Top 10 Travel Tips
For RVing on Baja
We have been RVing on Baja since 1985, operating our Caravan Tour service since 2009 and have driven Hwy 1 over 50 times. We do not know everything; however, we have witnessed much and are happy to share the following:
BE PREPARED BEFORE DEPARTURE
We recommend you purchase a map, camping book (Camping Mexico’s Baja), a Mexican phrase book, and get Baja on your GPS if you have one. We have actually met RVers on the road in Baja with none of the above and no clue where they are, or where they are going.
Make sure your RV is in good shape and everything works, there are no Camping Worlds on Baja. Mexican vehicle liability insurance is a must, we use Baja Bound and there are several other reputable providers on line. Driving in Mexico without insurance significantly increases your chances of seeing the inside of a Mexican jail.
COMPLETE YOUR MEXICAN TOURIST CARD
Canadians travelling on regular Canadian passports do not require visas to enter Mexico if the purpose of their trip is tourism and the stay does not exceed 180 days (a fee is applicable if entering by land. For those travelling by air the fee is included in the price of the plane ticket).
However, all Canadians entering Mexico either by plane or land should have a tourist card filled out and have it stamped at their first port of entry. When entering by land, you will have to go to the immigration booth located at the border crossing. When entering by plane and transiting through Mexico City, your tourist card should be stamped in Mexico City before boarding towards your final destination. Don’t lose this card – you will need to show it when you leave.
DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT!
This is rule #1 for RVing on Baja and we still find campers that do this. The roads are dark, often narrow, unfamiliar, used by large transport trucks, buses and impaired drivers, and you are likely to hit a cow!
WATCH YOUR SPEED, STAY IN YOUR LANE, KEEP THE RUBBER ON THE ROAD
Most of Baja is posted at 80 kph (50 mph). Some of the highway is very narrow, most often with no shoulders. If you leave the road you are probably not getting back on without a tow truck. We have lost many driver side mirrors, mostly from other RVers driving like they are on the I-5; what is the hurry?