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11/22/13 There have been reports of faulty ATM machines in La Paz at HSBC Bank- one at the bank office in Central La Paz and one in Wal-Mart. The machines dispensed the cash and receipts, but did not return the cards. Another one will then need to be issued from the originating bank.
11/11/13 ROAD REPORT TECATE TO LORETO
Crossed the Tecate border at 2pm with no problems. 2 construction zones from Tecate to Ensenada both 1/2 mile long dirt road. 3 miles of dirt road/construction 12 miles north of Colonet. South of San Quintin to Loreto no construction, no problems no damage from storms the roads are in great condition.
TIP FOR TRAVELERS - New GPS units work in Mexico for directions and points of interest such as gas stations.
THE BIG QUESTION - Can you get Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel in Baja? El Rosario North yes, South of El Rosario no.
10/30/13 A meeting was held Thursday, October 17, in San Diego regarding FMMs required for fishing on boats in Mexican waters in the 12 mile zone from land.
We received information from the CONAPESCA Office in San Diego as to the new procedure for these FMMs. Mexican officials presented a website in Spanish to process FMMs online at http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Pesca_Deportiva_Turismo_Nautico. With this new system in place fishermen will have access to an FMM confirmation without having to stop at any border to validate their FMM. This will not take the place for land or air entries.
The price is $295 pesos and it is valid for 180 days, single entry. The website is in Spanish. Land entry FMMs for Baja crossings can be purchased through the Vagabundos Office. Immigration requires that this service be provided only to Members. A copy of a valid passport is required. You can get an application at http://www.vagabundos.com/PDF%20Forms/FMM%20Application.pdf
Fishing licenses are also offered through the office. Non-members can purchase them with a slightly higher service charge one time before having to become a Member.You can get an application at http://www.vagabundos.com/PDF%20Forms/Fishing_License_Application.pdf
10/8/13 Gary Graham shared information he has been receiving on Pemex stations accepting credit cards on the mainland and in Baja with good success. Both credit and debit cards are accepted at Pemex Stations in Ensenada, Tecate, San Quintin and El Rosario. Farther south cards are accepted at Santa Rosalia, Loreto and La Paz, and the newest station in Los Barriles it is reported.
It is important to call the bank or credit card company at least 48 hours before departing from home so the bank can approve outside of U. S. charges. This is a good idea for any purchases we’ve found. It might eliminate a call from Mexico to your bank. For fuel some banks ask for locations where the card will be used.
A good idea is to dedicate one card for use in Mexico with a low line of credit and have alert capabilities to your cell phone if you have data roaming. Where stations are using a mobil reader, the card in that case doesn’t leave your posession.
Exchange rates apply at all the Pemex Stations. Pesos can be purchased at the Costco stores on Broadway in Chula Vista, San Ysidro or Ensenada all at bank rates.
We would appreciate reports back from Members using credit and debit cards for fuel.
In addition to the cities listed in the recent Chubasco, my credit card was accepted at the Pemex stations
in Guerrero Negro, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mulege, El Rosario, Ciudad Constitucion, and Cabo San Lucas.
Credit card tip: Get a card with NO foreign transaction fee and save the 2% -4%
foreign transaction fee charged by most banks. This fee is in addition to the monetary exchange fees.
9/6/13 Vagabundos Director and Western Outdoor News Columnist Gary Graham reports that longtime Baja California Tourism Secretary Juan Tintos Funke urged the California Legislature to pass a measure that would provide a special voluntary enhanced drivers license for residents of California to ease border crossing times. Traffic flow would be improved by scanners reading information in the ready lanes from a distance. Tourism is up said Tintos and this provision would help economies on both sides of the border. A similar program is being considered by other border states. Licensees would need to be U. S. passport holders and meet security requirements and pay an extra fee. The Legislature took no action at this time.
9/3/13 The Loreto area has sustained some damage from the recent storms. Lynn Hamman's bulletin reports the road to Zaragoza is gone and cars need to traverse water in the arroyo to cross through there. A bridge went down south of Loreto but is being repaired and is passble. That good road to San Javier has been damaged and is now in much need of repair and crews are working to make it passable. Sad to learn that the cave paintings have been washed away. There were mudslides in Santa Rosalia and travel is more difficult but manageable. Any members with a road report anywhere on the Baja Peninsula after the storms, please post on our Facebook page or email the Vagabundos office, email@example.com so we can share with other Members.
8/29/13 STORM WARNING Please remember if weather conditions get bad STOP don't try to drive through a bad storm. Road crews will work fast to repair damaged bridges and roads. Watch for detours if roads get washed out. Don't drive at night.
8/9/13 Traffic Violations. There are reports in Loreto that police are continuing to give traffic tickets to violaters. This includes not using a seat belt, not having a current plates and car registration, for having no license plates or current driver’s license, in addition to other moving violations such as not stopping at stop signs, etc. In Tecate the police there are also stopping motorists for various infractions or no infractions.
7/2/13 Did you receive our email bulletin? If not you can view it by clicking on this link or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our mailing list! http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Travel-Information-and-Upcoming-Fishing-Tournaments.html?soid=1111666531545&aid=kUdz298NYMs
7/2/13 Travelers in the vicinity of Vizcaino report that the emergency number for road assistance in Baja Sur, 066, is not working.
12/20/12 Current Postings on our Boards - Does anyone have information on the status of the toll road Tijuana to Ensenada. We are driving to Loreto Dec. 20th and are wondering if the hwy is open. If not, I am curious about the alternate route to hwy 1?
If you cross at Otay Mesa, go straight for about a half mile to Industrial Blvd. (I think it's the first light) and turn left. Then go about 7 miles until you see "Corridor 2000" and take that about 35 miles westward. It'll put you on the toll road south of Rosarito Beach, you'll have to drive about 6 miles south before you can get on the toll road, but you'll only have 1 toll booth left to pay at. If you have to get your FMM visas, cross in the extreme right hand lane and turn into the parking lot after the first building where the Immigration office is located. This is the FIRST RIGHT HAND TURN you can make after crossing the international border. Park there, get your visas, then cross over to the secondary inspection area for them to clear you, you don't have to turn right coming out of the parking area and go into customs, unless you have something to declare. Buena suerte
12/20/12 Current Postings on our Boards - PAY ATTENTION WHEN BUYING GAS.
Scams at Pemex Gas Stations - We have received a number of reports of scams run at various gasoline stations in the Los Cabos area. These reports usually increase around the holidays, and often revolve around the same themes; tampered pumps not giving full measure, attendants not resetting pumps to 0.00 or pretending to pump gas when they did not, attendants working in teams to distract you with one offering to wash your windows, short changing, claiming you gave a 20- or 50-peso note instead of a 200- or 500-peso note, etc.
Best advice is for you to order a specific amount of gasoline, such as $300 pesos, verify the pump has been reset to 0, pay using the exact amount in pesos you ordered, and don't lose sight of the money you paid. Contact the authorities at PROFECO, 5568 8722 in Mexico City, or 01 800 468 8722, www.profeco.gob.mx/english.htm, email@example.com, whenever you have a complaint. Make a note of the station number, location, and the name of the attendant(s) if you can get it. - The Baja Western Onion,
11/14/12 - El Chaperall Border Crossing into Tijauna Mexico Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKgKsfl1sn0&feature=plcp
***** NOTICE *****
Vagabundos del Mar is recommending you purchase a 100,000 CSL due to recent changes with the Mexico Labor Act. (CSL means the total amount to be paid to a third party for bodily injury and/or property damage.) Changes to the law - In the event of a death to a Mexican Citizen the Court could award the family 5,000 days of minimum salary, every state has its own minimum salary, if you purchase a 100,000 CSL policy the insurance company is offering a $2,000,000 PESOS 3rd party death benefits at no extra charge for a limited time. You will not receive this added coverage with any lower limits of coverage purchased. It is not a mandatory law however; it is strongly recommended that you purchase the $100,000csl limit. If you choose not to purchase the $100,000csl and you are found guilty of causing an accident where a death occurs to a Mexican Citizen the Mexican Government could detain you until the full settlement is reach. Any payment above the policy limits would be the insured's responsibility.
The driver's license policies will continue to be sold with the lower limits of coverage and will automatically receive the $2,000,000 MX peso death benefit until the $100,000csl policy is available in the system.
When purchasing a policy on a vehicle and towing a trailer, the trailer must be listed on the policy even for liability only. If you have multiple trailers you could be towing throughout the policy term state the trailer you will be towing the most. Driver's license policies at this point are exempt from this requirement. As long as you disclose on the policy that you have a towed unit, the insurance company will cover all towed units for liability only even if the second towed unit is not listed on the policy. (this excludes all motorized vehicles) If you need to add a towed unit to your policy, please send a copy of the registration with your renewal notice and the office will add it for you. If you are renewing online you can add a towed unit by marking yes to the question: Are you towing a travel trailer, 5th wheel, utility trailer, or boat and trailer?
Magna (87 octane) 11.7 pesos/liter, $3.51/gal; Premium (93 octane) 12.3, $3.69; diesel 12.1, $3.63 scarce at Guerrero Negro. At Catavina Magna Sin and L.A. Bay Junction Magna & diesel from barrels - 5 gal minimum.
2/8/13 -The Punta Chivato Launch Ramp is chain linked and closed. There is no water and the road going in is bad. Launch ramp in San Lucas cove next best option. Larry. Click on the link to see pictures. http://www.facebook.com/VagabundosdelMar?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.10152136202519386.485641.255622884385&type=1
There has been a notice posted in Lynn Hamman's Loreto yahoo group about counterfeit money being circulated in Loreto in $200 and $500 peso bills as of September 26, 2012.
Now here is an app we can all use! New service helps travelers brave long wait times at U.S. border crossings. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/new_service_helps_travelers_brave_long_wait_times_at_u.s._border_crossings#.UD0JatZlSF4
6/21/12 - The March issue of Boating Magazine has a great article by Jim Hendricks and beautiful photos by John Linn of a Vagabundos caravan trailer boat cruise lead by Joe McGinnis. They had a terrific time with the group and determined for themselves that Baja is still indeed safe as they experienced the 'Vagabundos lifestyle'. Jim says in addition,". . . the most treasured resource of Baja became clear. It is not the fish, nor scenic beauty. It is the Mexican people. Contrary to news reports, these people welcomed us in and treated us with kindness and generosity. We never felt safer. Viva Baja." Check out the whole story at http://www.boatingmag.com/skills/trailering/trailer-boating-baja.
Temporary Import Permits:
- The new fee is $44 plus tax. People going to Baja north & south and part of Sonora do not need to have one.
- Everyone is required to leave a deposit (if you pay by cash or credit card); the deposit is based on the vehicle year. If anyone fails to return their vehicle prior to the expiration date the deposit will be kept.
- Banjercito will run a check on the vehicle before issuing the permit, if there is any theft report on the vehicle or if it is restricted or prohibited to operate in the US or Canada, the vehicle cannot be temporarily imported.
- The temporary permit time is based on the person’s immigration status i.e. 180 days for tourist.
- People traveling in the eastern part of Sonora need to have a “Sonora Only Permit”
- The Vag office now is set up to process Temporary Boat Importation Permits (TIP). This is required if you are towing a boat of more than 15 feet. Marinas in Mexico have an obligation by law to keep a copy of a tourist visa, vessel TIP, insurance and certificate of documentation on file. The TIP is for recreational or sport boats for all people legally residing outside of Mexico no matter what your immigration status. Please find our application at http://www.vagabundos.com/PDF%20Forms/Temporary%20Import%20Permit%20Application.pdf. A minimum of two weeks is needed for processing.
Travel Buddies Calendar
In keeping with today's internet reliance and the Vagabundos code to travel with a buddy, our Travel Buddies Calendar is now online - a great tool to find a buddy to caravan with. Members traveling to Mexico can post trips, find other members who are traveling, find Vag sponsored events, and use the interactive map. Regardless of your driving experience the easy-to-use calendar will allow you to find a buddy. For more information and to login click on http://www.vagabundos.com/TBC.html
Mexican Insurance Online - Visitors to the Vagabundos site
can obtain online quotes (quick and detailed) for Mexican Insurance
Policy information, as well as securely purchase and download any quoted
policy they like. Vag Members can also utilize the same system to securely
access their membership account online, and to purchase new policies
or renew previous ones. Current Members can obtain a login and password
from the system by clicking on the Member
Login link on the homepage.
Check out the Baja Forums for
the latest postings and info concerning road conditions.
View the Vagabundos del Mar Press Release on PRWeb concerning travel in Mexico.
*** Current Baja Hot Topics ***
2/5/13 - Giving back in Baja and mainland Mexico -http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/baja-bytes-gary-graham/479314-second-swordy-two-weeks-while-stripers-settle-golden-gate.html#post3022013
12/21/12- 427-POUND YELLOWFIN NAMED WORLD RECORD- http://www.bdoutdoors.com/story/427-pound-yellowfin-tuna-world-record/
12/20/12 - Silent Samaritans - “Let Your Adventure Outlive You!” http://www.wonews.com/Blog.aspx?id=2096&AuthorID=96087&t=Silent+Samaritans
Tournament Results Will Be Posted Soon!
Kokanee Tournament 2013 http://www.vagabundos.com/kokanee_tournament.htm
Padre Lucas Yellowtail Fishing Tournament IV 2013 http://www.vagabundos.com/yellowtail.html
Loreto Dorado Fishing Tournament 2013 http://www.vagabundos.com/Loreto_Tournament.html
Punta Arena: A Baja Battleground http://www.bdoutdoors.com/article/baja-bytes-punta-arena/
Prepaid FMM's and Fishing Licenses
FMM's are for Vag Members only, and are on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain
these by filling out an application and sending it in along with a copy of your
passport to our office. Contact us at HQVDM for more information on obtaining
these documents call (800) 474-2252.
PREPAID FMM'S (VISITOR CARDS)
These replace the former FMT's. Vagabundos members can obtain an FMM from our office, saving you from having to wait in line at a bank. There will be short times the office will
not have them available because the process requires that we submit a report
and account for each and every numbered FMM for approval before Mexican
Immigration will release another batch. Please allow two to three weeks for
The price is $26 plus a $6 handling fee.
FMM's AT TECATE: It is easier to park on the U.S. side, walk across to
Immigration in the building on your right.
FISHING LICENSE APPLICATION
CURRENT RATES (subject to
change without notice)
In Baja, Fishing Licenses are in short supply. We have them available
*Plus a handling fee
* Must specify date on weekly and monthly licenses.
Annual fishing licenses must be dated within the month of issue.