Greetings! Does anyone know if they have started any road repairs in the East Cape after the hurricane washouts? I heard the dirt road is pretty bad and the paved road is damaged in places. Thanks in advance - heading down there in October. #loscabos#eastcape... See MoreSee Less
September 15-17, 2021, Discovery Bay (in the San Francisco Bay Area) to La Paz. Over the last 11 years we’ve made this trip 25 to 30 times, never in an RV and never towing a trailer. We sailed our sailboat to Mexico in 2008 and went to the mainland, in 2010 we sailed to La Paz, fell in love with the area and after about one month flew home and drove our car down and used La Paz as a base and our sailboat as a winter/vacation home. In March of this year we came down looking at houses, made an offer and then came back in June to close, driving of course so we’d have a car to use while we are here. We decided to buy a “Mexico car” and found a one owner, well cared for, 17 year old Honda CR-V, the same color as our dirt road, lots of ground clearance with only a quarter of a million miles on it. That made this trip one way and the back of the car was full of items to personalize our new home. Back to the road report. We have found certain things that work for us driving down Baja. We carry enough ingredients to eat breakfast before we leave our hotel in the morning and eat lunch somewhere along the way with ingredients we brought. We also stop approximately every two hours to buy gas, use the banos, stretch our legs, eat, etc. Day one, we left our home about 11 AM, which worked fine; we decided to spend the night in California and when we were within an hour of the Mexicali border crossing, we started looking for hotels and ended up spending the night in El Centro, which has a good choice of hotels/motels and it’s 10-11 miles from the border. Day one was 585 miles. Day two: we got an early start and had probably our easiest border crossing ever. There was no line, and now that we’re temporary residents we flashed our green cards, made small talk with the official who waved us through, and we didn’t get lost in Mexicali! From Mexicali to San Felipe the road was about as good as most roads in California that aren’t freeways, there was no one at this military checkpoint, approximately 50 KM north of San Felipe. We gassed up at the Pemex at the big roundabout in San Felipe and continued south. The first few miles on the road out of San Felipe is about as rough of a highway as we encountered and it’s always been that way as long as we’ve been coming down Mex 5. We’ve never had to stop for fuel there but the Pemex at Gonzaga was open when we went by around noon. The rest of the road was smooth with a little traffic, this is the first time we’ve ever driven Baja in September and were amazed at the lack of traffic, and how green everything was after Olaf; too bad we didn’t get any of this rain in California. We stopped for lunch in a shady spot on the side of the road somewhere after the intersection of Mex one. When we approach a military checkpoint, we always put down all the windows so they can see in the car. The checkpoint approximately 20 km north of Jesus Maria just waved us through. We took on fuel at Jesus Maria and didn’t stop at Guerrero Negro, since changing our clocks for Baja Sur time it was still only 4 PM. We had an early dinner at San Ignacio, as it was still light and decided to keep driving south and get a room somewhere along the way. In all the times we’ve made this trip, where we’ve seen the most cows close to the road is the flat stretch between San Ignacio and Santa Rosalia. As we were driving and commenting on the lack of cows, and trying to hypothesize why, soon after there were more cows within 5 to 10 feet of the road than we’ve ever seen, two here, four there, eight over here, we probably saw 40 to 50 cows never on the road, but it’s kind of scary when there’s two on one side and two on the other and they’re looking at each other and you’re wondering when one is going to walk in front of the car! Another stretch of bad road, which has always been that way and always will, is just north of Santa Rosalia where the trucks go in and out of the copper mines. Just past that there was a security checkpoint, but again they just waved us through, not once were we asked to get out of the car, the most interaction we had with someone was a one-minute conversation about where we were coming from and where we were going. This is not a recommendation, but we were making good time and as it got dark we got behind a caravan of 18 wheelers and made it to Loreto for the night. Forgetting that September 16 is a major holiday in Mexico, it took about five tries to find a hotel with a vacancy. But we got a nice room at a hotel where we had stayed before. Day two 647 miles. Day three: we had breakfast in our room with supplies we brought, got underway and made it to our new home in the El Centenario part of La Paz by noon. 213 miles on day three. None of what we did is in anyway a recommendation for others, but with common sense and following big trucks driving at night, it isn’t that bad. In recent years we are usually off of the road by 9 PM. Now that we have a home with a garage in La Paz, we are looking forward to not having to make a 3-day trip down and back. We can leave the car at the airport and fly back-and-forth. Also, we sold our 42-foot sailboat this summer. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm not an admin, but imagine this is the perfect group to ask about tires.
In Baja California - the more rubber between you and the road, the better! Don't cut corners or skimp on tires. Go for durability even if you have to sacrifice a little road comfort and noise.
If it’s a quick question, what do you need to know man?
I put cooper tires on my jeep grand cherokee series E put 65 lbs of air and hit potholes large enough to swallow a VW. best tires i have ever owned. made in america too. many trips up and down the baja.
I like Goodyear duratrack w Kevlar and I carry 2 spares just in case.
I've always run BF Goodrich ATs and have beat them into the ground over a lot of Baja roads and found them to be really durable.
Don’t cut corners on tires. If they’re getting worn, or they’re old (more than 3-4 years) just replace them. If you don’t know how old they are you can check the date on the sidewall (google how to decipher it)
As far as tire brands, models, etc; tires are like a**holes, everyone has one.
Or was that opinions…?
We have used 3 sets of 4 Hankook DynaPRO AT2 255/7R16 on our 4x4s, last 2 vehicles nearly 10 years total. Great on Highway 1, exploring the missions, la Bocana, the East Cape, Cañón and valle Guadalupe, the 5 before it was paved to Bahia Gonzaga...
Personally, I'm not much of an "off-roader" which carries it's own set of requirements. I'm more concerned with cruising confidently down highway #1 at "reasonable" speed in rain or shine knowing that when I hit that sudden, but inescapable deep pothole, the resulting bone-shattering "bang" shreds only my nerves but not my tires!
Every vehicle that enters passes by a inspection agent, pause and ask them, they’ll direct you on where to go.
I couldn’t get the map to pull up, however……. If you are heading south through Calexico, aka West port, as you enter the fence area, look to your left. You will see a big white building with covered parking. Drive over there, park, and enter the IMN building. Turn left inside and you will see an agent at the desk. He will do your FMMs for you. About $33 each + or -. You can pay him, best to have correct change. Get back in your vehicle and go through the Customs area. So easy, even with a trailer.
At the border stop go in the building get stamped
Park immediately after your inspection. Cross the street to the white building, take the far left door, and the FMM desk is just inside that door, i believe up some stairs.
Ok so, this is related to road conditions....back in the day ( late 80's) we would carry a prefilter for fuel, mostly for the road side gas vendors; to avoid contaminants in the gas. I have seen on forums that there still are a few road side gas vendors and wondering if any of you guys are having issues with the gas or carrying filters? Haven't been to Baja in probably 20 years. ... See MoreSee Less
Dont worry about it. Remember its 100% gas not ethanol blend so you get what you pay for. If they charge $6/gal and you need fuel make sure to tip the guy!
I haven't purchased any fuel from barrels. I haven't had any problems buying from fuel stations.
No issues at all. Fueling at Cataviña lately and several times. For bith my motorcycle and jeep.
I try not to purchase it from the barrels but I never had a issue. I used to carry some Everclear to mix in if there was a problem, never used it. I have purchased it on the highway and some of the small towns.
Your tank has a decent prefilter and a even better filter. Never seen issues with vendors and dirt in gas. If you see solid dirt on the containers sure, avoid it but they wouldn’t be selling if every jug had that issue.
Gas in Baja is of good quality (much of it comes from US refineries anyway). Gas in Baja has always been good. Gas from barrels? As pristine as from the gas station - that's where these guys get the gas. They drive the 100 miles to the nearest gas station and fill up their barrels to help you out. Sure they charge for that extra service. And they are proud to get you clean gas. To insinuate that their gas is not 1st rate is not very kind.
I've used the guys in Catavina for 10 years with no filter or issues
I've bought gas in Baja from the roadside guys many, many times over the last 30 years and I've never had a problem.
No problems. Your car has a fuel filter.
your gong to be suprised
You can now recharge your Tesla at the hotel.
Last month we bought 10 gallons of diesel fuel from a roadside vendor in Cataviña. No prefilter, no problems.
Cativina is building a gas station
Never had a problem with the gas from barrels in my rig:)
We have never had any problems with quality of gas . It’s slight more expensive though because they sell it by liters
Catavinia still has them.
Punta Prieta has them
Mr. Funnel- larger sizes available
FYI...many new vehicles do not have replaceable fuel filters. Check the parts depth at your dealership. I have a 2016 4runner and my dealership report only a fuel pump.
Saturday September 18, 2021 A warm and pleasant day on tap with mostly sunny skies - a PERFECT day to explore all of the many options in fresh seafood and activities along the Ruta Volcanica de San Quintin and enjoy this GREAT weather! ... See MoreSee Less