Vagabundos del Mar
We appreciate your interest in the Vagabundos del Mar Boat & Travel
Club, the oldest and only non-profit travel
organization specializing in Baja California. We are incorporated in
the State of California as a Non-Profit corporation. We truly
have the best membership service because that's the primary function
of the Vags - to give its members the best service possible! Regardless
of what others may advertise, all other "clubs" or similar Baja travel
organizations are "For Profit" businesses or outfitters. Please keep
this in mind when comparing the Vags to other organizations as this distinction
is the biggest (and most important) difference between the Vagabundos
and those who would have you believe they are the same.
We are confident that when you participate in our
numerous fun-oriented RV-ing, boating and travel events you will be rewarded
repeatedly through new friendships and the sharing of knowledge and experiences
which are always unselfishly offered by fellow members.
A brief history of the club may be helpful to you in becoming acquainted
with us and also serve to explain how it came to be and what we stand
The club had its real beginning in 1966 as a result of a group of trailer
boaters who "buddied" up on a trip to Mexico's Sea of Cortez.
The relating of this adventure attracted others with similar interests,
more trips resulted, and the sharing of experience and knowledge became
an integral part of this group and the ultimate cornerstone of the club.
After several years of this informal association, we were encouraged
to mold into an organization through which we could expand our opportunity
to share, learn and, more importantly, extend our RV travels and boating
fun to other interesting places. One of the tangible benefits of getting
organized has proven to be our ability to obtain or create good deals
for members on various travel services - low-cost insurance, budget Adventure
Tours, discounts, books, clothing and more. We operate a Ship's Store
providing discount items, sell insurance, conduct
guided Adventure Tours, stock Mexican Tourist Permits and Fishing Licenses,
offer information over the phone and generally help our 10,000 members
travel safely with current information on travel conditions. No one does
it better than the Vagabundos. The only thing going up with us is our
level of service.
Today, reports from far-flung members document that the club burgee is
flying year-round on land and water adventures to Alaska, the San Juan
Islands, the California Delta, and
throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. There is increasing interest by
members in SCUBA diving, board sailing, off-road 4WD adventures and a
myriad of other outdoor activities.
Our club was incorporated in the State of California in 1971 as a non-profit
corporation. We took our name "Vagabundos del Mar" from the
Mexican fishermen who used to roam the Sea of Cortez in sailing log canoes,
prominently portrayed in the book "Sea of Cortez" by the late
Ray Cannon. Although they have become a vanishing breed on the Cortez,
they truly were "Vagabonds" or "Gypsies of the Sea".
As our numbers have grown, we certainly have become an extension of their
belief of freedom on the water, as well as on land.
Our newsletter, the Chubasco,
which loosely translated means "the big wind", is a familiar
item to those acquainted with the Sea of Cortez. After reading a few issues,
you will no doubt agree with our choice of this title. We have a lot of
fun with it and we're told each issue is eagerly awaited by members to
find out what is happening.
Our members best realize the benefits by participating in the activities.
No other Baja travel club offers this sort of program. We believe in using
our RV's and our boats, which come in all shapes and sizes, even though
membership does not require that you have either.
Our annual Crab Feed provides an opportunity to renew old
friendships, make new ones, review past adventures and plan anew for the
Probably what best describes why we continue to operate a truly non-profit
organization comes from the many members who have told us, "We use
our equipment and have more fun since becoming a Vagabundo than ever before."
Many Vagabundo RV and boat trip travel acquaintances have become life-long
friends. Our club continues today on the above concepts. That's what it's
all about, amigo. You have the opportunity to "get on board"
with the greatest bunch of fun-loving, adventurous tow-boaters and RV'ers
to be found anywhere.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN?