Monday, August 21, 2017

Our little piece of paradise, San Juanico, BCS

We have owned a small plot of land in San Juanico, BCS for 15 years.  The process of becoming land owners in Baja is long and expensive, but very possible.
Our property is a work in progress.  We try to get a project done every time we travel down.  The locals think we are nuts spending our 'vacation' working on our place.  But it is a labor of love.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


In the early days of RV-ing on the Baja Peninsula Cabo was the main destination for fishing, diving, boon-docking and gathering with fellow RV campers.  Back in the mid 1970's if you went with your RV your days were filled with long drives, deserted beaches, beach combing, fishing, shopping in nearby markets, having dinner at a small restaurant, enjoying Margaritas on the beach around the campfire telling tales of the one that got away!
Unfortunately those days are gone for Cabo along with the entire tip of the Baja Peninsula.  All of the campgrounds have been abandoned or sold off to the highest bidder.  From forty miles north of the San Jose del Cabo airport on the East Cape, all the way beyond Todos Santos on the west coast, the property has been sold for millions of dollars or have been cleared waiting for the highest bidder to grab it up for the next big box store or hotel resort.
Yes, those days are gone forever.  However with the Trans peninsular Highway being completed in 1973 which connected northern Baja with southern Baja in Guerrero Negro, and the widening project that is now under construction in many portions of the highway, new territories are now available for the RV traveler to enjoy the freedom to live that RV life again.
A new destination is now accessible with a new highway that goes north from Cd. Insurgentes, BCS to Las Barrancas, BCS. As of this writing, the highway is mostly finished with the bridges getting their final touches.
As you travel north from Cd. Insurgentes, BCS you will see wide open farmland and vistas as far as the eye can see.  After traveling approximately sixty miles you will make a left hand turn towards Las Barrrancas, BCS, travel a few miles then make a right hand turn heading north on a paved road along the coast. You will see river valleys and hidden coves that have only been accessible to the local ranchers.  Finally a bay will come into view, with long  empty  sandy beaches that extend  for thirty miles.  You have now reached a small fishing village of San Juanico, BCS (Scorpion Bay).
My wife and I have been leading RV caravans from San Diego, CA to the tip of the Baja Peninsula for seventeen years. The main thing our clients are looking for is the Baja experience of tropical like weather, beautiful blue water, white sandy beaches and the maƱana attitude.  This is available again when you reach the amazing bay of San Juanico at the end of your journey.
A bit about San Juanico.  It is a small fishing village that is on point that shelters boats from storms and waves.  It also allows the fishermen to beach their pangas when they are not being used during the lobster and abalone seasons. The fishermen can be encouraged to sell their catch or to captain a panga for a day of fishing. To the north side of the point there are seven points with a rocky shoreline which is abundant with lobster, abalone, tide pools and great shore fishing.  The village itself is still in it's infancy.  There is only one paved road in town.  On Fridays the traveling farmer's market comes into town with their fruits and vegetables.  The three small markets in town have supplies to add to your 'catch-of-the-day'. There are small restaurants that serve tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs and beer.  One of the larger restaurants is the Burro with a full dinner menu, a bar and Internet.  During some months of the year the town comes alive with activities, for example the Baja 1000 travels right through town, San Juanico Days, surf contests and of course Semana Santa.
RV parks have not found their way to this 'real Baja experience' yet.  So if you are the kind of person who knows the ins and outs of dry-camping, then San Juanico, BCS is for you and your fellow RV friends.  Here you can sit around the campfire and tell stories of the one that got away.  This is truly Baja! Not the Waikiki style that Cabo have become.
San Juanico, BCS. Wide open spaces near the water!

Friday, August 31, 2012


Last month, July 2012, they had this approach to the border crossing closed off.  It is now open.  Much easier crossing.
THE Border fence.

Road Conditions - BAJA HWY 1

This road-work is being done on Hwy 1, just south of San Vicente, BC.  The road wasn't that bad, but widening it and smoothing out some curves, can't be all that bad. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

In Feb. 2012 we visited San Javier Mission, north west of Loreto, BCS, Mexico. While we were there we were able to visit a 'huerta' of a local rancher.  Very interesting side trip.
 On Guillermo's ranch is this 300 year old olive tree.  Amazing!

Our group was impressed!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Baja Animals

 Horse + donkey = mule.
 Skinny 'ganado'.  The drought in Southern  Baja has taken it's toll.
 Farm horse.
 Beach dog and lobster.


Just thought I would share some of my photos of Baja animals.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tecate, BC, Mexico border crossing DETOUR

I was going through my photos and noticed that I left out the most important one in regards to the detour at the Tecate, BC, Mexico border crossing.


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