of Cortez side. There were kumamoto oysters, tiny Cortez clams swimming in local ...

The moral dilemma of the chicken on La Rumorosa

Leave frozen food on the side of the highway?

At about 8 am on April 19, motorists ascending La Rumorosa’s windy two-lane road witnessed a truck hauling a trailer plunge down an 80-meter embankment into a canyon. La Rumorosa, a municipality of Tecate about ...

Surfing owes a lot to Baja

Ensenada a mecca for board builders

The Baja Peninsula is a Rorschach test. Visitors see heaven or hell in an arid landscape. Three million-plus citizens see a homeland free of the congestion of their northern neighbors. Surfers see a crooked finger ...