Mexico

How Baja's 16,000 squatters affect your Airbnb

"All homes that are foreclosed are invaded"

Skyline resident C. Valdez saw the January 12 news of the reported 16,000 abandoned homes in Baja California — with 4,000 in Tijuana — that are “invaded” and inhabited by squatters. “It’s a big problem ...

The torta at the end of the tunnel

Crossing the border to fly has its benefits

For most of my adult life, the intentional misspelling Xpress has been applied to services including oil changes and dry-cleaning — it certainly hasn’t been a word I associate with crossing international borders. But Cross ...

Baja 1000 mis-adventure for El Cajon father and son

"Rain and mud forced the transmission to work harder."

El Cajon residents Felipe Mojica and his 15-year-old son Gabriel agreed to speak with me before and throughout the six days (November 19-24) they worked on the annual Baja 1000 off-road race. “The race was ...

Friendship Garden at border bulldozed

Chanting and a moment of silence follows

On January 12 at about 10 am, a handful of San Diegans travelled across the border to meet with Tijuana locals behind the Plaza Monumental de Playas de Tijuana — The Bullring by the Sea. ...

Mexican minimum wage raised to $6.50 a day

$9.79 a day near the border

On December 16, Mexican news outlets reported of a soon to be increase in minimum wage throughout Mexico. The National Commission of Minimum Wages (Conasami) created a new Economic Wage Zone for municipalities located within ...

Accident at Ensenada parade of lights

Patrons getting on boats piled up

“I was there at that time with my family and after we crossed the bridge,” said Martin G., “it was about 30 seconds after, when I heard it fall.” On the evening or Dec. 14, ...

Tijuana’s Cerveceria Insurgente has its brewery back — for now

Baja’s esteemed craft brewer survived with help of a hush hush taproom, and beer friends

On Wednesday, December 18, Tijuana craft brewer Cerveceria Insurgente resumed making beer in its Zona Rio brewery for the first time since October 5, when municipal authorities abruptly closed the property, reportedly at the behest ...

The ways they cheat crossing the border

$20 to cut into a different lane

Police at the border have been getting involved in line disputes as line-cutting tactics have grown more sophisticated, and extortion of Americans crossing north more prevalent. “On our way back from Ensenada we came back ...

Verde y Crema resumes service, this time on La Revu

Beloved Tijuana restaurant is back with Baja-inspired favorites, old and new

A feather in Tijuana’s culinary cap since it opened in 2013, farm to table restaurant Verde y Crema closed the doors of its site near the Club Campestre de Tijuana golf course in mid-2018, offering ...

Bike stolen from Hotel Del Coronado recovered from Tijuana swap meet

BikeIndex.org finds the $6000 electric bicycle

‘I didn’t think I was ever going to see my $6000 bike again,” said Scott S. “But I did, thanks to the law enforcement agencies collaborating, and to ‘Bob’ for initially messaging me.” At 2 ...

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 ...

170 cans a month for Netflix

At Tijuana's Ley supermarkets

On October 13, B. Cardenas was alerted on her phone: she had a little over two weeks to turn in her cans — to receive her free Netflix. “I saw the post on ‘Face,'” she ...

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 ...

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