Transition From Mexico To California
April 14, 2016
is a big transition when living half the year in Baja, Mexico,
and the other half in the Central Valley of California,
and it is not only the switch from the dollar to the peso
Food in Mexico is totally different. There are fresh fish
and vegetables brought daily to the front door, or you can
catch your own fish.
The only reason to go to the nearest town for many of the
Gringos is for pure water and beer. Some people in our beach
park have set up water filtering systems so they don’t
need to go to the town of Mulege for their water.
If they don’t drink beer or smoke, then they can live
on the beach from morning to night.
Ours is a laidback lifestyle.
There are several beach communities like the one where we
live and about seven beach restaurants which serve from
passable to good food and any given day.
One restaurant we went to last weekend for breakfast had
no bacon or chorizo, which is a sign that most of the tourists
are leaving to avoid Baja’s hot and humid summers.
Most Gringos bring a certain amount of food supplies down
with them, especially if they come down to Mexico by vehicle.
About a quarter of the people in our area fly down from
Canada or the northwest via Alaska Airlines.
This is the major airline serving our area of Baja Mexico,
however, a new Mexican airline has started service from
Loreto to Tijuana; and a Canadian airline now has flights
from Calgary. Loreto is an international air terminal.
There are daily flights from Loreto to Los Angeles which
take about 3 hours and they run from $500 to $700 round
We almost always come by truck as we love to carry certain
supplies, particularly California wine, which is hard to
find and expensive compared to wines from Chili, Argentina
and Australia. We drive slowly and not at night. The roads
are narrower and there is no apron at the road’s edge.
There are also many unfenced areas where cows, horses and
goats graze beside the road. There have been many accidents
with drivers who do not see the animals in the roadway until
By now we have a dozen or more places we like to stay on
the way back to the California, depending on which road
we take. Some of the hotels are excellent by American standards,
and their cost is surprisingly cheap (normally less than
$50 a night).
There has been a marked improvement in the Mexican economy
in the past few years since the free trade with Mexico started,
however, the recession in the United States has slowed down
the number of tourists coming to Baja.
The bad press coming from mainland Mexico has also brought
on a fear factor which we feel is unrealistic considering
the amount of crime we now have in the Central Valley of
Weather in Mexico has been incredible in recent years, improving
as the winters become warmer.
By mid-April, our beach community is heating up. Daily averages
are above 90 degrees F and most homes have no air conditioning.
While the swimming and other water sports is now best, there
are some of us who miss the spring season in the Central
We pack up the toys (boats, kayaks, fishing gear and offroad
vehicles) and head north.
Someone described life down here as a school recess without
Now we go back to real life.