The Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling to Baja

Last Updated: October 5, 2010 by
Categories: Tips

Baja Mexico is an excellent choice for vacation or a quick getaway. Located, just south of California, it is easy to get to, making travel inexpensive.

With five U.S. Border crossings “The Baja” offers a plethora of dreamy beach towns on the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. If you want calm seas, swimming, sunbathing and fishing you can visit the Sea of Cortez. The Pacific side of the Baja offers surfing, whale watching, fishing and much more.

Though travel to Baja is mostly safe and simple there are a few Do’s and Don’ts you should follow to ensure your trip is all you dreamed.

DO – get Mexican Car Insurance for your vehicle. If you are involved in an accident in Mexico and you cannot pay damages you incurred, you will be detained in a Mexican jail until you can come up with the money. Mexican car insurance is inexpensive and easy to buy online before your trip.

DON’T – travel at night. Driving at night, outside a city or town is risky and dangerous. You will likely encounter pedestrian traffic, animals, fast moving trucks carrying large loads and taking up much of the road, and/or slow moving traffic. Additionally, car jacking and drunk driving occur more often at night.

DO – bring bottled water. The drinking water in Mexico is notorious for not being drinkable for travelers. When you’re traveling by car along the Baja, you never know when you’ll find purified water. Bring your own and avoid any possibilities of Montezuma's Revenge, which can make you violently sick for 24-48 hours after drinking the water. This goes for ice too.

DON’T – bring guns, ammunition or knives into Mexico. If you bring a weapon, a bullet or even a spent cartridge into Mexico and a Mexican official discovers it, you will go to jail. You could get up to a 30-year sentence in a Mexican prison if found guilty. If convicted with a knife you could spend up to five years in jail after waiting weeks for a trial, and spending tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees, court costs, and fines.

DON’T – leave valuables visible in your vehicle when you are not in it.

DON’T – wear expensive, extravagant clothing & jewelry and flash large sums of money.

Baja is a beautiful state in Mexico with thousands of miles of beaches to explore and adventure on. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts and your Mexican vacation is sure to be a pleasant one.