Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Mexico International Volleyball Tournament Championship Games in Photos

The 2019 #MexVolleyball tournament in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico was another great time as usual. Almost 200 men's teams and over 100 women's team competed for the championship. If you play volleyball at almost any level and can hang with the parties during the weekend, this  tourney is for you!

Congrats to winners Kevin Malak & Evan Gebert and Alisha Bettinson & Lauren Bosse!

2019 Women's Championship Game







2019 Men's Championship Game









Interested in playing #MexVolleyball in 2020, check out their website at http://mexvolleyball.com/

Don't for get to get your Mexican auto insurance, it's mandatory. Here's a list of companies: http://www.mexonline.com/insurance.htm


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Monday, July 22, 2019

Dorado, Pargo Kick it up a Notch



From our friend Jonathan Roldan
La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of July 14-21, 2019

It’s finally feeling more like summer-time with both the weather (hot); the waters (warmer and bluer) and the fishing (almost there!).  We still had some flurries of crazy winds, but overall, it’s seemingly more typical overall.  It’s just that it seems like this fishing season, it’s taking it’s sweet time getting up to speed.

Dorado AND pargo?  One is decidedly a warm water fish.  The latter is a cold water fish! And catching them the same day?  Sometimes in the same spot?  Crazy!
Surely, the dorado are the best indication since these are the hallmark of our warmer months.  We’ve had them on-and-off with out La Paz fishing fleets, but strangely, it’s not been quite so good with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet until about a week or so ago when the dorado seemed to have finally got into the game.



This past week, some boats were limiting on the dorado by mid-morning with most fish in the 10-25 pound class.  Catches were rounded out with bonito, skipjack, jack crevalle, and rockfish like cabrilla and snapper.  Or, in a few cases, the folks just figured they had a good day and came back to shore early to have lunch and lay by the pool or beach!  Either way, a good day.

However, just a note that there must still be some cold water around and lingering wisps of springtime insofar as we’re still hanging some big dog-tooth and mullet snapper that normally, we stop seeing about April and are usually spawning in schools during the springtime.  It’s rare to have them this deep into the summer.  But, anglers were still catching them or at least hooking these powerful fish and getting broken off in the rocks.

No wahoo to speak of this week.  We had a few tuna hooked up, but lost and billfish as well.  Most folks were concentrating on the easier dorado bite.  Only a few roosterfish as well, but again, that’s probably a function of the fact that the dorado are taking over everyone’s focus.

It’s feeling really tropical lately.  Humidity is way up and some sporadic brief rainshowers, especially, in the afternoons are not uncommon . Time to get the trashbag and cut out some holes for your arms and head!

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Jonathan Roldan’s
Tailhunter International


Website: http://www.mexonline.com/tailhunter-international.htm

Phones:
from USA : 626-638-3383
from Mexico: 044-612-14-17863

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Antonio & the Desert Hawks Fire and Rescue

El Rosario, Baja California
Story & photos from Ted Donovan
 

Antonio Munoz in central Baja California is really doing great work between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro with The Desert Hawks (Halcones del Desierto). 

Myself, Antonio & driver Michael Emery


While on the Baja XL race in late January we were lucky enough to catch Antonio at his Pemex station. I was not only happy to see an old friend but to also get an update on what he is doing with the organization. On top of that we introduced him to the organizers of the race who may want to sponsor the Desert Hawks in 2021.

There literally are no emergency services between San Quintin and Guerrero Negro - a 225 mile stretch that takes over 4 hours to drive at a minimum. No ambulances, hospitals or fire services. If you get in an accident you may be on your own no matter how serious. Your best hope if you have cel coverage (probably not), a satellite phone or a car comes by and assists you.

This is where the volunteer Desert Hawks are trying to fill the void. He has had locals from El Rosario trained in fire rescue, EMT and search and rescue (including himself). They will send an ambulance to assist you and take you to the closest hospital in either San Quintin or Guerrero Negro. 


Think about that. This volunteer organization will drive hundreds of miles to rescue you and hundreds of miles back to a hospital, The state government will or can not provide this service. 

If you have ever driven central Baja California you know both how beautiful, desolate and possibly dangerous it can be. The roads are barely wide enough for cars driving in both directions, animals (cows, horse, etc) on or next to the road (never drive at night), sleepy or possibly drunk drivers and massive trucks moving cargo north and south every day, all day.

I donated to the cause while at his Pemex station in El Rosario (he also owns the Baja Cactus Motel next door - Highly recommended but currently being remodeled) and I think every Baja traveler should donate whenever they are traveling Baja. If you contact Antonio you can see how to donate to this non-profit.




Not only one of the nicest people you'll meet in Baja, but he is doing something truly incredible.


Emergency Number in Baja: (616) 103-0262

U.S. Website: http://www.makeacommitment.org/


Email Antonio at info@bajacactus.com or info@halconesdeldesierto.org for more details.

They also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HalconesdelDesierto/



Some of the vehicles Desert Hawks has amassed

Antonio holding an image of the future emergency station across the street

Antonio discussing Desert Hawks with the "Doctoras Peligrosas" medical team that follows the race.








Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Photo Log: Baja California Highway 5 Update - February 2019

Here's a quick update of the road conditions of Baja California Highway 5 from Laguna Chapala north to Puertecitos. The storms of Fall 2019 have done some major damage to the area but the locals always figure a way around obstacles.

Remember, this is driving north from Laguna Chapala (at the Highway 1 intersection) to Coco's Corner then to Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and then one to Puertecitos (south of San Felipe).

Some sections have rough washboard and rock slides. Others have highway and road ways missing, some marked some not, that you need to go around. And then there are a number of bridges out.

Please use extreme caution when driving this section. It's doable but slow.

Photos taken on February 3rd, 2019.


Here is the stickered sign at the turn off of "Highway 5"


The first couple hundred yards off of Highway 1 is paved, but that's fool's gold as the road is rough with washboard and rock slides to follow.

Car-sized boulders have fallen off the cliffsides.


Coco's Corner sign and construction equipment.

Long washboard section just before you turn north to Coco's Corner.

Coco's Corner - Stop in, say hi to Coco, sign his book and buy a cerveza.

The road is so rough in some spots that the locals have already made their own side roads in the soft sand.

The bridges south of Gonzaga Bay are intact.

This is not a copy of the photo above, it's another section north of Coco's with rock slides.

Finally! Pavement just south of Bahia San Luis Gonzaga.

Army checkpoint just north of Gonzaga Bay and Papa Fernandez'.

Soon after you will begin to see cones marking small areas of missing road. This is nothing compared to what's coming your way.

Water is amazing and destructive as you can see in the arroyo that completely destroyed the embankments of this bridge. Unfortunately this type of contruction will never route the water properly.

With large sections of roadway and bridges out, the locals have made their own roads as in the past. Even detours large trucks can access.

A closer shot of the damage that large rain storms can do.

Completely missing sections of highway looking south.
Cross section of highway completely gone.
Cones warn of a portion of a missing bridge. In some sections there are no cones, just tires or debris piles. Be cautious.



The largest span we came across is falling apart. Do not drive on it, follow the locals around these damaged bridges.


Another shot looking south of the same bridge from the detour.


Cones, tires and debris all mark damaged highway. Beware, it's difficult to see at night.


Thank you to Baja Bound Insurance Services for making this trip possible.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Top 7 Beaches in Los Cabos

Written by Jenni Reichert

Los Cabos is famous for its golf courses, fantastic nightlife and gourmet restaurants. But perhaps its most well-known for its phenomenal beaches. Cabo offers a plethora of beaches to choose from to suit everyone from avid water-babies to people looking for a quiet spot to read their favorite book.

Here’s a look at some of the best beaches you can visit during your next vacation to Los Cabos.

Playa Las Viudas - Photo courtesy of https://gonetripn.com/todos-santos/


Las Viudas Beach

Perhaps less commonly known to travelers visiting Cabo San Lucas than others such as Medano Beach in the heart of Cabo, this beautifully rugged beach is a fun place to spend time climbing rocks and admiring the Sea of Cortez. Because of its stunning rock formations, Las Viudas beach is also a favorite for local photographers.

Located just under 10 kilometers away from down-town Cabo San Lucas, Las Viudas is a beautiful beach waiting to be explored. Additionally, Las Viudas is the perfect spot to catch a magical sunset, making it a firm favorite to capture a couple’s special celebration or a family photoshoot.

Santa Maria Bay - Photo courtesy of https://www.shermanstravel.com


Santa Maria Bay

Follow the highway 7 kilometers beyond Las Viudas and you’ll find another spectacular spot. Santa Maria Bay is well-known for its idyllic snorkeling. Although it doesn’t have any facilities, many people adore heading there for a full day of sun and relaxation. The crystal blue waters of Santa Maria wash up on a perfect sandy beach which looks like a little alcove when you first arrive.

If you’re planning a trip to Santa Maria, try to go early in the day so you can get some alone time - this beach gets busy as the day progresses.



Chileno Bay - Photo courtesy of https://beachtraveldestinations.com/best-beaches-in-cabo/


Chileno Bay

This is my personal favorite beach to spend a day at in Los Cabos. Chileno Bay is located half-way between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on the famous Cabo Corridor. This is a parents dream of a beach as there are a few little rock pools for kids to safely explore.

The waves are normally gentle so young children can paddle along the shore. There’s a wooden gangway that you can walk from the car park to the beach. This makes life so much easier is you are bringing a cooler and beach chairs along with you for the day. Get there early enough and uou can find several permanent palapas on the beachfront to provide you and your family with shade.

There are restrooms at Chileno Bay, which makes life so much easier when you’re bringing children with you for the day! Chileno is famous for its snorkeling and sunsets; if you don’t have any snorkeling equipment, you can easily rent equipment from some friendly vendors upon arrival at the beach.

Chileno Bay is a truly magical spot that you must explore while vacationing in Cabo.


Beach bars, boat and other water sport rentals line Medano Beach


Medano Beach

Want some people-watching beach fun? Take a day and spend it on the famous Medano Beach. Medano beach is located the heart of Cabo San Lucas. With awesome spots like The Office and Billygans, you can while away an entire day enjoying water activities, buying some Mexican souvenirs and downing some Pacificos.

My favorite thing to do on Medano Beach (besides people watch) is park up at Sur Beach House. This is an incredible day beach club that offers lounge chairs, full bar and restaurant service. For a small fee that’s applied to your food & beverage bill, you can have all day access to extreme comfort and attentive waiter service.


Palmilla Beach | San Jose del Cabo

Only a 12-minute car journey from San Jose del Cabo heading South, you’ll find Palmilla Beach: a well-known favorite spot in San Jose del Cabo.
Because of its easy-access car park and zero distance to walk from car to beach, locals prefer Palmilla Beach. With that being said, this location can get pretty busy. Don’t let that deter you, as it’s a great spot to take the kids boogie boarding and enjoy some family time as you watch sunset.

Cerritos Beach | Pescador

Fancy a road trip during your Cabo vacation? If so, pack your rental car with your beach gear and head south towards Todos Santos. Just before you reach the beautiful town of Todos Santos, take a left and go to Cerritos Beach.

Cerritos is an impressive surfers paradise, where many have gone for surfing school or a family vacation. Long walks along the beach are enjoyed by the whole family.

Cerritos has restaurant and bar service available all day. Massage therapists await you after a long day of surfing!



Playa La Playita | Puerto Los Cabos

For those of you who don’t enjoy waves of any kind, head north of San Jose del Cabo to a quiet spot just beyond the Puerto Los Cabos marina. Affectionately named ‘Playa La Playita’ because of its small size, this tranquil hideaway is the perfect place to while away a few hours in the sun.

The El Ganzo Hotel overlooks the beach area which sits just beyond the Container Restaurant.

If you’re willing to pay a few hundred pesos which will be applied to your food and beverage bill, you can grab a sun lounger for the whole day and relax in front of this delightfully peaceful spot.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone in Los Cabos. There are so many unique and diverse beach spots to be explored throughout the area. Rent a car, hail a taxi, use public transportation or use recently arrived Uber service to help you get to these paradise-style beaches!

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Jenni Reichert is the owner of Baja Baby Gear, #1 Baby Gear Rentals In Mexico
You can reach her at jen@bajababygear.com or through her website at http://www.mexonline.com/bajababygear.htm