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Old 11-26-2014, 11:00 AM   #29
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I wasn't offended, and didn't take the comments terribly personally , just wanted to point out that perfectly intelligent, rational people....like Doug and my son-in-law....refuse to go into Mexico.

I have always wanted to go, is the truth. Wanted to go with friends we were visiting in Texas, who go into specific border towns regularly and safely.

Doug would not go, didn't want me to go, and said if he had to come in there after me for any reason it would not go well.

We have had some first hand experience with organized crime/cartels of a different sort. Power run absolutely amuck, and tentacles that reach everywhere and into everything, are not experiences one forgets.

And, it's one of those things.....if nagging, internal, doubts tell you not to do something....pay attention, and don't do it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, mayco. Hope you get to Moraine View second weekend in June.


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Old 11-26-2014, 11:02 AM   #30
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Not to worry, if a person has any problems traveling in Mexico the local police are only a phone call away.

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Old 11-26-2014, 11:10 AM   #31
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That RV park looks beautiful, mayco.

I have never been farther south on the pacific coast than San Diego, and alwyas wanted to see Baja..........maybe someday.



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Old 11-26-2014, 11:14 AM   #32
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Just realized the contents of the Airstream probably exceed customs limits for what people can take into the country. Does this mean I need to get rid of everything that doesn't meet the requirements, or is it better not to take it with us?
We spent two months in Baja early this year and had a wonderful time! Traveled from Tecate to Cabo. I was over the limit on booze (took two months worth of party juices!). When the Mexican customs police saw the booze, the only thing they were concerned about was taxing the amount over the limit. So, be prepared to possibly pay a tax. As it turned out in our case, the supervisor just waved us through anyway.

Never felt insecure at all during our travels. We traveled with a non-Airstream caravan for about half the time. The other half, we were on our own.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:14 AM   #33
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Maybe a airstream rally... safety in numbers.
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Old 11-26-2014, 12:03 PM   #34
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That would be a good idea.

A forums rally.

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Old 11-26-2014, 10:14 PM   #35
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We have been to Rocky Point (Perto Peņasco) several times...but not on the Baja, RPoint is not far into Mexico and an American-friendly place. We've never had a problem, but we have traveled with others. That said, if we were not going to actually USE our Airstream we would probably opt not to take it.

My step brother in Phoenix goes to San Felipe, MX (across the bay from rocky point) all the time. His real dad has lived down there for 10+ years and they have not said anything about issues other than the wait to get back to US through customs.

the roads are ok for the most part. Ones it upper sections seem to be better. You have to get mexico insurance on both vehicles which is sold at the border or online through a bunch of places.

My Step brother has a yearly policy on his truck to take down.

they did the shrimp festival last weekend and had a blast..
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:55 PM   #36
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I winter in La Paz, MX and have actually seen an Airstream caravan going right thru town. I came down last month (without my Stream) and the road was good. I don't really anticipate you having any problems. The people are very friendly and helpful. If you are planning on not staying in your trailer once you arrive at your destination not sure why you are bringing the trailer. Plenty of cheap motels along the way. BTW, gas down here is pushing $3.60 a gallon in US dollars. Along the coast around Loretto I frequently see RV's parked right on the beach. This is the time to come down as the weather is perfect. With all the rains from the hurricane the desert has never been more green. Fuel frequently and do not drive at night. Underline do not drive at night.
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:39 PM   #37
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Two points I felt should be made...

1. On the subject of cartel "bloodshed in the streets of La Paz"... One can never tell the origin of anything posted or quoted on the internet. It has been our opinion that these kind of stories... often times unsubstantiated and verified have lead to many RVrs not going to places where they used to. Baja is not affected by the mainland drug problem as the Cartels prefer to move the drugs into the US through Arizona and Texas... Baja has very tight security checkpoints and has not been affected by the movement of drugs and weapons.

2. Because in large part of "scare stories", most RVr's have stayed away from Mex... as a result, most RV parks are closed or closing.
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:50 PM   #40
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For the record, we are heading to a small town called La Mision, between Rosarita and Ensenada, about a hundred miles south of Tijuana. We intend to take the toll road. Our rented house is on a hill overlooking the ocean right off the main coastal highway. We will be parking on a narrow street outside the house or in the driveway preferably. My main concern was how to navigate through customs. Everyone has said to go in the far right "things to declare" line, show your passport, vehicle registration, Mexican insurance, vehicle titles, FMMs (I am buying two in advance from Baja Travel Club), show the cat's rabies and health certificate, and we're on our way. Is that about all I need to know? Wendy
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Mexico Hassle Free Vehicle Zone | Free Zone | Mexpro
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Feb 14, 2014 - The Hassle Free Vehicle Zone, which is also sometimes referred to as the ... Baja California and Baja California Sur are inside the free zone.

The baja is part of the "hassle free zone". Most all of the customs and vehicle permits are relaxed. Read the link and it pretty much explains the rules. It makes travel to those areas a breeze. Or just google "mexico hassle free zone".

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For the record, we are heading to a small town called La Mision, between Rosarita and Ensenada, about a hundred miles south of Tijuana. We intend to take the toll road. Our rented house is on a hill overlooking the ocean right off the main coastal highway. We will be parking on a narrow street outside the house or in the driveway preferably. My main concern was how to navigate through customs. Everyone has said to go in the far right "things to declare" line, show your passport, vehicle registration, Mexican insurance, vehicle titles, FMMs (I am buying two in advance from Baja Travel Club), show the cat's rabies and health certificate, and we're on our way. Is that about all I need to know? Wendy
I am a native San Diego and have retired there. The border wait depends on the time of day. I can see Tijuana from my back deck. On a clear day, I can see the bull ring by the beach.

A co-worker, physical therapist and friend of mine was returning home in their vehicle at night from Rosarita with her in-laws and husband on the toll road. They were stopped by men dressed in police uniforms, who took what little money they had on them, and let them go.

Mexico is the destination for many of the SUVs and heavy duty trucks stolen from the USA. Some of these have been found with the Tijuana police as their current owners.

My retired vet who used to go fishing in Baja all the time has stopped due to the crime.

Some ocean cruise ships have chosen to travel elsewhere. Can Mexican ports revive cruise industry? | UTSanDiego.com

There have been beheadings, kidnappings of foreigners in Tijuana by gangs. 2 bodies hung from bridge, man beheaded in Tijuana - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Crime in Baja | U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico

A friend, whose mother lives in Tijuana is very careful as her neighbors have been kidnapped for ransom.

See this link about a robbery SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Mexico -- Race crewman reports latest Baja robbery

Regarding guns: 100% illegal This marine was recently released on humanitarian grounds Marine held in Mexican prison on weapons charge; mom calls for release - CNN.com

I lived in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico for 2 months in 1980. The people were wonderful and friendly. In the larger cities, near the tourist areas, people can be aggressive and will take advantage of the naive. There are few arrogant, disrespectful citizens of the USA, who have left a bad impression which is generalized to all visiting citizens of the USA. Respect is earned and is not an entitlement. Remember, we are guests in a foreign country. Our government will not help you if you get into trouble.
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