A Major Victory at Tenacatita: Update

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  For over twenty years, the people of Rebalsito have endured fires, rampant destruction of property, the loss of home and livelihood, threats, endless meetings, and expensive legal battles. Five years ago, armed guards hired by the Rodenas corporation wrongfully took over on of my favorite places on earth. The community has been fighting back ever since, tooth and nail.  We have endured so many setbacks. And for once, things are looking up. In a time when so much news […]

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Tenacatita Open for Camping

A picture of a child running from a hut on the coast of Mexico.

Friends at Tenacatita are currently celebrating and setting up camp!  PROFEPA (the agency that enforces rules dealing with beaches) and the Marina (the armed forces that support PROFEPA) have delivered a federal order to the Rodenas guards. The order states that the guards can not legally prevent people from using the beach road. PROFEPA has also granted our friends permission to camp at their usual spot. The Tenacatita Fund has agreed to finance the lunch that was served to the […]

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The Real Deal With the Dollar/Peso Exchange Rate

A Mexican peso coin from 1982.

With the Mexican peso over 15 to 1, the U.S. dollar purchases 18% more pesos today than it did a year and a half ago. In theory, this means a person should be able to purchase 18% more today than they did back then. In the sixties and the seventies that would have been true, but not today. Today merchants and hotel owners have cellular phones with WiFi access, and in a matter of minutes they can access the official […]

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Carl Franz and Lorena Havens Talk PG History

Rebalsito fiesta, circa early 1980s. Carl in the blue trucker hat, Lorena blonde and beautiful next to him. PG Correspondent Tina Rosa in foreground with Camera.

A great interview with Carl and Lorena, originally published at Moon Travel. Read the original here, or scroll below. 1. This is the 14th edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico and marks its 40th anniversary. Please tell us the story of how your book came to be. The People’s Guide to Mexico began on a Mexican beach in 1970 as a series of detailed letters to friends in Alaska who were eager to join up with Lorena, Steve and […]

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Cost of Living Update: Baja

A Mexican peso coin from 1982.

How much will it cost me to live/travel in Mexico? This query has been making our top 10 FAQ for over forty years. Sadly, the answer has changed significantly since 1972, when the first edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico hit the shelves. But take heart! We can’t complain too much with a peso/dollar exchange rate of 15.  Keep in mind that the prices below are for Baja. The mainland, barring major tourist traps, should be a little cheaper. […]

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Stop the Itch: The Secret for Treating No-see-um Bites

Photo by  Mark Gstohl

Winter months are the season for no-see-um’s, or jejenes. Jejenes love brackish water and  thrive where lagoons and streams empty into the ocean. At sundown, Jejenes start their hunt for exposed flesh. Rains and extra high tides create breeding pools, or “charcos.” Within three days there will be a large hatch of hungry Jejenes. I chicken out and flee before they hatch.  DEET plus Pennyroyal Oil is an effective deterrent. THE ITCH. Pure agony lasting several days. The single treatment […]

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Lewis and Lewis Policy

An old Mexico travel brochure with ttitle "Mexico in your own Car" and picture of church with agave.

Looking for a reputable insurance agency for your trip to Mexico? Lewis and Lewis have updated their offerings. Read more here. Lewis and Lewis are long-time sponsors of The People’s Guide to Mexico, but we endorsed their services long before establishing a more formal relationship.

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