Wide Spots and Dumps: Carl's Picks for Camping in Mexico

Ever been tempted to camp in a soccer field or a Walmart parking lot? You are not alone. Now online for the first time, an excerpt from “Camping”, one of my favorite chapters from The People’s Guide to Mexico. As someone who has spent countless nights camping in Mexican dumps and the fabled “wide spots” (at the behest of my unfeeling father), I can attest to the veracity of Carl’s advice. Although personally I prefer balnearios.

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New Highway in Baja

Carl sent me the following update from Jimm Budd of Mexico Tourism Professionals: “Baja California Sur is completing work on a throughway that will link Los Cabos with La Paz, capital of the state. The 120 mile long improvement is badly needed. The original Baja highway from Tijuana to Los Cabos was completed in the early 1970s but in stretches is in poor condition. The improved freeway will cut driving time in half and should help reduce accidents.“

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Five Tips for Retirees

So you’re thinking of moving to Mexico? Here’s five rules for making your move successful. 1. Don’t burn bridges. Explore the country and experience living there before making a final commitment to packing up your home. In particular, don’t buy a house until you’ve lived in Mexico for at least several months, and preferably a year or more. “This is paradise, where do I sign?” just isn’t good planning. Avoid an all-or-nothing approach by moving into Mexico carefully, one step […]

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Pets in Mexico

Churpa’s note: While digging in our archives, I came across the following useful article, which Carl wrote back in 2002. The info is still good. Unfortunately, Poco is no longer with us, but I can’t wait to see how Carl and Lorena navigate Mexico with Chico, their one-year-old standard poodle who has the energy of a jackhammer and is anything but chico. by Carl Franz Mexico rolls out the red carpet for two-legged foreign visitors and expatriate residents, but what […]

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Carl's Map Picks

by Carl Franz [Carl’s note: This article updates and expands the Maps & Sources section of the 13th Edition of The People’s Guide To Mexico. A special thanks to Mark Walker of MexicoMaps.com for his excellent suggestions.] Road Maps and Driving Atlases Opening a fresh road map and spreading it out on the kitchen table are among the many pleasures of planning a trip to Mexico. So many highways, trails and tempting side roads… yet so little time. Maps are […]

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The People's Guide to Mexico

The People’s Guide to Mexico has been in print for 40 years. We are currently working on a 14th edition. “The best guidebook to adventure in the whole world.”–Harper’s “The People’s Guide to Mexico has assumed mythical status on the Latin America circuit.”–Outside “It’s the best guide to visiting and living in Mexico that has ever been published.”–Oakland Tribune “The text is whimsically refreshing, the sketches clever and the presentation expertly detailed.”–Los Angeles Times “If you are planning on a […]

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The Eye of the Dragon | Cuernavaca an Excerpt

Without delay I set up residence in an inexpensive downtown hotel. I remember it was about four o’clock. I remember because the moment I entered my room, I dropped my backpack, grabbed my recently made jewelry and rushed out to find a place to sell my wares before the sun set.

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