BACKGROUND ON BAJA
Baja California is one of Mexico’s most far-flung and youngest states and we’re thrilled to show all that we love there right now.
The region's food and drink culture has put it on the map: it’s relatively new (by Mexican terms), which means chefs, winemakers, and brewmasters have been experimenting with different styles and techniques. This new Baja-style cuisine is best exemplified in the region’s many restaurants: expect lots of protein-focused meals with roasted meats, vegetables, fresh seafood, olive oil and plenty of locally made wine as well as craft beer. Of course, this is still Mexico—you’ll be able to sample some of Mexico’s best street food and tacos, too.
The wine region is very much up-and-coming which means there are not-so-great wineries (that you will not be visiting) bring created across the road from some super interesting wines. There have been grapes planted in this region for over 100 years but that was largely for religious purposes until the last few decades. Because this is an up-and-coming (and not as strictly regulated as the Old World) winemaking region, there are no signature varietals yet. You'll notice that winemakers are playing around with what they think works best with the climate and terroir. This also means they’re becoming known for blends you won’t find anywhere else, specifically red blends.
Need some additional intel? Read these articles for a deeper dive into Baja:
What To Eat In Baja California - Salt & Wind
An Unexpected Wine Sanctuary In Baja California - New York Times
Baja California is a desert climate which makes for dry, warm to hot days and cooler nights. In July the weather is usually dry and sunny with temperatures ranging from the high 50s at night to the mid 90s during the day.
What To Pack
We planned our Baja trips when the weather is more mild so you can wear light layers during the day. That said be sure to bring a jacket, coat, sweater, and/or scarf because nights and early mornings can get chilly in Valle de Guadalupe.
The style in the region is pretty casual though you’ll notice a lot of the people we will meet are stylish and well dressed. Wear comfortable clothing and walkable shoes in the daytime. Heads up that both in the city and in wine country ground can be uneven or unpaved so opt for wedges or closed-toed shoes and leave your stilettos at home, ladies!
Jewelry and Other Valuables
In general, we always leave the high-end jewelry at home when we travel for fear of losing it.
We love light packers! Since you're only gone a few days, we've allotted for each guest to bring (1) one small roller bag or duffle and (1) one carry-on. Truth is, you have a nice size van you'll be using so you can easily pack a bit more but less is always better. Please reach out to us if you need to bring any oversized bags and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
Credit Cards & Pesos
Credit cards will be accepted at every place you plan to stop on your itinerary but it's always great to have a few pesos on hand for tips and whatnot. Some vendors will take US dollars in this region but we encourage you to bring pesos since it's not a guarantee. Oh, and instead of pulling out pesos at your bank in the U.S., we can have your driver stop at an ATM once you're in Mexico. A reminder that you'll want to contact your credit card company and bank ahead of time to notify them of your travel plans.
Tipping in this region ranges from 10% for good service to 15% for great service. If you want to leave a tip, have them add it to your bill before they run your credit card as there often isn't a tip line on a receipt. Alternatively, you can always tip in pesos.
Most plans on most major U.S. carriers work in Mexico like they would at home. Of course, individual plans vary so contact your carrier to clarify the details of your international coverage and discuss options if you want ensure a specific level of service. Data and roaming charges may apply and can be an expensive unexpected surprise on your monthly bill so plan ahead!
The electrical outlets in Mexico are the same as the United States so you will not need a power adapter.
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after our travel dates and, of course, make sure to bring it along! Also, you may want to keep a copy of your passport on your phone (just for the trip length) or a physical photocopy in case you lose your passport.
Global Entry or SENTRI
If you have Global Entry or SENTRI, please bring the actual card in addition to your US passport so we can help you cross back into the States faster.
HEALTH & SAFETY
This region of Mexico should be thought of like Chicago: safe so long as you stay aware and don’t wander into the wrong parts of town or seek out trouble. As you would in any big city, do your best to stay aware of your pockets and bags when we’re in more crowded areas. Also, if you go to Tijuana, you shouldn’t walk with your cell phones out, if only so you don’t trip on any uneven ground!
As with any trip abroad, you may also register with the STEP program to make the government aware of your travels.
We will have a First Aid kit with us at all times but please be sure to pack any specific medications (prescription or OTC) you may need.
Please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions you may have so we can do our best to accommodate them.
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