There’s something to be said about picking a destination and just heading towards it not knowing all of the details of how you’ll get there or what you’ll find once you arrive. Traveling deep into Baja California was definitely one of those experiences. I did the usual guide book reading, internet searches, but Baja is the kind of place that is fairly uncharted territory. There’s info out there that will get you close but the rest is a discovery. With a SUV stuffed with camping gear, surf boards, food and enough water to fill a kiddy pool, we headed south of the border aimed to hit several of the “Seven Sisters“, a string of northwest facing point breaks with the promise of uncrowded surf and secluded camping under clear unpolluted skies.
TRAVEL TIPS to BAJA
• Don’t drive at night. The main highway is well paved, but the none existent shoulders are not, and a wayward cow on an evening stroll will end your trip.
• Bring lots of water. You’ll need it for everything: drinking, cooking, washing. Besides the ocean, Baja is pretty void of water.
• Get your cell plan switched over to a Mexican carrier, the reception was actually pretty good and google earth showed us some great dirt roads to follow.
• Bring one of these battery starters, they totally work, even on a huge SUV!
• And then one of these tire inflators (it’s not IF you get a flat tire, but WHEN. Fix-A-Flat also saved us too.)
• There’s Costco in Ensenada, yeah, genius, they have everything, no need to worry about customs, just get it all there.
• An AC inverter was great for charging the laptop and camera batteries while we were driving.
• Be flexible and make friends as you go, you’ll never know who you might encounter, like a couple riding their mountain bikes from Alaska to Argentina!