Happy Thanksgiving from The Baja Post!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Baja Post!

Nov 23, 2017

It’s a uniquely American holiday, and one that has, in recent years, been adulterated by commercialism (Black Friday and, now, even Black Thursday), but at its core, Thanksgiving is all about family and taking time to appreciate the blessings that we have received in life. The savory flavors and aromas of a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and an afternoon perched in front of the television set rooting for your favorite team in an NFL playoff have become quintessential elements of this celebration. But to truly understand the meaning of Thanksgiving, which, in the United States, falls on the fourth Thursday in November (the Canadians celebrate on the second Monday in October), you have to go back to the holiday’s historical roots. Although some chroniclers maintain that the first Thanksgiving celebration took place in 1565 in what is now St. Augustine, Florida, most traditional accounts hold that the commemorated festivities originally took place in 1621 at the site of the Plymouth Plantation, today known as the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. According to Charles C. Mann, author of the book “1491,” the native Massasoit tribe arrived with around 90 people, mostly young men, at the English settler’s traditional harvest feast. After the pilgrim militia met with the unexpected visitors, the two groups sat down to share a meal and discuss strategic alliances. Thanksgiving has been an annual tradition in the United States since the first president, George Washington, declared it a national day in 1789. President Abraham Lincoln labeled it a U.S. holiday in 1863. However, Thanksgiving did not become a federally observed day until the U.S. Congress declared it as such in 1941. (In Canada, Parliament declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1957, choosing the October date to correspond with English and European harvest festivals, replete with cornucopias, pumpkins and wheat sheaves.) In both the United States and Canada, Thanksgiving was initially created as a Christian religious observation to give thanks to God. Today, however, the tradition has become a more secular festivity, aimed at bringing together families of all religious persuasions around a shared feast of indigenous foods. While the specific delicacies of the original Thanksgiving meal have changed since the 17th...

3 seaside retirement towns in Mexico within driving distance of the U.S.

3 seaside retirement towns in Mexico within driving distance of the U.S.

Oct 31, 2017

One of the most valuable conveniences you could hope for when purchasing a home abroad is the ability to load up the car and drive to it. That’s one of Mexico’s biggest advantages for Americans interested in retirement overseas. Anyone who has driven to western Mexico from the U.S. has likely skirted along the Sea of Cortez. The Sea of Cortez is the body of water that separates Baja California from the Mexican mainland. It’s also known as the Gulf of California. It starts at the mouth of the Colorado River. The sea is noted for its warm, calm and relatively protected waters and for being one of the most biologically diverse seas on earth. Several popular retirement spots are located on the Sea of Cortez, all within a day’s drive of the U.S. border: San Felipe, Puerto Peñasco or San Carlos. These towns are quite different from each other, but they also have several things in common. They all enjoy the convenience of U.S. franchises, big-box stores and U.S. products. Many people in these places speak English, including virtually all service providers, and each location has a large English-speaking expat community. The weather is just about perfect in the winter, with balmy days and cool nights, but it’s far from perfect in the summer. Fishing is great on the sea and a big tourism draw to the area. Property taxes are also low, even on the beach. Here are three attractive retirement choices just south of the border: San Felipe San Felipe is a town on the bay of San Felipe in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in the Mexican state of Baja California, 190 km south of the United States border and within the municipality of Mexicali. San Felipe is just 242 miles southeast of San Diego CA, a 4 hour drive. The Bay of San Felipe is 3 meters above sea level. At low tide, the water can recede as much as 2 km. San Felipe experiences one of the largest tidal bores in the world due in part to the Colorado River delta to the north. The seven-meter tides expose a kilometer of ocean floor. The port of San Felipe is a small town historically dependent on fishing and now on tourism, catering mostly to U.S. travelers and boasting an international airport. The...

Movie theaters will spill marijuana smoke during “The Beach Bum” feature presentations

Movie theaters will spill marijuana smoke during “The Beach Bum” feature presentations

Oct 25, 2017

Singular filmmaker Harmony Korine has some high hopes for his latest feature, though fans of the indie auteur hoping to enjoy the full scope of his vision might have to travel a little further afield to enjoy it as it was meant to be seen. Or, more appropriately, smelled.  In a new interview with Telerama (via The Playlist), Korine opens up about an ambitious — and delightfully bonkers — plan to really steep his audience in the next film, the stoner comedy “The Beach Bum,” set to star Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg in a Cheech and Chong-esque misadventure. In short: Korine wants to get you high. Literally. “It’s a comedy with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, about somewhat depressive marijuana smokers, in the spirit of Cheech and Chong,” Korine said in the new interview. “The action takes place in Key West, in the extreme south of Florida.” Fair enough, we’re along for this ride, sounds fun, and what a cast. But just wait for it. Source:...

14 million USD oceanfront home in Cabo makes cover of Mansion Global

14 million USD oceanfront home in Cabo makes cover of Mansion Global

Oct 22, 2017

Mansion Global is a premier digital destination connecting the world’s affluent real estate buyers with prestige properties across the globe through relevant, timely listings and compelling content. Their multilingual platform is localized to address the interests of international property seekers. Luxury listings are combined with global market analysis and relevant news to empower our users to make informed real estate decisions. An oceanfront contemporary home known as Casa Higuera is the one of the only fully turnkey custom homes currently available at the new Maravilla Los Cabos residential resort in Mexico. And priced at $14 million, it’s also one of the most expensive of the planned 230 homes. “It’s furnished, complete, turnkey, ready to go,” said Neil Johnson, director of residential real estate for Ohana Real Estate Investors, the developer. “The forks and knives are in the drawer, and water is in the pool.” Ohana is the owner-developer of Twin Dolphin, a planned residential community in Los Cabos, Mexico, that will include the 260-acre Maravilla Los Cabos as well as the new 39-acre Montage Residences Los Cabos that is expected to open early next year. The community spans both Las Viudas Beach and the renowned Santa Maria Bay, encompassing two of the few year-round, swimmable beaches in Cabo. Three years after suffering major devastation from Hurricane Odile, the luxury resort market on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula has come back to life. For now, Casa Higuera is serving as a model unit of sorts for would-be homebuyers at Maravilla. “We built it to give people an idea of what the finished product would look like,” Mr. Johnson said. “It’s been extremely well received. We’ve had a few offers on it.” Click here for full article on Mansion Global...

Find out what over one thousand Ex-pats think about living in Mexico

Find out what over one thousand Ex-pats think about living in Mexico

Oct 18, 2017

Find out what 1,129 expats living in Mexico (including lots in Cabo and other places in Baja) have to say about the expat experience in this new and free research study. – Why did they move to Mexico? – Were they happy with what they found when they got to Mexico? – Would they do it all over again? Discover what surprised them most, and if you’re considering moving to Mexico, what YOU need to know. All the most well known expat locations are described, complete with firsthand, inside information. Conducted by Best Places and co-sponsored by 7 newspapers in Mexico. Click here to download your free research study Expats in Mexico: Expectations, Worries… and How It All Turned...

Wide Open Baja: Your Adventure Awaits

Wide Open Baja: Your Adventure Awaits

Oct 7, 2017

If you have ever dreamed of blasting across the desert, Wide Open Baja is unlike anything you have experienced. Rob Ward and his team of off-road instructors have been involved in our events for years, so he decided to pull back the curtain on their most exclusive vacation package and share it with some of our team members. Our 3-day excursion was all-inclusive.  We started with being transported in a new Ford Raptor that took from the San Diego Airport across the border. We then arrived at Horsepower Ranch, which is located in the hills above Ensenada. Our guide Darren had the chef prepare Sonoran-style Machaca – perfectly aged beef that is sun-dried and rubbed with a secret blend of spices grown on-site. Once inside the hacienda, we were overwhelmed with the history on the walls. Parnelli Jones, Mickey Thompson, Ivan Stewart and and many others have left their mark in the dining room. From Paul Newman to Patrick Dempsey, the walls of Horsepower Ranch could tell stories for decades. After dinner we had a safety briefing that included radio communication to other teams along with contingencies for broken axles and flat tires. Having basic knowledge of their cars from being around them at event didn’t stop Darren from showing us what to look for and how to keep the Subaru 2.5 liter flat four in its powerband. About the cars: Subaru provides the engines and Wide Open builds everything else. The car is built from thick-wall DOM tubing by fabricators who make TIG welding look like child’s play. Fully independent suspension consists of 2-stage coil springs and 3.5″ remote reservoir shocks. No sway bars allow for freedom to push deep into corners and smooth out the washboard trails at high speeds. Four corner A-Arms with 22″ of travel soak up almost anything. BF Goodrich makes the world’s best Baja tire, and their 33″ x 12.50 are amazing on pavement or in the sand.   Click here for full article on https://blog.dupontregistry.com/...