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Old November 30th, 2010, 02:11 PM
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Anyone been to Baja recently?

Considering going down early next year on a dirt bike trip. Would be about 5 of us. I know the media doesn't always paint an accurate picture of what's going on down there so i thought I would ask here and see if anyone has been in the area or knows some info/personal experience. We would obviously be avoiding TJ and Ensenada. Thanks
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It's worse than the picture the media paints. TJ, Ensenada and the area about 30 miles south can be a nightmare and you are right to avoid them all together, but once you get past those areas you are relatively safe. Baja is one of the safer states right now.
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long some one who is very fluent in Spanish and also a whole bunch of your uncle Benjamin... If you have any plate on your bike or car other than California you will get stopped and have to pay some sort of stupid fine... Im orgianaly form San Diego and ive been 2/3 way down Baja 5 times and to Ensenada about 100... IMO stay out unless you have a solid Mexican you can trust as your escort...
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l IMO stay out unless you have a solid Mexican you can trust as your escort...
Another good point.
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Another good point if its a cheep vacation your after go into Mexico that's about 1/2 down Baja... And if you go that far take Cash and more Cash not many ATM's and lots of Gas... I recommend doing the Wale Watching on the Gulf side.. Incredible experience... Oh its true about the water and Ice... If your dumb enough to try to get any Drugs nice knowing you and a Federally will have a nice ride... And If its hotels your after 3 star stops at Ensanada...
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Been many times with zero issues...ok. one traffic stop, cost me 50 bucks. . Never cared for the West coast, but Ensenada is a shit hole. The 25 miles around the border seems to be the worse. Cross at Lukeville or Yuma and you can avoid the bullshit closer to TJ and Tecate. San Felipe and south is a great trip as the The east coast of the Sea of Cortez is spectacular. Great places to stay and safe

Bring cash, split it up and never show more than 20 bucks at time. Plan on bringing water or purification gear...
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You had AZ plates try it with NY plates and see what a Cop Magnet you become... Your right 99% of the bs happend between San Yesedrio crossing and San Quetin

Very true Sea of Cortez is truly awesome... Whats sad is all the crap around the beaches... Zero concern for the environment in Baja...

Their is an Observatory down there out side of San Quetin.. Its not open to the general public but we manged to get a tour... What a awesome experience... You better have a good suspension it took about 4 hours of really bad road to get there... I broke a upper rear shock mount
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I agree with Frank - head down the Sea of Cortez side through San Felipe. The road south from there is beautiful (although there's a lot of private property the first 20 miles or so). You'll eventually turn back to the main paved highway and head south again, from where you can turn off for Bahia de los Angeles - stunning scenery. Head south from there again for Bahia las Animas and farther. Personally I'd avoid the far south of the peninsula as too developed, unless you just want to say you rode the whole thing.

Make sure you have a way to carry spare fuel and water.
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I'm heading down after Christmas for a couple weeks. I dont think safety is a concern but being careful around the border is always good practice. Cross early and dont stop driving.
We have been using Mexicali to cross then down to San Felipe and south from there. It is a great time with beautiful scenery. We have been climbing around Catavina and south for the last 8 or 9 years and it just fantastic.

BTW- Never pay a cent for a bribe, there is no need. If you do something wrong go to the station then to a bank to pay. Officers are not allowed to take money there and the police are quite serious about stopping (petty) corruption.
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You had AZ plates try it with NY plates and see what a Cop Magnet you become... Your right 99% of the bs happend between San Yesedrio crossing and San Quetin

Very true Sea of Cortez is truly awesome... Whats sad is all the crap around the beaches... Zero concern for the environment in Baja...

Their is an Observatory down there out side of San Quetin.. Its not open to the general public but we manged to get a tour... What a awesome experience... You better have a good suspension it took about 4 hours of really bad road to get there... I broke a upper rear shock mount
We took 9 nine trucks, 3 canadian, thru the Baja and had ZERO ISSUES, and I had NY plates on my D2 until about a year ago...
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This would be third time doing it. We won't be any roads. Our typical protocol is to cross at Tecate and drive about an hour south. Park the trucks and start riding from there. We always go down the sea of cortez side to BOLA and then head up the pacific side. We're on dirt bikes so we are rarely near the highways. Knock on wood my experience down there has always been great with zero issues. Get stopped by the military a lot but they've always been nice. Seems to have gotten a lot worse since 2 years ago when I was there last.
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