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#50 July / julio 2011

Baja Good Life Club Members Magazine

Secretary of Tourism Works to Enhance Baja’s Reputation P lu s : Changing Baja's Perception Through Medical Advances Eating Out in Loreto


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BGLC Members SAN FELIPE, BC

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DISCOUNT: Discount: 20% off meal. The restaurant is located in the Pavilion of the Las Caras de Mexico Golf Course at La Ventana del Mar at El Dorado Ranch, San Felipe. The Pavilion Restaurant recently opened providing a new level of cuisine not found elsewhere in the San Felipe area. Make the trip to the Pavilion Restaurant and sample the exceptionally fine dining being offered. 686-216-1938.

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ROSARITO BEACH HOTEL DISCOUNT: 20% Discount on Ocean Front Rooms, SPA, and Food & Beverage. Restrictions apply. Rosarito Beach Hotel offers to all Baja Good Life members a 20% Discount on Ocean Front Rooms, SPA, and Food & Beverage.Restrictions apply. Valid everyday except US & MX holidays, only with BGLC identification. F&B except Lobster and fine cuts.

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START SAVING TODAY TOLL-FREE: 877-588-6391 EMAIL: BAJAINSURE@GMAIL.COM WEB: WWW.BAJAGOODLIFECLUB.COM Rosarito Beach Baja Bunk House - 10% Baja Produce Deli Place - 10% Baja Public Storage - 50% Cisco-Sat - 50% Nancy La Masajista - 5% NC Remodeling - 10% Nonnie's Italian Restaurant - 10% Poco Cielo Rest. & Hotel - 15% Rosarito Beach Hotel - 20% Baja’s Click-on.com - 10% Baja’s Click-on.com - 5% Bobby's Baja by the Sea - 3/2 Joanna Jones Galeria y Cafe - 10% La Mision / La Salada Clam Beach RV Resort - 3/2 Ensenada Baja Country Club - $25 fee Estero Beach 20% La Bufadora Restaurant - 25% Poco Cielo - Restaurant 15% Poco Cielo - Hotel 15% San Felipe Alanis Insurance - 15% Amor Property - 10%

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BAJA EVENT CALENDAR:

Upcoming Featured Events 3rd Annual La Bufadora Art Show July 2 & 3 Punta Banda: Local artists will be showing their paintings, jewelry, pottery, crafts, photography, and Indian arts on the outdoor patio at Restaurant La Bufadora, located just before the entrance to the blowhole shopping mall. Free admission. If you are an artist that would like to show your art please contact Jan before June 15; Jan Burg, jan.burg@gmail.com or call 646-154 2527.

Federation of Anglers of Mexico AC, and may be rated to attend the BIG GAME National Championship 2012. Information and Registration Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Baja California Ensenada Carretera Transpeninsular-La Paz No. ExEjido Chapultepec 6500 2do. Floor Ensenada, Baja California CP 22785 Tel: 646-172-3080, or Email: pesca@baja.gob.mx, suscripciones@apescar.net, or fmaldonado@apescar.net, or visit the website at www.apescar.net.

Fishing for the Mission - July 14-17, 2011 in Loreto: More info jaimekathyg@hot mail.com

Annual Fishing Tournament - July 9, 2011 San Felipe: 3rd. Circuit Fishing Tournament for "Governor's Cup" Baja 2011 We invite you to the 3rd Circuit Several Fish Species "Governor's Cup" in the State of Baja California, the circuit consists of 5 tournaments, the 1st took place on June 18, 2011 in San Felipe, Baja California. The 2nd Tournament is July 9, 2011 at Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California. 3rd Tournament July 23, 2011 in San Quintin, Baja California. the 4th tournament August 20, 2011 in Rosarito, Baja California. the 5th Tournament September 24, 2011 in Ensenada, Baja California. All tournaments will be validated by the National

Thursday - July 14th - 4:00 P.M. Sign up at the marina. Cost is $200.00. US Dollars (cash only). This includes 4 shirts, ($10 extra per shirts), one goodie bag per boat, 4 Tri-Tip meal ticket and raffle tickets. Walk ups are wlecome at the time of registration. You can pre-register your boat before the end of May, and get your boat or team name on the shirts. Email boat registration to: jaimekathyg@hotmail.com before the end of May. 4-shirts per boat. extra shirts $10 each. Friday - July 15 - Day 1 of the Fishing tournament. Weight in will close at 4:00 sharp. In the evening a raffle for all the captains of Loreto will be held at the marina

Sat - July 16th - Day 2 of the Fishing tournament, again the scales will close at 4:00 P.M. sharp. 7:00 P.M Awards/Closing party begins. We also hold our raffle and auctions during this time. Remember all the proceeds go back to the community of Loreto.

Baja Love Ride - November 2 - 5 220 Mile Bicycle Ride from Rosarito Beach to San Felipe; from coast to coast. The second Baja Love Ride will be held Nov. 2-5, 2011. This “ride for a cause” fundraising event will entail a 220 miles bicycle ride from Rosarito Beach Hotel to San Felipe Arches. All proceeds go to support children of Baja. The ride will last 4 days and camp and enjoy the beauty of Baja. The ride will finish at the 19th Annual San Felipe Shrimp Festival. The Baja Love Ride is a fully supported four day ride that anyone can participate in. Whether you can ride 5 miles a day, or 50 miles a day, you can join the Baja Love Ride. We will have SAG wagons for those that want to go slower, skip the hills, or just rest a few miles. Each night is fiesta with food and celebrations, camping and good times. Each participant and / or team is asked to encouraged friends, colleagues, and family to join in the ride or sponsor the riders during their time with the Baja Love Ride bike ride. With so many children in need in Baja, each and every dollar raised will make a real difference in the lives of children.

Member Announcement The Baja Good Life Club is making some exciting changes and additions to our publishing and services. As always our goal is to provide our members with the information and saving to make living the Baja Good Life easy and it’s to this goal that we are making these improvements. Baja Good Life Club will begin publishing annual community guides for 10 Baja communities; the first being San Felipe, followed by Rosarito and Ensenada, all due out by October 2011. These

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guides will provide up-to-date information on each community as well as comprehensive directories. These books will be available to members at a special low rate of 30% or more. These books will also be customizable, so that hotels, vacation rental companies, real estate companies and the like, can personalize editions just for their business. As of this edition, Baja California Magazine will begin publishing quarterly with special summer, winter, spring, and fall editions. Our goal as stated is to provide useful information to visitor and expats, and provided a limited page count edition of the magazine monthly is not efficient, it’s costly to print and because of that the page count must remain

low. By reducing the frequency of the editions, we can greatly increase the content of quarterly editions. Lastly, in an effort to As of July 1, we are no longer requiring Baja businesses to be BGLC members in order to offer our members discounts. This means that any business can offer discounts to our members, thus greatly increasing the number of discounts available. Our goal is to double our member discounts by years end. Baja Good Life Club membership is your premiere Baja retirement and travel club.


TOP 10: DO YOU HAVE A BAJA EVENT?

Do you have an event or fund raiser you would like to share with the Baja Good Life Club members. Please email the details to bajagoodlifeclub@gmail.com, we want to let everyone know about your event. BGLC also offers discounts on all kinds of event marketing material including posters, banners, flyers and more. Email us at memberservices@bglclub.com.

IMPORTANT DATES

Sep 4: El Tigre-Cañon Doña Petra Mountain Bike Ride. More info 646-178-1011

Sep 5: Labor Day (US)

Sep 17-18: Cabalgata de la Independencia 2011. More info 646-179-5074

Jul 4: Independence Day (US)

Sep 16: Día de la Independencia (MX) Holiday

ROSARITO BEACH

Jul 9: Tatto Expo - More info www.myspace.com/gstattosrto Jul 21-24: Mexicali en La Playa Beach Fest. More info (619) 819-6323 or 661-612-2525 Jul 29-31: Papas & Beer Anniversary Party. More info 661612-0444 or 661-612-0244 Aug 13: 22nd Seafood & Tropical Drink Fest. More info 661-612-0700 Aug 27-28: Pro-AM Surf Tournament. More info 661-6120396 Aug 27: 2nd Expo Boda. More info www.expobodarosarito.com Sep 2-4 Labor Day Festival. More info 661-6120396

Sep 24: Rosarito/Ensenada Fun Bike Ride. More info www.rosaritoensenada.com Sep 25: 33rd Baja Seafood Expo. More info 646-174-0448 Sep 25: 11th International Jazz Festival Ensenada 2011. More info 646)175-0720

SAN FELIPE

Jul 9: 3rd Annual Fishing Tournament. More info 686-5772300 Aug 27: Bikini Contest. More info 686-577-2300 Sep 15: Independence Day Celebrations. More info 686946-1385

MULEGE

Sep 10: 24th Mexican Food Fest. More info 661- 612-0700

Jul 2, 19, 16, 23 & 30: Hotel Serenidad Pig Roast - 615153-0530

Sep 15-17: Telmex Soccer Cup. More info www.copatelmex.org

Aug 6, 13, 20, & 27: Hotel Serenidad Pig Roast - 615153-0530

Sep 16-17: Rosarito Art Fest. More info 661-612-0396

Sep 3, 10, 17, 24: Hotel Serenidad Pig Roast - 615-1530530

Sep 24: Rosarito/Ensenada Fun Bike Ride. More info www.rosaritoensenada.com Sep 25: 3rd Baja Sand-Rosarito Sunfest. More info www.ampirosarito.org Sep 29: 2nd Mariachi Festival. More info www.rosaritobeachhotel.com

ENSENADA

Jul 1-3: 4th of July Sportfishing Tournament in San Quintín Bay. More info 616-165-6027 July 2: Tribal Electric Dance Party. More info 646-1783159

LORETO

Jul 2, 19, 16, 23 & 30: Fiesta Mexicana at Hacienda Suites - www.haciendasuites.com Jul 14-17: Fishing for the Mission - more info jaimekathyg@hotmail.com Aug 6, 13, 20, & 27: Fiesta Mexicana at Hacienda Suites www.haciendasuites.com Sep 3, 10, 17, 24: Fiesta Mexicana at Hacienda Suites www.haciendasuites.com

Jul 2 & 3: 3rd Annual La Bufadora Art Show - More info Jan Burg, jan.burg@gmail.com

LA PAZ

Jul 3: 2nd Annual Oriental Food Festival 646-174-0448

Jul 2: Gallery Courtyard concert. More info 044-612-1548136

Jul 9: Cumbia Machin in Concert. more info 646-178-3159 Jul 16: Valle Sunset Concert. More info 646-175-2363 Jul 3: 2nd Annual Oriental Food Festival. More info 646174-0448 Jul 16: Valle Sunset Concert at 4pm Km. 73.5. More info 646-155-2264 Jul 24: Mountain Bike Race (Sixth Stage). More info 646178-1011. Jul 30: L.A. Cetto Festival del Queso, Pan y Vino - 11am. <ore info 646-155-2264 Aug 5-21: 21st Annual Fiestas de La Vendimia. Info & tickets 646-178-3038 August 6: 4th Annual Vendimia Golf Open. more info 646155-0151 Aug 7: 5th Annual “Ensenada Se Viste de Vino. More info 646-174-0448 Aug 13 -14: 3rd Annual Family Sportfishing Tournament in Ensenada. More info 646-149-2239 Aug 19-21: RECORD Off-Road Series Ojos Negros 200. More info 646-176-1637

The NEW Top 10 featuring the most popular business listings and discounts for the previous month. These are your top 10 Baja business this month. Be sure to visit your "Members Discounts" section online for all member discounts. The number of HITS represents the unique people visiting that business online www.bajagoodlifeclub.com.

Courtesy of Roz in La Paz & Baja Western Onion

Jul 13: The Festival de la Canción Sudcaliforniana. More info 612-122-1575

LOS BARRILES

Check the Baja Report - www.bajareport.com for the most current calendar of events.

LOS CABOS

Check the Baja Report - www.bajareport.com for the most current calendar of events.

TODOS SANTOS

Oct 6-12: Fiestas Tradicionales de Todos Santos Dec 3: 2011 Home & Garden Tour Send us your Calendar of Events to bajareport@gmail.com; include CITY and Title of Event in the Subject line.

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TOURISM:

Secretary of Tourism Creates Initiatives to Enhance Baja California’s Reputation mass-market campaigns to increase tourism; while Torres is working to help the private sector join in the effort to get tourism and the local economies back on track. Those spearheading the summit put forth a perception survey to residents of seven counties in California to gage their impression of Baja overall. Many responded as seeing the area as unsafe. The workshop in Rosarito will help all partners in the Baja tourism industry to pull their resources together to improve the image and reshape the way in which the world currently sees Baja.

It is no secret to anyone who has ever visited Baja California that it is undeniably paradise on Earth. However, in recent years there has been a problem getting people to come across the border and see the endless wonders of Baja for themselves. The Secretary of Tourism, Sr. Juan Tintos and several mayors and council members in cities and towns throughout Baja are working very hard to change that. Nearly 70% of Mexico’s economy comes directly from the tourism industry, making the current drop in tourism a virtual crisis for many businesses. Tintos, who is currently in his second appointed term as Secretary of Tourism, is putting several initiatives in place to get Baja tourism numbers back on the rise. Several factors, locally and worldwide, have caused the tourism industry to suffer greatly and needlessly. Some of the reasons people have increasingly stayed away include stories of gang violence, drugs, the economic crisis in the U.S. and other countries, and the magnification of negative news stories stemming from the California media in recent years. All of these factors combined have not only caused

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tourism and the overall economy to decline; but, just as importantly, they have tarnished the reputation of an entire region. As far as his current initiatives are concerned, Tintos says, “I think it is a challenge. I feel obligated by the Mexican Federal Government to redesign a strategy aimed at the attraction of tourists.” As part of his second term, Tintos pledges to do anything he can to revitalize the tourism industry in Baja despite the inundation of negative publicity that only serves to make his job more difficult. Tintos loves Baja and knows everyone else will too if they venture across the border. One major initiative that is sure to drum up positive vibes and draw back the tourists is the Baja Image Committee Summit. This early summer summit at the famed Rosarito Beach Hotel aims to take definitive action to improve the reputation of Baja in California. The Summit attracts tourists from America and Hispanic countries also. Hugo Torres, beloved former mayor of Rosarito and owner of the Rosarito Beach Hotel is working right alongside Tintos to jump-start the tourism industry. Tintos is handling the state government side of the

One public relations effort propelled into action by Sr. Tintos will rely on help from Americans. Tintos says, “American residents will act as spokespersons for Baja. It will just be better to have people who can attest to the great situation in Baja.” The committee believes if Americans testify to the gracious people, amazing scenery and weather, ancient cultures, traditions and artifacts, along with sport and adventure opportunities, the tourists will once again flock to Baja. Another great idea Tintos and his supporters have put into action is the Sister City Committee. Tintos says, “Mayors and city councilmen will relate information back and forth. They will build relationships across the border.” The general idea is to have two towns, one from Baja and one from California pair up and invite similar groups in each town to share ideas, passions, and events with each other. Like-minded towns and communities will be paired up and work with each other to promote tourism and awareness of daily life and culture in each town. This symbiotic relationship will actually benefit the tourism industry and economy of both communities. Groups like Rotary Clubs and others will work in conjunction with each other. A public relations firm in San Diego is helping to raise awareness of the sister city concept and the realities of life in Baja through the California media. Tintos says, “Baja is culturally close to California and we want to go to the media and let them know about positive things in Baja California”.


The tourism industry is also implementing the “Speak Well of Baja” campaign to insert a positive image of Baja into the consciousness of anyone looking for a great place to visit or live. Tintos knows that it can be very easy for some to speak negatively of Baja or relate a negative experience more commonly than relating the numerous positive ones. Unfortunately, even passively spoken negative experiences have a way of traveling and affecting someone’s image of Baja. He simply wants folks in the media and elsewhere to think before they speak. He says, “The people of Baja need to reaffirm their identity. People out there may not know Baja and what distinguishes it. I want people in the media, government, and the private sector to speak with less negativity. I want to generate a movement of being proud of Baja.” The “Speak Well of Baja” campaign will encompass emails, printed materials and letters that encourage anyone in a position of authority who has been to Baja or even currently lives in Baja, to “Speak Well of Baja”. The Secretary of Tourism believes this simple concept and effort by everyone will have a ripple effect and truly overturn those negative stories, or at least outnumber them. Tintos is not stopping at utilizing a few campaigns and spreading the word on his own. 2011 has been officially declared the Year of Tourism in Mexico. He says, “We want to let people know that things are different. Baja is an internationally recognized investment.” Baja has recently gained a reputation of being a hot spot for technology firms, the film industry and adventure events such as some of the world’s most exciting off-road races and regattas. He stresses these industries can surely make a profit and have a positive impact on Baja and the economy, and the tourism industry in general, with new full and part time residents making their way to Baja for work. Baja isn’t just beautiful; but can be a profitable business locale also. As a man who was born and raised in the paradise known as Baja California, Tintos sees it as not only his job, but also his personal mission. He wants to increase knowledge about Baja, increase tourism, and help Baja put its best face forward to the rest of the world despite the negative attention that has been wrongfully put on his homeland. When asked what he thinks is the best thing Baja has to offer the world, Tintos simply replies, “Variety”. He and anyone else who loves Baja know there simply is no other place like it. Where else can you find the variety of scenery, attractions, events, shopping, historic mission sites, deserts, award winning wineries, and more than a thousand kilometers of the cleanest and most pristine coast line? Tintos stresses that visitors can experience all of this and more conveniently close to the busiest border and within driving distance of major American cities such as San Diego. World-class fishing and some of the best food in the world also make it unique. Baja is ideal for anyone looking to get away from it all and enjoy the ultimate in privacy. Simultaneously, it is the perfect locale for some of the best nightclubs and ultimate spot to enjoy the best luxury spa treatments and accommodations in the world. Moreover, just as Secretary Tintos says, "variety is what makes Baja unique and variety is why people should, and will, return to Baja."

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HEALTH & MEDICINE:

by Kimberly Wherley

Changing Baja's Perception Through Medical Advances It's been said that: "Perception is the truth as we know it." Unfortunately, the perception many Americans have of Mexico has been slanted in an increasingly downward direction in recent years. Tony Brogdon, founder of Ground Floor Technology, Baja California, Mexico is hoping to change the perception of both Baja California and Mexico. He believes there are probably many reasons for the negative ideas most Americans have of Mexico, but one of the main causes is the sensational journalism promoted in the United States. On the contrary, visitors will find the Mexican people to be some of the kindest and most hospitable people of any kind in the world. In addition, Mexico is one of the most beautiful countries. Tony has been coming to Mexico for business and pleasure for over 30 years and recently moved to Baja California full-time. He hopes to improve how Mexico is perceived by Americans in a similar way to how he helped to change the perception of the sport of skydiving. Tony was the main thrust in incorporating skydiving into the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul Korea. Prior to bringing in 76 skydivers from 22 countries the perception of skydivers was that they were crazed daredevils with death wishes. After what billions of people saw worldwide, this perception of skydiving was changed forever, and skydivers were now considered to be sportsmen and athletes. Also, in 1990 with the invitation of the President of Tourism in Tijuana, William Yu, Tony brought 50 skydivers into the opening of the Tijuana's 100th

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Birthday Fair. William and Tony have been friends for over Thirty years and through this friendship, Tony has developed a love and appreciation for Baja California, Mexico, its culture and its unique way of life. With a shared love for all that Mexico has to offer, Tony and William have begun a journey to bring new medical technologies to Baja California. Already many U.S. citizens cross the border to Mexico for lower-cost of dental work and plastic surgery, but there are many other procedures which are available and much less expensive in Mexico. It is not common knowledge, but the quality of medical care in Mexico is excellent and many U.S. doctors are educated and trained in Mexico. Now, Willie and Tony find themselves in the position to be involved in promoting the unique opportunity that Baja California Medical Tourism brings. By bringing people here for medical treatments, and providing them excellent housing while they are being treated and convalescing, they are hoping to change the perception of Mexico one person at a time. In addition to cost, there are treatments available in Mexico that are unavailable across the border due to politics, paperwork, and just the time and red tape involved getting treatments approved in the United States. One of the things Tony appreciates most about Mexico is that you can still have the type freedom and lifestyle that was in the U.S. Fifty years ago. He believes it's a shame that many Americans are missing out on such a wonderful and reasonable vacation spot right across the border. Working hand in hand with Lillian Merida, publisher of Frontier Doctors, and Kimberly Wherley of Playas De Baja Realty in a true groundbreaking fashion, they hope to promote the quality health

care Baja provides with State of the Art Medical technologies. They will offer a complete package of transportation, beachfront homes while receiving treatment changing the current perception the U.S. has of Mexico. Currently medical facilities available are Family Care Centers in Tijuana, a clinic with quality Mexican doctors at affordable prices and dental services offered at a tremendous savings compared with the U.S. for equal or higher quality treatment in most cases. In the future, Ground Floor Technology plans to bring an umbilical-cord stem cell bank to Mexico offering the highest quality stem cell treatment available in the world. GFT is also working with innovative technology from the US, Korea and India. These new treatments combined with Medical Tourism should put Baja California in the undisputed forefront of Medical Technology. They are planning to market these packages through various forms of media to change the current negative perception back to the reality of what Baja California, Mexico truly offers. It is Tony and Willie's goal to convince people around the world to listen to the people who live in the country, both from the U.S. and from Mexico instead of some media's agenda to sell more advertising by sensational journalism . If the real truth were known of all the opportunities Baja California, Mexico offers, the new gold rush in lifestyle living would be in Baja for many years to come. About the Author: Kimberly Wherley is with Frontier Doctors located in Tijuana.at Blvd. Agua Caliente 705-6 col. Revoluci贸n. Phone: 1 619-800-3627 +52 (664) 972-9102, Mobile: +52 (664) 378-5297 or online at info@frontierdoctors.com or www.frontierdoctors.com.


PLACES

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EAT:

by Dan & Lisa Goy

Eating Out in Loreto Baja California Sur Always an important part of our tours of Baja is the locations our guests join us for lunch or dinner. We have eaten at many restaurants over the years, and are never afraid to try something new or different. We have a number of favorite spots in Loreto that we continue to frequent and are always keen to introduce those traveling with us to these establishments. Our criteria of rating a restaurant is a combination of the menu, the quality of the meal of course, the decor and environment, the price and the often the host. We always enjoy our time in Loreto, the birthplace of the Californians’. One of my favorite tours is an excursion to the San Javier Mission, 36 km from town and we always host a Fiesta Dinner in Loreto complete with Mariachis. There are many eating options in Loreto to meet all tastes and budgets; we believe this community likely has as many restaurants per capita as anywhere in Los Cabos. We have settled on five favorites for all of the above-mentioned reasons and in no particular order, they are: L o re t o Is l a s ; operated by Francisco Drew Murillo and located about midway on the Malecón, you cannot miss it with the palm tree growing right through the main dining room. We have eaten here several times, breakfast lunch and dinner. The Chef comes from a five star hotel as we recall and the meals are exquisite, the huevos rancheros are amazing, very different from any we have ever had before. This is a bit more upscale than where we would normally frequent however, the prices are very reasonable.

Giggling Dolphin is located just off the Malecón on Avenue Benito Juarez. Ubaldo the owner is always there to greet you with a smile and a warm welcome. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the decor unique particularly the Boat Bar. We have eaten here often for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed. The nachos are always a hit especially when accompanied with an ice-cold cerveca. Del Borracho was opened 4 or 5 years ago by Mike from Texas and has a distinctive Saloon look and feel to it including swinging doors and a very nice shaded patio out back. This restaurant is a great departure from the typical Mexican menu and includes great hamburgers and fries and an amazing Caesar salad. My personal favorite is the ice-cold draft Negro Modelo served in a pint mug from the freezer for 18 pesos; this is hard to beat for sure. You will find Del Borracho (The Drunk), by taking the San Javier Mission turnoff from Hwy 1, just south of town. It's about half a mile (1km) on the right; you cannot miss it. You know that Tuesdays they are closed.

over the pool and gardens; from there you have a great view of the Sierra De La Giganta ridge to the west, truly breathtaking. Make sure to stop by the office prior to having your meal and collect the coupons for your free Margaritas! This recommendation is as much about the view and ambiance as the food. Cafe Sagitario is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee; they are closed in the afternoon. This restaurant is located in our favorite RV park in Loreto,”Rivera Del Mar”. Yolanda and her Mom are the operators with some help and do a great job. The coffee is always good and they offer a decent menu, all at reasonable prices. The restaurant is located in front of the RV park which also includes the office on 100 Francisco Madero just a few blocks from the center of town.

Hotel Tripui restaurant has a great atmosphere and stunningly beautiful location about 12 miles (20 km) south of town at Puerto Escondido. You can eat inside the restaurant or on a patio looking out

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www.bajagoodlifeclub.com and then call 1-877-LUVMEX1 Ex 3 ask for Jen or Yara. SAN FELIPE: Want to see Baja? Let us show you Baja! You can take choose from any of the Baja Select Tours or we can create a custom tour to see all of Baja. Contact bajagoodlifeclub@gmail.com

BAJA CLASSIFIED - All ads can be submitted via email; to bajagoodlifeclub@gmail.com with BAJA CLASSIFIED in the subject line. $10dlls for 20 words; $0.50 per word thereafter. No images. For the best classified results include brief description, contact info, city and price. SPECIAL - buy 1 month get 1 month FREE. You can place free classifieds on the Baja California Community www.bajagoodlife.com. ITEMS FOR SALE ENSENADA - Kwikat (II) Windsurfing Powered Sailing Fun (Perfect for Seniors): Single hammock seat w/padded cushion, Black powder-coated steel frame, Sails, Mast, Boom, Azusa wheels, sealed bearing, Harken blocks, Adjustable linkage-free foot steering, 34"x26", 70lbs, Rear track - 56" to 64", cambered wheels, supports asymetric rear axles, mast base adjusts fore/aft 5". Windsurfing on Wheels - $1,800 Located in Punta Banda, Ensenada. Gordon Parnell 646-154-2451 http://sites.google.com/site/puntabandasailing/pbhome/ho me SAN FELIPE: Road Warriors: 4 seater Dune Buggy w/VW engine + Honda Trike for sale. Make it worthy!Percebu 686 137-8599 citizen_journalist@yahoo.com SAN FELIPE: Hughesnet satellite for sale with all the extras: router, tripod, cables, dish and arm. All we ask is $200...first come first served. Call 686-230-9933 or email sanfelipebaja@gmail.com. BAJA: SPECIAL - Buy 1 classified listing get 1 second month FREE. $10dlls for 20 words; $0.50 per word thereafter. Email your classified listing to bajagoodlifeclub@gmail.com with CLASSIFIED in the subject line.

REAL ESTATE ROSARTO BEACH: SUNSET HEAVEN, beautiful 2 bedroom/1 bath ocean front home, car port, courtyard, private beach, studio/laundry room, security gate, US neighbors, 20 min. from border, 900 sq. ft plus lot to build on. Asking $89,500 (20 yr. land lease) 619.296.2336 or Tatblue@aol.com. SAN FELIPE: 2,100 sq. ft. Peaceful Paradise in Vista Del Sol, El Dorado Ranch, San Felipe. Including over 9,000 sq. ft. outdoor living area including pool, spa, shower, full kitchen, 5 seating areas, & fireplace seating area. 2bedroom, 1-bath casita has private entries. Fully upgraded furniture and kitchen appliances; the landscaping has complete automatic drip system, Hague water conditioning system with UV filter and reverse osmosis in kitchen, 5-ton and 3-ton heat and air conditioning, 2–40 gallon hot water heaters, 37 exterior lights and numerous solar yard lights, and many more than can be listed here. More information contact Gene Jensen, bajagene@gmail.com. RENTAL PROPERTY CABO SAN LUCAS: New 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Paraiso Iguana, private gated community minutes from downtown. Close to new highway & mall. Beautiful ccean views. HUGE RENTAL INCOME POTENTIAL! Asking US $105,000 or best offer. Call Dax at (612) 140-3070 or email Ssmorgan5@aol.com. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS BAJA: Need Mexican Auto Insurance? The Baja Good Life Club can help you, it is so simple you will SMILE! We now offer Diver Licence Insurance, premium starts at $137.28 for 2 for one year. Join the Baja Good Life Club

SAN FELIPE: San Felipe Lions Club - English Meetings on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays, more info visit www.sanfelipebclionsclub.org SAN FELIPE: ZAPP - Zero Additional Pupulation Project, help reduce the dog population in San Felipe. More info contact Steven forman bajaanimalrescue@yahoo.com, 707-320-4969, or 686-577-2708. LORETO: The Optimist Club of Loreto is looking for new members. Contact Jupiter Jones at (613) 135-0143 LA PAZ: Casa Cóctel's Bohemia Night - Join us every Tuesday night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. Bring your musical instruments, poetry and stories. No reservation required. Contact Casa Cóctel, info@casacoctel.com, www.casacoctel.com, 612-128-4957 casa 612-1404353 cell. Show your BGLC membership card and SAVE 15% in your order. WANTED BAJA: BAJA LOVE RIDE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to be part of something BIG in Baja? On Nov. 2-5, 2011. This is a fundraiser to help the kids of baja. The Baja Love Ride will take place over 4 days & we need your help for one day or all four days! Find out how just by contacting bajaloveride@gmail.com or go to www.bajaloveride.com click on VOLUNTEER. TRAILER WANTED - Do you have a small, clean, older model camper trailer you would like to sell, please email me.vcantuclav@gmail.com CASA DE FE ORPHANAGE - Volunteers needed during the week, bilingual is helpful but not needed. Work with young girls 3-10 yrs. of age. Needed for a couple hours per day in the afternoons. Work one day, or many. Contact us at casadefecarol@gmail.com.

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Return Address: Baja Good Life Club P.O. Box 9019-460 Calexico, CA-9019

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Edition 50 -July 2011  

Secretary of Tourism Works to Enhance Baja’s Reputation, plus, Changing Baja's Perception Through Medical Advances, Eating Out in Loreto.

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