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Discussion in 'Americas' started by muddyrabbit, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Our 2012 Baja trip was more spectacular than we expected. We met wonderful people, and stayed in some great places along the way. While I am far, FAR, from an expert on Baja travel, we have learned some things, and met some people, along the way that I think people will find helpful; I want to share those resources.


    The main focus will be places to stay, as there are plenty of other resources for GPS tracks and such, and where to stay while traveling Baja is a pretty common question for first time travelers.
    My intent is to maintain this as an indexed thread, so that information can be added over time. So if you have something to add please let me know. So as we build this resource, please include as much info as you can in your post, such as:
    -website link
    -email addy
    -phone (many places have a US number)
    -location (google map links are excellent)
    -a pic or 2, especially if it will help find the place
    -of course tell us about the place and your experience (secure bike parking, was there a particularly helpful staff person, etc)

    Of course it's Baja, so some of the best and coolest places wont have phones, websites, or electricity, so just give the best info you can!

    In order to keep the list well organized please list each location in a separate post! This will make it much easier to keep them indexed and link to each location. Please title your post as well.

    I am only going to personally write about places I have first hand knowledge of, so if you want a place added to the index, please be prepared to write a post about it, and I will add it to the index. This also means if there is a really obvious place that I haven't posted, it is because I haven't been there I don't feel I have sufficient knowledge to post about it. This will be a work in progress, so constructive suggestions on how to keep info organized, or anything else, are welcome. Right now I am going to start by dividing the list into 4 parts, North Baja Pacific Side, North Baja Sea of Cortez Side, South Baja Pacific Side, and South Baja Sea of Cortez Side.

    Some of the wonderful people I met who live in Baja have also agreed to help with the upkeep and knowledge base of this thread. Not only are these great folks you would be delighted to meet, many of them are plugged into the "date palm wireless" and are the folks you want to be able to get in touch with if you find yourself broke down or in some other sticky situation in Baja. Trust me, I learned it the hard way.

    I am also considering what else to have listed besides places to stay. Are there any ADV members living in Baja who would like to be listed as a person to call on for assistance? Happen to know where there is a really good welder in the middle of nowhere? Other ideas?

    General Baja Info

    Insurance:

    Passport and Visa:

    • Don't forget, you need a passport to get back into the US now! Get an application at your local post office.
    • Mexican Visa, Discover Baja Travel Club can take care of your visa by mail so you do not have to do it at the border.

    Ferry Service to mainland:
    La Paz to Mazatlan ferry.


    Epic Baja Ride Reports!
    Baja, The Long Way, by inmate Hardworkingdog. ->Great father/son trip, hope I get to do this with Alex one day!
    DaFoole & J's Fake Baja Adventure, by Dafoole. -> Might not be the ride report for young children, chaste nuns, or whining liberals. YHBW.
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  2. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Northern Baja, Pacific Side.
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    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    If you are in Asuncion, the place to stay is with Shari and Juan! Juan is a local, and Shari is a Canadian expat (you'll notice a pattern about the B&B's and Canadians in Baja...) who originally came down to study whales. 20ish years later (I'm sure she will correct me if I'm wrong) Shari is still running whale tours, Juan does fishing charters, and they both do a lot of research on ceviche recipes and lobster dinners. They have some single rooms for rent at their main house, the "Blowhole B&B" and several houses you can rent as well. They are just some of the coolest people we met in our travels. Besides taking care of travelers who wander in Juan is also part of the local rescue squad, and there is just a constant flow of locals and other expats coming through their place. Super bike friendly, I really liked the beach house we got that had a concrete pad perfect for doing some maintenance on the bike. Not that I bothered, but I thought about it. We stayed in this one:
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    On their website you will find email addys and phone numbers, including a US number:
    www.bahiaasuncion.com/
    Shari is also here on ADV, and needs a good kick to get a bike.

    Honestly I can't say enough about how nice the accommodations were, or what wonderful helpful people Shari and Juan are. One of the best things Shari had for us? A washing machine! We left her place with everything fresh. Oh, she takes Pay Pal, which we found helpful as we were low on cash.
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  7. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    This was the second place we slept in Baja after I asked Meredith to marry me (the first was Coco's Corner!), and we fell in love with both the hotel and the town. Besides being a beautiful hotel with clean rooms, Hotel Plaza Loreto has one of the things we all look for when choosing a hotel in a city, secure bike parking! Very secure, the front desk is staffed 24 hours and has a perfect view of any bikes parked on the street out front, or if you are willing to do a little more work you can squeeze down a short hallway and bring them into the courtyard. One of the night managers, Carlos, is very friendly, speaks excellent English (very helpful to us ignorant gringos), and when he tells you to go to his Aunties restaurant "Super Burro" you should listen. They will even do some laundry for travelers running low on clean undies.

    Website:
    Hotel Plaza Loreto.

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  8. shari

    shari Adventurer

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    thanks for the kind words Mr.Rabbit!!! We aim to please and make sure riders are well looked after by organizing food and beverages at their rental. There are several accomodation choices to accomodate different budgets too. We assist in route planning and secret spots to explore.

    This central part of Baja is a great place to explore and you can stay in several places in the area. For example Les & Blanca have a B&B in nearbye La Bocana as well and there is Campo Rene by Abreojos, Gary & Terry (fellow canucks) have Ignacio Springs B&B in San Ignacio and many bike groups stay at Cowboy Hotel in Guerrero Negro as you can park your bike outside your room and it has good 24hr security too, wifi, great beds and a killer taco restaurant that serves BBQ chicken too. Those are just some of the options for accomodations around here.

    I have offered to be a contact person for several bike groups and individual travellers...it's so nice to pull out a local phone number when things go wrong...or you just need some advice or help making reservations or current road information..so just private message me for my number if you are heading our way...or you can call my computer phone at 619-906-8438.

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    Oh yeah Muddy...I have been seriously eyeing a few bikes lately!!!
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  9. muddyrabbit

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    Shari do you have web links and contact info for those?
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  10. muddyrabbit

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    On all 3 of my Baja trips we have used Kiki's in San Felipe for our base camp. Reasonable rates, and one of the cleanest places I have ever stayed. We always leave our tow vehicle there while we are off riding for over a week, and Kiki keeps it safe while we are gone and never charges for storage. He also has a security guard standing watch 24 hours. Kiki is a rider and jeeper himself, and has been known to head south to retrieve a rider broke down somewhere on the peninsula to bring them back north. One of the things we love is we see many of the same faces at Kiki's on each trip. The same RV people and riders come back year after year. Close enough to the center of town to walk home drunk, but far enough out to be a peaceful spot on the beach. Dammit, I miss the place just talking about it!

    http://www.kiki.com.mx/indexE.htm

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  11. hansi

    hansi Teurer Abenteurer

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    Thank you, muddyrabbit, just the Info I was looking for. :ear
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  12. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Got a few more to post when I have time, but still hoping others will contribute.
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    Good info, thanks muddyrabbit. Taking notes for a baja trip later this year. :beer
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  14. Rex Nemo

    Rex Nemo horizon calling

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    Hey, I appreciate the love and effort you've put into this growing thread--a great resource for Baja noobs like me. :freaky
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  15. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I just wish we could have gotten more contributions. Maybe in this time of year when riders are planning Baja trips for winter and spring it will see more activity.
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  16. jjewell

    jjewell GrizzledDuc

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    Muddy
    I'm heading down in a few weeks and appreciate the info! Thanks!
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  17. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    You're from Skagway? Do you know a Miriam, kinda tall, mid 30's, races sled dogs?
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  18. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Awesome thread folks! I'm hoping to head down in a few weeks and this is perfect for planning! :freaky
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  19. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    If you are looking for a true escape, stop here!

    We stumbled upon this place heading north to Mulege and decided to stop here and spent 2 wonderful nights. Unfortunately we lost our camera, so you will have to suffer with only the google street view and the few pics on our phone. We got a palm roofed palapa for $5 per night. You pay when the old guy comes around.

    We met a great guy Mark from north west Colorado who camps there every year in an old Toyota camper. Tell him we said hi! Why does mark return every year? This place is like the ultimate unplugged beach getaway, but with amenities. First, how about room service in your palm palapa? Every morning a couple of ladies from town come by in a pick up truck selling fresh empenadas, tamales, and other yummy goodness. Shortly after comes the guy selling fresh fruit. Then comes blanket and necklace guy. Within waling distance there is a little tienda with soda, water, beer, etc. Next to the tienda is a shack with a wonderful older lady making grilled chicken, next to that is a cool bar, Estella's (owned by a British expat lady),

    Just north of Coyote (walking distance, there is a trail through the cactus) is another beach. There is a little restaurant on the west side of the road owned by a family with a fishing boat. They cook what they catch, so yes it's fresh and awesome! There is also another more "touristy" restaurant at that beach, but we never went in.

    Street view looking north from the south end of Coyote:
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    Estrella's Bar:
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    The family owned restaurant:
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    That day they caught these:
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    I didn't have good pics of the actual beach because we lost our camera, but thanks to ADV Inmate Hardworkingdog who just stayed here as well I am able to add a couple of pics. HWD also contributed another entry for Todos Santos, and I am hoping he does more.
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    Find bliss here:
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  20. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    How can we have a Baja info thread without the most important moto destination in all of Baja?

    Where precisely is Coco's? In case you are the one person planning to travel Baja who can't find it on a map, here ya go:
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    The last time I was at Coco's was February of 2012. As of then, he had a couple of old campers that you could sleep in for a few pesos, the cleanest outhouses I've ever seen, and of course beer, soda, and lingerie. The night we spent was feakishly cold and 25mph winds, so I was very thankful for an old camper to sleep in!

    Someone once asked me "why in the world would you spend the night at Coco's?" Well, if you've never spent a night in the desert and seen the stars with no ambient light from a population center that should be reason enough. We did it however because Coco's is a major stopping point for all kinds of travelers. We met a bunch of interesting people there and it was just a cool experience.

    Everyone wants to go to sign the guest book and flip through the pages. I've signed 3 times, Mala Bunny twice, and it is totally true that Coco can remember you and find your signature years later. The last time was quite special, as I popped the question by writing it in the book, and Mala Bunny's reply is right below. Coco said I was the first nutcase ever to propose at his place.

    Stop to sign the book and hang a souvenir on the wall, but consider spending the night. It will be a unique experience for sure! Just remember to bring your own chow, but Coco did make us some coffee in the morning.

    Just after the history making question, photo by ADV Member Snooker:
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    Mala Bunny in 2010:
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