The Best of Baja California - Edventures on the new Honda African Twin

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    If you are still in the area,try Playa San Basilio.South towards Loreto,it's at about km.53.Just an open metal gate.As you get in,just take the turns to the right.No palapas,but you won't be dissapointed.
  2. ADVegan

    ADVegan Been here awhile

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    Very well could have been! We stopped right after that turn off to eat some sandwiches if I'm thinking of the same turn. I think an AT passed us then too.

    We left Seattle Nov 17, entered MX the day after Thanksgiving so I think that was 23rd.
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    Amen!! :beer
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  4. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    The beach we decided to stay at first was Playa Cocos.
    The water was calm and there was no one there

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    We set up our camp in a palapa on the middle of the beach. Orsi decorated it with sea shell to make it a home.
    There was no one else there which was really nice. It was very private.

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    Orsi doing her yoga

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    Trying to catch breakfast
    There are a lot of fish in the Gulf but we couldn't catch a thing. Maybe it was our bait - beef jerky. But Orsi still had fun trying

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    The liquor cabinet in our palapa

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  5. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Cuarenta y Tres. Oh man............
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  6. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Did anyone show up to charge you for camping? That seems to be the norm these days.

    BTW, I'm enjoying your story.
  7. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Is it true that you do not have to do a TVIP if you are just going to be in the Baja peninsula? What are the other border costs going down into Baja?
  8. flyingdutchman177

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    Yep, each beach has a care taker.
    Coco's and Coyote are 150 pesos a night. They also charge for day use - 100 pesos if you stay long.
    Santispac is 200 pesos
    Others are a bit more negotiable - but usually at least 100 pesos a night.

    Years ago, it was hit of miss if someone would show up to collect your money.
    But with more people coming down for the winter, rest assured, someone will drop by to collect from you.
  9. flyingdutchman177

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    Are you referring to the $30 "tourist visa"?
    The rule says that you need one if:
    1) you are traveling in Baja Mexico for more than 7 days.
    2) I believe if you are going in to Baja Sur (south of Guerrero Negro).
    3) And you definitely need one if you ride in and fly out

    But with that said, we didn't get one. That worried Orsi a bit. But no one asks for it so why buy it? I suppose you could get caught without one if someone pulls you over, but the police are not really the ones to enforce this. The immigration check point in GN has been closed for years so put the $30 towards some good tequila.
    You need Mexican insurance when driving in Mexico. Getting into an accident without it, and you might be going to jail.
    Be careful
  10. flyingdutchman177

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  12. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    No, what I am talking about is the TVIP fee, for a bike of my year (2004) it was $400 for the mainland (but I was told you only had this fee if you went to mainland Mexico and not the Baja area) and if you took the ferry across you had to do the TVIP. I do know about the tourist visa.
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    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    I looked the TVIP rules up for Mexico. The areas in the green do not require a TVIP, or about 16 miles along the
    border area. It also depends on the year of the vehicle too, fees will range from $200 to $600.
    no fee zone.JPG
  14. princess jamaica

    princess jamaica OLD DOG-NEW TRICKS

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    Santispac and Burro are the only beaches with "year around"attendants,and even they can be spotty.The other beaches really only charge from November thru April.Summer is pretty much wide open.Also,pretty damn hot !!!
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  15. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Oh yeah, that is free in Baja.
    But you will need it if you do take the ferry into mainland Mexico.
    Another reason to love Baja.
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    I’m pretty sure you need the tourist permit for your mex insurance to be valid. Plus, $30 gets you 180 days of access if you’re going on multiple trips.
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    You're supposed to stop and get a visa (FMM) no matter your length of stay. The FMM for 7 days or less is free. More than 7 days up to 180 days is the one that costs money - last year for me, it was $26 US. Technically, you're supposed to stop and turn in your visa when you leave the country - it's written right on the back. Last year, I went to Mexicali to cancel a TVIP I used on the mainland and the woman at the Aduana tried half heartedly to get me to go to the Migracion to turn in my 180 day visa. One of the reasons I always use my Passport card rather than booklet when driving/riding across the border is so I don't have an entrance stamp into Mexico without an exit stamp. Others have reported some issues. I figure it's only a matter of time until the FMM's are tracked as closely as TVIP. Also of note, some (all?) Mexico insurance policies say you have to be in the country legally for the policy to be valid. Worth reading.

    @flyingdutchman177 Did you two only try bait or did you uses lures as well? Keep including fishing photos and especially fish caught photos.
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  19. Pete_Tallahassee

    Pete_Tallahassee Grampy

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    Please include "Orsi" fishing photos and videos. I don't care if she's using bait or not.
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  20. bmac

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    I thought Orsi was the bait.
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