Bienvenidos a Mexico!

George and I officially crossed the border into Mexico on November 13th! The border crossing was super easy. We did ask to confirm which building we should go to in order to get our six month tourist visa (it’s the big building that says Aduana on the right, but the appropriate office inside was a lot smaller than I expected!). We were greeted at the Aduana tourist visa office by a very sweet and funny man, which was such a great welcome into the country. We paid the man, he stamped our passports, and he informed us we could get our vehicle permit in La Paz before crossing into mainland Mexico.

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Crossing the border, finally!

After receiving our tourist visa, we headed due south for Clam Beach where we thought we might find our friends the FlightlessKiwis. We didn’t see our friends, and since it was early and we were so amped to be in Mexico, we decided to keep driving to Ensenada. We stopped for coconuts at a road side stand, checked out the beach, and decided to camp our first night near La Bufadora (a geyser just outside Ensenada) just in time to catch our first Mexican sunset.

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First sunset in Baja!

Some highlights from our first few days:
We found a cool spot for surf and camping at Punto San Jacinto. We met several great people here who gave us great recommendations. A big thanks to Pat (for the salsa too!), Paul, Mingo and Louis! I feel like our baja plans have been evolving to incorporate their and others’ word of mouth.

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Surfing some fun ones

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Our campsite at San Jacinto

We also hit up El Soccorito based on a recommendation. There is a great campsite in town with a firepit by the ocean, and a little surf in the morning. What more could you ask for? Perhaps we could see some dolphins swim by please…

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beach camping at El Socorrito

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Surfing with Dolphins

Lastly, we drove about 30 miles down a dirt road to a fish camp that we heard would have wind for kiting (Punta San Carlos). While the conditions were not right when we got there, we were not disappointed with the scenery during our drive, or the remote, beautiful, campsite on the water. There was only one other couple camping in the distance in the whole area, next to what is a wind-sport school (Solo Sport) during the spring, summer, and fall (currently closed). George went for a great mountain bike ride in the morning, and I went for a run along some well groomed trails in the area.

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Cactus towers over Titus

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Sunrise at San Carlos

I’m happy to report that our Spanish (what we had learned in the states) has come in very handy for getting by, and we are improving every day by talking with people, asking questions, and using Rosetta Stone and coffee break spanish (a free podcast). People we have met, whether at a gas station, restaurant, or campsite, have been incredibly friendly and helpful when trying to speak and learn.

We knew that the Baja 1000 was going on around the time we entered the country, but we had no idea where or when. I’m sad to report that by Day 2 when we figured out the “when”, we learned that while we were exploring on Day 1 in the country, we actually missed the race that went by near Ensenada.

Next we are headed down to the remote surfbreaks called the Seven Sisters on the west coast! Stay tuned…

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Other pics from our first week in Mexico:

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Crossing the border, finally!

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First sunset in Baja!

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Looking for waves at Santo Tomas

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Sunset at Shipwrecks - San Jacinto

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Sunset surf at Shipwrecks

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The shipwreck at the break

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First wave at Shipwrecks

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Our campsite at San Jacinto

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Surfing some fun ones

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Welcome to Shipwrecks - al Barco!

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First pic together in Mex

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Full camp set up at night

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beach camping at El Socorrito

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Surfing with Dolphins

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@ Punta San Carlos, ready to kite

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The fishing village at the break

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Solo Sports camp at San Carlos

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The giant cacti on the dirt roads to the coast

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Cactus towers over Titus

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Sunrise at San Carlos

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The road to San Carlos

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Remote camping

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6 comments on “Bienvenidos a Mexico!
  1. Patty says:

    Wow! You made it to Mexico! I figured you two would have a handle on the language. Awesome, beautiful and sooooooo you two! I love it!!! YAY!
    I came across a quote in teaching today by Confucius…I believe you two would understand….”Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” You two could not be living with any less. Confucius would approve : )
    Another quote by Sholom Aleichem….
    “Life is a dream for the wise,
    A game for the fool,
    A comedy for the rich,
    A tragedy for the poor.”
    I believe and witness every day my “poor” families living their dreams. It really does not take much to live happy. You two are proof to that : )

  2. Hey there- We may be nearby! We are stopped in Ensenada and then headed to hot springs locations on the Norte before we go across and Sur. Perhaps we can cross paths?

    • Jenine says:

      I hope we do cross paths! We are in Guerrero Negro now, headed to Bahia Asuncion for a few days, then we’ll make our way to San Ignacio, then the Sea of Cortez side and down to Bahia de Concepcion/Mulege. We’ll keep a look out for your vehicle!

  3. Mingo says:

    Great to meet you two! Stoked to get a tour of the rig and share some waves. Travel on!

    When you’re back in ensenada, give us a call! Blessings.