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Tijuana Baja California Norte

Donald asks…

What is Baja California?

Is it a Mexican state?

Tijuana answers:

Baja California is a mexican state, its capital city is Mexicali. (sometimes referred as ‘baja california norte’, which is not correct).

“Baja California” is also the name of the Mexican peninsula (northwest) that ranges from Tijuana and down to Los Cabos.

The Baja California Peninsula also consists of two states: Baja California (north half of the peninsula) and Baja California Sur (lower half of the peninsula)

btw, the ‘Upper’ California is the US state known as California.

‘Baja California’ means ‘Lower California’

Donna asks…

Any Mexicans on the Air Force right now?

Planing on joining and got some questions

Tijuana answers:

No. Location
1 Santa Lucia, Estado de Mexico
2 Ixtepec, Oaxaca
3 El Cipres, Baja California Norte
4 Cozumel, Quitana Roo
5 Zapopan, Jalisco
6 Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
7 Pie de la Cuesta, Guerrero
8 Merida, Yucatan
9 La Paz, Baja California Sur
10 Culiacan, Sinaloa
11 Santa Gertrudis, Chihuahua
12* Tijuana, Baja California Norte
13 Chihuahua, Chihuahua
14 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
15 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
16* Cuidad Pemex, Tabasco
17* Copalar, Chiapas
18 Hermosillo, Sonora
19* Atlangatepec, Tlaxcala

Mary asks…

Driving in Baja California Sur?

I’m planning a road trip. Crossing the boarder (but not stopping) in Tijuana, then driving down to Santa Rosalia for one night before continuing on to Loreto, where we’ll stay for a few days before returning to California.

I’m driving an old-ish Chevy Suburban and there are two adults and three children traveling. We have traveled in many countries and are low-key and sensible.

Does any other traveler have advice for this trip? I don’t need scare stories, just info. from anyone whose made this trip recently, especially if you’ve done the journey since the increase in troubles involving narco.
Thanks for the advice. We were planning on crossing the boarder at about 4am. The kids are used to long, long car journeys, but we may stop for another night before we get to Santa Rosalia!

I’d forgotten about the Green Angels and so I’ll check on whether they operate in Baja.
Has anyone had any problems with over zealous security checks whilst on the drive down?

Tijuana answers:

I live in Baja Norte and have taken a few road trips without any problem. The first time I went, I had my truck equipped as well as a AAA tow truck in the USA and never used a thing!

There are plenty of gas stations and places to stop along the way.

If you take the toll roads, the Green Angles are available on any toll road. But only on the toll portion of the road, not every road. You can pick up the Toll Road, aka Scenic Highway right after you pass the border in Tijuana.

When you pass in Tijuana, stop in one of the right hand declaration lanes and ask at one of the windows where to purchase a FM-T Tourist Visa. Unfortunately, I believe you will need this for every passenger entering the country. It would not be necessary just in Baja Norte, but when you cross the state line near Guerrero Negro, there will be an inspection station, and your Tourist Visas will be requested. About $20 apiece.

This time of the year, it will be warm, particularly when you cross over to the Sea of Cortez and south.

For breakfast, try my hometown, Rosarito. If you have forgotten anything there is a new WalMart and Home Depot for last minute shopping. There has been a lot of talk about growth in San Quintin… That may be one place for a last cool Pacific Ocean dip.

I love San Ignacio. Get some date pie and spend some time on the plaza/zocalo. There is a decent restaurant at the end of the street away from the Mission (which is worth a look) and I think the name is Raul’s. Natural setting, but often recommended.

Have a great time!

There are a few more military inspections, but have not heard of any being over-zealous. The presence of the federal, state, and local agents has been a good thing for us, and no tourists or foreign residents have been affected by the drug cartel violence.

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